COUTURE CALLING: MAKE WAY FOR GRANDEUR
Entertainment & Promotional Features Here’s a sneak peek into all that’s in store at the tenth edition of India Couture Week that kicks off today
Starting today, 14 couturiers will showcase made-to-order glamour as part of Fashion Design Council of India’s (FDCI) India Couture Week 2017. While Anamika Khanna and Rohit Bal kick-off the seven-day affair, Manish Malhotra will close the couture fiesta at a five-star hotel in the Capital, on Sunday, July 30. Viewings and installations: Anamika Khanna will have a viewing of her collection, Happily Ever After, while Rina Dhaka’s showcase on the last day is also a runway-less exhibit — perfect for a handson feel for buyers. Colours and craftsmanship: For Manav Gangwani, who showcases tomorrow, there’s India inspiration, with Lucknowi Chikankari and Rajasthani Bandanis. For Reynu Taandon, monsoon is the underlying theme, ruled by shades of peacock blue. Colours also play a big part for Anju Modi, inspired by miniature art of Kishangarh. “In miniature art, colours are bright not earthy. So, kesar, champa and mango green are a few of my hues,” she says. Travel, art, architecture: The oriental influence in Rahul Mishra’s collection, Parizaad, also has an architectural aspect. “It’s like imagining a Taj Mahal in Koyoto,” the designer told us. His collection includes cotton creations and bridalwear that can be machine-washed. For couture week first timers, Shyamal & Bhumika, the inspiration is their muse’s travel memoirs.
Rina Dhaka’s couture also associates itself with the cause of the girl child Aqua blue, greens and calming ivories rule Reynu Taandon’s monsoon-inspired collection, Cyan
Monisha Jaising’s creations are inspired by the opulence of the Opera Varun Bahl’s creations are inspired by Czech painter Alphonse Mucha Anju Modi’s colour-strong collection is called Sunehri Kothi
Manav Gangwani’s collection will exude the Makein-India vibe Mythology and fantasy play a part in Gaurav Gupta’s collection Rahul Mishra reinvents couture with a sustainable touch to it
Anita Dongre has pledged to plant a tree each time an item from her collection, Tree of Love, is sold
Tarun Tahiliani’s collection, Tarakanna, focuses on wearable couture