3: 30 PM : SBJ presents Reynu Tandon
PRECIOSA Presents Rimple & Harpreet Narula
5: 00 PM : HEROINE presents DEBARUN
| SHAHBANU |
Day 4 started with showcase of Shahbanu by Reynu Taandon.
Shahbanu revived the sartorial splendour of Persia and present an ode to womanhood by visually translating the story behind the PURDAH. Shahbanu is a dream-like vision straight out of the royal courtyard with mesmerizing beauty reflecting through her accentuated eyes and statement jewelry.
The collection is a series of period creations, each with a story to tell such as the Shararas, Anarkalis, Lehengas with intricate gold embellishments adding to the magnificence of each of the garments. The fabrics range from lightweight georgette to rich velvet. The collection displays a heavy use of zardozi gold embroidery, royal blue and wine hues combined with understated yet luxurious mirror work inspired from Persian culture and architecture.
Middle parted hair, deep plum lips and heavy jewelry with nathni was prominent. The models looked nothing less than royalty.
Use of dark royal colors like purple, maroons, blacks and reds was prominent in this collection.
| MAHARADJAH & CO. |
Rimple and Harpreet Narula
The splendor and glory of the erstwhile Days of the Raj is the raison d’être of Rimple and Harpreet’s “Maharadjah & Co.” at the India Couture Week 2015 edition. Inspired by the Indian Maharajas and the nobles of that era and their lifestyle which was heavily influenced by their travels to the West, the collection is an ode to splendor and extravagance of their lives well-lived.
Rimple and Harpreet have endeavored to capture the very beginnings of “bespoke” & “portraiture” in India by delving into the vast archives that chronicle the Maharajas and their retinues, their early interactions with western luxury and the collection is reminiscent of the vast and extraordinary commissions that were conferred by these royals on western design houses. With leitmotifs such as the “vase of plenty” the line celebrates the usage of insignias which were used by the former royals in establishing themselves as “royals” while simultaneously paying homage to fine craftsmanship.
It is a celebration of royal opulence tempered in hues of ivory & beige, burnished golds and velveteen ruby that harks back to a time when the “Maharadjas” and “Maharanees” were the toast of European high society- equally at ease in the royal ballrooms of Calcutta and Kapurthala as well as chic Parisian saloons. Scintillating hand crafted embroideries and dazzling Preciosa crystals veritably breathe life onto the surfaces of each ensemble while the theatrical, larger-than- life silhouettes -dramatic capes and robes, sheer billowy jackets, regal cloaks and lehengas–are evocative of a bygone majestic magnificence, making the collection a befitting tribute to an opulent era of high fashion, exotic indulgence and rich statements in regal clothing and accessories.
Dark lips and middle parted hair was the make up scheme . A lot shades of whites were used in this collection.
Shilpa Shetty was the show stopper. She look every bit regal and royal like a modern day Maharani in that pale rose outfit.
| Debarun |
Cinema has forever been the biggest influencer of Indian fashion. The beauty of the ethereal leading ladies of the silver screen has been enhanced by their enchanting outfits, creating memorable and lasting imprints. The evolution of film costume over the decades is the point of inspiration for the Couture 2015 line from the house of Debarun.
The range is unravelled as a journey of Indian film fashion through time, covering eight decades. The story starts with the black and white sagas of the 1930s and 40s. It then moves on to the Eastman Colour eras of the 50s and the 60s. The palette intensifies to the Technicolor decades of the 70s and the 80s; then graduates to the restraint of the 90s after the excesses. In the final chapter, we see a return to tradition and heritage, but in a modern, post millennial style.
Luxe handwoven textiles, rich silks and indulgent velvets form the base for intricate embellishments, subtle dye effects and elaborate screen prints. Zardozi, beadwork, thread embroideries and appliqués in floral, trellis and ornate motifs are at times delicate, and sometimes bold. The shapes are relevant to current times, but styled in retrospect. The bridal section reflects the tastes of the modern woman, who seamlessly blends time-tested traditions with a contemporary and progressive mindset.
A lot of vibrant colors were seen in this collection.
Rohit Bal’s show will be up on the next page.