There was bling! And lots of it! The Delhi Couture Week had a lineup of great designers for four consecutive days. Check out some of my favourite picks.
Manav Gangwani’s collection ‘A Timeless Affaire’ was glam, sexy and over the top! It was full of bling and Swarovski embellishments, mesmerised the audience and was high on Bollywood celebs. Drapes, ruffles and heavy embroidery dominated the collection, which was a mix of gowns, saris, suits and fish-cut lehangas, all with a seemingly fairy tale-like vibe. My personal favourites from this collection were the yellows!
Manish Malhotra showcased diverse stylized looks for women, all inspired by the old world charm and majestic opulence of royalty that prevailed in India from 1920 to 1940 at the ongoing Delhi Couture Week. The pre partition era saw a distinct British influence and Manish’s collection was a combination of the tradition and contemporary. The rich colours used were combinations of cherry reds and burgundys with tones of mint green, aqua, and off whites. All supported by the swirling silhouettes that Manish is known for, best shown off in showstopper Sonam Kapoor’s look in the show.
Rohit Bal’s collection had elements of his signature style – floral motifs in different patterns with a rich look and extensive use of zippers. The colour palatte included whites, gold, blacks, blues and purples and there were beautifully cut gowns, jackets, overcoats, lehengas.
Another of my favourites from this Couture Week was JJ Valaya’s collection ‘Tasveer’. I think his signature jackets paired with the lehengas was stunning.
Shantanu and Nikhil’s combination of volume and tulle.
Suneet Verma’s collection was based on the ‘Kamasutra’ as reiterated as “Fashion is the politest way of talking about sex.”
Silhouettes: Long, flowy, voluminous, layered skirts, Lehengas, Metallic bras, Conical bras, Cholis, Long sleeved blouses, Sarees, Shrugs, Kotis, Narrow trousers, Stoles, Anarkalis, Kurtas, Churidar leggings
Fabrics: Crushed silk, Chiffon, Lace, Georgette
Colours: Shades of Red, Orange, Fuschia, Pink, Navy, Midnight Blue, Aquamarine, Lemon Yellow, Black
Embroidery, Embellishments, Accessories: Swarovski, Crystal beading, fine Zardozi thread work, Mirror work, Kamarbandhs, gold ornaments.