With a crystal-studded venue and grand collections by designers like JJ Valaya and Manish Malhotra on show,the first Couture week in the capital is all set to dabble in high fashion and offer a visual treat.
The six-day long Pearl Delhi Couture week beginning from Tuesday will be a never-seen-before spectacle in terms of grandeur and creativity,promise organisers and designers.
“Delhi needs to see the higher stable of dress-making. As opposed to pret (ready-to-wear) fashion weeks,where there are so many shows in a single day,the designers get more time to prepare for couture (high-fashion clothing) shows. So creativity is at its highest level”,said Sunil Sethi,President of Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI).
The Couture week has some of the biggest designers from Delhi as well as other cities. The opening show will be held by Kolktata-based Sabyasachi Mukherjee,followed by Mumbai’s Manish Malhotra,who is a major name in Bollywood as well.
“This event brings together the best we have in couture. It is an interesting mix of Sabyasachi from Kolkata with Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla from Mumbai and Delhi greats like JJ Valaya and Gaurav Gupta,” Sethi said.
The venue has been designed to add to the feel of grandeur with installations like a cascading chandelier made with Swarovski Elements by Sumant Jayakrishnan and handcrafted fabrics on display by designer duo Mona-Pali.
Designer JJ Valaya believes that Indian couture is very grand in itself since the designers get the full liberty to represent the rich heritage of our culture.
“Our indigenous couture is very grand and should not be confused with the kind of couture seen in the west. It is much less controlled as compared to off-the-rack pret collections and lets you go to another level altogether,” said Valaya,who is known for the touch of royalty he gives to all his creations.
“It is not meant for the masses. Couture is all about elitist fashion which is much more individualised. And the event is also taking place at the time when buyers start looking for the latest trends just before the festival season starts,” Valaya added.
The collections on show at the Couture week dabble in the magical and the fantastic. While Valaya seeks to narrate the love story of a courtesan through his collection,designer Varun Gupta deals with fairy tales and Suneet Verma’s collection is inspired by the story of Scheherazade from the Arabian Nights.
Gupta,who has been doing bridal couture for a while now but will hold his first show,said,”Couture collections are meant for the elites. They are very detailed and made-to-order. The garments are more intense.”
India is the third country after US and France to host a couture week. The schedule has only 13 designers,which Sethi says is quite a feat as there are just 22 listed couturiers in all over the world.
“We do not have many couture designers in our country. Having 13 for the Delhi Couture Week is an achievement as there are just 22 listed couturiers in the world,” said Sethi.