It’s that time of the year again, when autumn is tip-toeing its way in and the wedding season is just getting started. What better time to witness what India’s most celebrated designers have in store for the festive season, than the Couture Week.
Delhi saw Indian Couture trends for the season come alive with celebrated designers such as Manish Malhotra, Tarun Tahiliani, Rohit Bal, Anamika Khanna, Rahul Mishra, Anita Dongre and many others, showcasing their couture collections from 20th to 24th March at ICW 2016.
The collections on display were an amalgamation of tradition and modernity. The designers did justice to their themes and the fashion enthusiast can look forward to interesting fabrics, textures and styling. The runway saw the elegant and regal designs showcased by Tarun Tahiliani, the simple and traditional collection by Anita Dongre, modern designs in happy monsoon colours by Rahul Mishra, brilliant drapes in Anamika Khanna’s collection and the couture collections of all the other equally talented designers. So get ready to dazzle during this wedding season.
It was a delight to witness a varied range of themes for the collections. Take a look at the themes, in order of the opening show to the finale.
- The Persian Story by Manish Malhotra
- Epic Love by Anita Dongre
- The last dance of the courtesan by Tarun Tahiliani
- Kamangari by Reynu Taandon
- Hiraeth by Rimple and Harpreet Narula
- When time stood still by Anamika Khanna
- The Vintage Garden by Varun Bahl
- Scape Song by Gaurav Gupta
- Begum-e-Jannat by Manav Gangwani
- Kehkashan by Rohit Bal
Talking of trends, we can look forward to long capes with intricate embroidery worn over lehengas and sarees, delicate florals, traditional motifs, subtle bling, embellished jackets, delicately embellished dupattas, bardot blouses, intricate back details, angrakhas, lehengas with flare, gorgeous shararas, and cocktail gowns with shoulder and back details.
The colour palette saw the entire colour spectrum come alive with festive golds and rusts, pristine creams and ivories, midnight blues, deep burgundies, earthy browns, forest greens and bright reds. It was a delight to see a lot of pastel coloured lehengas and evening gowns in salmon pinks, powder blues and sea greens. Who said you can’t wear happy bright ensembles this autumn winter!
Undoubtedly, my favourite collections were ‘Monsoon Diaries’ by Rahul Mishra and ‘The last dance of the Courtesan’ by Tarun Tahiliani. The makeup and hair for Anita Dongre’s ‘Epic Love’ with the bright pink and orange blush and boxer braids was on point. I loved the exaggerated eyelashes for Gaurav Gupta’s ‘Scape Song’. Rohit Bal’s ‘Kehkashan’ had the most exquisite crowns and aristocratic jewellery.
A glimpse of India Couture Week 2016
Rahul Mishra’s ‘Monsoon Diaries’
Tarun Tahiliani’s ‘The last dance of the Courtesan’
Manish Malhotra’s ‘The Persian Story’
Anita Dongre’s ‘Epic love’
A closer look at the bold orange blush and boxer braids
Anamika Khanna’s ‘When Time Stood Still’
Gaurav Gupta’s ‘Scape Song’
The exaggerated eyelash details
Varun Bahl’s ‘The Vintage Garden’
The spectacular finale, Rohit Bal’s ‘Kehkashan’
What do you ladies think about the collections? Would love to know your thoughts about Indian couture.