Runa Ray NYFW SS18
Represented by The Riviere Agency.
When a political message takes center stage of a fashion show, it can be hard to remember that the art and fashion of the clothing is still important, too. At Runa Ray SS18 shown at New York Fashion Week, the clothing showcased the environmental message Ray firmly believes in through rich textile work and handcrafted details.
From the trees of Southeast Asia to the roses blooming in springtime, many species of plants and foliage were pressed on various fabrics and hand-embroidered onto the bodice or skirts of all the looks.
Runa Ray: NYFW SS18
The more relaxed, billowy fit and drape of the fabrics gave the collection a whimsical feel that kept it dreamy. The best part about the collection was the innovative ways the fabrics were dyed and treated. Every look was colored beautifully, and you never would have guessed pomegranate peels, turmeric, and aloe vera were used amongst other natural elements.
you never would have guessed pomegranate peels, turmeric, and aloe vera were used amongst other natural elements
Runa Ray reminded us to take a step back and appreciate what nature has to offer, from the beauty of undergrowth illustrated through sequins and threadwork on a long white silk dress, to the functionality of the banana fiber used to create the woven menswear pieces.
Runa Ray used ancient techniques in treating the materials represented in her collection. “I have used hand-woven fabrics such as bamboo silks, bamboo cottons, and silks. Natural dyes such as Indian madder, indigo, pomegranate peels, and areca nut create the different tones of the materials. These natural fabrics are dipped in aloe vera to create a medicinal benefit found in the womenswear lining and fashionable menswear jackets and bottoms,” said the designer.
Runa Ray used ancient techniques in treating the materials represented in her collection
Using handwoven, organically dyed and printed fabrics gives the collection an enchanted forest type botanical feel.
The show opened with a series of neutral cream silk pieces printed with leaves and florals in a fossilized motif. Oversized, asymmetrical flutter sleeves were a theme in both her ivory and blush pieces sprinkled with a hint of sparkle detail. The collection included a variety of silhouettes extending from dresses and jumpsuits to separates and even menswear.
Bold harem pants and detailed tops wowed guests with the surprise of men’s pieces on the SS18 catwalk. Natural leaf embroideries trickled through several silhouettes for both men and women. Glitter overlays, rich florals and gold tones elevated the final series of the presentation. An easygoing aura permeated throughout the entire collection.
Closing the show was Runa Ray’s The Bleeding Dress, which made an impact scripted with “Imagination is the Only Weapon Against Reality.” Fast fashion is crowding the space for designers like Runa Ray who artistically and carefully craft every item. Runa Ray created this collection with a crying heart for Mother Earth who is currently suffering from the damage of humankind.
Fast fashion is crowding the space for designers like Runa Ray who craft every item
“Together we can save our planet from ecological waste and fast fashion. Fashion can be a powerful tool to educate and push people to join in saving and preserving our planet” said the designer.