‘Aliens coming from Egypt’ is how Gaurav Gupta described his models, who walked the ramp for his collaborative show with Mawi Keivom’s eponymous jewellery label. UK-based Mawi’s exceptional designs have adorned international celebrities for some time now and it was a homecoming for the Indian born designer, as she showcased her ‘Indian Odyssey’ collection at Lakme Fashion Week Summer / Resort 2014.
Front Row: Kalki Koechlin, Lisa Haydon and Anushka Manchanda all wearing Gaurav Gupta gowns, were present to show their support for the designer.
The set: Two large abstract shapes that were suggestive of origami folds flanked the runway’s entrance, representing the gateway from the outer world to the Earth. Towering over the ramp was a golden spaceship that lit up with flickering lights and ascended as the show began. Beams of light from the spaceship created a smoke haze through which Gaurav’s aliens emerged.
The sound: Haunting tunes that combined techno beats and tribal vocals were mixed by DJ Jayant, intensifying the eerie, science fiction-like mood of the show.
The mood: As the first two models walked down the ramp wearing fluid golden gowns with long trails entwined with each other, connected like a pair of Siamese twins, we saw a prelude to the sensuous yet subversive beauty these alien creatures would turn out to be. The languid drapes of the garments stood in sharp contrast to the architectural shapes of the jewellery to create a future-primitive mood.
The clothes: Gaurav Gupta’s signature style of unusual drapes and intricate pleating were seen on the gowns that looked like molten metal in shades of gold, copper and tar, on which sheer panels were strategically placed. Slashed gowns in flame orange and sharply pleated outfits in an almost toxic shade of teal contrasted with the liquid metallics. Shimmery bodysuits stood out among the draped gowns.
The jewellery: A blend of tribal and futuristic, each of Mawi’s pieces was a statement in itself. The long rope like chains with bejeweled pendants, the neck cuffs in dark metal, large earrings with spheres and spikes and the jewel encrusted bracelets, all had an art deco – meets – science fiction look. With their strong character and unique shapes, Mawi’s baubles would be the hero pieces of any ensemble.
The look: Bejewelled temples over chiseled cheekbones and thick braids worn on the top of the head, gave an edgy, outer worldly appearance to the models.
What we loved: Finger shields that almost covered the hand and grid-like statement necklaces that had an armour-like feel to them were among our favourites. The futuristic woman is always ready for inter galactic battle!
Parting shots: Past meeting future in an alien setting is what fashion fantasies are made of, and with its dark and mysterious mood, it only gets better. While the collection may not scream summer, we have no reason to complain, for in Gaurav’s fantasy land, who knows what the weather is like! As for Mawi, we couldn’t be happier for her India debut, for those prized pieces of bejewelled metal are the kinds even Pharaohs would take to the other side.