HOW TO PAIR HAUTE COU­TURE WITH HIGH-STREET FASHION

(YES, IT’S POS­SI­BLE!)

Hindustan Times - Brunch - - Front Page - Text and styling by Dr­ishti Vij Pho­tos by Farhan Hus­sain

Haute cou­ture is the ul­ti­mate form of lux­ury. In France, ‘cou­ture’ is a legally-pro­tected term and only a hand­ful of de­sign­ers are al­lowed to use it. It’s a sar­to­rial in­dul­gence that comes at the cost of a fam­ily car you’ve been plan­ning to buy, or your yearly salary (uh-oh!).

But, can these six-fig­ure lehen­gas and cho­lis be paired with more hum­ble ev­ery­day wear?

In the back­drop of the grand­est fashion ex­trav­a­ganza and tak­ing a cue from de­sign houses like Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier that are send­ing out mod­els in sneak­ers and knee-pads for their cou­ture shows, we present a mar­riage of high and low fashion that some par­tic­i­pat­ing de­sign­ers were wor­ried about, but all were ec­static with the re­sults!

SHYA­MAL & BHU­MIKA x A BOMBER JACKET

“The com­bi­na­tion of the band­hani- print jacket and the lehenga looks quite un­usual and quirky,” says Gu­jarat­based cou­turier Shya­mal Shod­han.

STREET CRED: “Fashion is a dy­namic in­dus­try, and we are con­stantly look­ing at new ideas, no­tions and in­spi­ra­tions. Street wear has no in­flu­ence on In­dian cou­ture but cou­ture tech­niques are used as ref­er­ences by fast fashion com­pa­nies to cre­ate looks by me­chan­i­cal au­to­mated pro­cesses,” says Bhu­mika.

“BREAK UP THE SET AND RESTYLE IT!” —BHU­MIKA SHOD­HAN

GO GLOCAL: “Due to so­cial me­dia, the mil­len­nial shop­per can eas­ily iden­tify the de­signer that he or she as­so­ciates with in terms of aes­thet­ics. In fact, In­dian cou­ture has driven many global trends. I could think of at least 10 dif­fer­ent in­ter­na­tional de­sign­ers who are us­ing el­e­ments of In­dian cou­ture in their col­lec­tions,” says Shya­mal.

WEAR YOUR COU­TURE WITH: “A piece from your wardrobe that’s reusable. It all comes down to how you break up the set and restyle it with a new el­e­ment, which in turn makes it re-wear­able,” says Bhu­mika.

Lehenga and blouse, Shya­mal & Bhu­mika; bomber jacket, NorBlack NorWhite; jew­ellery, Am­ra­pali

(Left) Jacket, Suneet Varma; dress, Dood­lage; shoes, Call It Spring; jew­ellery, Am­ra­pali (Right) Jacket, Suneet Varma; dress, Zara; shoes, Chalk Stu­dio; jew­ellery, Am­ra­pali

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