Gaurav Gupta’s couture collection that took references from the “sculptures found in the realm of a mythological forest”, looked even more dreamy when actress Aditi Rao Hydari closed the designer’s show at the ongoing India Couture Week (ICW) here. Couture mostly means bridal in India, but the definition of bridal wear has changed, and Gupta just proved that by showcasing his latest collection, “Moondust”, at ICW on Saturday.
“This collection is extremely couture. It’s inspired by nature, forest, almost like a parallel world which is happening on the moon in a fairytale way.
“It is all these art like scuptures made into garments which are wearable sculptures. It’s just about celebrating fantasy,” Gupta told reporters here after the show that saw the designer collaborating with luxury boutique studio Klove to bring to life an immersive installation.
“We got mesh from Italy. We developed laces from scratch. That’s what makes this collection haute couture,” he added.
He believes India has couture “thriving”. “India is one of the places in whole world which consumes couture. It’s only been consumed in India or the middle east.”
Using his signature fabrics like chiffon, crepe, tulle, net and lace, the collection had pieces with exaggerated shoulders, fishtail gowns, body hugging dresses and much more in colours like grey, blue and green.
“Many of my brides wear gowns on their special events, or go for an amalgamation of a gown with something Indian. There are new silhouettes, colours and a lot of experimentation within that,” he told IANS.
“Today the brides only wear bridal on their wedding day, for the rest of the days it is new global couture for them,” he added.
And like the evolution of couture, his showstopper Aditi also likes to “evolve”.
“She is not scared to experiment. Within that (what she wears) she finds her personality. She’s a thinking wearer,” Gupta said about the actress, who sported side swept hairstyle and wore a grey gown with a long trail.
“It’s very special because GG (Gupta) is one of the first people who encouraged me when I was new …almost six to seven years ago,” she said on closing his show.
Recalling her initial days in showbiz, she said: “He called me and I went to his studio. I just sat there for the whole day. I took out everything from all his old and new collections. I tried everything on. I felt like a real princess.”
“From that day to this day, I am so close to him. He is very protective of me. It’s very special because its the first time I am walking for him. And also the collection is called ‘Moondust’,” she said.
And like Gupta, Aditi believes in enchanted forests, unicorns, reindeers and all happy things.
One could see all the “enchantment” on her garment.
The day was special for Aditi for one more reason. The poster of her upcoming film “Bhoomi”, which is comeback film of actor Sanjay Dutt, was unveiled on Saturday.
“It’s special. That is Sanju sir’s comeback film. I feel lucky to be working with him. There’s a lot more to come,” promised the petite actress, who couldn’t stop looking at the tall models who walked with her during the show.
Intimidated by them?
“Always. They are so tall, I call them giraffe. They are very sweet to me. Whenever I’ve walked on the ramp, I’ve got such a lovely energy from everybody.”