GAURANG’S “NEEL” COLLECTION WAS A VISUAL EXTRAVAGANZA AT LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SUMMER/RESORT 2018
Mumbai, 2nd February 2018: From the exciting fashion studio of Gaurang, it was “Neel”, a captivating collection devoted to shades of indigo that dazzled on the ramp at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2018. A Gaurang show is always a memorable experience in music, dance, fashion and style combined with crafts, fabrics and prints.
This season the show opened with a live band, singer Hansika Iyer and the very graceful Kathak dancer Barkha Patel. To the melodious strains of the music, the presentation was a grand offering to lovers of tradition, craft and textiles.
Gaurang’s labour of love for the “Neel” range lasted nearly 18 months as he merged his textile expertise with the timeless indigo hues, which have been in existence since 1750 BC in Mohenjo-Daro. Over the centuries till date, the indigo dye has been a fashion symbol in Indian textiles. Working tirelessly with the intricate process of indigo dyeing in the interiors of Gujarat, Gaurang at times spent 30 days to get a correct single shade.
With the hand spun yarns procured from different clusters in India, Gaurang innovated on his favourite weaving technique of Jamdaani and incorporated indigo in Kota, Benaras, Patan Patola, Paithani, Khadi, Kanjivaram and Dhaka weaves. Gaurang then added a profusion of the most gorgeous block prints like Ajrakh, Dabu, Bagh, Bandhani, Shibori, Leheriya and Batia. The final touch was provided by stunning embroidery starting with Chikankari, Kashidakari, Aari, Rabari, Kasuti, Parsi Gara and ended on Kantha.
The stunning saris and ensembles that floated down thecatwalk on the ethereally styled models were creations that fashion followerswill long for during the coming season.
The diaphanous angarkhas and anarkali kurtas were createdlovingly in metres of fabrics. The lehenga, choli and dupatta trio were workedwith the various embellishments and turned into eye-catching semiformalofferings. The saris were like a canvas on which Gaurang transferred hisartistic beauty. Weaves and borders were merged to provide the right base forthe prints and crafts.
Men’s wear was regal and elegant with dhotis, kurta,sherwanis and jackets in Bandhani prints and embroidery on the lovely richfabrics.
The “Neel” collection by Gaurang was a grand amalgamationof colour, textiles, prints and crafts that offered memorable wardrobe options.
Lakmé Makeup Expert, Daniel Bauer created the perfectdewy look to complement the collection. The use of warm nude tones wassynonymous with this year’s trend of ‘Nudes Reinvented’. The lips had a tint ofpink, which was created using the new lipsticks from the Lakmé Absolute Nudesrange. The look was completed with an ornamented ponytail which was tied usinga fabric from the collection.