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Roman Rendezvous

Inspired by the city of Pompeii,Suneet Varma drapes Indian brides with a new look

A dramatic set,it seems,is now the norm at a fashion week. After Rohit Bal’s floating lotuses at the Amby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week (IBFW),it was designer Suneet Varma’s turn to impress. Walking into the show area on Day Five,one couldn’t help but do a 360-degree turn to take in the ambience. While arches and Roman columns framed the ramp,the walls of the entire venue showcased frescoes. For this collection,titled “The Golden Bracelet”,Varma was inspired by the ancient city of Pompeii,which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourist attractions of Italy.

As the collection rolled out,one realised that Roman-inspired silhouettes went perfectly well with Indian bridal wear. The sari,a Suneet Varma speciality,was twisted,tucked,pulled and draped in this collection only to emerge in a contemporary form. The Roman toga was interpreted by the designer wonderfully well.

The collection was presented in three themes of “Romance”,“Longing” and “Wedding”. “Romance” was a jewel-toned,rich velvet line with ensembles boasting of draping styles and gold metallic prints with rich beaded tassles. The models wore wreath-inspired headgear in gold,neck pieces shaped as twigs,spiral-shaped long rings,and armlets too. Then came a more muted line in hues such as ivory and pale blue. Here the designer’s signature use of embellishments shone through. The silhouettes were a fusion of Indian and Roman themes as models walked in wearing suits teamed with pants,saris with bustiers,floor-sweeping dresses,tiered skirts and sheer blouses.

The last section of the show — it was fairly long drawn — saw a mix of floral appliqué saris and long dresses,anarkalis,saris and lehengas highlighting the use of cutwork and lace. The styling was dreamy and elegant and the designer’s colour palette didn’t steer too far away from the pale pink family. He also brought back to the ramp,the breast plate blouse that first made an appearance in his debut collection,“The Greek Sculpture”,nearly two decades ago. Tulle,georgette,silk,and velvet,Varma rustled up all fabrics. Finally,dressed in a red and gold heavily embellished lehenga,actor Chitrangada Singh closed the show for the designer.

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First published on: 30-07-2013 at 03:29 IST
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