German designer Karl Lagerfeld on Tuesday showcased his couture collection for Chanel in a grand airplane setting at the ongoing Paris Haute Couture Week.
The dramatic set at Grand Palais saw the aisle converted into a catwalk, lined with grey aeroplane seats, luggage lockers and peep-hole windows. The audiences were led to the first-class ‘Chanel Air’ show area through a fake airport terminal, and there was a Champagne trolley too. Design folk back home are impressed with the cockpit twist, but say instead of building such extravagant sets, they’d rather do real offsite shows if they had the resources and freedom.
Delhi-based designer Suneet Varma reminisces a show he had hosted inside an airplane 15 years ago. "The beauty of couture stands out when it emerges out of unexpected surroundings. I’d love to do another offsite show." Mumbai designer Anita Dongre says, "I did an offsite show a few years ago with the Maharashtra Government and the tourism board. It was in a luxury train, the Deccan Odyssey ... I’d love to do it again, may be in the Palace of Wheels this time."
The upcoming Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in Delhi is also expected to see offsite displays by designers Tarun Tahiliani and Rohit Bal.
Designer Nida Mahmood says, "An offsite show in a dramatic setting is going to be the next big thing in fashion. I’d love to do shows in our very own Delhi Metro, at an under-construction flyover or even in a DTC bus." For Nikhil Mehra, it has to be an Old Delhi haveli: "We’ve been thinking of a vampire theme couture show in a haunted haveli for long."
Designer Neeta Lulla says, "Offsites are great because there’s a connect between the clothes and the place. The Sea Link in Mumbai or the Qutub Minar or Janpath Market in Delhi would be good to experiment with."
Where do desi designers wish to showcase?
Old Delhi havelis
Sea Link in Mumbai
Steel manufacturing units
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