#ICW2016: Gaurav Gupta’s Futuristic Indian Wear
The ones who aren’t fashionably acquainted with Gaurav Gupta’s creations would for sure find it OTT and edgy. But for the many who understand the designer’s sensibilities, it will not come as a surprise that the master of drapery stuck to his trademark style in couture. Sculptural ruffles, a signature element for the designer, was what made up his entire collection titled Scape Song at Day 4 of India Couture Week 2016.
Gupta’s silhouettes always convey high-octane drama, and the models paraded in stunning cocktail gowns, saris, and sari gowns. What made his collection extremely appealing was the architectural detailing in his garments; despite it having a flair, each garment exhibited on the runway looked pretty fresh. The colour palette used by Gupta was an unusual mix of strong and pale hues — there were greys, browns, and greens with a striking balance of pastel-y pinks and blues as well as white.
Though his was a “statement collection of contemporary, almost futuristic new Indian wear,” what remained a constant in each piece was the focus on Indian-ness. Now isn’t that what we call a brilliant show? One that doesn’t waver from its true characteristic, but will still provide the newness one looks forward to. Gupta had that going for him throughout his couture creations. An overtly-ruffled and layered gown made out of crystal mesh fabric by Swarovski was what the showstopper Saiyami Kher’s gown was about. Nothing short of the sheer sartorial artistry Gupta is known for!