Polo has always been a muse for fashion, creating a stately aesthetic of upper-crust life. While in the 70s, Ralph Lauren created the short-sleeve cotton shirt in 24 colours, today Polo goes on to inspire many looks and trends diversifying from boots, hats and even jewellery. For the first time in the history of Sawai Maan Singh Gold Vase Polo Match, a fashion preview was held to celebrate the grand occasion at the Jaipur Polo Grounds in the capital city on February 14.
Kolkata based celebrated fashion designer Pranay Baidya became the first designer to showcase his resplendent collection on this prestigious platform that saw a host of renowned polo players, models, Indian royalty and industrialists like Rajat R Khetri (In the cover pic), Samir Suhag, Simran Jindal, Angad Kalan, Princess Diya Kumari, Maharaja of Jaipur Padmanabh Singh and Soniya Singh, owner of Empress Polo among others.
Maharaja of Jaipur Sawai Maan Sing and his wife the eternal beauty Gayatri Devi were where all the fashion whispers began and their opulent style sculptured a palatial feel of dressing. Weather attending Polo matches in Jaipur, cocktail receptions in London or holidaying in Paris the royal couple were always glamorously dressed in ethnic Indian ensembles. This special collection featuring vintage floral French chiffons, intricate embroideries and indigenous folk art prints was an ode the princess and her unfailingly contemporary yet fiercely classical style. The menswear ensembles featuring brightly hued silk kurta’s and printed jackets have been inspired the maharaja’s passion for colour and his effervescent style.
The colours were ripe and Arcadian. Leafy green, poppy red, dusk orange and opulent burgundy recalls the interiors of regal palaces. Hand dyed textiles, vintage floral chiffons; printed crepe de chine and delicate mughal embroidery all contribute to a look that is elegant yet rooted in handicraft and indigenous Indian art.
About Sawai Maan Singh Gold Vase
Polo is perhaps the most ancient of games played Emperors & Kings across the world. An indigenous game of this country, as it has been played in India for centuries, and has produced some of the finest players in the world. In the early years of the last century the greatest contribution towards raising the standard of the game came from Rajputs & the Jaipur Royal Family. Maharaja Sawai Man Singh was an avid patron of the royal sport and built several polo grounds and other facilities for the athletes and set the course for the future of Polo in India.