Couture comes calling

  • Aaron Rohan George, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Jul 21, 2011 15:55 IST

From Elizabethan Panache to Kamasutra-esque sensuality to 1960s New York, the themes at FDCI'S synergy 1 - Delhi Couture Week, that kicks off this Friday, are perhaps as opulent as the clothes.

"Fashion is the politest way of talking about sex," says designer Suneet Varma, whose collection is inspired from the Kamasutra. Varma's also said to be creating this year's most awaited set, about which he refuses to divulge any details. For the couture week, designers have also taken inspiration from their own fantasies.

"Couture is all about fantasy and my collection mirrors the fantasy world that I always escape to," says designer Gaurav Gupta. 

Bollywood's designer of choice, Manav Gangwani, too, has based his designs on the theme of time, space and the zodiac. However, the spectacle at his show won't just be limited to the ramp. "He's making special headgears for all the stars who'll be sitting in his front row," says his spokesperson. Unlike Gangwani, some are keeping the drama limited to the clothes. Designer Manish Malhotra's runway will be devoid of any Bollywood stars. He wants to keep the focus on the clothes and technique. Similarly, designer Anju Modi too has decided to keep the focus on the details in her creations.

"The clothes are the real interpretation of the theme, more than the set or anything else," says Modi. Another resonating factor this year is the emergence of fusion, rather than just ethnic silhouettes. "Cocktail couture is the best definition of our designs. The  silhouettes are decidedly modern, while the finish is regal," says designer Nikhil Mehra of Shantanu Nikhil. Of course, all talks about inspiration, cuts and techniques aside; bling will surely be in vogue this season too.

"The rocks on the clothes will surely be attention grabbers too," sums up gupta. It's all about the numbers. The four-day event starts on July 22 and ends on July 25. The approximate number of seats in each of the two main show areas at the Taj Palace hotel is 500. There are 32 models and backstage helpers for couture week. Each model will thus have one dedicated helper. Incidentally, 32 is also the total number of hair and makeup experts who'll work backstage in each show. The number of ironing staff being arranged for each show is 16. The time gap between the shows ranges from 1hr 30 min to almost 5 hours. The dimensions of the basic ramp being provided is 60 ft x 12 ft. of course, all designers have the freedom to do it up as they want.


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