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Wednesday , November 7 , 2012
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New Moon, Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s couture 2012 collection

The full moon above, playing peek-a-boo with the clouds, Sabyasachi’s New Moon below, the stage was set for some magic. Jehangir Art Gallery in Kala Ghoda completed 60 years this month. At a pre-show cocktail hosted by patrons Harsh Goenka and Sangita Jindal on the gallery terrace, Mumbai’s style set made its way across the lawns to be seated for India Modern, excerpts from Sabya’s couture collection. With Shubha Mudgal’s powerful voice, hundreds of diyas flickering along the makeshift ramp, the grand Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya as a backdrop, Sabyasachi’s bespectacled girls emerged. The show saw it all — cotton printed lehngas with dupatta properly pleated (held in place with a bow), shimmering sequin petticoats peeking from below layers of tulle, bodycon kurtas, tweed pants, Maharani jewelled yokes, decadent velvet salwars and stone-encrusted jackets. Show over, artists like Akbar Padamsee, Jogen Chowdhury, KG Subramanyan, Krishen Khanna, Pradulla Dahanukar, Suhas Roy and Thota Vaikuntam were felicitated by the gorgeous Vidya Balan, head-to-toe a Sabya woman as always.

“The Jehangir Art Gallery show was very, very hot — both literally and metaphorically. October 28 was one of the hottest and sultriest days, it couldn’t have been a worse day for fashion’s night-out. Having worked all day under the heat, wilting away, at 6.30pm when things got unbearable, the trees rustled with a sea breeze. But some things are not meant to be. The breeze died in three minutes teasing us with what could have been! But then everything else in the universe conspired to make it a perfect show. From the patient VVVIP guests (for many it was their first fashion show) fanning their faces with the invites to the great diva Shubha Mudgal belting out a composition inspired by the ambience. From the very emotional Vidya Balan (who pulled every possible trick in the book to sit next to Thota Vaikuntam!) to the models holding fort in layers of Sabyasachi. And of course the grand dame of the night — Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, better known as Prince of Wales Museum, illuminated by a few power cams and a full moon. One couldn’t have asked for better show. The fact that we might never, ever get the venue again (this is the first time they allowed such a show) just made it, er, hotter.”

—  Sabyasachi

Jogen Chowdhury

“Sabyasachi’s understanding of colour is so great. His work is so confident and his design is very artistic. His style is contemporary, the way he uses colours and even sequins, it’s so exciting yet classical. Shubha Mudgal’s music was appropriately merged. And meeting Vidya Balan was so nice, she is so intelligent and down to earth. It’s this quality that will make her rise.”

Shubha Mudgal

“Sabyasachi is an artist and an artist who likes to collaborate. As a musician, I don’t see the big picture, I just be myself and he lets me be. Sabyasachi fits me in, lets me be, gives me space and makes me feel comfortable. He doesn’t say ‘do this’ or ‘don’t do this’ and that’s what makes it so much more special.”