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Fashionista Gauri Khan prefers saris over gowns

Mumbai, March 21 (IANS) A creative entrepreneur and wife of Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, Gauri Khan, who has lent her creativity to Satya Paul to mark the fashion brand’s 30th anniversary, says her personal style is more about saris than western gowns.

Her debut clothing and accessories collection for Satya Paul is called ‘A Tropical Wonder’, which she presented at the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week summer-resort 2015 at Hotel Palladium here.

Expressing her love towards the six-yard wonder, Gauri said: “When I talk about the brand Satya Paul, the first thing which comes to my mind is sari apart from all the shirts and various things.

“If I have to go out for an event, I would choose a sari over gown. So, for me to design the sari for them is very apt. I really enjoyed that experience to create, compose the look and get it alright. Sari is my favourite garment.”

She, however, opted for a mini skirt matched with a tucked-in top and jacket while taking the final bow for her Satya Paul show.

Gauri incorporated the use of luxurious prints for a line of casual and occasion holiday wear. There were mix and match separates in the form of sheer tunics, fluid kaftans, versatile shift dresses and elegant saris.

Revealing the inspiration for the collection, the mother of three — Aryan, Suhana and AbRam – said: “I was an artist before I got into interior designing. Satya Paul always uses very vibrant colours. The colour that they always used in the past was very inspiring as an artist and that’s where I got inspired for my collection. I took inspiration for the brand itself and their past collection.”

On her clothing line for the brand, the newly turned fashion designer used palm motifs and calligraphic scribbles.

The collection of swimwear ranged from bikinis to monokinis and maillots while the kaftans in myriad colours, sarongs, and tunics impressed many.

However, what captured the audience’s attention was her sari range, teamed beautifully with cholis in different cuts. There were crossover halters, cut-out necklines and brief bikini styles on saris in satin georgettes, cotton silk, chiffon, georgette, luxe organza and more.

In terms of colours, the palette had fresh citrus, aquatic shades, deep ombre and sunset tones.

Gauri was upbeat about seeing her designs “come live on stage”.

Her show saw celebrities like Karan Johar, Kunal Kohli, Ali Fazal, Zarine Khan, Elli Avram and Sophie Choudry occupying front row seats.

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