Paris Fashion Week Is Dressing Heroines for Battle
If there’s a war to be waged on behalf of humanity, consider calling the design houses of Esha Sethi Thirani and Alleira Batik to dress our heroines for battle.
Part of the Oxford Fashion Studio group show, each designer presented structured and architectural details—a stiff bell sleeve here, a puffed shoulder there, a precisely draped cape—that exuded strength without sacrificing femininity.
In earth tone colors with an emphasis on black and gold Thirani looked to the past utilizing kalamkari, an ancient Indian technique of painting to design artisanal fabrics with jute cotton as a through line; Alleira Batik hewed close to its signature batik in separates and statement-making dresses.
Despite nodding to yesteryear both collections felt modern with the everyday women as a heroine and star of her own story. Batik underlined that message by opening the show with Madeline Stuart, widely considered to be the first professional model with Down syndrome.