With fashion weeks and couture shows happening by the dozen in India, one would think that they would have lost their grandiose quotient by now. But Pearls Couture Week is an action-packed six day event that promises much more than Bollywood big-wigs walking the ramp for their favorite designers. India’s first couture week kick-started in 2008; now in its third year, it’s conducted in the Capital. The designers couldn’t be happier about the shift in host city and many of them have invariably chosen to label Delhi as the fashion capital of India.
So what did day one of the multi-designer starring couture week dish out? Read on and find out:
Kolkata based Sabyasachi Mukherjee inaugurated the couture week with his inimitable collection Aparajito (the invincible). Sabya, known for his eclectic designs and traditional style, first captivated the fashion industry in 2002 when he showcased his premier collection in Lakme India Fashion Week in Delhi. He hasn’t looked back ever since. His clothes always have very strong Indian influences sans much bling.
Sultry yet traditional babes, Rani Mukherjee and Vidha Balan who have been seen sporting Sabya’s creation on more than one occasion were proudly seated in the audience to cheer him. Vidya looked ravishing in a red hot saree (of course a Sabya creation) teamed with a black blouse. Rani, on the other hand, donned the season’s favourite – a black jumpsuit.
The collection mostly displayed earthy hues and most of the fabric used was khadi. The designer referred to his collection as “essence of India” and stated that Indian fabrics, textiles and culture are unbeatable. The block printing from Rajasthan and Kalamkari from Andhra Pradesh gave a whimsical feel to his collection.
Rumour has it that the cost of the collection coupled with the sets used cost him a whopping three crores. The collection displayed 40 designs for women and 15 men’s wear items. Classic, no-nonsense and traditional, Sabya has once again managed to floor the audiences with his unique panache.
Returning to the Capital after five long years, Sabyasachi has definitely made a thud on arrival. What remains to be seen is whether or not the rest of the couture week manages to keep the momentum alive. Check this space for the scoop on the much talked about Delhi Couture Week. The designers and details that we will feature will surely help you shop for the Big fat Indian weddings!