17 Oct 2016

Athiya spreads monochrome magic on AIFW runway

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Actress #Athiya_Shetty looked stunning as the showstopper in a monochrome ensemble designed by #Masaba_Gupta for the latest Spring-Summer collection of the 28th edition of Amazon India Fashion Week (#AIFW) Spring-Summer 2017.

Athiya looked bold and beautiful in a black crop top with white flared up-waisted pants, paired with a black and gold printed cape.

Talking about the showstopper dress, Athiya told: "It's something that I feel comfortable in and describes the Maybelline girl -- confident and comfortable."

The collection saw over 35 ravishing ensembles and the models were seen sashaying down the ensembles to the tunes of live jazz music. 

The silhouettes featured shift dresses with beautiful structured jackets on top, crop tops paired with handkerchief skirts, kaftan with pants and tunics and saris with bomber jackets.

Talking about the collection, Masaba told: "It is about evening dressing. But there are pieces that go easily from day to night. We have shown the collection in two halves -- one is more relaxed and the other is more festive."
The designer, who is the daughter of Bollywood veteran actress Neena Gupta and former West Indies cricketer Vivian Richards, chose to go with monochrome hues with gold. She also used bright shades like pink, electric blue, green, bottle green, bright red and mustard.

"We were inspired by Maybelline's vivid matte collection and incorporate them in bits and pieces of the show," she added.

Masaba is known for her extraordinary and quirky prints like the lipstick, cow and camera print. This time she brought in caricatures inspired by Mithila paintings from Bihar.

Sharing details about the prints, she said: "There is one caricature print which is inspired by the Mithila paintings from Bihar, others include an abstract Ganesha print, blob of print, pillars etc."

The designer, who has styled celebrities like Sonam Kapoor and Mira Rajput said that the prints this time are more classic.

"It's more structured this time. The quirky, fun bit is only one print that we have done about these caricatures. It's not as edgy as the stuff in the past but more classic," she said.

But what stole the show was a tribute to designer Wendell Rodricks as the 27-year-old designer incorporated a garment having Rodrick's caricature.

"I just wanted to pay a tribute to him because he has been so influential in my life," she said.

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