Once a year, a handful of our favorite designers make it their mission to show us the level of opulence they’re capable of. With garments that take countless hours and stitches to make, and runways that could double up as sets from a Karan Johar movie, the designers who participate in India Couture Week don’t hesitate to pull out all the stops.
We’re all aware of the fact that couture in India simply means bridal wear, but the clothes you’ll see on the ramp are anything but simple. Luxurious lehengas with ornate embroidery, saris so detailed, they could make your head spin and anarkalis you’ve only dreamed of are on display, and if you’re a trend focused bride-to-be, it’s where all your attention needs to be.
This year, one of the country’s leading couturiers, Manish Malhotra opened #ICW2016 with Fawad Khan and Deepika Padukone in tow. Iranian architecture and Persian motifs gave birth to ‘The Persian Story’, which featured Manish’s signature silhouettes in dark, wine shades complete with embroidery and threadwork. Deepika Padukone’s off-shoulder blouse is already on our wish list.
Next up was some ’Epic Love’ from the Queen of sustainable fashion, Anita Dongre. With a gypsy princess as her muse, Dongre presented happy-shiny clothing served with a side of folk and edginess.
Tarun Tahiliani’s ‘Last Dance of the Courtesans’ presented a more contemporary collection with light fabrics, feathery colors and diffused crystals. Functionality came in the form of jumpsuit anarkalis, and while the clothing looked rich, it came minus the overdone heaviness we’re all trying to avoid these days.
It was on a trip to Jaipur when Reynu Taandon came up with her Rajasthan inspired collection, ‘Kamangari’. Catered to the modern bride, our favorite was a lehenga that was paired with a shirt instead of a traditional blouse.
RIMPLE AND HARPREET NARULA
Rimple and Harpreet Narula presented ‘Hiraeth’ at India Couture Week. Lehengas, robes, jackets, dramatic drapes and anarkalis came in shades of ivory, antique gold, Marsala and midnight blue, all complete with an assortment of intricate motifs reminiscent of the eternal wanderer.
Just in time for the season, Rahul Mishra’s ‘Monsoon Diaries’ stayed away from the shades of red you’re used to seeing in a bridal collection. Traditional Indian fabrics were used to create his signature cutwork styles, while keeping every piece contemporary and modern at the same time.
You know you’re in for a treat every time Anamika Khanna presents a show. Year after year, her edgy, experimental designs make you stop and stare, and her couture collection was no less. Called ‘When time stood still’, her show started off with a live instillation as the models walked down the runway wearing clothing that was enviable to the max.
A trend that never really goes out of style, flowers were in full bloom at Varun Bahl’s ‘Vintage Garden’ show. He translated his undying love for nature and everything floral into his couture collection backed by a set you’d want to steal for your wedding, along with some of the clothes of course.
‘Go big or go home’, seems to be Gaurav Gupta’s motto and with each passing season, his designs only get grander. High on structure and shine, ‘Scape Song’ is for those brides who aren’t afraid to do things a bit differently.
The opulence level rose as it came to the last two shows of ICW. Manav Ganwani took it up a notch with ‘Begum-e-Jannat’. Silhouettes and ruffles like you’ve never seen before took center stage as the beautiful Kangana Ranaut turned showstopper for the evening.
How Rohit Bal manages to make us gasp every time he creates a new design is something that will remain a mystery. As the finale show at couture week, his collection was all about the excess and lavishness the Russian royals indulged in (don’t miss all those crowns). Called ‘Kehkashan’, the clothing featured a whole lot of bling, but not in that in-your-face kind of way.
Stay tuned, we’re bringing you all the best beauty looks from #ICW2016 and how to get them, right here!