After This, You'll Want Shantanu Goenka To Weave You Your Own Fairy Tale Wedding!

Marv D'Souza , 07 Mar 2015
Shantanu Goenka's 'Fashionising Fairy Tales' couture exhibition.
Shantanu Goenka’s ‘Fashionising Fairy Tales’ couture exhibition.

This was my first trip to Kolkata and what a trip it was! Last week, designer Shantanu Goenka invited us to his couture exhibition in the city. Now, I love it when designers express their creative flow, apart from the usual runway and trade fair space. It was a fine evening that presented fashion, art and scrumptious notes of Kolkata’s culinary delights. Yes. I have been touched with the city’s energy.  Now here’s a look at the event through my eyes.

The birds and the queen
The birds and the queen

My Style Pad For The Stay

Team Shantanu Goenka planned the experience to the top. As I checked into my room at The Park, Kolkata, I was greeted by this note and a box of sweets. Which I saved for my flight back to Mumbai for obvious reasons.

My room at The Park, Kolkata.
My room at The Park, Kolkata.
Such a nice touch!
Such a nice touch!
Thank you Shantanu for the sweeties!
Thank you Shantanu for the sweets!

The fairy tales that graced each room

The exhibition was rightly called ‘Fashionising Fairy Tales’. I was informed that the installations were going to knock the socks off my feet and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. Shantanu believes that fantasy in fairy tales and fashion share a similar narrative. There was a classic whimsical theme set up from scratch in every room. Classics like The Frog Prince, Sleeping Beauty and Beauty And The Beast came to life in Goenka’s gorgeous summer couture looks and in details that were picture perfect!

Bird brides and caged lights
Bird brides and caged lights
I'm guessing they are Cinderella's step-sisters?
I’m guessing that they’re Cinderella’s step-sisters?
Sleeping Beauty
Sleeping Beauty
Beauty & The Beast
Beauty & The Beast
The Frog Prince
The Frog Prince

And now, I take you deeper into the collection. Through the installations, we saw a summery palette of lilac, old rose, butter yellow and pale blue. No couture exhibition is complete without talking about the details. Shantanu surely showcased his expertise in embroideries and techniques in lace, zardosi, resham, gota-work and embellishments in pearls and Swarovski crystals.

Lace embroideries at Shantanu Goenka's Fashionising Fairy Tales
Shantanu Goenka’s Fashionising Fairy Tales
Resham work at Shantanu Goenka's Fashionising Fairy Tales
Shantanu Goenka’s Fashionising Fairy Tales
Gota work at Shantanu Goenka's Fashionising Fairy Tales
Shantanu Goenka’s Fashionising Fairy Tales

And our taste buds were tickled too!

Bless Shantanu for putting together an evening that delighted all our senses. After the music at the venue and the visuals of the installation, he then rolled out the Bengali feast. That too, after he treated us to bite-size cheese pavbhaji served fondue style among other yummy hors d’oeuvres.

Fondue style cheese pav bhaji!
Fondue style cheese pav bhaji!
Hors d'oeuvres on the shelves
Hors d’oeuvres on the shelves

We were all seated on the roof of the the 85 Lansdowne under the stars for a candle lit sit-down dinner. In true Kolkata style, a 4 course meal stuffed us to the brim and the evening was blissfully finished with the sweet taste of tiramisu mishthi doi!

Meal on the roof with fine company.
Meal on the roof with fine company.
A picture to sum up a fine evening!
A picture to sum up a fine evening!

Thanks to Shantanu Goenka and his fabulous team for hosting us! It was a fine evening of art, fashion and story-telling over champagne and a feast for a king. I have to mention Swaroop Dutta, the man and mind behind the beautiful sets. I bumped into him as I exited the venue and had to take a picture!

Shantanu Goenka
Shantanu Goenka
Swaroop Dutta
Swaroop Dutta
Chandni Bahri from Verve, Debarghya Bairagi of Dev r Nil and me!
Chandni Bahri from Verve, Debarghya Bairagi of Dev r Nil and me!

My fun didn’t end here. I turned this trip into our MissMalini‘s Fashion Tour of Kolkata! But I’ll give you a taste of that soon! So stayed tuned.

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