The resonating sounds of temple bells beckoned from the banks of Kashi, beams of golden light intersected across the runway like filtered sunrays at dawn, brocade-clad statuesque forms descended like modern-day goddesses, everything seems so amazing!
Known for structure in design, Amit Aggarwal presented second skin-like molded blouses, the modern saree drape dresses, and paneled flare skirts. The outfits were teamed with sharply constructed jackets. Inspired by the art and interiors of the Prince’s Palace of Monaco and Opera De Monte Carlo, the collections metallic palette of gold, silver, pewter, and copper was accented with emerald, midnight blue, and wine.
Continuing with sustainability in couture, Amit restored rich vintage Banarasi sarees in his signature style and three-dimensional hand embroideries. Circular art nouveau patterns were interpreted with zari and recycled cord intricately embroidered in flower forms.
Keeping brocade as the hero of the show, the models maintained nearly nude sun-kissed skin and wind-wisped fishtail plaits with an au-naturel glow. The designer accessorized the Monaco-inspired ensembles with ‘batwa belts’, a truly modern interpretation of a classic Indian purse.
Designer Sangeeta Boochra crafted silver tribal and polki jewelry and head pieces. Metallic heels by Steve Madden perfectly complemented the collection.
The towering presence of Esha Gupta made her glorious appearance 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 boasted of 600 hours of craftsmanship. This stunner was teamed with Amit’s signature gold molded blouse.
“I think the collaborative efforts of Lakme and IMG getting a place of history along with a creative force such as us, opens up a Pandora of possibilities. Design, inspiration, creation, and commerce strengthen with such collaborations,”
Friends of the brand, Dia Mirza, Kiara Advani, Sona Mohapatra and Manasi Scott were seen in the front rows.
Speaking on the occasion, Rajeev Nangia, India Director, Monaco Government Tourist Bureau said
“Monaco is the epitome of luxury and glamour, and undoubtedly one of the finest tourist destinations’ in the world to enjoy the high life. We loved the collection, “Monaco from the Heart of Kashi” exclusively showcased by Amit Aggarwal at Lakme Fashion Week. The style and opulence that his collection featured are truly synonymous with, the fashion extravagance that destination Monaco is bestowed with. His collection was truly in line with the mood of magnificent celebrations and weddings, one can picturize at destination Monaco. Luxury comes with a lot of responsibility and sustaining our environment, heritage, art, and culture are of prime importance. Practicing sustainability in Monaco is also of prime importance and we appreciate Amit’s effort to maintain the year’s old heritage of ‘Banarsi Saris and handwork’ in this collection”.
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