Delhi-based designers Gauri and Nainika Karan first began their label Gauri & Nainika in January 2002. The ladies were originally students of economics but were majorly inclined towards fashion. Hence, after completing their course at The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT, New Delhi), they launched their ready-to-wear label Gauri & Nainika. offered a range of evening wear that spoke all things glam.
Their creations were inspired by European fashion, history, art, books, music and more. They’re widely defined as a women’s evening-wear brand that encompasses all things glam, chic and elegant. Gauri & Nainika‘s design philosophy is strictly feminine. They believe in the beautiful blend of tailoring with drapery so garments are crafted to have an appeal that lasts through the ages. All in all, the label is perfect for the kind of women whose styles are self-determining, sophisticated and feminine.
Frills, sheer organza, and tulle took over the Amazon India Fashion Week SS17 runway as models walked in handcrafted creations by Gauri & Nainika. This collection was the visual testament of their design philosophy, as we saw waves of feminine, sexy garments on the runway. The voluptuous sleeves, waist-cinching belts, leather harnesses etc added a modern edge to feminine silhouettes. The designers did not restrict themselves to a particular colour palette in this collection—Garments were crafted in shades of red, yellow, black, wine and more. From floor-sweeping gowns to short powerful dress, this collection had a little something for everyone.
Fashion and Paintings—Two art forms collided in a beautiful way when Gauri & Nainika showcased a stunning line of gowns at the Kiran Nadar Museum Of Art. The art gallery served as a perfect backdrop for the stunning couture gowns as works of great artist like Raza, Souza, and M.F. Husain played the role of stage art for this line.
This collection paid homage to the Paris of the ’50s which, coincidentally was also home to the above mentioned artists—Raza, Souza, and M.F. Husain during that time period. We spotted an abundance of sexy with corset-like bodices on gowns, thigh-high slits and more while the embellishments on these gowns ranged from feathers to tulle and everything in between. Billowy skirts, artistically pleated dresses and floral applique made for whimsical garments—Ones we could totally see showcased in a musical.