Gaurav Gupta celebrated his 10-year journey in fashion by presenting his new collection as part of Lakme Fashion Week’s 15-year milestone.
An alumni of Central Saint Martin’s, Gaurav’s form-flattering sari-dresses have become an integral part of the modern day bride’s wardrobe. They're a unique combination of sexy and traditional so of course we had high hopes for this show.
As the lights dimmed, we were witness to one of the most incredible finales LFW has ever seen. A huge installation of a lady was set up in the middle of the circular stage as the models emerged from the small pit inside the statue and spread out on the runway, which also consisted of stairs. The piano and cello added to the tempo of the show as models walked out gracefully to its rhythm wearing bold red lips, winged eyeliner and a sleek top knot.
Monochrome looks with a blend of sharp tailoring and fluid drapery along with ostentatious origami and dramatic ruffles had us ogling in admiration. Grey gowns followed in innovative shapes structures never seen before. The stunning burst of red on the runway created quite a stir filtering through the more subtle hues. We loved the printed silhouettes that consisted of flowy black lines on a still white background, almost teasing the eye into seeing new shapes and forms. Quite the illusion! Glistening silver numbers followed, definitely the most dramatic and conceptual of the lot, contouring the body most sensually. The one shoulder gowns with mermaid like ruffles and side cut-outs stood out beautifully too.
The fabrics used were an interesting mix of neoprene, tulle, silks and georgettes in order to create an entire spectrum of textures, forms and silhouettes.
Show-stopper Kareena Kapoor Khan looked sensational in a black mermaid gown with mesh panels on the stomach, full sleeved on one side and a sleeveless mesh on the other as well as an exalted shoulder structure. She definitely ensured that her title of the queen of show-stoppers was tightly in place. Her outfit was a playful juxtaposition of Gaurav’s signature drapes and structures. She said she loves working with new designers and creative minds like him.
What could have been better? Perhaps a few ready-to-wear pieces in addition to the couture garments could have made the collection more multi-dimensional. Nonetheless, we can’t wait to see what the multi-talented designer has in store for the future!