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Manav Gangwani’s extravagant couture collection

Manav Gangwani presented his larger than life collection on Day 2 of the ongoing Delhi Couture Week. His collection, called ‘A Timeless Affaire,’ was elaborate and glamourous. Aditi Caroli reports.

fashion and trends Updated: Jul 26, 2011 17:41 IST
Aditi Caroli

Manav Gangwani presented his larger than life collection on Day 2 of the ongoing Delhi Couture Week. His collection, called ‘A Timeless Affaire,’ was elaborate and glamourous.

Manav on collection
“Couture is handmade, couture is hand embroidery, couture is priceless. My collection is couture in the real sense. This is international interpretation of couture. Timeless depicts sun- starting from dawn to sunlight to sunset. The collection is about woman turning into a warrior, going back in time to find her love and coming out as a winner. Fabrics used are mostly French lace, georgette, Chinese silk and pure satin.”

Bollywood in full attendance
Front row was heavy on B-town celebs like Fardeen Khan with his wife Natasha, Dino Morea, Zayed Khan, Rahul Khanna, Soha Ali Khan, Raveena Tandon with hubby Anil Thadani and Sophie Chaudhary. While the men were dressed in formal suits, ladies wore saris. Where Raveena donned a nice white sari, Soha and Sophie were dressed up almost alike in white-yellow saris.

The designer was very happy with the support and cheering, “They are all my friends. They are like family.”

Other faces spotted were Riddhima Kapoor along with husband Bharat Sahni, Shahnaz Hussain, Robert Vadra and many others.

Runway report
Manav showcased real couture with his majestic collection. It featured exaggerated collars, layered skirts, deep-cut gowns, flared lehengas, flowing anarkalis and shimmery saris. Plunging necklines and backless dresses made bold statements.

Colour palette comprised of white, silver and golden to start with and gradual transformation into hues of orange and yellow.

Lots of shimmer, sequins and Swarovski was used with heavy gold and silver work.

Make-up was kept basic with interesting puff hair dos complemented with head gears.

While one model stumbled, another’s sari got stuck on the ramp. If that was not enough, a daring outfit failed to cover the model’s nipple which was clearly visible in side profile. However, the show still went off smoothly.

The runway saw a balance of Indian and international models.

Elements like sun, zodiac and time were carefully used in the décor of the ramp.

This show has definitely raised the bar of the second edition of the Couture Week.