Lotus Make-up India Fashion Week 2019© GettyImages

Falguni And Shane Peacock On How To Embrace Maximalism The Right Way

Salva Mubarak
Senior Features Writer

One of the most memorable moments in India Couture Week history happened when designers Falguni and Shane Peacock presented their 2020 showcase via a fashion film shot at Taj Mahal. “We were the first designers to ever showcase a collection within the precincts of this heritage site and it was an honour!” says Falguni, recalling the challenge that was pulling together the film during the pandemic.

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Whether it’s creating iconic fashion moments like this or going global with their designs being favoured by celebrities like Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, and Nicki Minaj, the designer duo doesn’t like to do things by half measure. By their own admission, the two are big maximalists and it reflects in their designs, “We have always loved our future-forward silhouettes, textures, faceted beads, bold shoulders, futuristic detailing, feathers and doing them in every possible way on different silhouettes, bright colours, you name it. Over the years, we have naturally moved towards creating designs that make you stand out, and that’s what a Falguni Shane Peacock outfit is all about.”

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The designers are going to present their couture collection at this year’s edition of FDCI Couture Week. The collection’s inspiration comes from French architecture and the Art Nouveau movement. “With our recent visit to Europe where we were awarded the prestigious Shiromani Award, we were really intrigued by the rich French tapestries and artworks from the Renaissance period. The designs in the collection have a story that begins to unfold the inspiration that was taken from Art Nouveau and the magnitude of French architecture where the elements are married to the Indian architectural facets like the minarets, archways, and domes, amongst others,” she said, “It celebrates the land that is home to innumerable artworks and some of the most celebrated masters in the history of modern art and design— Chagall, Picasso, Braque, Le Corbusier and the likes with an FSP handwriting.”

The rich inspiration behind the collection is an extension of the designers’ decadently maximalist tendencies. According to them, more and more people are shifting towards the aesthetic post-pandemic. “With prominent fashion events across the globe, like Cannes and the Met Gala, being bigger than ever before and the fashion industry thriving at its peak, people are now feeling inspired to adopt maximalism too. After two years of laying low and shuttering themselves inside, people want extra and want more, which is why the maximalist statement is thriving.”

To them, maximalism is more than just being ‘quantitative’, “Maximalism pushes boundaries and, in doing so, people can go wrong sometimes. Most people work with the ideology of ‘more is more’ and forget to actually layer through or put together the right pieces instead of being qualitative.”

Sudha Reddy at the 2021 Met Gala red carpet, wearing Falguni and Shane Peacock©GettyImages

So what would be the one piece of advice they would give to anyone who is looking to embrace maximalism the right way in 2022? “Over-the-top glamour can turn into a sartorial nightmare if it is not carried off with confidence and comfort. So go for maximalist, over-the-top glamour only if it’s your vibe and something that you are comfortable with, otherwise good old classic dressing for comfort and self-confidence will always remain sexy.”

There you have it!