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The Couture Capital

July promises to be a busy month for the fashion conscious of the Capital,as two fashion weeks will keep the ramp and our calendars abuzz.

July promises to be a busy month for the fashion conscious of the Capital,as two fashion weeks will keep the ramp and our calendars abuzz. While the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) will host the fourth edition of the Delhi Couture Week from July 31 to August 4 at the Taj Palace Hotel,Mumbai-based Fashion One International will present the first Delhi chapter of the India Bridal Fashion week (IBFW) from July 23 to July 28 at The Grand.

Designers such as Manish Arora,Gaurav Gupta,Anamika Khanna and Sabyasachi,will rule the runway at the Delhi Couture Week. “This time some designers have decided to do the sets in their own creative way and we should look forward to some majestic and cutting-edge work,” says Sunil Sethi,FDCI President. Gupta,known for his cocktail lehengas and sari gowns,is taking everyone to a mysterious fantasy land and promises more sophistication and newer silhouettes. “Couture is more elaborate than pret in terms of thought,budget and execution. It’s every brand’s fantasy chapter,” says Gupta.

The IBFW has a line-up comprising biggies such as Tarun Tahiliani,JJ Valaya,Shantanu-Nikhil,Ashima-Leena and Rohit Bal,and also pret designers such as Adarsh Gill and Rina Dhaka. “We have been hosting this event in Mumbai for three years now and decided to bring it to Delhi because it’s a bigger fashion and luxury market,” says Vijay Singh,Chairman and Managing Director,Fashion One International. The Mumbai edition of IBFW will be held in

October and popular designer Manish Malhotra will also participate.

With two fashion weeks in the same month,it’s obvious to ask why some of the designers are missing the coveted Delhi Couture Week while others have no space at the IBFW,the new entrant. While Ashima Singh of designer duo,Ashima-Leena says the dates of the two weeks are too close together,Shantanu Mehra of Shantanu-Nikhil says,“We consciously wanted to do a bridal line this time and IBFW is aptly suited for this.”