PCJ Delhi Couture Week: Satya Paul and Varun Bahl
This demi-couture collection was an avant garde take on florals, off set with a lot of glittering glam.Updated: Aug 04, 2013, 01:18 IST
Black n’ white that gleams
This demi-couture collection was an avant garde take on florals, off set with a lot of glittering glam. "Flowers have been done again and again, to bring about a change, I used florals with an X-ray effect" - Masaba Gupta for Satya Paul.
The third day of the ongoing couture presentation in the city started with a unique presentation, studded with a re-interpretation of couture and interspersed with a lot of bling. The PC Jeweller show with label Satya Paul, which has designer Masaba Gupta as the fashion director, saw a play of X-ray florals, monochrome mix and interestingly styled silhouettes. The entire presentation was adorned with a bejeweled presentation that added a big dollop of gleam n’ glitter power to the showcase. The innovative demi-couture collection incorporated layered garments, infused with a lot of sheer, interplay of lace, pearls, patch work, sequins, signature saris, capes and high-waisted skirts. The coupling of the subdued style with sparkle, provided a striking, noteworthy contrast.
All that glitters..
This demi-couture showcase was presented by PC Jeweller, who added to the designs on the ramp with their exquisite pieces. Balram Garg, Managing Director of the label said, “Wedding couture jewellery complemented the demi couture collection by Satya Paul. We went with polki and diamond jewellery for the show, as we specialise in
fusion jewellery, which was also the underlying theme here. The designs were large, delicate and well-crafted.”
Loved the edgier version of the flowers that adorn the designs. The X-ray effect on the floral print added a dark tone to the collection. The use of sheer fabric studded with pearls and embellishments caught our attention. The style adds the needed drama. Deep scalloped necklines and elemental pieces decorated with lace brought in a dash of romance. The black and white palette was a departure from Satya Paul’s riot of colours. Even though it was a bold way to go, we would have loved to see some more hue play.
Of sheer romance and love birds
Designer Varun Bahl’s collection closed the the day with a mix of revved up energy and a celebration of effervescent romance. The models strutted down the ramp, which had all the drama one could ask for — complete with a luxury car parked on the runway. Sheer pallus, flowers infused with a vintage vibe and glittery birds that adorned sari hems laced the collection with soft glam. Bahl’s signature use of black was interspersed with a smattering of warm canary yellow and hues of red.
"I have used intricate threadwork and have played with a variety of motifs for my collection" - Varun Bahl, fashion designer. Loved the drama on the anarkalis. The black brought out the intricately done floral pattern, which made for dreamy couture. Vintage pink roses spelled out romance innate in the collection. Printed leggings and saris were infused with this pattern.
The mix of unconventional hues like the soft yellow on grey and gorgeous bird motifs were our favourites. Loved how the garments were styled. Only one thing on our wishlist: we were left lusting after the roses. We hoped there’d be more!
text by: Snigdha Ahuja and Arpita Kala
photos: raajessh kashyap/ HTCS