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DELHI COUTURE WEEK 2012
Into its third edition, Delhi Couture Week 2012 was only about exquisite clothes and top-notch celebrities. DCW 2012 saw 11 prominent designers showcasing their beautiful collections. While the memorable Grand Finale was done by Sabyasachi – the couture week kicked off with Varun Bahl's show.
Varun Bahl's collection for the opening was largely defined by black, red, blue and gold. The fabrics used were silk, net, chiffon and velvet. The second show on day one was by JJ Valaya who turned to the Ottoman Empire for inspiration. The Indian embroidery was blended beautifully with the aesthetics and mood of Turkey. The fabrics used were silks, dupion, jacquards, georgette and velvets and they embraced the techniques of old metal work, zardozi, badla, resham and semi-precious stone inlay.
opened the Day 2 where the duo spelled royal magic on the ramp. Titled Raag Rattan, the bridal range celebrated Indian heritage and tradition in contemporary make-up with modern and cutting edge styles. From shades of whites and creams enhanced by bold accents and beaten gold work, models sashayed down the ramp in exquisite garments comprising saris, lehngas, shararas, anarkalis and full-length skirts. Bejewelled corsets worn above flowy lehngas, ornate body jewellery stitched immaculately on the arms of translucent blouses, asymmetrical and pyramidal cuts of the skirts and anarkalis assured a wow factor to the trousseau line.
Anamika Khanna's latest presentation on Day 2 was every bit as exquisite and covetable as most of her collections have come to be. Intricate craftsmanship and skillful use of colour was hard to miss. This collection was made of eye-catching separates and stunning evening-wear. Khanna is renowned for her celebrity fan following that includes Sonam Kapoor, who was there to witness the show.
On the other hand, Gaurav Gupta's collection mixed vintage inspiration with everything modern. Beaten gold embroidery employed throughout the collection gave it a celebratory yet vintage feel. Mermaid lehnga skirts heightened the flirty feel underlying the whole collection.
The 3rd day kicked off with Anju Modi's collection. A limited, yet dramatic colour palette of red, black and white made sure focus of this Devi collection was fabric first. The whole collection had a raw organic feel to it, thanks to the use of crushed cottons and khadi. Gota and mirrorwork added some traditional bling, but nothing took away from the fabulous fabrics. Madhuri Dixit was the celebrity showstopper for Anju Modi. She wore an exquisite lehnga-choli with a red dupatta.
Manish Arora's show may have been retrospective but it was still a breath of fresh air. Armour-style corsets and metallic three-dimensional adornments were a constant. Arora's show reminded the audience that fashion can very well be the stuff that fantasies are made of.
Day 4 started with Shantanu and Nikhil's collection She is the One. The collection paid an ode to the woman of today who is powerful and modern. The designs varied from lehngas, skirts, dresses to saris. The fabrics used were silk, french lace and nets. The collection had colour palettes of vintage tones of burnt blues with a strong element of gold and finally a dose of black and red.
Manish Malhotra also showcased his collection on Day 4 of DCW. The bling factor was visible in almost all the showcased garments including varying length achkans, shararas, embellished jackets with dangling tassels from around the midriff, short tunics worn over ruffled and multi-layered ghagras and lehngas. The showstopper of the evening, made no mistake in leaving the men and alike drooling over her stunning presence on ramp as she walked in a gold-silver lehnga that weighed not less than 10 kilos.
The final day of DCW began with Manav Gangwani's The Royal Affaire collection. While the first half of the show was dominated by black and white hues, the second half revealed models as mannequins wearing bold reds.
DCW concluded on a high-note with Sabyasachi Mukherjee's couture presentation New Moon. The designer walked in with his showstopper amid thunderous applause. Sridevi looked a stunner in a white net sari with tulle work coordinated with a blackless black blouse. Sabyasachi defined his collection as "'d2retro glam"'d3. In apt justification of the theme, models swaggered into the ramp looking Plain Jane in oiled hair tied in a tight knot, sporting reading glasses, a small bindi and a blingy hair band to go with blingy shoes and purse for accessories. The house was packed with buyers and designers of the likes of Poonam Bhagat, Kavita Bhartia, and who was spotted sitting next to actress . Producer too had turned up to root for his beautiful wife, Sridevi.

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