Affectionately known as ‘Masters of Minimalism’, designers David Abraham and Rakesh Thakore are gearing up to showcase their latest collection, ‘Body Language’ on the 12th of October, which is the Sustainable Fashion Day, at the upcoming edition of Lakmé Fashion Week in partnership with FDCI in New Delhi. The showcase will feature refreshingly unique styles for the urban Indian, with a design philosophy deeply entrenched in the yin-yang tenets of marrying polarities to create harmony.
In a world seemingly immersed in a communication revolution, Abraham & Thakore’s collection delves into the intricacies of modern communication, set against the backdrop of a rapidly evolving digital landscape where technologies like ChatGPT and emojis are shaping the way we interact. ‘Body Language’ is an artistic endeavour that transcends linguistic boundaries. In a predominantly black and white palette, numbers coexist harmoniously with alphabets, forging a syncretic language of their own. The collection showcases a remarkable fusion of playful typography, meticulously crafted through various techniques such as ikat, ajrakh, brocades, badla, sequin, and fine laser cut work.
“We are excited to be showcasing this season at Lakmé Fashion Week in partnership with FDCI. We believe in the power of playfulness and once again, have taken classic silhouettes and created a seamless blend of the formal and the casual by dressing them in wit and whimsy.” says designer, Rakesh Thakore.
This collection challenges the conventional norms of communication by embracing diverse languages, including Braille and Morse code, alongside more traditional text forms. Within this collection, one can discover creations that invite you to not only read but feel letters, wear binary codes, and convey witty, non-verbal statements. Upon closer inspection, you may even decipher hidden messages amidst what appears to be unreadable text. In a world saturated with branding, this revelation serves as both a playful jest and a poignant social commentary.
‘Body Language’ masterfully explores concepts as fundamental as language itself, paralleling its experiments with timeless fashion classics. The collection reimagines iconic clothing items, such as the classic white shirt, pant suit, and sari, in a whimsical and humorous light. A sari paired with a bowtie, for instance, seamlessly fits into this creative tapestry. Abraham & Thakore take pleasure in blurring the lines between formal and casual wear, once again embodying their ethos of collapsing binaries.
While the collection aligns with the Spring/Summer 2024 season, its enduring appeal lies in the fusion of classic silhouettes with experimental flair. These creations are not just garments; they are catalysts for conversation. In a time when meaningful dialogue is more essential than ever, Abraham & Thakore’s latest collection invites you to engage, reflect, and connect.
Looking forward to the show, designer, David Abraham says, “This collection is a celebration of the timeless art of communication through fashion. We hope it starts a much-needed conversation and transcends the limitations of words.”