LFW 2016: Gaurang Shah Merged Indian With Vintage French Designs
Vintage silhouettes and traditional Indian textiles worked in tandem at the Gaurang Shah show on Day 2 of Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2016. Titled Calico, the designer — who is known for his exquisite Indian wear (especially saris) — crafted his display of garments fusing handwoven textiles like khadi, muga silk and organza with the jamdani technique. The designer used a combination of motifs that ranged from Mughal floral elements to even paithani designs.
A highlight of the show was the live music provided by Manasi Scott and band, while models strutted down the ramp (including a cute Carol Gracias with her baby bump). While a part of the showcase had a display of saris, the other part of the collection showcased garments using Indian textiles that reminded one of the Belle Epoch era — right from the pleated and voluminous silhouette gowns to the hair and makeup and even the styling. The designer refrained from a particular colour space — we saw whites, greens, browns and purples, among others.
All in all, while the DNA of Gaurang’s show was heavily Indian, it was masked perfectly with a Western European influence.
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