Right from her first showcase at Lakme Fashion Week, back in 2009, Masaba Gupta has broken convention and exposed Indian fashionistas to luxury kitsch. She took the commonplace leopard and cheetah prints and gave it a distinctive twist, even venturing into more mundane animals like the cow. Then, she turned everyday objects into unique style statements. Now, Gupta makes her foray into the city with a trunk show that has been carefully put together keeping the Bangalore buyer in mind.
“I have found that the South can be a rather challenging market because each city has a complex mix of tastes. Unlike Delhi or Mumbai that is very distinctive in their preferences,” says the designer whose pieces are staples in closets of fashionistas from Sonam Kapoor and Shilpa Shetty, to Kareena Kapoor, Mandira Bedi and Anushka Sharma. Drawing on research and feedback, Gupta has curated pieces from all her collections for this particular trunk show. “It’s a mix of everything, right from the very beginning,” she shares. So, the exhibition promises something for all her ardent followers, right from saris, crop tops, tunics and dresses, to shirts, palazzo pants and even five to six pieces from her elaborate festive collection of anarkalis, lehengas, shararas and kurtas.
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“We are looking at a younger or more adventurous buyer. We have colours that are unusual. And we are focusing on lighter fabrics like cottons and blends, not so much on silks that the South is both famous for and saturated with,” says Gupta about the three-day long exhibition that promises to include her iconic prints like the cow and the camera, as well as her range of pastel and neon colours.
And so, this trunk show, starting this Sunday, brings Gupta to the city for the first time and gives you a thorough viewing of everything Masaba over wine and hors d’oeuvres.
Rs. 5,000 upwards. Till June 17. At The Bombay Attic, Cunningham Road. Details: 22200052