When Avni Trivedi showcased her collection Avni at The Liberty Hotel, guests had an opportunity to view a line unlike many that had preceded it. In a day of recycled products, global warming, and an increased awareness of our carbon footprint, Anvi Trivedi seems to hold the right balance of fashion while “going green.” In her debut versatile collection, Avni featured tunics, blazers, tailored skirts, dresses, and separates constructed out of natural fibers, many of which are dyed with fruits of the earth such as pomegranate or lemon. The natural process of fabric dying gives each garment its own unique feel as nearly no two are exactly the same.
As a designer, Avni strives to combine her love of western fashion with cultural flair from various parts of the world. Her collection has Indian influences throughout, whether through a tunic which incorporates silver sequins customary in India to reflect light and create color, or through elegant draping of her skirts which appear distantly reminiscent of a Sari. Freshness is seen not only through the fruits used to color her garments but also through the eyes of a young worldly designer who stays true to her roots in a way that is still relevant and viable in American culture.
In addition to naturally dyed garments, many of Avni’s items feature intricate embroidery, hand woven fabrics, and Banhandi, a traditional tye-dye method. Guests at The Liberty responded to the new designer’s collection, admiring its ability to be casually chic. Most of the pieces could translate from day to evening and mix and matched to create a variety of looks.
Through difficult to choose, some favorites from the evening include a one shoulder dress dyed with pomegranate skin which for The Liberty show was paired with draped grey pearls, and a metallic grey/silver shoe. The outfit overall appeared to be a light and effortless dinner or event dress based on how it was accessorized. The added beauty of the garment: toss on a wide belt at the waist, some leggings, and a cropped blazer and this evening look can double as office-chic.
Another favorite look featured seemingly simple items. The pants and halter top duo surprised the audience with its multi dimensional coloration, layered gauze looking top, and pants which through folds and loose pleats gathered and draped down the leg. No ordinary pair of pants, even the sheen from the fabric appeared as rich as the cultural influence.
For the closing, Avni selected mostly dresses in addition to a tunic layered with white leggings. Holding a color story of pinks, purples, and mauves, the five ending looks marched together cohesively but separately represented the different methods and elements of the Avni label.
From the collection’s standpoint, the transition of the colors and the cohesion of the prints and fabrics created a true collection not often seen from a designer who is relatively just starting out. And from the designer standpoint? Avni Trivedi proved she is a fresh face with new ideas and a natural talent, with or without pomegranate.