Decked up in flowers and bright lights, Mumbai’s iconic Gateway of India served as a perfect backdrop for Dior’s pre-fall 2023 collection. Presented by the luxury house’s Creative Director Maria Grazia Chiuri, in association with the Chanakya School of Craft, this collection marked a three-decade long partnership and friendship shared between Maria and Karishma Swali, Creative Director of Chanakya School of Craft as well as celebrated the Indian culture and craft.
Besides the monochromes, black and white, this collection featured colour block patterns ranging in shades of vibrant yellow, hot pink, vivacious purple and lush green. With silk being extensively used in this collection, the silhouettes saw button-down shirts, wrap skirts, sari-inspired straight skirts, long dresses with high slits along with pants, boleros, jackets and tops. Adding a dash of bling to the collection were those sequined and well as embroidered jackets. The pearled chokers added quite an oomph to the attire while those slip-ons gave quite a cultural edge to the overall look.
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Speaking of aesthetics, the mesmerizing floral rangoli made out of marigold, rose and jasmine petals, crafted on both sides of the runway, took the cake. The handcrafted toran, featuring 1,008 patches presenting various styles of craft, placed on the monument added to the cultural divinity. Diyas stationed at both sides of the runway added brightened up the atmosphere. Replacing trance beats with the classical melody, the models walked in sync with the tunes of the flute, table and other musical instruments.
We are still in a fashion high from last night’s gala, what about you?