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India Couture Week 2017: A sneak peek into all the runway action in store

From themes and formats to all the inspiration — here’s a quick look at what to expect at India Couture Week 2017, presented by Fashion Design Council of India, starting today (July 24).

fashion and trends Updated: Jul 24, 2017 12:20 IST
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Anita Dongre’s couture in the making. She will be showing as a part of the seven-day fashion affair.
Anita Dongre’s couture in the making. She will be showing as a part of the seven-day fashion affair.


Starting today (July 24), 14 couturiers will showcase made-to-order glamour as part of Fashion Design Council of India’s (FDCI) India Couture Week 2017, with Hindustan Times as its associate partner. While Anamika Khanna and Rohit Bal kick-off the seven-day affair, Manish Malhotra will close the couture fiesta at a five-star hotel in the Capital, on Sunday, July 30.

Here are some of the highlights:

VIEWINGS AND INSTALLATIONS:
Anamika Khanna will have a viewing of her collection, Happily Ever After, while Rina Dhaka’s showcase on the last day is also a runway-less exhibit — perfect for a hands-on feel for buyers. These viewings bring together two creative realms — art and fashion — and also add to a designer’s business with on-the-spot orders.

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#HonorTheSmile is Rina Dhaka’s couture concept this time around.

COLOURS AND CRAFTSMANSHIP:
For Manav Gangwani, who showcases tomorrow, India is the muse, with Lucknowi Chikankari and Rajasthani Bandanis at play among other Indian embroideries and techniques.


For Reynu Taandon, monsoon is the underlying theme, ruled by shades of peacock blue.

Designer Reynu Taandon will present her collection, CYAN.

Colours also play a big part for Anju Modi, inspired by miniature art of Kishangarh. “In miniature art, colours are bright not earthy. So, kesar, champa and mango green are a few of my hues,” she says.


WEARABLE COUTURE:

Rahul Mishra’s craftsmen at work.

The oriental influence in Rahul Mishra’s collection, Parizaad, also has an architectural aspect. “It’s like imagining a Taj Mahal in Koyoto,” the designer told us. His collection includes cotton creations and bridalwear that can be machine-washed — making it sustainable, and making couture more approachable, wearable.

Tarun Tahiliani is presenting occasion wear at the couture week.

Designer Tarun Tahiliani will showcase a collection which features occasion wear and lightweight bridalwear that can be worn more than once. “Most sensible people would love to be able to break up the pieces they buy and use them in a multiple of lighter outfits, giving greater value to the luxury they have invested in,” Tahiliani told us.

COUTURE WITH A HEART:
Designer Anita Dongre’s couture, Tree of Love, pays tribute to the Bishnoi tribe of the Thar in Rajasthan. The designer has pledged to plant a tree every time a creation from her couture collection is sold.

Designer Rina Dhaka has tied up with the NGO Smile for her showcase. “This season, I create my love for jewellery, but on clothes. I take on strong metallics, mixing them together, blending and edging them with pearls. From dhoti to the sharara as a trouser, I work to refocus on the waist, shoulder and the hip.This show is also to support the girl child through the campaign by partnering with Smile Foundation. Percentage of the clothing sales will go towards charity in addition to donating two ensembles for an auction.This show is to Smile,” Dhaka told us.

A DECADE OF COUTURE:
This year’s edition of India Couture Week is also special because it includes the celebration of ten years of the runway showcase.