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High on grandeur

The final day of couture week saw dramatic sets, royal ensembles and a host of celebs in the front row

fashion and trends Updated: Aug 14, 2012 01:23 IST

PCJ Delhi Couture Week, August 8-12, 2012
Designer: Manav Gangwani
Known for: Over-the-top grandeur

Manav Gangwani showed a tasteful way of converting a monochrome theme into luxury by using intricate embroidery and plenty of crystals. The collection had sensuality coupled with elegance and ended with reds reminiscent of the legendary Valentino.
Taking inspiration from royalty, the designer showed absolutely modern designs on cocktail gowns, lehengas, shararas, gararas, anarkalis, pre-draped saris, churidar kurtas and traditional sherwanis using intricate embroidery, Swarovski crystals and beading. Done mainly in black, ivory and red, the collection used fabrics including velvet, satin, tulle and silk. The music, however, could have been western classical in order to blend with the collection.

Designer: Sabyasachi Mukherjee
Known for: Intricate embroidery, retro glam

Sabyasachi Mukherjee got everything right: a perfectly done folder with his concept note and line sheet, a very contemporarily done collection that was modern with traditional elements and melodious music— mostly violin to complete the package. Embroidery, bows, texturing and employment of semi-precious stones— everything was done tastefully, with accessories from his new label, Sabyasachi by Sabyasachi. The collection was showcased on an elaborate set, as the ramp transformed into a lodge, complete with paintings, vases and wine decanters.

Of philanthropy and front rows

Wearing a black cleavage-
aring dress from her own fashion line, Spare Me, VJ and former Bigg Boss inmate Pooja Misrra, who has been spotted at almost all couture shows, declared the auction of her clothes that she wore on the reality show.

“I am a big philanthropist, and I do silent social work, unlike certain filmmakers and porn stars who have the time to plagiarise my idea,” she said. As we waited for the clothes, which she claimed “the viewers loved,” to be put under the hammer so that she could “donate the money to charity,” hotel officials intervened, and told her to stop the auction, even before Misrra could ask them to spare her. Not bogged down by this, she then transferred the auction to another venue at the hotel. She was later seen planting a chair near the first row at Sabyasachi’s show, only to get uprooted from her place and ordered to find another at the end of the row.


Text: Vinod Nair, Divya Kapoor and Snigdha Ahuja

Photos: Zhazo Miachieo and Jasjeet Plaha