With a collection that aimed to capture creativity at its best, Jayanti Reddy’s “Benares and Beyond” collection, dazzled the audience with its exclusive fashion statements. Deriving its inspiration from the picturesque beauty of Benares, the designer used clothes as her canvas to showcase a striking line of ensembles.
With a kaleidoscope of ideas that were a feast for the eyes, fabrics like raw silks, Banarasi woven fabrics, were teamed with sheer organza and net, to add fluidity.
The colour palette ranged from muted beiges to pistachio greens, ivories, flaming reds, wines, hot pinks and rich purples being dominant. With designs inspired by natural motifs like flowers and mangoes, she gave a modern twist to anarkalis, dhotis, long kurtas, dupattas, lehengas and cholis.
An ode to Peshwai
Fashion Designer Gaurang Shah’s collection mesmerised his audience, mirroring the enchanting 18th-century clothing style during the rule of Peshwa Bajirao. The ornate weave synonymous with royalty of Maharani Chimnabai of Baroda.
The show opened to soul-stirring live classical music, as the models graced the ramp in Gaurang’s Peshwai woman and men’s collections in the backdrop of singer Gargee Siddhanth’s beautiful composition – Raag Bihag depicting Shringar Ras, and Lat Uljhi Suljha Ja Re Balam followed by Dekho Mori rang me bhigoi daari accompanied by melodic tanpura and sarangi instruments.
The beautiful colour tones from mogra whites grading into sunflower shades of yellow, oranges to rose reds added enduring charm to Peshwai.