In runway history, it has never, ever happened that a member of the transgender community opens a fashion week. Elegant and grand describe Laxmi Narayan Tripathi’s attire, designed by Archana Kochar, for the first show of the Bombay Times Fashion Week 2019. As the show stopper, he opened the show in a grand sari, in dazzling gold, with studs all over. While strutting the ramp, Laxmi owned the outfit and the runway. After Laxmi, a set of models sashayed on the runway alongside trans-women, displaying a set of hues – black, greys, reds embellished with the colours of the rainbow that are seen as the signature colour palette for the LGBTQI+ community.
Talking about this, Laxmi told us, “It is the first time that a transgender has opened a fashion show and it will go down in the history of the fashion industry, not just in India but all around the world. We do not need sympathy from society, we need and we deserve a fair chance. While several groups, brands and high-placed individuals have always spoken about supporting our community, it was the Times of India Group that set an example for everyone to follow. Prior to this, I have walked the ramp but this is the first time that a designer has included so many of my transgender models on the runway, underlining the spirit of inclusivity.”
Designer Archana Kochar, who put the show together with Anil Murarka and his foundation, added, “It’s an honour and a pleasure to endorse inclusivity in such a grand style. I made it a point to include colours of the rainbow in my outfits, especially the ones in black. I also ensured that the cuts and patterns in the collection were inclusive – they were specially curated for the members of the community who walked the ramp and made the show extremely special for me.”
While this is just the beginning of the day, we’re told there’s more excitement in store as the day progresses. Watch this space for more.