Couldn’t make it to the 4-day fashion extravaganza that was Delhi Couture Week? Don’t worry, we did (it’s the perks, people!) and we’ve got the full report, including the one outfit that will definitely make your wedding inspiration board.
From the 12 celebrated designers who showcased their most exquisite works to the who’s who of Bollywood in attendance, Couture Week was dipped in true Indian opulence. Most designers stuck to their Indian roots and chose to make way for the coming bridal season with extravagant designs and decadent styles.
Adarsh Gill was the lone designer who strayed from typical lehengas and sarees by sending evening gowns and beaded jackets with skinny pants down the runway; a perfect look for the modern day Indian bride or the bride who wants a western look with touch of Indian influence.
Ashima and Leena’s vintage collection was reminiscent of the nizams with voluminous silhouettes paired with delicate, see-through dupattas and rich brocades.
Manav Gangwani stayed true to his design sensibility with a lot of bare-back blouses (we simply can’t get enough of this look), and fitted saris with Swarovski elements, a trend we predict to continue for the year. The Italian chiffon and French lace only added to this collection’s glamour quotient.
In any fashion week, there’s always one designer whose collection makes the collective mass’ heart sing. We’re not being dramatic here — Rohit Bal’s surreal collection was that good. He showcased the most feminine and lush design spread we’ve seen in a long time. From hand-embroidered motifs to sheer skirts and strong silhouettes that were simultaneously structured and feminine, this was classic Rohit Bal with a twist.
And of course, the bridal showstopper we promised you: Bollywood’s Sonam Kapoor made a surprise appearance at the Manish Malhotra show, causing jaws to drop and flashes to flutter as she worked the runway. Wearing a white lehenga coupled with an opulent red overcoat with decadent gold work, Kapoor epitomized what Malhotra’s 2011 bridal collection is all about: the majesty of old world India during the 1930’s and 40’s. Of course, the piece had a very modern twist: the stunning jacket, seemingly demure from the front, has an open back that we absolutely fell in love with (as will you, no doubt). Look out for long kurtas with lehengas and embroidered jackets this season, as Celebrity favorite’s Manish Malhotra, JJ Valaya, Anju Modi and Meera and Muzaffar Ali all sent versions of this coveted look down the runway.
Stay tuned for Luxemi’s Delhi Couture Week 2011 Trend Report!
— By Fashion Bombay for Luxemi
*Images courtesy: Luxpresso, The Global & Mail, Indiatimes