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Get set for grandeur

The designer will showcase in the Capital after a gap of over three years, making it one of the most anticipated shows at the fashion week

fashion and trends Updated: Aug 08, 2012 01:38 IST

Manish Arora
The designer will showcase in the Capital after a gap of over three years, making it one of the most anticipated shows at the fashion week. Being the former creative director of womenswear at Paco Rabanne, Arora’s latest collection is creating a lot of buzz among fashion audiences and critics, who are eager to find out if he’ll bring the couture creative sensibilities that he used for the French fashion house. Arora showcases on day three.

Ashima Leena
Bollywood veteran and 70’s siren Sharmila Tagore will walk the ramp for this designer duo. Titled Raag Rattan, the collection attempts to showcase regality and opulent glamour, with the teaming up of beaten gold and metallic embroidery on whites and creams. Jewel tones — primarily ruby, emerald and amethyst, will also add to the collection. The show, to be held on day two of the event, will be embraced by sufi music, with singer Zila Khan’s voice as the backdrop.

Shantanu Nikhil
This collection will incorporate shades of red, purple, pink, teal and gold. The designer duo’s collection will represent sartorial drama and include heavy ornamental embroidery, textures, and intensely decorated collars that will be a part of their couture jackets, skirts and flared gowns — designed to emphasise the waistline. Shantanu and Nikhil will showcase their collection on day four.

Manav Gangwani
Called a A Royal Affairè, Gangwani’ s collection will incorporate Swarovski crystals, luscious beading and embroidery work on ivory, black and red garments in tulle, silk, velvet and dupion. The collection will include lehengas, anarkalis, saris and even sherwanis for men. Actors Raveena Tandon, Zayed Khan and Sophie Chaudhary are expected to take over the front row at the show, which will be held on the last day of the fashion week.

Anju Modi
Expect drama and opulence at PCJ Delhi Couture Week, which kicks off in the Capital today, writes Snigdha Ahuja Designer Anju Modi will showcase her collection, Devi, on the third day of Couture Week. Her designs have been inspired by intriguing female characters from Bengali literature, who have often been epitomised on the big screen. About her collection, Modi says, “It revolves around a strong, passionate, awe-inspiring woman.” This very inspiration, she adds, led her to choose the showstopper for her collection — Bollywood beauty, Madhuri Dixit in her ramp debut.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee
A hit with many Bollywood celebrities, Sabyasachi Mukherjee will conclude this year’s edition of the Couture Week in the city. His collection, New Moon, will fuse two of his muses for the collection on the ramp — Parsi culture, and the city of Paris in the 1920s. Mukherjee’s collection attempts to amalgamate uninhibited glamour with tailored and sculpted silhouettes, keeping the designer’s signature simplicity intact. Sridevi will have her eyes on his designs as she takes on the front row at the show.

Varun Bahl
Titled India, Nouveau — Bahl’s collection will sartorially represent the coming together of the traditional and the modern, to be showcased today. While the base silhouettes will be characteristically Indian, they will be offset by a modern touch — from the farshi which is worn as a pair of trousers, to the use of black, a colour traditionally ignored in Indianwear. The designer has collaborated with fashion house, a.k.a Bespoke, who have created footwear to go with his collection.

Manish Malhotra
Malhotra’s collection can be expected to be a big Bollywood party — starting from Karan Johar and Alia Bhatt’s presence, to reported showstopper, Katrina Kaif. The show will also incorporate a 2.5 min short film to be screened before his couture week show, on day four of the event.

0ff site shows
JJ Valaya
An extension of his Autumn/Winter 2012 collection — the showcase will fuse the traditional past with fashionable possibilities of the future, using digital prints, accompanied by ethnic weaves. Ottoman Empire is the key inspiration of the showcase. The off site show will be held at The Grand, Vasant Kunj, and will also mark the launch of JJ Valaya Luxury Weddings — that will present designer wedding decor and trousseau. Valaya will showcase today.

Anamika Khanna
Day two of the Couture Week will have an off site show by Khanna, which will be held at Evoluzione, The Kila, 7 Style Mile in Mehrauli. Khanna will present her ode to the Indian woman, one who is essentially traditional, but lives by her own rules, and who is intensely romantic. About the show, Khanna says, “A reflection of the spirit of luxury in the royal Indian shall come alive in this unique evening.”

Gaurav Gupta
Gupta’s collection aims to reflect his interpretation of a ‘Global Indian mindset’. The designer’s garments will be reminiscent of sartorial grandeur and opulence. The off site show will include a tailored ramp that will run into the courtyard, to be held at fashion store Evoluzione. in Mehrauli. He will
showcase on day two of the fashion week.

Schedule
PCJ Delhi Couture Week
By Fashion Design Council Of India
August 8, Wednesday: Varun Bahl, 7pm (Taj Palace Hotel)
JJ Valaya, 9pm (off-site show at The Grand, Vasant Kunj)
August 9, Thursday: Ashima- Leena, 7pm
Anamika Khanna & Gaurav Gupta, 9pm (off-site at Evoluzione, The Kila, 7 Style Mile, Mehrauli)
August 10, friday: Anju Modi, 7:30pm
Manish Arora, 9pm
August 11, saturday: Shantanu & Nikhil, 7:30pm
Manish Malhotra, 9pm
August 12, sunday: Manav Gangwani, 7:30pm
Grand finale by Sabyasachi, 9pm
(All shows except the off site shows will be held at Taj Palace Hotel, Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomatic Enclave)