Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Delhi Couture Week Review

Delhi Couture Week just passed and another fashion week is upon us - the Indian International Jewelry Week.
Here's my review of Delhi Couture Week!

Suneet Varma's collection was his take on the Kama Sutra. He interpreted the text with deep, bold colors like fiery orange, bright red, and fuschia, with bold metallic accents accents. There were some softer colored pieces as well, in beiges, creams, and pale aquas, and these were also lushly embroidered. As expected of couture, everything was over-the-top - long, trailing sari pallus, train-like dupattas, skirts made of layer and layers of fabric, rich embroidery and zari work. And, a special mention for the hairstyles - I loved the gold hair pins/discs (?) that the models wore. Gorgeous!

Manish Malhotra's collection was more of the same-old -- stuff he is comfortable with, and has been presenting, it seems, forever. As usual, the pieces featured rich detailing and lush embroidery. I do wish MM would experiment with different cuts, silhouettes, fabrics and interpretations of modern Indian bridal wear. I'd love to see him re-invent the quintessential Indian bride, mix old with new, add an edge. Alas, it is not to be :(
But, I've got to say, a certain Miss Kapoor looked totally fabulous on the runway. FIERCE!

Sonam Kapoor for Manish Malhotra

I loved the jewelry featured in Anju Modi's collection! 

My two favorite pieces, and shots, from Ashima Leena's collection. 
The collection featured a mixture of ethnic clothes that included saris, lehengas, churidaars, anarkalis and more. The collection had an other-worldly quality with the rich colored fabrics, traditional silhouettes and intricate embroidery and motifs. I loved all of the fabrics used for the dupattas!

JJ Valaya's collection - titled Tasveer showcased how photographs have changed over the ages. 
The collection featured clothes that were were both simple and elegant and clothes that were very intricate and rich. My favorites were the black and white saris featured at the beginning. I liked how JJ Valaya translated with the black-and-white and sepia photographs into his clothes, but the "colored" stuff felt kind of dated. The lehengas were defintely beautiful, but I wish they were innovated or rethought somehow. I did like some of the lehenga-jacket pairings though.

{All Photos: Viral Bhayani}

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