India Couture Week 2016 begins today: All that’s in store at the dream gala

  • Snigdha Ahuja, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 23, 2016 20:27 IST
The five-day couture showcase will have eleven designers presenting their creations.

For all those brides and grooms sifting through designer lookbooks, some more inspiration is coming your way. With haute couture being synonymous with weddingwear in India, lots of bespoke, grandeur-high ensembles for the bride’s trousseau and the groom’s wardrobe will find its way on to the ramps, with India Couture Week kickstarting in the national capital on Wednesday.

Helmed by Fashion Design Council of India, eleven designers will showcase their creations in the five-day long event, that culminates on Sunday. While designer Manish Malhotra will open the couture week, Rohit Bal will close it, at an offsite show at Bikaner House. And of course, couture is never complete without Bollywood presence, and thus there’s going to be some showstopper-action too. Fresh inspiration for the season or same’ol lehenga-play? Watch this space to find out.


Malhotra will open India Couture Week with his collection, The Persian Story.

Read: Watch mesmerising first look of Manish Malhotra’s India Couture Week collection

Opening the couture week today, Malhotra will showcase his collection, The Persian Story. While actor Fawad Khan will open his show, Deepika Padukone will close it. “The collection is a reinvented couture line which celebrates old-world embroidery, ancestral Indian trends and Persian influences. And all this, mixed with global fashion trends,” he says.


Here’s a glimpse of Tarun Tahiliani’s couture collection.

On Thursday, designer Tarun Tahiliani will put up his maiden show at the India Couture Week. Called Last Dance of the Courtesan, his creations will feature signature muted shades of peaches and cream, nudes and frosted mints for the bride who likes to play it dewy, subtle.


Gaurav Gupta, known for his fusion cocktailwear, will showcase his collection on Saturday.

On the penultimate day of couture week, Gupta will showcase his collection. “The colour palette is that of softer pastels with options of vintage hues like English blue, lavender and cherry,” he says. The collection will feature his trademark cocktail saris, gowns and even sari lehengas. Well, that’s going to be interesting!


On Sunday, the final day of couture week, Gangwani will showcase his collection, Begum-e-Jannat. The ensembles will feature zardozi work in vintage gold with a mix of royal hues like pristine ivories and navy blue. While revamped saris and kaftans will make it on to the runway, there will be wedding season style inspo for men too, with the addition of sherwanis.


The many shades of sunset red seem to be on Reyu Taandon’s collection moodboard.

Taandon’s collection is aimed at the bride who is inspired by “the cuts, colours, fabric and crafts of Rajasthan.” The preview images give us a glimpse of scarlets and fiery tangerines on lehengas and anarkalis. Called Kamangari, actor Divya Khosla Kumar will walk as the showstopper for Taandon’s show, scheduled for day three of the fashion week.


Old-world embroideries and motifs seem to be the inspiration for the designer duo’s collection. Called Hiraeth, the collection inspiration comes from late writer Kahlil Gibran words, which they aim to translate into their creations scheduled for Friday.


Mishra’s aiming to ensnare the romance of the rainy season in his collection, Monsoon Diaries, that he will showcase on Friday, third day of couture week. Sticking to the tradition of intricate hand-done detailing, Mishra’s motifs take from varied elements of nature. We can already spot beautiful peacocks on his moodboard, alongwith season-perfect florals.


Varun Bahl’s collection seems to be tailor-made for brides who loves pastels, neutrals.

We all know that Bahl loves his florals, and this time too, it seems like the foliage romance will continue. “The versatile colour palette ranges from soft pastels like pistachio, duck-egg blue, and pale pink to stronger tones like mustard, fuchsia, and midnight blue,” his mood board relays. Bahl will showcase on Saturday, day 4 of couture week.


Known for lending her signature Jaipuri-touch to bridalwear, Dongre is going to showcase her collection, Epic Love. The creations are going to feature jewel-toned ensembles, which draw from Mughal and architectural motifs, with gota patti along with the prints. She will showcase the collection on Thursday, making it her first appearance at the couture week. Well, let’s see if her couture creations inspire Kate Middleton to give the designer a second go!


The designer seems to be taking her inspiration from the romantic poet

The Kolkata-based couturier will put up an offsite show on day three of the fashion week, Friday. On her Facebook page, she uses a verse to bring about the ideology of her collection. She quotes William Wordsworth’s poem, The Solitary Reaper. Here’s hoping the creations are as poetic!


Rohit Bal will close the five-day fashion week with his showcase at Bikaner House

Classic black, golds and vermilions with a touch of poppy florals seem to make a comeback in signature style at Rohit Bal’s finale, scheduled for Sunday. The offsite show will be held at the Bikaner House which has become a cultural hotspot since the end of last year, when it opened for art events and more. This will be the first fashion show to be held at the historic princely house.

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