Known for: Ethnic couture and layered designs
Ashima-Leena’s collection saw pearls and stones embellished along with embroidery on traditional Indian silhouettes. Saris that appeared in the beginning were crafted well and made for perfect wedding attire. Shades of ivory, cream, orange, blue and red took over the ramp. Bejewelled blouses, long skirts, anarkalis, shararas and layered kurtis made up the collection. Veteran actor Sharmila Tagore, who was the showstopper, looked elegant in a beautiful red jacket-sari.
Designer: Anamika Khanna
Known for: Dexterous cuts and an eye for detail
Held at Evoluzione Kila in Mehrauli, Anamika Khanna’s show was somewhat Parisienne in nature. The setting was stunning too. Models walked from one hall to the other around the tables for guests set with floral arrangements, candles, canapes and wines. With 30 garments that were Indian in essence but very international at the same time, the Kolkata-based designer proved that couture means creating extraordinary garments.
Designer: Gaurav Gupta
Known for: Experimental drapes
The show started with a contemporary dance performance with Indian beats. Gupta’s silhouettes were mostly western and seemed to have been aimed more at the red carpet than anything else. Consisting of draped gowns, lehenga gowns and saris, the garments had a great amount of metallic detailing. The fitted gowns with silver fine embroidery were also very appealing. With both Khanna and Gupta showcasing
silhouettes with thigh-high slits, it looks like Indian designers are getting more experimental and ready to take the couture lines to a new level. "
Gossip, glamour and sidelights
A stylish sufi touch
Sufi singer Zila Khan added drama to designer duo Ashima-Leena’s show, on day two of Couture Week. She provided a backdrop of live music as she crooned folk and popular sufi numbers, choreographed to compliment the collection on the ramp. “Performing for a fashion show was a different ball game altogether. Environment was more controlled, as compared to my concerts, but I enjoyed since music is intrinsically linked with fashion, which is just another form of art,” said Zila, dressed in a pink and purple number from Ashima Leena’s collection.
Shabana’s sporty look
Veteran actor Shabana Azmi, who, along with husband Javed Akhtar, came for the off site shows of designers Anamika Khanna and Gaurav Gupta, was sporting a funky hairstyle and two different earrings. “I’ve got my hair cut for Vishal Bharadwaj’s next, Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola. Since two long earrings look a bit bizzare with short hair, I started wearing only one. But people would say, ‘oh, you dropped one earring’. So today I wore one long earring in one ear and a pearl stud in another. I want people to know that the look is deliberate,” she said.
Traffic jam woes
It was a sight the people of Mehrauli were neither accustomed to, nor prepared for. So, when the offsite venue Evoluzione Kila was inundated with high-end chauffeur-driven cars at 11:15 in the night after the shows got over, people were in for a shock. The furore, which started because a lot of socialites called for their cars at the same time, continued for about 20 minutes. Many people chose to walk towards the main road to reach their jam-trapped cars in their cocktail dresses. The situation, however, was brought under control after some time.
The Fashion Design Council of India on Thursday announced Indo-Dutch Fashion collaboration that will create opportunities for both Indian and Dutch fashion entrepreneurs. Called 'Dutch Fashion Here & Now' the programme will have a three-year partnership that will have Dutch designer Jan Taminiau team up with designer Suneet Varma (left). “We are very happy to partner with this unique collaboration. The programme travelled to China in 2010 and this year it has come to India,” said FDCI president Sunil Sethi.