Top designers of the country come together for a five-day extravaganza to celebrate haute couture and high fashion at the PCJ Delhi Couture Week. This year, the young maverick of Indian haute couture – designer Varun Bahl – set off the event on Wednesday.
Bahl was back to doing what he does best, creating well-designed haute couture and bespoke creations that spell elegance with an attitude. His Fall 2012-13 collection ‘India, Nouveau’ was a marriage of traditional silhouettes with contemporary boldness, a mix of the demure with the daring. The underlining simplicity was the highlight of Bahl’s splendid collection.
The designer played with age-old creations such as the sari, achkan, sharara, lehenga and the Mughal farshi. The lehenga became shorter, the farshi layered, saris got trails, tiny blouses got sheer veils – all combined, they became a classy yet cheeky collection.
The colour palette included red, black, cobalt, navy blue and deep purple. Velvet coats, heavy beadwork, intricate embroidery, layered detailing and sheer materials were part of the line on fabrics such as silk, net, chiffon, silk and velvet.
The second show of the day was by J.J. Valaya. Couture weeks are not only about couture but also about elaborately constructed ensembles, and drama and grandeur as well. If there’s one designer who can combine all three – the craft, the theatrics and a larger-than-life presentation, it’s J.J. Valaya.
The master couturier presented a line called ‘Azark’, inspired by the Ottoman Empire, in an off-site show at the Grand hotel on Day One of the PCJ Couture Week. One of the reasons for an off-site show, besides of course creating a beautiful Turkish empire setting, is the launch of his new venture Valaya Luxury Weddings.
The influence of the West Asian royalty was clearly visible in his work. There was a heavy usage of embroidery, bold motifs in metal thread, zardozi and some stone work as well. There was a variety of achkans, lehengas, anarkalis and saris for women and sherwanis and Jodhpurs for men.
The colour palette comprised muted golds, deep blues, maroons and olive green, while the fabrics ranged from textured silks to jacquards to sheer chiffons and georgettes. The use of sheer alongside rich fabrics such as velvet was a prominent trend on Day One.
The show was a full house with many from the fashion world coming to cheer on the designer who recently completed two decades in Indian fashion.R Soft Web Hosting