Traditionally ‘Couture’ in India is synonymous to Bridal Wear. As we glide down the years, the modifications in ceremonies get reflected in the choice of wedding attires too, with the need to dress to nines altered and more contemporary options being opted for. Vintage colors, capelets and embroidered full length jackets are the raging new trends this season. The gown silhouettes range from body hugging columns to full skirts. Interestingly, pure whites too are seen carving their way into the trousseau. From hybrid ethnic wear to cocktail gowns that can be adorned in the wedding ceremonies, Zotiqq brings to you some of the best looks from Amazon India Couture Week held between 29th July-2nd August 2015.
Sabyasachi – Bater
Indian fashion designer and couturier, Sabyasachi, opened the Fashion Design Council of India(FDCI) AICW 2015 in his quintessentially royal style with an artistic collaboration of flaming red soles by Lebanese shoe designer Christian Louboutin and extremely high heels which lent the glamorous edge to his shimmering couture line at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi. Comprising of blood reds and Gothic blacks, his luxury collection was dangerous and gory. Dark lips and feathered eyelashes coupled with his heavy zardozi and badla work was breathtaking.
Anju Modi- Kashish
This couture line focused on the culturally rich Persia. It reflected beautiful motifs, calligraphy art and philosophical poetry by Rumi. Kashish was an intricately woven story of princesses, folklores and timeless brides that was depicted with the classic palettes of gold, blue and fuchsia.
Gaurav Gupta- Silt and Cipher
He explored the fantasy land with a fusion between a contemporary saree and drama costume, in a wearable form. Moving away from the fishtail styles all the way to the voluminous silhouettes with cinched waists, Gaurav Gupta kept his collection subtle yet sophisticated. The palette consisting mostly of royal blues and ivory whites was a hit with Kalki as his favorite showstopper.
Reynu Taandon- Shah Banu
The collection Shah Banu implying ‘The Lady Shah’ reveled in the story behind the ‘purdah’ system set in Persia. Reynu Taandon worked with Persian architecture and the Mughal era together defining a series of stories by her Indian silhouettes. Consisting of gold embellishments, rich velvets, heavy zardozi work and decadent styles, this collection showcased a range of anarkalis, shararas and lehengas apt for the bride to be this year. Bollywood star Richa Chadhha was the Shah Banu of the evening.
Debarun – Heroine
The newest Kolkata based designer and couturier Debarun brought Indian Cinema and Fashion together on a platform with his debut collection, a modern interpretation of Bollywood styles through the decades. Inspired by the costumes seen on the big screen since the 40s, he used rich silks and velvets with in-house aari and zardozi embroidery to create magic with his outfits. The beautiful Aditi Rao Hydari opened the show depicting the black and white era while the exotic Chitranganda walked in a an off-white and maroon lehenga from the modern bridal line.
Rimple and Harpreet Narula- Days of the Modern Raj
The collection by the designer duo evoked the era of dynasty and Maharajas, emphasizing purely on monograms, initials and logos. The line consisted of long flowing jackets, cloaks, Maharaja style capes draped over lehengas and anarkalis. With heavily embroidered garments that gave a royal appeal, this couture line defined opulent and heritage based fashion.
Bollywood fashionista Shilpa Shetty blazed up the ramp in a molten gold ensemble for the couture line inspired by the erstwhile days of the Indian Maharajas.
Manish Malhotra- The Empress Story
The color palette of Bollywood’s ace designer Manish Malhotra’s couture wear from his collection Couture Soiree- The Empress Story consisted of striking deep red, forest green, and gold. Deep cuts, extremely flared silhouettes and traces of flora and fauna embroidered on the gowns was the highlight of each garment.
The finale show on the fifth day of the FDCI Amazon India Couture Week 2015 at The Leela Palace Hotel in New Delhi was dominated by the presence of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, in her first appearance on the runway in half a decade.
There were many more couturiers along with the aforementioned who showcased their timeless runway collections at the #AICW2015 giving traditional craftsmanship a new contemporary edge and proving the Indian Couture line to be one of the best worldwide.