Day 1 of the Delhi Couture Week put a stamp on the colour to watch out for, this season, and it turns out to be indigo. The old debate of whether fashion shows should be kept away from star presence or not found an answer at designer Varun Bahl’s show.
Designer: Varun Bahl
Known for: Experimental Indian and westernwear
The old debate of whether fashion shows should be kept away from star presence or not found an answer at designer Varun Bahl’s show. With some fine craftsmanship on display, not many cared if a Bollywood babe wasn’t on the ramp or the front row. Indigo and black were the colours of the evening with deft layering in lehengas and saris teamed with sheer net blouses. The collection was not high on bling and broke the tradition of not using black in bridalwear.
Designer: JJ Valaya
Known for: Bridal trousseau with intricate detailing
JJ Valaya’s off-site show at The Grand, Vasant Kunj, was in an impressive backdrop with dramatic lighting. The tastefully-made collection had intricate and extensive embroidery. With wedding outfits for both men and women on display, the collection, inspired by the Turkish Ottoman Empire, had flowy silhouettes and crystal detailing on silk, jacquards and velvets. Indigo blue seemed to be a favourite here too, with the designs highlighting the hue with interesting motifs of exotic birds.
Gossip, glamour and sidelights
Designer Rohit Bal, dressed in a neon tee, seemed to be in easy spirits as he sat in the front row for JJ Valaya’s show. Bal’s recent statement about Bollywood ruling the roost when it comes to defining fashion trends has ruffled many feathers. When we asked him about the same, he adamantly stood his ground. “Yes, I did say that in an interview and it’s true. When it comes to fashion, Bollywood rules.” Interestingly, when we asked JJ Valaya if he agreed with Rohit, he looked pretty aghast. “Absolutely not!” was his curt answer.
Shows delayed, again!
Even though only two shows have been scheduled every day, day one of Couture Week saw at least an hour’s delay in both the shows. While Bahl’s show started at 8pm instead of 7pm, Valaya’s show was no different. Half an hour before the show was to begin at 9pm, Valaya looked hassled as he visited the sets where the lighting and seating was still being worked upon. When asked about the delay, he brushed it off, saying, “Welcome to the world of fashion!” Valaya’s show started at 10.15 pm, after a delay of one hour and fifteen minutes.
Aman to go shirtless
Sarod player Amaan Ali Khan is the latest to join the six-pack brigade of celebrities as he will soon be flaunting
a sculpted body with a sarod in hand for a photoshoot. “I have been working out for the last two years and the results have finally started to show. I am going to get a photoshoot done next month
which will show me in a completely different look,” Amaan said, after attending Varun Bahl’s opening show. “Although film stars keep flaunting their muscles, I think I will be the first sarod player to do that,” he added.
‘Celebs copy my ideas’
VJ and ex-Bigg Boss contestant Pooja Mishra also made it to the front row in Varun Bahl’s show. Mishra, who recently announced that she’ll auction the clothes she wore in the Bigg Boss show, for charity, cried that the makers of Jism 2 have copied from her idea and decided to auction Sunny Leone’s lingerie. “I’m auctioning 35 outfits of mine in Delhi tomorrow,” she said. Dressed in a flowy off-shoulder black gown that she claimed cost her above a lakh, she added, “I declared last year only that I will be doing this charity. Now, I find that Sunny Leone and several other actors have shamelessly copied my idea and doing charities all around and getting publicity out of it. It is so not done.”
Snapped at Couture Week
Entrepreneur Sunanda Pushkar Tharoor, who came with her 19-year-old son Shiv to watch Varun Bahl’s show, looked every bit a diva. Here’s what she had to say about her look:
Outfit: I bought it for Rs.14,000 from some designer outlet in Chanakyapuri
Stilettos: I got them from Dubai. They were very expensive but too old a pair for me to remember the price.
Neckpiece: My first Valentine Day gift from my husband (Shashi Tharoor)
Bag: It’s an Armani, again from Dubai, for around Rs.45,000.
When asked which is the most memorable gift that her husband has given her, Sunanda said, “He wrote a poem for me on the day of our engagement. It remains the most valuable gift till date.”