The South Asian New York Fashion Week paved its way into the fashion world, leaving an unforgettable mark, no doubt! They gave a platform for skilled craftspeople to showcase their works, giving a space for their influence to spread globally. Besides the primary headliners, SANYFW featured several emerging and established designers with The Runway Experience. Today we are covering some of the designers who participated, showing the immense talent South Asian artisans exhibit.
SANYFW: The Runway Experience w/ Emerging Designers
A clothing brand that reinterprets traditional South Asian apparel, Bedi fits the modern woman and strikes a balance between heritage and ingenuity. New York-based Alice Narang is Bedi's founder and creative director, whose vision is to incorporate Indian attire and streetwear into the daily lifestyle, the ready-to-wear pieces translating from morning to sundown.
A resort wear label that imitates vacation vibes, Recover Season is designed for the free-spirited who still sticks to her traditions, values, and cultures with her clothing. It is the result of hard work by the mother-daughter duo— Reshma Zaman and Sanya Zaman, who started it off as a community to spread a love for sunsets and what it symbolises.
An Indo-western line where fun and quirky meets South Asian style, RKJ Designs is versatile enough to be worn at all times and occasions, constantly adapting to new trends. Renee, the CEO and founder, wanted to create a label focusing on versatile clothing with a blend of Indo and Western cultures.
What is Moiré
What is Moiré is inspired by the NYC upbringing and Bangladeshi origins— the label creates streetwear that is donned and adored by the western world. Moiré is essentially a geometric pattern or discolouration occurring when a set of similar or slightly different ones are overlayed, resulting in a rippling illusion, a design evident in some collections.
An LGBTQ-owned small business, Pali blends handcrafted traditional Indian designs with modern menswear, incorporating traditional methods, prints, and techniques from India into sustainable designs. The label works towards preserving ancient cultural traditions, communities, and livelihoods, practising ethical labour practices and sourcing.
A label creating art using fine leather as a medium to symbolise beauty, Aks Mathur features products showcasing exceptional hand craftsmanship through limited orders. Aks, designer and founder of the label, envisioned communicating his thoughts through art on leather rather than "common words".
Kalamandir Royale works around colours, fabrics, and textures, playing around with each of them, leading to bringing out the best in a simple traditional saree. The label gives a royal and modern twist to the classic saree, curating unique styles.
Aariah by Sabbineni Ft. Avigna Fine Jewels
Aariah by Sabbineni is the premier destination for authentic, unique, and elevated Indian wear, with handlooms sourced straight from the weavers. Avigna Fine Jewels showcases luxury in the form of jewellery, with both labels joining hands to create a gorgeous masterpiece on the runway.
Tai by Studio 9696
Tai by Studio 9696 creates personalised outfits adaptable to various communities and genders, aiming to make South Asian textiles fluid, featuring bright colours, stand-out silhouettes, playful stripes, and motifs.