Inside view at the India Couture Week 2018 The India Couture Week (ICW) held in New Delhi recently, was hosted by the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) and portrayed quite chic vetements for the upcoming wedding season. From embroideries to fringes and tassels, each show displayed almost all glamorous components and had a distinct story to tell. Let’s take you through the FMW picks from ICW 2018.
‘Elysium’ by Tarun Tahiliani opened the ICW 2018 with extravagance; the silhouettes were in soft hues like mint green, sky blue, mauve, golden yellow, tea rose, lilac and coral. It also showcased Swarovski-studded embellishments and embroideries like zardozi, chikankari and ari. This collection is a bride’s must have! The armlet adorned by Aditi Rao Hydari complemented her one-shouldered shimmery embroidered lehenga; attention bridesmaids! This should feature on your bucket list. For the men, effortless drapes, bandhgalas and sherwanis are a definite catch this wedding season.
Suneet Varma’s ‘Naintara’ is reminiscent of the Indian princess, who is fearless and follows her dreams. Drawing inspiration from French and Baroque art, the garments displayed floral motifs in different sizes and witnessed a range of work done in metallic tones, vibrant fringes, mirror work, embroideries, brocades, sequins, pearls, lucid and sheer sensual lace as the common elements of this collection. A tinge of bling and drama is brought about through the thoughtful placement of embellishments in all the garments, giving them a glam look.
‘Crytalis’ by Amit Agarwal was more inclined towards the future of fashion. The highlights of his collection were the art of formation, silhouettes of the drapes, and a perfect blend of math, science and technology. The linear and parallel lines are structured to form perfect illusions. The shades used are jewel tones like emeralds and rubies, deep blacks and smoky purples. Shilpa Shetty Kundra slayed the burgundy half saree paired with a beaded asymmetric futuristic top. The cuts not being aligned and the abstract hypnotizing beadwork is what makes this collection so distinct.
‘Amour de Junagarh’ the debut collection by Falguni & Shane Peacock portrays true elegance and glamour, the shades used were elegant and classic such as dusky gold, silvery pearl and honey peach. The models hit the ramp in veils, which portrayed tradition, yet blended with modernity. The inspiration from French royals is evident because of the use of feathers and the heavy beadwork is an ode to the palace of Junagarh. The silhouettes are quite heavy as they’re wrapped in heavy beadwork, but they also happen to be every girl’s desire. The feathered saree is something we are still crushing over! Kareena Kapoor Khan as usual stole the show in her heavy gold lehenga and a feather-edged dupatta, adding her charm to the runway.
‘A Maidens prayer’ by Anju Modi was so Victoria—her major inspiration was derived from the literature, art and architecture dated to the 1830s. Pistachio green, gem blue, mustard yellow and harvest gold are some of the colours we encountered at the show. The floral and filigree motifs spoke for themselves. Puffed sleeves, empire waistlines, and long gowns were a few Victorian elements visible in this collection. Embroideries and embellishments hence proved that feminity was and will always be an ongoing trend! It witnessed the use of velvets, unusual cuts and asymmetry. Kangana Ranaut looked so royal as she walked in a gold lehenga paired with a maroon, velvet embroidered jacket.
‘Guldasta’ by Rohit Bal closed ICW on a royal note, he stole our hearts with his versatile and vibrant collection. The mood of this collection was contemporary with feminine cuts and symmetry, the rose being the hero gave us jitters in the end! The silhouettes are seen in shades of black, ruby red, pearl and grey, the monochromatic colour palette with self-contained embroidery and a highlight of a bright tone. The incorporation of the motifs at just the right places, were simple to understand and absolutely pleasing to look at. The pink flamingo bird on white ensembles is something we can’t stop thinking about. The use of velvet as a fabric, long jackets, gold embroidery and oversized floral motifs showed us couture in its true sense. In all, the ICW this year marked trends like heavy embroideries, lighter/softer shades of clothing, the use of asymmetry and tons of drama!
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Story by: Adelle Rodrigues | Edited by: Esther Cabral | Graphic Design: Vritti Shah