Sneha Bhardwaj, DKODING Media
Indian Couture Week just got over after 7 days filled with immense fashion and varied brands showcasing their collections, organised by the Fashion designers Council of India in association with Hindustan Times. This Indian Couture week was the 12th edition of the Mega event which took place from July 22 to 28 at the Taj Palace hotel in the Capital.
The special part of this edition is an exciting panoply of sought-after designers.
The event commences on Monday and treated to a couture epiphany unfolding with a frisson of excitement.
‘Lumen’ By Amit Aggarwal
Amit Aggarwal opened the Indian Couture Week with his collection named as ‘Lumen’. Kabir Singh actress Kiara Advani walked through the ramp to give a kickstart to the event and became the showstopper.
The actress wore a Red-coloured quintessential bridal lengha completely made out of recycled polyester stripes. She adorned a green-coloured statement necklace to give a much-needed contrast to her look.
His colour palette is very eclectic, it blends an opaque colour with its metallic tone and it’s iridescent hue, almost making each colour into a superfluous flow of energy.
Amit Aggarwal got inspiration for his from a virtual reality event at the Saatchi Gallery, London called ‘We Live In An Ocean Of Air’.
‘Amara’ By Suneet Varma
Suneet Varma’s collection ‘Amara’ has a diverse repertoire in a fashion that resonates with new-age ideology, adding a silver edge to couture.
In the event, he came up with the stunning Outfits with 3D embellishments and thread embroidery, where he used a wide variety of fabrics such as Satin, Silk, Net, and Georgettes.
His colour palette consists of Dark shades of midnight blue and burgundy with silver accents. The Appliqué collection is in shiny silver and gold metallic foil.
The inspiration for the collection comes from Traditional motifs and embroideries from the decorative arts of India and also from the Kapi museum to Belle Epoque or “beautiful era” in French history.
‘Mosaiq’ By Pankaj and Nidhi
Pankaj and Nidhi took the audience back in time to the Christian-Greek period of Rome with their first-ever collection of Indian Couture Week with couture line ‘Mosaiq’.
The stellar appearance was made by Aditi Rao Hydari who walked the ramp as the showstopper in a billowy, off-shoulder icy pink blouse and shiny golden skirt.
Their collection mainly features three-dimensional hand-cut appliqué and precision inlay work with metallic fabric which is a breathtaking effect.
Fabrics and colour palettes used are translucent tulles, metallic fabric, satin-organzas and Grays, citrine yellows and sapphire blues to molten gold and silver respectively.
They draw inspiration from Mosaic, an art form made by assembling small pieces of glass, ceramic or other materials.
Rahul Mishra brings ‘Monaco’ in India
On the third day of Couture Week, ace designer Rahul Mishra enthralled everyone with his collection of Indian bridal along with Western outfits with a dense play of florals.
The set was surrounded by European facades and lush foliage which creates a look similar to the streets of Monaco.
In his collection he used fabrics like silk organza, to create lightness and Muga silk for a sense of controlled volume.
And the color palette consists of Ivory and pastel colors which have taken over cliché reds and golds, Tints of yellow and peaches whereas statement hues have navy and reds.
And the inspiration came from his recent trip to romantic Monaco and the vivid memory of his childhood home in the sleepy village of Malhausi from Uttar Pradesh.
‘Banaras, the sacred city’ serves as the leitmotif for Sulakshana Monga
Monga’s elegant collection was soaked in the cultural ethos of Banaras. She has recreated the sights and sounds of the ghats using references of sindoor, betel leaves, colors of Holi, Hanuman mandirs and aarti.
The showstopper Malika Arora has captured the hearts of all age groups even at 46. She wore a light green lehenga with the trail which drew inspiration from the sunset view from the ghats of Varanasi.
She has developed her own Banarasi weave which has been used in making the lehenga and evening gowns. The other fabrics used are georgette, organza and soft silk.
And the assembled palette from the baskets of flower sellers outside the temple and the colors of festivals become the Colour palette of this collection.
As the name suggests, Monga’s Couture collection inspired from the Holy city of Benaras.
The designer’s duo, Shyamal and Bhumika
Shyamal and Bhumika’s collection ‘The Renaissance Muse’ was opened with the models seated in a 15th-century opera theatre and gradually they came down to walk the ramp with timeless garments.
The Showstopper Kriti Sanon wears a stunning muted beige paneled raw silk lehenga inspired by beautiful frescos & floral watercolor paintings from the 17th Century.
The duo designers have used raw silks, velvet, organza, crepe, georgette and translucent tulle as the fabrics.
And the tone was taken from the ceiling frescos of the 15-17th centuries like wine, blush pink, watermelon, grey, powder blue, muted olive, and vintage cream.
The inspiration is taken from the renaissance period for the prominent garment in the 15th century.
Archana Aggarwal Timeless Jewellery presents Reynu Tandon
On the fifth day of the Couture Week Reynu Tandon come with her collection ‘The Savannah Saga’. Models walked down the ramp wearing beautiful outfits in soft hues of ivory and beige.
Actress Rakul Preet Singh becomes the showstopper and ends the show wearing a dull pink lehenga choli with Resham thread embroidery and gold laser cut work.
The collection was a fusion of traditional embroideries with modern silhouettes.
Fabrics like Handwoven Chanderi fabric, silk satins, nets, and georgettes were used to add a classic definition to the range. And the colour palette was soft with powder lilacs, old rose, and mint greens.
She got her inspiration from a drive to Lake Tahoe while finalising the colours for her collection.
‘Bonjour Ajmer’ By Falguni Shane Peacock
Day 5 of the Couture week continues with yet another duo of Falguni and Shane Peacock. The collection ‘Bonjour Ajmer’ was based on the pink city Jaipur and were dominated with ivory, beige, white and golden.
When there is a showstopper like Sara Ali Khan who looks like a fresh morning breeze wearing an ivory-colored trailing lehenga with a buckle and a matching full-sleeve blouse. And boyfriend Kartik Aryan and brother Ibrahim Ali cheering for her, then what else you need.
The highlights of the show were Cinderella gowns and the long trails lehengas. Along with heavily embellished sarees with Swarovski work.
Zardozi and appliqué have been intricately used in lehengas with a beautiful interplay of style and texture.
Fabrics used were Sheer and net witness a magical showcase in the form of blouses and cocktail wear. While the Spanish vanilla, lavender fog, smoke green, pewter, ballet pink, prism silver, scallop shell, Tuscan gold, and midnight blue was the colour story.
Gaurav Gupta’s Jewellery Label
On the second last day Indian Couture Week 2019, ace designer Gaurav Gupta came up with Occasions Fine Jewellery which included 50 pieces, including necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, and ear cuffs.
Showstopper becomes the Bollywood actress Daina Penty closed the show for Gupta. While she was wearing a green-gray, sculpted mermaid gown embellished with Japanese bugle beads.
A lot of jacquards and Rubia fabric was used. And the Colour palette was of Soft lilac, rosewood pink, silver-grey, and lavender.
The designer Gaurav Gupta seeks his inspiration from the undulating, infinite waves.
Tarun Tahiliani’s Models are his Showstopper
And finally, on the last day of the event, designer Tarun explained that the show isn’t about anyone’s face but it’s about the Outfits. In order to do so, he made his model cover her face with the badge ‘showstopper’.
His collection comprised 72 pieces of bridal couture, occasion, and festive wears, dominated by classic Indian styles and embroideries. With multi-colored hues like red, pale pastels, antique rose gold and aqua.
Inspiration is from the rich Indian textiles and has been titled bloom.