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Rimple And Harpreet Couture 2016

August 2, 2016
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If we have to describe this collection in a sentence, then that’d be ‘Obsession with Animatic Embroidery’. Because we were head over heels as the models walked the runway for Rimple and Harpreet Couture 2016 collection that they showcased at the FDCI India Couture Week 2016. Their was something about the embroidery designs that spoke volumes about various regions that were incorporated into the theme of this collection. True to its name –Hiraeth by Rimple & Harpreet Narula, puts the audience in a nostalgic trance at the India Couture Week today. Bespoke remnants, drawn out of fond memories, are brought to life on the runway against a warm backdrop created by the lush drapes of antique textiles. The mood slips into somber melancholy with Punjabi poetry of Amrita Pritam fused with music. The travelogue comes to life with a riot of motifs inspired by the visual delights from the flea markets of the world. The audience’s mystical journey moves through quaint locations from Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Samarkand, Bagnoregio, Palampore, Baluchistan with ancient relics of birds, beasts, paisleys, trellises and cartouches expressed through the embroidered motifs. Each ensemble had a story of its own to tell. Uniquely designed in luxurious drape of vintage textile in ethereal hues ranging from ivory, gold, marsala, midnight blue come together to make magic on the runway. Adding grandeur to the outfits, regal cloaks, dramatic jackets and sheer robes enhanced the classic silhouettes. Hiraeth, a collection that spelled couture royalty, found its crowning glory in the Minar lehenga worn by the talented Yami Gautam. The Minar lehenga features stunning hand embroidered motifs derived from a Mughal monument lit up under a star-spangled midnight sky. Inspired by a Mughal monument that Harpreet stumbled upon during his recent visit to Benares, the showstopper lehenga boasts of tall, strong embroidery …

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Anita Dongre FDCI India Couture Week 2016

July 22, 2016
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Anita Dongre presents ‘Epic Love’ couture collection at the FDCI India Couture Week 2016. The show opens to a plush garden of a Rajasthan palace, recreated on the runway. Gaurav Raina’s melodious blend of Indian classical and folk with electronic music ‘Indian Electronica’ sets the mood for the evening. The distinct signature scent of all Anita Dongre stores, with notes of jasmine and rose, announces the unveiling of the Epic Love – the bridal couture collection that marks her debut at the India Couture Week. The sheer grandeur of the architectured set with the playfull jhulla, pink bougainvillea, water fountain, the famed hand done thikri craft transport the audience into a luxurious Rajasthan palace garden.Adorned in heirloom-like pieces from Anita Dongre’s jadau jewellery label Pinkcity and antique silver pieces from the Anita Dongre label add to the folkish charm of the show. Stunning maang-tikas, large nose rings, intricate haath phools, chunky chokers and necklaces ornate the outfits. Epic Love opens on a free-spirited, lighter note with chintz-inspired printed lehengas that are teamed with Bohemian blouses. The designer’s signature gotapatti work breathes life onto the prints. The classic Indian styles blend seamlessly with contemporary long, column tabards which give the wearer a beautiful illusion of height. The lean, sleek silhouettes bring modern relevance into bridal couture. The beauty of this collection lies in its versatility – the Bohemian gypsy tops can be paired with a printed lehenga just as beautifully as it would go with a pair of silk pants. Fringe-finished sarees with tie-up tops that wrap around the drape add a contemporary twist to the classic saree. Moving gradually on to a regal palette, jewel-toned solids in rich wine, orange and the classic reds, creams and golds take centre stage. Gotapatti work is seen across the collection – first on …

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Sabyasachi Amazon India Couture Collection

August 27, 2015
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The man who needs no introduction, Sabyasachi Mukherjee recently showcased a fashion week opening couture collection at the Amazon India Couture Week. With much hype on his regular runway showcases, this one too was anticipated to be a Bollywood drama, with regal elements of royalty. However, the anticipation saw a flip-side since this Bengal designer presented a collection that was constructed with deep hues of goth drama and was accompanied with luxury accessories by Christian Louboutin. Theme : BATER Couture 2015 Exaggerating the shades of black, Sabyasachi’s collection saw major hues of neutral tones contrasted with bright hues of cocktail red and ivory pink shades. We absolutely loved the heavy usage of fringe cuts on some of his designs, Karchobi style embroidery and his take on sheer trend. While most his silhouettes were concentrated on longer silhouettes, the compact cigarette silhouette trousers and well-fitted embellished bustier too stole the show away. The Christian Louboutin red sole heels were given an Indian embroidery makeover and the addition of spiked goth-style head-bands turned out to be the top wish-list contender. Not to forget his amalgamation of delicate embroidery with goth spiked embellishments on hand clutches, that totally changed the game. Take a look at our PHOTO DIARY that summarizes it all! Style Spotting While we were at it, thought of capturing some of our favourite fashionistas at the couture week. Take a look! Follow Sanyam Bajaj Photography

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