Here’s a look at the collections presented by Gaurang Shah as part of Indian textiles day and Anushree Reddy and Archana Rao in the Talent Box category at the Lakme India Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013.
Dress like a princess
Anushree Reddy’s collection, in soft pinks, off-whites and lemon yellows saw flowing silhouettes inspired by vintage style statements. She elegantly combined this with traditional Indian embroidery — Hyderabadi zardozi, gotta, chikankari, crochet and knots. The collection comprised lehengas, saris and anarkalis along with cocktail dresses. The summery line uses soft cottons, chiffon, lace and net.
Regal would be an apt word to describe Gaurang Shah’s collection ‘Gulbadan,’ with hand-woven fabrics from Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. The collection saw an amalgamation of kota jamdani weaves and chikankari embroidery. The showstopper Chitrangada Singh wore a black kota sari woven in jamdani. Gulbadan comprised 16 hand-woven designs, and the highlight was an outfit created using 28 metres of fabric and worn by a model with a 28-inch waist.
In fact, each of Gaurang’s creations used 12-15 meters of fabric. The cotton-kota fabric used in the collection is in 400 count yarn woven with Mughal butas and lined with kota-tussar chikankari fabrics in geometric designs. The vintage collection was a show stealer.
Vintage formal chic
Archana Rao’s label Frou Frou showcased an elegant, structured formal wear for women. Inspired by vintage and thrift stores from around the globe, the collection ‘A Nostalgia Shop’ made use of muted mustard, red, blue along with sombre shades of bronze and beige. The collection in twill, organza, denim and sheer fabrics comprised jackets, dresses, tops and trousers.
Simple and tailored, the pieces sported embroidery, fringes, feminine prints, trims and pearl detailing that added to the fun appeal. A notable piece was a sheer blazer with pop-coloured collar.