Gaurav Jai Gupta displayed a symphony of fabulous textiles at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2014. The most distinct aspect in a Gaurav Jai Gupta show is always the fabulously woven textiles with weaves and yarns that defy imagination. For the fashion week, Gaurav’s collection for his label ‘Akaaro’ presented ‘Meen’, a line, which had exclusive hand woven fabrics in fulia, lycra, silk, chanderi, cotton and zari from Bengal and Benaras.
The collection was inspired by underwater reflections in urban Indian landscapes. Using discreet, toned down metallic colours as the base; Gaurav added some pastel accents for an added impact. Emphasising on strong woven detailing in some segments, the collection’s ensembles were all engineered to perfection. The colour story was as interesting as the weaves with black, golden and grey in variations moved onto blue and silver.
Proving his mastery over weaves and stripes, the saris with crushed pallus worn with an assortment of pleated waist coat, front open jacket, acid yellow silk cropped shirt or striped long sleeve silk cotton blouses were beauties on the ramp. Simple basics like kurtas and pants, long practical cotton achkan dresses, tunics with hints of glimmer, engineered cotton zari waist coat/maxi and asymmetrical jacket with cotton dhoti pants, had weaves that were exclusive as well as intricate.