The much-awaited FDCI India Couture Week 2023 commenced on July 25 with an extravagant opening show by Falguni Shane Peacock. This 10-day event showcases the latest trends for the upcoming wedding season and offers a sneak peek of new haute couture collections. The event being hosted at Taj Palace in New Delhi includes a lineup of renowned designers such as Rahul Mishra, Gaurav Gupta, Varun Bahl, Tarun Tahiliani, JJ Valaya, Kunal Rawal, Anamika Khanna, and more. Additionally, the iconic designer Ritu Kumar makes a comeback this year.
The first day of the India Couture Week 2023 began with a charming presentation by Falguni Shane Peacock. A calming ballet performance preceded the introduction of the ‘Renaissance Reveries’ collection, and the show ended with Kiara Advani embracing a contemporary Barbie-core-inspired ensemble.
According to the duo, their collection named “Renaissance Reverie” is a tribute to the Renaissance era and showcases a seamless blend of Indian culture, techniques and craftsmanship. Their inspirations are drawn from the enchanting world of museums, art galleries, vintage stores, and antique shops, where they discover captivating art and timeless treasures. The ‘Renaissance Reverie’ collection reflects their love for art and the treasures they encounter during their travels. They draw inspiration from the vibrant colours found in art and the remarkable influences of embroidery textures.
The fashion show showcased a variety of styles, ranging from veiled lehengas to the popular fish-cut silhouette. The collection was full of voluminous can-cans and micro bustiers, and the colours were inspired by art, featuring shades like sugar coral, primrose yellow, and purple ash, which added a modern touch. Other colours, such as Aztec brown and almandine added depth and allure to the collection. The show ended with Kiara Advani wearing a beautiful plush pink outfit with the signature flourishes of the brand.
Commencing the second day was Ritu Kumar’s inaugural show followed by an opulent showcase of lehengas by Suneet Varma. Ritu Kumar, India’s definitive OG (original) and renowned couturier made a spectacular comeback to the India Couture Week after a ten-year absence. Renowned Couturier Ritu Kumar said “I am thrilled to be back at India Couture Week after ten years. This collection is very close to my heart as it reflects my passion for preserving traditional craftsmanship while embracing contemporary elements. I believe it encapsulates the essence of modern Indian couture and pays homage to our rich cultural heritage.”
Titled OG, the collection celebrated the designer’s artistic journey with a beautiful fusion of heritage and innovation. It drew inspiration from India’s diverse cultural tapestry, blending influences from various regions and weaving them together seamlessly. The colour palette ranged from rich jewel tones to ethereal pastels, adding to the collection’s allure. Each creation was elevated to the epitome of couture craftsmanship with intricate detailing and exquisite embroidery. The collection featured dresses, jackets, capes and anarkalis, showcasing a new feminine aesthetic through heritage textiles and nuanced classicism. The audience was thoroughly impressed with her signature prints, which were paired with a contemporary look.
To conclude the show, Aditi Rao Hydari graced the ramp as the showstopper in a stunning beige lehenga paired with a ghazal jacket.
Day 2 of the India Couture Week 2023 drew to a close with Suneet Varma’s Mogra collection, encapsulating opulence and grandeur. The veteran designers’ lineup drew inspiration from the incredible traditional motifs and embroideries found in India’s decorative arts. The collection featured regal lehengas, sarees and shararas in bold hues of pink, red and blue interspersed with pastel lehengas featuring net veils. The collection embodied a romantic, feminine, and playful look. Each ensemble had a royal feel, eliminating the need for a show-stopper. The curtains closed on day 2 of the India Couture Week 2023 with finesse.
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