Mumbai (PTI): With a vintage setting at the famous Royal Opera House, Sanjay Garg brought the old world charm on the ramp as he closed the first day of the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2017 here.
Titled “Cloud People”, the collection celebrated the purity of craftsmanship and textile.
The contemporary yet Indian silhouettes presented the handcrafted chikankari on Bengal mul, zardozi and hand-woven brocade beautifully.
Talking about his latest obsession with chikankari, Garg told PTI, “Raw Mango has always worked with handloom and we want to show handloom in different ways. Chikanari is the main embroidery this time and I feel it beautifully compliments the clothes.”
The designer said it took him months to bring alive his interpretation of chikankari.
“It is a long process. It took me a lot of time to bring chikankari from shiffon and georgette to cotton. We have also ditched the classic paisley motif and have gone figurative with chikankari. We have used different interpretations.”
The collection was inspired by Lakme’s beauty range enriched with Argan oil. On his collaboration with the beauty brand, Garg said, “Working with Lakme Fashion Week is always a pleasure. It truly feels like a full circle as LFW was where I had my first show. This season has been very special also because this is my first collection featuring chikankari.”
Apart from the clothes, the biggest highlight of the night was the beautiful venue and live opera performance that enthralled the audience.
With the unique choice of the venue, the beauty brand went back to its inception of being inspired by a French Opera named Lakme.
Simone Tata, who played a pivotal role in steering the brand in its early years, attended the show.
Garg’s celebrity fans Mini Mathur, Tillotama Shome and Amrita Puri were also present.