Bride on the run!
They came. They saw. They conquered. Acclaimed designers Falguni and Shane Peacock brought Gionee India Beach Fashion Week 2015 to a grand close in the sunny state of Goa in February with their eclectic destination wedding collection ‘Runaway Bride’. After three spectacular days of non-stop avant-garde fashion at the Grand Mercure Goa Shrem Resort in Candolim, the grand finale was held on the picturesque lawns of La Brise located in Candolim under the moonlight sky by the beach.
With a 60-metre specially created floral ramp that ran down the lawns and the gentle breeze wafting around, there could not have been a more spectacular venue for a Grand Finale for any designer.
Falguni and Shane Peacock are known for dressing up a host of celebs including Madonna, Britney Spears, Katy Perry and Lady Gaga. However Falguni says that the most stylish Bollywood actress whom she just loves to see wearing her garments is Sonam Kapoor. “We have dressed up many big names both home and abroad, but Sonam has worn a lot of our clothes and we would love to see her in more of it,” says the designer. As for her favourite colour, “It’s got black and black and black with a dash of red,” she says with a twinkle in her eye.
Keeping the modern day Indian woman’s wedding trousseau requirements in mind for their destination wedding collection, Falguni and Shane Peacock created sensuous, sleek gowns, ornate cropped tops with swirling printed skirts, gossamer fine lehengas, and luxuriously embroidered jackets.
Describing her collection, Falguni says, “With destination weddings becoming the new in thing, the term ‘Runaway Bride’ has taken on a whole new meaning. Over the last few years, our Indian brides have become bolder and our wedding parties bigger. We put together a cruise wear, resort bride, destination wedding collection. Although many brides today don’t want to wear something very heavy that will bog them down with embroidery, they still want to look the part. So, we created pretty prints and light work with embellishments.”
When asked what destination weddings mean for an Indian bride, Falguni says “Destination weddings spell out adventure, style and a beautiful amalgamation of Western influences and Indian old school charm, which is exactly what our ‘Runaway Bride’ collection for India Beach Fashion Week symbolises.”
Known for their striking prints’ stories, the creative pair ensured that they were the highlight of the collection. Tonal embroidery was the centre of attraction but in an innovative mix of floral and geometric patterns. The colour choice matched the theme of the show as pastel pink, eye-catching grey, striking blue, red, yellow, gentle aqua green, and pristine white added to the glam factor of the creations.
Opening the show with a baby pink net lehenga and printed cropped top, the assortment of fishtail low back gowns, shimmering long tubes with hip-high slits, luxurious corset style lehenga-cum-gowns with shoulder trail and hip hugging long flared embroidered skirts were visions of beauty.
The print story was in dual shades of white – blue, white – red and white – yellow for swirling panelled skirts, often teamed with long sleeved shirts; tiny velvet net tank tops, boleros or just plain tees with either racer back or skivvy silhouettes.
Long slinky tulle embroidered column gowns were seen in black, pale blue or white and the elaborately embroidered transparent net skirts were a sexy choice with body suits.
To complete the look, the designing duo added jaunty printed baseball caps for a sporty angle to the wardrobe of the bride-in-a-hurry! The gorgeous jewellery that decked the models and perfectly complemented the fabulous collection was by Minerali.
To end the show, the “real showstoppers” – the very creative and energetic pair of Falguni and Shane Peacock themselves took to the ramp as the rousing applause from the very appreciative audience, filled the air.
“What makes our brand so special is the details like feathers, sequins, prints and embellishments that we put together to complete the look,” says Falguni candidly.
No wonder the “Runaway Bride” collection by the Peacocks was the perfect couture resort wear end to a successful first edition of the Gionee India Beach Fashion Week 2015!
About the designers
Falguni and Shane Peacock have built a career in fashion by following their own set of rules. The secret of their success is the unique and unusual styling and attention to detail they give to each design to create luxury.
The FSP brand carries the signature use of feathers, sequence and prints. Integral to the Peacock culture is the juxtaposition between contrasting elements: fragility and strength, tradition and modernity and fluidity and severity.
In a business climate that says “continue to do or die,” the Peacock philosophy believes that ‘…Life is too short to blend in…’ which they translate into each and every creation by mixing fantasy with reality.
With immediate goals to further expand Peacock product offerings and retail locations globally, the Peacock’s long term strategy involves continuously growing their fashion empire into an international lifestyle brand, and establishing the company as a worldwide powerhouse of style.
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