At The Trunk Show earlier this month, I bought my first Akaaro piece, a semi-translucent striped zari dress that I will wear to every semi-formal occasion I attend now until forever. And that is how I properly discovered the stunning label by designer Gaurav Jai Gupta.
Last week I asked Gaurav to send over his sublime Akaaro’s Autumn/Winter 2014 lookbook. Shot by photographer Tenzing Dakpa, I love that the lightly embellished backdrop, and model's range of expression and movement make the clothes shine.
For this collection, Gaurav derived inspiration from the song, story and visual cues of the Dongria Kondh tribal community from Kucheipadar in Orissa. Titled V, the collection features jackets, shift dresses and lots of separates - cropped shirts, long skirts and tailored pants in his signature handlooms. His silvery, sometimes gauzy handwoven silks mixed with stainless steel give some of the designs a futuristic feel.
Homespun textiles in a experimental, edgy format. I’m into that.