Sanjay Garg is known for reviving Indian heritage through the indigenous sari, which has withstood the onslaught of time and the ubiquitous gown. Sanjay Garg of the eponymous label, Raw Mango, a debutant at the Amazon India Fashion Week Spring Summer 2016 in association with Maybelline NY, was the opening designer this season.
Sanjay Garg says with a disarming smile, “The garments in this collection aim to bridge the gap between textile and fashion, and at the same time, blur the categories of traditional and modern, old and new, past and present. The garments present technical advancements in Mashru that make the ‘old’ textile contemporary, while retaining the luxuriousness that has always been an important part of it.”
This year his collection indulged in the luxuriousness of Mashru silk. Traditionally, this specific style of weaving that renders the fabric with cotton on one side and silk on the other, was a way for Muslim men to wear silk without breaking sharia law, which prohibits such extravagances.
The striking pieces from the collection were undeniably the elegant calf-length kurtas worn with matching cigarette trousers, detailed with gold polka dots, subtle stripes and tone-on-tone motifs. Given the freshness of these kurta-cigarette trouser combos and matching coats, the lehengas he exhibited seemed pretty analogous to last year’s collection.