As the ritual holds it, each year FDCI organizes the coveted celebration of couturiers coming together to raise a toast for fashion sensibilities. India Couture Week 2018 is one of the most prestigious fashion events in the world showcasing master craftsmanship, artistic vision and modern infusion of traditional garments in a subtle suave way. India is a home to rich textile heritage and fine embroideries inviting our glamorous avant-garde designers to brew some exciting ideas on the runway. This year, it was a feast of true senses that delighted the stunning gala night with elaborate setups that could give big-ticket production houses a run for the money and of course, the spellbinding collection that left us admiring in awe.
Rohit Bal, Rahul Mishra, Tarun Tahiliani, Anju Modi, Shyamal and Bhumika, Falguni and Shane Peacock, Suneet Verma, Reynu Tandon and Amit Aggarwal were amongst the showcasing couturiers. Let’s catch the sight of glittering ensembles and show-stopper highlights:
The finest couturier of India mesmerized us with his mythical paradise of Elysium collection. Inspired by the halcyon days, his intricately crafted ensembles were straight out of a majestic palace. Pastels and structured garments with a touch of finery with glitters completed the opulent look. Aditi Rao Hyadri, the stunning showstopper adorned the graceful off-shoulder blush cape styled dupatta blouse and complemented it with a twirl-worthy lehenga skirt embellished all over. The cape featuring a long train capped off a spectacular show for the couturier.
The man who made his debut with his larger-than-life diaphanous fabrics turned into asymmetric drapes and 3D embellishments engineered using acrylic stripes to give structure, volume and shape to the well-refined textiles. An array of oxblood, silver and gold flowers into corsets, the showstopper black spangled dress with oversized floral black plastic motifs and Swarovski crystals embedded in the crest was a win-win for the debut designer who lived up to the promise of high fashion. The gorgeous Shilpa Shetty wore a plum-hued polymer mesh sari with a black futuristic blouse, she looked outlandish in sleek beach hair and hot bod.
The designer who likes to stay under the covers is the first ever Wool mark Prize winner and has Paris Fashion Weeks in his kitty. The incredible collection paid an ode to the natural harmony and cultural orientation of the Islam. Lehengas, sarees and anarkalis featuring natural accents like lakes, huts, birds, animals, swaying palms with hand embroidered fine detailing on silk and organza threads. The designer also debuted his menswear in ivory which was again a stunner yet an understatement.
The scintillating straight out of a fairytale collection “Once Upon a Dream” featuring pastels, florals and intricate embroideries was truly a splendid show ever. The tapestry inspired by the dreamy alleys of floral fantasy, the filigree patterns, sequin-encrusted blouses and refreshing colors are a winner for this veteran designer. Yami Gautam lent romance and freshness to the runway.
The spell-binding Gul-dastah was a collection that celebrated flowers in all shapes and sizes with fervent affection for big bold floral embroidery on black lehengas that were showcased in the latter part. The white muted tones of anarkalis and lehengas with flaming pink flamingos added a pop of color and busted the bubble. Cape, jackets and fitted blouses did not accompany the diaphanous dupattas because statement lehengas are here to conquer.
The classic handloom aficionado switched her style this time as her vivacious collection swayed in organza, tulle, velvet and lace. The translucent stoles and puffed sleeves were reminiscent of bygone romanticism and period drama. Everything from Victorian era came to life with English roses, tiered gown, chandelier-inspired ensembles and capes finely encrusted on velvets and lace. Kangana Ranaut walked like a queen for Anju Modi in an effervescent golden monotone lehenga blouse with a statement oxblood velvet cape. The astonishing gold embroidery on the cape with slits in sleeves made it a true head-turner.
Falguni and Shane Peacock
Featuring an elite highbrow collection of trademark 3D floral embroideries, the sheer translucent textiles with OTT faux furs and extravagant feathers, this is every modern bride’s dream come true topped with Swarvoski crystals to top it off. The gorgeous Kareena Kapoor Khan walked the ramp for the globally renowned designer duo.