Couture is definitely the flavour of the season and designer Suneet Varma kicks off the proceedings with his enigmatic show, Enchanted Forest, on September 13 at the Hyatt Regency, supported by BMW. “I want to give a theatrical feel to the show,” says Varma, a couturier of repute whose collection is inspired by Shakespeare’s play A Midsummer Night’s Dream. “It won’t be a regular runway.
The set, 25 feet by 80 feet, will be created like a forest, complete with twinkling stars and moonlight, and also the characters from the play appearing on the stage,” adds Varma. He feels couture shows are all about the feel of the inspiration that’s core to the collection. “Couture is the way ahead for Indian designers in the wake of international RTW (ready-to-wear) labels flooding the market,” Varma continues. “Limited pieces with intricate handwork and hours and hours of skilled labour input has always been our advantage,” explains the designer for whom couture is a passion.
For the past 21 years, he has been showing his couture collection year after year without fail. Varma’s Fall/Winter 2008 Couture Collection uses controlled glitter with a generous sprinkling of Swarovski crystals and gold lamé appliqués. The most dramatic aspect is the appliqué work of three-dimensional flowers, which does make the ensemble look enchanting. Well known for his innovations, Varma has created knee-high embroidered socks as an alternative to churidaar.
These can be paired with tunics for a contemporary feel. The collection comprises shades of pink, lilac and beige. Backless blouses, sheer net saris, seductive corsets and intricate dresses, hand-sewn and accessorised with handcrafted headgear in silk and organza, with lyrical forest elements of twigs, stems, floral buds, bees and butterflies, will make this couture collection a visual delight. Varma will be showcasing the same collection at the First HDIL India Couture Week in Mumbai.