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Duly impressed

Whenever the word ‘couture’ was used to describe what most designers make here, it was received with sneering and skepticism.

india Updated: Jul 23, 2010 13:52 IST
Vinod Nair
Vinod Nair
Hindustan Times

Whenever the word ‘couture’ was used to describe what most designers make here, it was received with sneering and skepticism. Rohit Bal, on the second day of the Pearls Infrastructure Delhi Couture Week, made sure that what he did was couture. Guests moved forward to the edges of their seats to see more of the designer’s offerings on the balmy evening.



A really long runway, running through the sides of Aman Hotel’s pool, had the models strutting in creations that spoke well of the designer’s creative genius. Embroidery, sheer playing with fabric, layering, and the very way the clothes were put together in the most avant garde formats — the show had all the elements of high fashion and drama. It also showed that bling is not really a factor while talking of high fashion on the ramp.



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Rohit Bal is the undisputed King of drama and he proved it once again when he made his models walk into the pool’s sparkling water and followed them after taking the bow!



At The Grand, what young designer Gaurav Gupta did was more than I expected, even though I knew the designer’s caliber and what he’s capable of doing.



Gaurav knows how to drape and how to drape really well. The way he stylised his garments ensured that the collection looked international. His metallic embroidery on a contrasting colour palette was truly stunning. And, his amalgamation of Western attire with Indian was impeccable (I now know whom to recommend for a stylish cocktail evening). For the first time, I saw a designer making an effort to stylise even the runway in terms of its shape.



Overall, a truly delightful effort that reflected well through the show.

First Published: Jul 22, 2010 17:04 IST