When a designer who has managed to tie up with the world-renowned accessory brand Judith Leiber showcases his designs, you expect his collection to be ground breaking. And yes, it is safe to say that Suneet Verma was more than successful in mesmerising the audiences with his collection on day five of the Pearls Delhi Couture Week. It’s great to see how refined Indian fashion has become in the last few years. With more and more international labels, magazines and other brands coming to India, the country’s fashion is maturing and budding to say the least. And designers like Suneet Verma are taking Indian fashion a few steps forward, every time they showcase their designs.
Big hair, long ghaghras, subtle pastel shades, and lots of tassels – Suneet’s collection had a beautiful melange of avant-garde creations blended perfectly well with Indian influences. His bridal outfits in particular were a visual treat. The peach, beige and other pastel coloured outfits made the models look both sensual and traditional at the same time. The delicate golden thread work and Swarovski elements added to the already magnificent bridal clothes. The styling of the show reeked of Suneet’s international standards and perfectionist attitude. If there is one designer in the Indian fashion industry who can juxtapose contemporary fashion and conventional traditions, it’s Suneet. Impending brides will soon be seen thronging outside his showrooms.
If you are not fond of bold colours when it comes to traditional outfits, then you probably would not have applauded Varul Bahl’s collection. Purple, deep red, maroon, and dark green; Varun banished the rules of using subtle colours in bridal clothes. The delicate zardosi work and big velvet borders gave the show a unique concoction of modernity with Victorian charm. More like an ode to today’s smart, multi-tasking and bold woman. Use of several rich fabrics, such as silk, georgette and velvet gave the clothes a magnificent aura of freshness. To sum it up, Varul’s collection was a breath of fresh air.
Indian weddings are all about flamboyance, tradition and extravagance. Unlike in the West, people in India plan their big fat wedding months or even years in advance. With the help of fashion and couture weeks brides and grooms can plan ahead their outfits for various Indian wedding functions (Indian weddings are no longer one day drab events). When you spend crazy amounts on the décor and food at your wedding, you certainly won’t don an off the rack outfit on your special day.