Textual content by Shirin Mehta. Images by Mallika Chandra
Winner of NEXA presents ‘The Highlight’ at FDCI X Lakmé Vogue Week, Two Level Two Studio by designer Anvita Sharma clearly resonated with NEXA’s core values – Discover, Embrace, Insurgent – in addition to their tag line “Create and Encourage”. Insurrection has certainly been the guiding power behind the maverick designer Anvita Sharma’s model, whose raison d’être clearly is to characterize extra than simply style and glamour – in reality, her philosophy and sensibilities have fun individuality and gender neutrality. Sharma embraces all that’s past the binary whereas supporting the LGBTQIA+ neighborhood very visibly in her work. “Two Level Two as a model is agender and goals to create a 3rd identification which stands for neither of the binaries and but for each”, states the label’s web site. In addition to, the outsized clothes eliminates variations of measurement, form and gender, leading to an inclusivity that few manufacturers within the style sphere are get together to: “As a result of the issues that unite us are larger than our variations”, believes their creator.
The genderless body-inclusive label’s assortment showcased at FDCI X Lakmé Vogue Week this season, ‘Behind Closed Doorways’, was “an ode to religion, hope, compassion, solidarity, camaraderie and above all love”, tapping into post-pandemic optimism and positivity. Natural textiles created with fibres of rose petals, oranges, lotuses as additionally natural cotton and recycled taffeta mirrored Sharma’s ardour for sustainability. The model has at all times upcycled textile leftovers of their embroideries, an early nod to declaring love for the planet. Eschewing the runway and selecting as an alternative to current the gathering at ‘The Atelier’, created an environment of intimacy the place “it was like watching character actors in a play slightly than fashions,” opined a viewer. A number of quirky clothes, a floor-length coat with wide-ruched sash, a three-piece swimsuit, a mini blazer gown, a printed pantsuit made a dramatic presentation, suggesting totally different moods that progressed in angle and site from “a bit misplaced to lastly joyful”, thus creating variety in a really cohesive manner. A splash of vibrant prints that included a putting indigo face design in addition to daring checks and circles appeared to reference a extra “pop-ish” period, and it was attention-grabbing to find that the graphics had been painted by hand earlier than being translated onto material. Knee-length boots, quirky socks and baggage added to the overall feeling of individualism and neutrality.
The Verve crew had a fast chat with the designer on the bottom at Vogue Week….
“Working with NEXA and attending to know their philosophy and the liberty that they gave us to place all our creativity into this assortment was superb, and I wish to thank NEXA and Lakmé for giving us this chance to precise our feelings by means of clothes.”
“The model title Two Level Two itself is a testomony to our philosophy of inclusivity and variety as a result of we wished to transcend the genders, past the binary of genders, which is 0 and 1, in order that’s why it’s known as Two Level Two….”
“With this particular assortment, by means of our mannequin choice, by means of our set and every little thing else, we wished to incorporate variety and inclusivity as a result of that may be a essential ideology for us, and because the inception of the model 4 years in the past, this has been our core worth, and we now have at all times stood by it…. We’d change colors or silhouettes in our collections, however this identification and this core worth at all times stay the identical.”
“Earlier than this, we now have showcased at London Vogue Week, and we now have carried out a digital showcase at LA Vogue Week. We now have additionally carried out Milan Vogue Week by means of Scouting for India, and I really feel that each one these locations have totally different cultures, totally different life and totally different professionalism and ethics. However, I really feel that the one widespread factor was the willingness to just accept experimentation and drama, and an openness to new concepts, and I really feel that India isn’t far behind – it’s bettering.”