Amazon India Couture Week 2015 rounded up it’s extravagant 5 days on 2nd August with Manish Malhotra’s charming Couture soiree. There were 12 couturiers this time and the week was bundled with big collaborations. There were celebrities on almost every ramp and of course the sartorial razzmatazz was all over the place! Starting from the opening act by the genius Sabyasachi Mukherji, here is my roundup of all that you need to know about last Week!
Bater by Sabyasachi Mukherji
Arguably the season’s most anticipated show, Sabyasachi collaborated with Christian Louboutin, the Italian shoe designer for some lust worthy footwear for his collection. The show took place in a very spooky and run-down looking set up which (yes, did not photograph well) was absolutely all things dramatic! He made densely embroidered garments in colours like oxidized gold, almost bronze, dark blues to pale grey. The collection had slimming skirts and sarees with jackets. It was a fine bridal collection at heart with some edginess added in through spiky clutches and dingy necklines.
Tree of Life by Rahul Mishra
Rahul Mishra debuted into the world of Couture this year with an intelligent collection exploring Indian silhouettes and intricate handwork. He is known for his love of the handlooms and for this collection he took inspiration from Chintz textiles and formulated a very detailed collection yet approaching it in a very simplistic way with every piece that was self sufficient on its own!
Silt and Cipher by Gaurav Gupta
The collection was all things ethereal and majestic and what else do you expect from this ace couturier who has been nailing the hooks and crooks of Indian Couture ever since he began. But this time he employed a lot of silk which was a pleasant change for the designer! He used zardozi and outstanding threadwork with 3D boning and the result were clothes that were tailored for the strong independent modern woman!
L’amoureuse by Manav Gangwani
A collection that was tres francaise and of course absolutely ravishing and not in a bridal way, as normally is the case with Indian Couture. Gangwani’s collection was full of floral motifs and risque red carpet worthy gowns. He employed very different colours like gunmetal grey, peach, aqua, coral, purples. There were peplums, see through looks and yes, Kangana Ranaut as the showstopper!
Husn-e-Taa’iraat by Rohit Bal
Inspired from Gulbagh’s lush floral themes, Rohit Bal’s collection was full of marigolds and red roses all around. The models sashayed down the runway wearing zardozi work ensembles in fabrics like velvet, silk and cotton. With sassy headgears, long capes and galore of accessories, it was quite a visual feast to see Bal’s couture collection as always.
The Empress Story by Manish Malhotra
For the grand closing night of the season, Manish Malhotra exported us to the old world charm of the 1950s. With Aishwarya Rai on the ramp after 5 years as his showstopper, he employed to quite a detailed and traditionally loved aesthetic in all the looks. With royal colours like ash golds, ivory, green and the prettiest hues of pink, he transported us to a whole different world for the evening.
So obviously there were many more celebrities and many more collaborations this season but these were the ones I couldn’t get enough of! But yes, if you must know Shilpa Shetty walked for Rimple and Harpreet Narula and Anju Modi took us on a journey through Persian folklore, Monisha Jaising’s bride was cruising through all things nautical among other things!