Lakme Fashion Week is scheduled to have a pretty crowded ramp this season. Recruiting an unprecedented number of models, including children, for his prêt-a porter show is Kolkata-based designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee. “There will be 48 models in all, including men, women and children,” the designer reveals, adding, “The show is actually very simple and based on colour blocking. I just thought that it would have greater impact if the models were clubbed in groups, wearing the same clothes in different colours. So we have groups of four and six taking to the ramp together.”
He adds that the show’s fast pace would make it almost impossible for the models to change outfits, which is why he chose to widen his entourage at his own cost.
“I realised that I wouldn’t be able to execute the concept with the standard models. When you’re showing couture, it’s better to have single entries because it’s easier for the eye to absorb details. The kind of clothes I’m showing determines the way I present them.”
Ask if recruiting 48 models proved to be a tough task, and Sabyasachi says, “It’s always difficult finding models in India because we don’t have the same talent pool as they do abroad. I have girls coming in from all over the country, including names like Carol Gracias, Noyonika Chatterjee and Indrani Das Gupta, who aren’t even modelling at LFW.”
He reveals that he had to search for models of matching shapes and sizes, saying, “The challenge was the fact that I wanted the models in each group to be of similar height, shape and size. They won’t even be wearing heels, so there’s no way to camouflage differences in height.”