Dior transforms Mumbai’s Gateway of India into fashion ramp
To flesh out the guest list, Dior drew on a range of A-list invitees from India and elsewhere
In a glittering splash of luxury fashion Thursday, Dior transformed Mumbai’s grand, historic Gateway of India monument into a runway laden with celebrity, beauty and craftsmanship.
Flanked by the brightly lit, iconic Taj Mahal Palace hotel, the spectacular decor turned the heritage site in India’s entertainment and business capital into a blend of color and style as the models lined up to showcase the Paris fashion house’s 2023 pre-fall collection.
The runway, lined with traditional Indian floral designs, reverberated with fusion beats from live musicians as Indian artistry and craftsmanship took center stage in creative director Maria Grazia Chiuri’s collection.
The lineup featured silk dresses, evening coats and sari-inspired skirts that referenced traditional Indian silhouettes.
The show opened with an array of neutrals, subtly transitioning to forest green before giving way to a blaze of bright colors and patterns.
Throughout it all, most of the models sported strings of pearls wound around their necks.
ndia, now the world’s fifth-largest economy, has always been known for its intricate embroidery art, opulent textiles and embellishments.
With a young and aspirational middle class that has easy access to internet and a rising number of uber-rich it is fast emerging as a key consumer market for international fashion labels.
Many Indian designers have also opened stores in the global fashion capitals like New York and Dubai and have been showcasing their collections during international fashion weeks.
To flesh out the guest list, Dior drew on a range of A-list invitees from India and elsewhere.
Bollywood actors in attendance included the legendary Rekha, fashion icon Sonam Kapoor Ahuja and Anushka Sharma, accompanied by her husband, Indian cricketer Virat Kohli.