Last week was all about breath taking Indian Couture in the country's capital, New Delhi. The 12th edition of the India Couture Week organised by the Fashion Design Council Of India, saw the coming together of contemporary and traditional Indian outfits, getting you prepared for the wedding season. The couture week serves as a window to this years upcoming wedding trends and gives limelight to all designers to showcase their elaborate collections.
The India Couture Week was a seven day long affair and took place from the 22nd- 28th of July 2019. The runway was graced by many leading ladies of Bollywood who played muse to Indian Couture's top designers, and it was a visual treat. The line up included Amit Aggarwal, Suneet Varma, Falguni and Shane Peacock, Pankaj & Nidhi, Rahul Mishra, Reynu Taandon, Shyamal & Bhumika, Sulakshana Monga, Gaurav Gupta and Tarun Tahiliani, each of them reinterpreted modern luxury by adding functionality to decadence. Here's our round up of the best larger than life ensembles spotted on the runway.
1. Amit Aggarwal
Amit Aggarwal kick started the India Couture Week 2019 with his stellar couture collection, Lumen, and Kiara Advani played muse for the designer as she closed the show. His collection was characterised by a play of light, vibrant jewel colour palette, edgy & modern silhouettes featuring metallics, pleats, voluminous gowns and interesting drapes. Ace designer also blended in traditional banarasi textiles with his modern silhouettes.
2. Suneet Varma
Adopting a more traditional approach, Suneet Varma's collection Amara, featured lehengas in pastel shades, with an emphasis on florals and ruffles across the entire collection. The swoon-worthy ensembles were able to capture the idea of dreamy Indian weddings. Moving away from the idea of heaviness, Suneet's collection embraced the idea of lightness to ensure the bride doesn't feel bogged down on her d-day.
3. Pankaj and Nidhi
The India Couture Week 2019 saw the debut of designer duo Pankaj and Nidhi as they showcased their new collection Mosaiq. Glitz and glam along with drama was a key theme that was spotted throughout the collection. The flamboyant outfits, with detailed embellishments and edgy silhouettes are perfectly suited for the contemporary bride. Aditi Rao Hydari closed the show in one of the most sought after modern ensembles, a gorgeous blush pink blouse paired with a gold embellished lehenga.
4. Rahul Mishra
Rahul Mishra's collection Malhausi Monaco, shows his eternal and undying love for florals. The collection featured long gowns with capes and traditional lehengas in pastel shades and a deep navy colour. Inspired by nature, the florals added a playful element to the ensembles. The two and three dimensional hand embroidered surfaces were made using very fine thread work technique and swarosvski crystals. The lightweight ensembles are definitely a fuss-free choice for any modern bride.
5. Sulakshana Monga
Going back to our roots, Sulakshana Monga's couture collection displayed traditional opulence and heritage techniques with colours and motifs inspired from Varanasi. A burst of colours brought life to runway and bollywood diva Malaika Arora Khan sizzled as the show stopper.
6. Shyamal and Bhumika
Inspired by the icon period of the renaissance, Shyamal and Bhumika's 2019 couture collection, The Renaissance Muse, was delicate and feminine. Pastel hues, with fine embroidery the collection was trendy and focused on what Indian women can wear today. Kriti Sanon closed the show for the designers in a beige lehenga with intricate floral
7. Reynu Tandon
Pastel hues seem to be a favourite amongst all the couture deisgners. Reynu Tandon's couture'19 collection, Savannah Saga, is inspired by multi-faceted sky and its varying hues. With sparkling jewel work embroidery in shades of powder lilacs, old rose and mint greens the collection was lust-worthy. The gorgeous Rakulpreet turned show stopper for Reynu Tandon, wearing a dull pink lehenga choli.
8. Falguni and Shane Peacock
If you wish to go all out on bling, Falguni and Shane's couture'19 collection is all you need. Known for their extravagant outfits, the Bonjour Amer collection featured Indian wear with a modern twist, edgy gowns with asymmetrical layers, sweeping trails and their trademark, feather work detailing in pastel and nude tones. Closing the show was bollywood's hottest newcomer Sara Ali Khan, who made her debut on the runway.
9. Gaurav Gupta
Gaurav Gupta has mastered the art of futuristic designs with smart tailoring in his couture'19 collection, Undercurrent, inspired by endless waves. Progressive, sci-fi, edgy and rule breaking are the best words to describe the collection which strike a balance between structure and fluidity. Adding some sparkle to his clothing, it was the debut of his jewellery line, Gaurav Gupta Occasions. The debut line consists of handmade pieces created with precious stones and high quality diamonds in carefully crafted moulds in white gold. Global influencer, Diipa Khosla, also made her debut on the runway and the show was closed by the ever so gorgeous, Diana Penty. She embodied a sea goddess as she walked the ramp.
10. Tarun Tahiliani
Tarun Tahiliani closed the couture week with an extravagant 72 piece collection, Bloom. While the collection had their classic pastel palette, it also explored vivid and bright colours such as electric blue and purple in ombré technique. From gowns to jumpsuits and sarees to lehenga's, it offers chic and sensual styles that are meant to be perfectly fitted and tailored to the body. The collection had a younger approach with unique silhouettes which was different from what Tarun usually puts out on the runway, but it was a refreshing change.