On Saturday, September 29th, Avni Trivedi showcased her latest collection at The Tent at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel during Boston Fashion Week (BFW).
Trivedi, who was born and raised in India where she became imbibed with the rich cultural heritage of the region, represents, in her own words, the “new” green. Throughout her work Trivedi strives to “seamlessly blend contemporary designs, luxury fashion, sustainability, and social responsibility.” The fabrics themselves are all hand-made by artisans in villages from her native country.
Those familiar with Trivedi’s work understand her design aesthetic and the affinity she has for all things from her native land. Her latest designs adhere to this style and the pieces, all of which looked remarkably comfortable, echoed the cultural milieu she drew upon to inspire her work. Some favorite pieces from the night included: a silk cross-body tunic paired with bamboo leggings; an organic cotton collared pin-tuck dress with a belt; a silk baby doll dross with a cotton/satin cropped jacket; and an organic cotton handkerchief hem tank with button detail paired with a silk/wool skirt with pockets.
Christina Pierce styled the looks of the show and her choice of jewelry and accessories, as well as the way she chose to pair the garments, were impressive. I especially loved her use of circlets to enhance the priestess theme and, indeed, all the jewelry enhanced the garments by echoing the Indian roots that inspired their use. The models wearing the clothes looked comfortable and exuded an easiness about them, something audience members commented on after the show. The idea for tossing the braided strand of hair over the models’ shoulder was divine and I felt there was a sort of sexiness that emanated from each knot.
The show’s production could have used more thoughtful consideration, though. The opening, which featured four drummers from the Japanese Drummers of Rutsubo Taiko, was a bit too long and the drumming instrumental that played during the runway show caused me to become tired (the woman who yawned next to me seemed to attest to this sentiment).
In all, I appreciated Trivedi’s aesthetic and valued Christina Pierce’s styling. Aside from the music and the delay in start time, the production was fine, but for a future Trivedi show, I would love to see the drummers play their set during the runway segment. I did get the sense that was Trivedi’s original intention, but unfortunately the size of the catwalk did not permit such a staging.
For information regarding Avni Trivedi and to view pieces from her collection, please visit www.avnifashion.com. Christina Pierce can be contacted at www.christina-pierce.com.