A mix of Goan and Indian flavour was in full flow as internationally acclaimed Goan designer Verma Dmello showcased her collection at the World Fashion Week in San Francisco, USA.
The event witnessed models dressed in Indian Fabrics which were sourced from the different states of India and transformed into high fashion garments. Goan band Rhythm and Blues’ from Orlim arranged the background music while the models walk up the ramp.
The Goa-based designer Verma D’Mello integrated select handwoven fabrics such as khadi, bomkai handloom ,mangalagiri cotton, tassar silk, paithani brocade, maheshwari handloom, pochampally ikat, patola weave, rajastani broacade and jute, which were uniquely moulded and put together to give Indian fabrics a new perspective.
“It was a debut of exotic material and style, exciting plays on femininity and masculinity, and extravagant gowns that anyone would feel like an empress in,” raved California-based fashion buff, Celeste Lourenco, adding, “Verma D’Mello had her finger on the pulse of something exciting, and amidst the city’s chaotic Chinese New year parades and parties, she let us in on the beat of it.
“In particular, one dress honoured Goa in a way that the gathering, comprising a number of Goan expats, acknowledged with recognition and pleasure. The dress cut to your body so as to compliment your form. But then, the bottom half of the skirt, from knee down, featured a Mario Miranda painting whereas the top half featured the Goan kunbi fabric recognised by its checkered print. Now the dress conveys both elegance, state pride, and even a bit of humor. Truly one of a kind,” said Lourenco, who was accompanied by her husband, Joseph Lourenco, President of Californiangoans, at the event.
“Raw silks, sparkles, flower petals, angles, drama, softness, flounces. She had it all. It brought to mind more than just the exotic beauty of traditional Indian pieces, but even European history. Corset ties, rusched bodices, hooped skirts with trains and yards of silk. Any woman in any country would feel breathtaking, worth every fiber of her being in these gowns. Expensive and dripping elegant confidence,” remarked Lourenco.
“The play on traditional Indian men’s pieces, such as the kurta, were made longer, more fitted, and little more flash and glamour. The exact thing that would make a woman stand strong, tall, proud, and most importantly, stunning.”
“And every single piece featured the beautiful details of India, embroidery, weaves, brocaded and raw silks, woven threads of gold. D’Mello gave the intricate and exotic touches of Indian style a chance to shine. And of course, the sparkle and shine of India. Jewels and beads. Draping made by the stars themselves, blinding in their beauty.”
According to Lourenco, the biggest star of the show was Goa. One could picture the wearer, even in the most dramatic of pieces, standing barefoot in the sand, the sun setting, the golden rays stretching before her, the expensive yards of beautiful fabric caught around her in the ocean’s breeze, the light catching the floral details woven into the fabric.”
Commending D’Mello for sticking to her beliefs and passion, Lourenco added: “San Francisco is a famous city. As is Paris. As is many of the places you will hear D’Mello get featured. And India is a very large country to represent. D’Mello is strong and loyal to her beliefs, while being approachable and soft.”
“She wakes up and eats, sleeps, and breathes her art. And she takes her passion and shares the wealth of it with anyone willing to be open and caring. This is beauty. This is compassion. This is truth. This is art. This is style. This is Goa. This is Verma D’Mello,” sums up Lourenco.