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Day One at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019 ended with an exciting high-tech fashion presentation of couturier Amit Aggarwal’s “Flux” collection, made from R|Elan™ FreeFlow fabric by Reliance Industries Limited (RIL). FreeFlow is part of the unique range offered by R|Elan™ Fabric 2.0, which defines the next generation of textiles. Drawing upon its extensive R&D and vast expertise in fibre technologies, RIL has created this range of sustainable, performance enhancement Fabric 2.0 – a portfolio of specially engineered fabric innovations that offer a plethora of benefits ranging from sustainability, high performance to aesthetics. With high fashion brands choosing R|Elan™ for designing eco-fashion, active wear, denim, ethnic and western-wear, casuals and work wear, the brand is on its way to becoming a top fashion favourite. The “Flux” collection is Amit Aggarwal’s perfect luxury men’s and women’s wear offering. On his association with R|Elan™, designer Amit Aggarwal said, “R|Elan™ is making India into a homegrown space for new age and contemporary textiles. Working with the natural fluidity of the R|Elan™ FreeFlow fabric, paved the way to create the new, modern and fashionable ‘Flux’ collection. The fabric not only enhances the aesthetics of the design through its elegant, fluid drapes but also sparks creative explorations for beautiful, feminine silhouettes.” Admiring the “Flux” collection, Mr Hemant D. Sharma, Head – Polyester Business, RIL, said “Amit Aggarwal’s Flux has unveiled the fusion of supreme craftsmanship, aesthetics with the sustainability and high-performance quotient of R|Elan™. We are pleased to see novel high-tech apparels bringing out the unique features of R|Elan™ FreeFlow fabric.” Being a forerunner in reusing materials, the brand Amit Aggarwal has strived to find new life in ‘discard’ with each of his collections. As India becomes the first nation to recycle 90 per cent of its PET waste, the brand has joined handed with RIL’s R|Elan™ to be a part of this far-reaching movement. Very noticeable were Amit’s distinct signature recycled polymer strips on the ramp along with the geometric compositions in the form of sheer sultry wraps, exaggerated sleeve detailing, strong power shoulders and some feminine billowing skirts. Bringing in his expert design techniques, Amit had plissé, (a near constant for the creations for men and women) dramatic fine draping and 3D embroidery, which added to the extreme construction of the ensembles. Colours were a rich sachet of bright emerald, petrol, purple and plum, which were impressively balanced with gold, blush, silver and ivory. Women’s wear was opulent with polymer strips for long-sleeved mini, sheer skirt over body suit, pleated long gown and draped neo sari. The ombré blazer over a draped skirt, shimmering peplum blouse, grey midi dress and the red plisséd halter maxi were stunners on the ramp. The draped sari and another shimmering plain/striped sari, as well as the mini with impressive shoulder trails created a futuristic look for women. Men’s wear was as adventurous and matched the polymer strip detailing also seen on battle jackets, plisséd one-sleeve shirt, boxy oversized trench coat and waist coat with shirt. Stopping the show was the very graceful and elegant Lisa Haydon who sashayed down the ramp in a purple draped sari gown with micro plissé pallav and high slit skirt. Keeping her dashing company on the ramp was ace cricketer Hardik Pandya who strutted down in a matching purple neo style, long-line, jacket teamed with narrow pants and shimmering flap detailing. When it comes to a collection that is luxurious, then “Flux” by Amit Aggarwal created from R|Elan™ FreeFlow fabric, will be the perfect homage to fashion.