Hosted by Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), the just concluded India Couture Week was all about grandeur and glamour to mark its 10th anniversary. With the country’s 14 leading fashion designers showcasing their best creations, the runways were picturesque and the venues lavish. On the first day of the show, Anamika Khanna presented her luxury collection, ‘Happily Ever After’. For Khanna, the inspiration came from the traditional Indian marital rituals. Presenting collection as installation pieces, it was unique in all regards. Inspired by Mughal era, Rohit Bal presented Shaahaan-e-Khaas. With this collection, he aimed to revive the beauty of all the pieces locked in museums and give them relevancy in the 21st century.
The second day saw the magic of fashion woven by Manav Gangwani’s show, India @ 70. The designer interestingly and artistically contrasted styles like Bandhani and brocade, and Kathakali and Kashmiri Jamawar. First time to the Couture Week, Shyamal & Bhumika showcased their designs the following day. They showcased bridal wear, creating complete trousseaus influenced by the Victorian era in their show, ‘Princess Soiree’. Tarun Tahilani closed the day with his impressive collection, ‘Tarakanna’. The massive collection of 85 pieces offered unfamiliar, darker tones to the usually bright vermillion and orange shades worn by brides. According to onlookers, the designer has the ability to bring out the most strikingly looking concepts into the runway and make it a smashing hit.
The 4th day witnessed Anju Modi’s Sunehri Koti, which was a tribute to the Kishangarh School of Art. The outfits inculcated the traditional Rajasthani veils or ghunghats. Paarizaad, by Rahul Mishra was influenced by Persian, Roman and Byzantine architecture. Monisha Jaising exhibited her Opera inspired collection the next day, which had an interesting mix of evening dresses with Indian elements.
Nouveau inspired collection by Varun Bahl offered interesting blend of colours, which were pleasing to the eyes. Firstly lighter, creamier shades were put forward, followed by a gradual increase in warmth of the hues. With intricate needlework, overlapping and delicate layering, the show grabbed many eyeballs. Tree of Love collection by Anita Dongre paid homage to the Bishnoi community. In association of Sewa, she created many of her items. Gaurav Gupta presented his collection, ‘Moondust’, using precision cuts, drapes, layering and colours of the murky night. He also used glass beads and mother of pearl sequins, which added another dimension to the clothing.
The perfect curtains
Nothing could have been better than the closing show by none other than Manish Malhotra with his collection, ‘Sensual Affair’. In Manish Malhotra ensemble, superstars Alia Bhatt and Ranveer Singh closed the show adding their own glamour to it.