LFW 2017: Esha Gupta Gives A Spectacular Close To Amit Aggarwal’s Show
Amit Aggarwal is a brilliant designer and no one needs any proof to it anymore. With his own signature style and his long list of celebrity clients, the designer has slowly and gradually carved a niche for himself in the luxury fashion segment. But he’s determined to keep on improving himself with every collection, or so it would seem from his recently presented ‘Monaco From the Heart of Kashi’ collection. Aggarwal showcased his latest range on Day 3 of the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2017 and here are all the deets…
Turning showstopper for Amit this season was the Baadshaho beauty, Esha Gupta who donned a stunning, wow-inducing Amit creation. The diva was seen in a shocking blue and sunflower gold lehenga. The radiating sun motif was interpreted through a maze of flowers done with recycled materials and intricate hand embroidery rising up from the hem. This was teamed with a fitted gold blouse adorned with rows of sequins. According to the post-release not, this lehenga alone amounted to 600 hours of labour.
Esha’s gorg lehenga was accessorised with just a pair of gold danglers which too were more or less hidden underneath her glam curls ensuring that nothing stole the thunder of this show-stopping number. Winged eyes and matte pink lips rounded off Esha’s look perfectly.
When you’re walking into an Amit Aggarwal show the four things you already know would be there are crazy drapes, insane pleats, bold metallics and an overall stunning show. And as if to reaffirm our belief, the designer sent down his first creation- comprising of a moulded silver blouse, a draped high-low skirt and a Benarasi saree that doubled up as a dupatta and held close to the body with a broad belt- amidst the sounds of temple bells and raw Hindu chants. This garment was also a not-so-subtle reminder of the designer’s love of recycling and restoring old fabrics. Last season he reinvented the Patola saree and this time it was the Benarasi which was befitting to his ‘Monaco From the Heart of Kashi’ collection. Where does the Monaco bit fit in, you ask? That’s where the design and form come into the picture as the art and interior of the Prince’s Palace of Monaco and the Opera De Monte Carlo became Amit’s inspiration. What followed this was a lineup of dramatically pleated, second-skin-like moulded and fluid silhouettes in emerald, midnight blue and wine, in addition to the designer’s signature metallic palette of gold, silver, pewter and copper.
And just as we were beginning to miss Amit’s well-known flounced structures, he sent down another, relatively subtle, reminder that there won’t be any dearth of architectural influences this season as well as he sent down a form-hugging gown with flounced, sheer drapes around the waist. Of course, this was soon overshadowed by the designer’s more elaborately structured gowns, lehengas and panelled skirts which saw the use of brocades, sheers and velvets in addition to the restored Benarsi sarees.
These were then adorned with three-dimensional hand embroideries. Circular art nouveau patterns were interpreted with zari and recycled cord intricately embroidered in flower forms. Fringes and “Batwa belts” (literally, purse belts as seen in the navy velvet gown above) also made to the list of embellishments.
Further adding to the Goddess-like Kashi vibe to his silhouettes was the chunky, vintage silver jewellery by Sangeeta Boochra, while the metallic Steve Madden heels contributed to the modern appeal of it.
From Amit’s beautiful collection, we have two favourites; one is, obviously, the lehenga Esha donned and the other is an equally glam black, beige and gold gown. Take a look…
Image Credit: Viral Bhayani