When it comes to the grandeur factor I have not seen designer Tarun Tahiliani leaving any stone unturned. At his Bridal Couture Exposition at The Emporio, an effort that he started last year to showcase his bridal wear line, this year he once again showed that he goes out all the way to show what he wants to show in the most appropriate manner.
The mandap replete with terrific classical dancers, several mannequins donning his bridal wear, music to match the ambience and a number of models showcasing his offerings for men and women. At what is being said as one of his best shows, Tarun showcased sari drapes, interesting blouses, sherwanis and gowns in Swarovski elements crystal embroidery and appliqués. The collection was resplendent and visually appealing and had all the elements that a couture presentation needs.
And at the Delhi Couture Week at The Grand hotel later in the day, Varun Bahl once again showed that he means business when it comes to stylised creations. The thing about Varun is that he can change any traditional Indian attire into western looking ones with styling. This time around too, he made sure that his creations looked international with his theme drawn from imperial Russia (embroidery in subtle sheen inspired by Faberge eggs, imperial crowns, cross, etc). While the designer let hip down-onwards flow easily, he chose to keep the tops somewhat structured in corset formats and that was interesting. Even with the Russian theme, none of the garments screamed opulence. Instead, they were elegant and beautiful. The backdrop setting was stunning!
Suneet Varma, at the close of the day, sailed into the couture week in his fantasy sailboat. A runway made of wooden planks from a sailboat with all its paraphernalia was interesting and the collection comprising sequin-sheeted saris, draped blouses, bubble dresses, evening gowns, long dresses, etc., were colourful and interestingly made. This too was high on couture factor with a perfect mix of traditional and modern high fashion garments.