Rahul Mishra showcased a beautiful extension of his international Woolmark Prize-winning collection, “The Lotus Effect” to close Day 2 of Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in New Delhi.

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We were ecstatic when Mishra won the coveted international Woolmark Prize at Milan Fashion Week, beating out stiff competition from world-renowned designers. His Autumn/Winter 2014 collection for India Fashion Week featured the award winning pieces as well as elegant dresses that were a perfect mix of handloom materials and merino wool. Mishra worked with Chanderi weavers to devise a new weaving method to ensure that the merino wool could look summery.

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Mishra expanded beyond the ecru, mustard yellow and cream of his key collection and delved into darker terrain with black structured coats cinched at the waist with a leather belt. I particularly liked the purple turtleneck, which was paired with a black skirt, which was a nice pop of colour for the collection.

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While the lotus flower motif is often overused and too commonplace, it made for a perfect fit for his collection where the embellishments were subtle and didn’t overpower the ensembles.

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Mishra explained his love of the motifs to The Hindu “I love the lotus motif, especially the graphic open lotus as it sits perfectly in symmetry. There’s great geometry — progressive geometry — about it. It is more like mathematical artistry. Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge and Wisdom, sits on an open lotus. I think it is really critical to get new ideas. To me, the lotus is a source of ideas.”

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The collection was eco-friendly and showed Mishra’s versatility in creating modern pieces that retained his individual aesthetic and love for handlooms.

Donations to our pilgrimage to Saks Fifth Ave to snag Mishra’s work is much appreciated!