LFW: Gaurang Shah transports fashion lovers to yesteryear

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Mumbai, Aug 24 (IANS) With old and gold songs like “Waqt ne kiya kya haseen sitam”, “Mud mud ke na dekh” and “Yeh hai Bombay meri jaan” playing as the background score, award-winning textile designer Gaurang Shah’s show ‘Anupama’ — inspired by yesteryear actresses like Nutan, Meena Kumari, Nargis and Madhubala — took fashion lovers at the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week (LFW), back in time to the 1950s and 1960s era.

With a wide range of vintage style saris, dresses and Anarkalis, models broke ramp rules by giving up towering heels to saunter barefoot for the show here on Friday.

For recreating and completing the 1950s’ and 1960s’ look for ‘Anupama’, which saw an array of beautiful shades ranging from pastel pinks to mauve to grey, blue, dark wine and maroon, models used flowers on their heads.

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“The 40 pieces of beautifully handwoven inspiration is a recreation of an era of glorious hand-woven saris and dresses in colours from pastel pinks to mauve to grey to blue to dark wine and maroon,” Shah told IANS.

The finale of the exuberant show saw a ballet dancer who tip-toed onto the ramp in a beautiful off-white crop top and a long skirt paired with ballet shoes, and performed on the song “Mud mud ke na dekh” from the film “Shree 420”.

Asked why did he not have a celebrity showstopper, Shah said: “‘Anupama’ is our showstopper. We believe every single model and the pieces which is an outcome of more than eight months of hard work is unique, and have a story to tell. We would like all the admiration and applause go to every single piece of ‘Anupama’.”

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At the end of the show, which saw paintings of veteran actresses Waheeda Rehman, Sadhana, Nargis, and Vyjayanthimala, Shah was welcomed with loud cheers and whistles on the runway.

–IANS

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