After a prolonged dearth of evening gowns and dresses, Calcutta has a new address for exclusive evening wear – Elysian. The store exemplifies designer Gitanjali Fatehpuria’s rich taste and her sophisticated yet elegant style. The store will act as a facilitator to the Kolkata clientele known for being uber chic and looking for exclusivity.
Anamika Khanna unveiled the store, pointing out the variety and designs that are highly advanced in fashion. As the guests arrived, they were welcomed with a soulful rendition Japan’s well-known musician and Gitanjali’s friend Naoki Tate, a multi-talented artist who uses diverse methods to generate music from percussion and folk instruments. Naoki has especially composed the music for the store launch of Elysian Gitanjali and the compositions are called The Winds from Elysian and The March for India.
Her collection works around beadwork, embroidery and embellishments. From using finer detailing and soft tints to extensive usage and brighter colours, her dresses range from subtlety to conspicuity. Her creations have modernity and convenience, making the clothes very easy to drape yet cost effective and catering to women of every age group. “Our clothes are very different. They are hand embroidered and have textured embellishment and our shapes and silhouettes are for modern India women,” said designer Gitanjali.
The ensemble of Elysian includes capes, short cocktail dresses, long evening gowns, crop jackets, long jacket with pants and palazzos with pleated layers. She majorly uses silk, georgette, crepe and net for her dresses and gowns. Her versatility is shown in her ability to infuse traditional aesthetics and heritage with internationally tailored silhouettes, thus, making every Indian woman feel like a princess in the midst of the urban Indian chaos.
Gitanjali Fatehpuria is an Indian fashion designer and founder of Elysian Gitanjali. Born and raised in Kolkata, she did her schooling from La Martineire for Girls and went on to do her graduation from JD Birla Institute. In 1999, she founded Gitanjali Designs, an apparel export company, along with her husband. She took the international market storm with her impressive design swatches and expanded from London and Paris to different parts of Europe including Belgium, Brussels, followed Japan and Australia. She dons many feathers in her cap, working with the likes of haute couturiers namely Christian Lacroix, Franck Sorbier and Tsumori Chisato.