MEZZANOTTE MUSES LAUNCH AT 85 LANSDOWNE
Varsha Wadhwa showcased her capsule collection titled ‘Mezzanotte Muses’ which parallels a transitional mood of dressing as we accoutre ourselves at different times of the day, with great importance given to the meals – each having a character; a life of its own.
Inspired by her her sights as a young girl gasping at the exquisitely dressed women in the afternoons at the Ritz daintily demolishing petit fours, and the impossibly chic socialites swirling their wines before enjoying the ballet at Teatro alla Scalla, at midnight inspiration took its best form, reminiscing all these muses.
With that thought came an idea to bring it to life in the form of art installations at the beautiful 85 Lansdowne store- a perfect amalgamation of Timeless curation and modern elegance.
"Time didn’t change the “formalities”, its lifestyle – way of life more so. We share good food with people, but we also dress up while doing so. Food or fashion – in the end its all about what makes you feel good."
On her Launch Collection
With the crowds moving through each room, the vibe changed. The first one with the aroma of coffee, and a rack full of pristine white - tops, pants, jumpsuits, saris, western wear playfully hinting at Indian roots. On the wall, lay a vertical table top with all the morning essentials- coffee mugs, walnuts, croissants and magazines, to ease in those leisurely hours of relaxed harmony.
The second room, filled with berry fragrance, housed clothing with a colour palette of rose pinks,corals and blood orange with a few bursts of pale yellow. Dresses, skirts, capes, crop tops adorned with lazercut peonies and pearls stood racked. With a long vertical table of flowers, tea platters, little birds, cupcakes, jam jars and all the pretty thoughts. The crowd peered at all the lovely trinkets and details which were effortlessly nailed for effect- almost giving the illusion of being Alice the Mad Hatter's tea party.
Jostling through to the next room with its crystal chandelier, we were welcomed by black and white projections on the wall with tongue in cheek vintage videos of cocktails,dinner and dance. The hues of the clothing changed to midnight blues, fresh mints, olive greens and deep violets in the form of cutout gowns, maxis, jackets and other evening wear. A spicy musk filled our heads to match the sultry mood.
And like we save the best for last- we huddled our way to the Midnight Feast room, where the playfulness came alive in the vintage video which has an amalgamation of 50's refrigerator commercials and footage of deciding what to eat from the fridge in the middle of the night. The display - easy slip ons, playful frocks, satin pyjamas, kaftans and a few gowns for after parties of course! Relaxing lavender aroma filled the space, while on the standing table top - a bit of Nutella, a sprinkle of Doritos, some rom com DVDs, the perfect cacophony of midnight musings to satiate our guilty pleasures.
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