For more than a year now, Manav Gangwani and his fedora have been missing from the concentric fashion circles. The couturier skipped the fashion weeks, the launches and the parties that followed. Rumours suggested that it was probably time to forget the revival of his label. After all, a year is a long time in the industry.
On Wednesday night, Gangwani put an end to all the gossip as he presented an overindulgent couture show at the Hyatt Regency in Delhi.
The black-tie event introduced a reinvented version of the label, called MG Crest. After a paparazzi-ridden red-carpet entry of guests, it was time for cocktail hour, followed by the show in the ballroom. The elaborate sets by Sumant Jaikishan in the centre of the room told us just how much bling we would be subjected to for the next 20 minutes. Titled “Seven”, Gangwani’s couture collection depicted seven colours — pink, yellow, lavender, ivory, aqua, gold and green — and tons of Swarovski.
Models walked the elaborate runway in kaftans, draped saris, lehengas, anarkalis and sherwanis. Flaired layers on lehengas, Grecian drapes of saris, flowy anarkali silhouettes and sheer backs were the crux of the collection. The glitter, sparkle and shine on the ensembles were always his style. A year-long break and a new logo don’t necessarily coincide with a fresh fashion philosophy, we learnt. The one segment that did impress us was the one in which Gagnwani uses pearls and chikankari on his ivory palette.
A full house, celebrity spotting and tons of glitter later, one realises how little the designer’s fashion ideology has changed. It’s good to have him back, here’s hoping his next show will go with the “reinvention” theme.