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Coveted collections

fashion-and-trends Updated: Aug 12, 2012 00:49 IST

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Traditional multi-layered lehengas and futuristic designs brought a vibrant colour palette on the ramp on Day 3 of Delhi Couture Week

Designer: Anju Modi
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Traditional motifs and embroidery Anju Modi’s collection, Devi, included an array of flowing Indian silhouettes with intricate embroidery, often leaving the lower part of her garments somewhat voluminous and free of detailing. Controlled use of colour palette — from muted to wine — was appealing to the eye. The main fabrics used were muslin and cotton on multi-layered lehengas, jackets and half-saris. Actor Madhuri Dixit, who was the showstopper for Modi, wore a beautiful lehenga-choli and also recited a Rabindranath Tagore poem.

Designer: Manish Arora
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Quirky designs Manish Arora’s presentation always shocks the audience with their larger-than-life appeal. Through vibrant colours, exaggerated detailing and varied silhouettes with conceptual creations, Arora managed to create the powerful impact on the ramp that he is known for. The designer included pieces from collections he had showcased at Paris Fashion Weeks, from 2008, till the last season. These include key pieces from his India Pop, Circus, Baroque and Graffiti Art collections.

Couture Make up
Beauty expert Ambika Pillai was spotted before Manish’s show mingling with her designer friends. With Couture Week being high on grandeur, we asked her what kind of eye makeup (except the done-to-death smokey eyes) would compliment the excitement and opulent vibe on the ramp. “I think designers should go for shiny eye-lids. Glossy nude eye-shadow can add a dash of drama to the eyes, complimenting the couture outfits,” she said.

Manish’s ramp party
Neon lighting, shrieking whistles and loud cheers made up Arora’s show, who showcased in the Capital after a gap of three years. “Distributing whistles was not my idea, but that of the creative team. But, whistles are a tradition — they were used in my first show.” Arora candidly confessed to showing a prêt collection, at a couture week. When someone asked him if the fur used in his garments was real, Arora said, “Yes,” and his response managed to raise quite a few eyebrows.

Question of the day
Are women now open to experimenting with bridal wear?

Payal Jain
Delhi brides may be looking for colours other than pastels for their bridal wear, but I don’t think they are experimental enough to wear blacks or whites yet. There is a taboo attached to these colours and they are not considered auspicious for weddings

When it comes to experimenting with bridal wear, I think women are definitely open to exploring new options. Volume is making a big comeback, and brides are now playing with cuts and colours, and going for layering in their garments

Manish Arora
I think in India, women stick primarily to tradition when it comes to choosing wedding wear. And, I think, they should continue doing that. In India, bridal wear is open to reinvention because we have many designers who concentrate on creating couture trousseau