The fruity colours of apple, strawberry and peach which were the flavours of Himalayan Orchard Pure were the colour story which Masaba used to create her vibrant collection. Clumps of earthy foliage suspended from the ceiling and on the ramp set the mood for the vibrant show and created a perfect orchard ambience.
The Sakalava tribe face paintings, rich flora, fauna and garments of Madagascar, Masaba turned them into a print story. In addition the designer played with paintings, figure murals, linear grass prints, abstract foliage and birds that were turned into rich colour pigments and digital prints.
The shade card matched the richness of the inspiration as pink tones; light peach, grass green, sun yellow balanced the blues with rich shades of berry, ivory and hints of gold and silver touches.
Opening the show with a dramatic keyhole neck, long, balloon- sleeved, slinky maxi; Masaba unleashed more maxis with white tulle capes, body hugging cholis with pants, shaded black/white sari and pinafores teamed with bell bottom pants.
Kurtas were draped or layered, while polo neck long-sleeved Tees were worn with drop-crotch pants. A trapeze tunic and sharara, mini with poncho cover and the grand maroon gown with a gorgeous floor skimming cape were eye-catching entries. Corsets appeared with saris, skirts and dresses to highlight the moulding and contouring nature of the collection.
The silhouettes were daring and indeed contemporary as flowing anarkalis swirled on the ramp with attached capes and corsets. Clouded silk dresses were detailed with knotted seams. Making a flamboyant entry were the bow tops, teamed with drop crotch dhotis; while patchwork capes added to the vibrant appeal of the collection.
Saris were deconstructed and worn with sharply cut trousers but slip dresses appeared with fluid throws. For a more prèt offering blazer maxis, asymmetric kurtas and flared palazzos completed the look.
The rich silks splashed with sequins and gold thread work brought the bridal festive appeal to the forefront.
To complement the fun, quirky prints and jewellery this show embodied, the entire look created by Sandhya Shekar was kept very youthful and different while playing with the eyebrows to make them the highlight. A tinge of gold was added to the look to give it an Indian flavour and draw parallels with the collection.
When it’s feisty, bridal, fashion that the New Age bride longs for; then the Himalayan Orchard Pure collection by Masaba Gupta will add the perfect vibrancy to her trousseau.