The five-day event in New Delhi opened with a bang as Manish Malhotra debuted The Persian Collection featuring his staple drop shoulder blouses as well as grand, heavily embellished lehengas.
Florals continued their dominance with several designers offering their own unique spin – some more prominent while others were understated.
Anita Dongre showcased her collection Epic Love highlighting jewel-toned ensembles with Mughal motifs.
Last Dance of the Courtesan, Tarun Tahiliani’s collection, starred his signature muted shades of peaches and cream, and nudes for the stylish yet subtle bride.
Reynu Tandon’s Rajasthan-inspired line aptly titled Kamangari offered scarlet and tangerine lehengas and anarkalis.
Rimple and Harpreet
Inspired by Kahlil Gibran’s words were designer duo Rimple and Harpreet. Their collection Hiraeth ably showcased their expertise in old-world embroideries and motifs.
Monsoon Diaries, Rahul Mishra’s contribution to India Couture Week, was his ode to elements of nature. His creations embraced intricate hand-done detailing for a flatteringly feminine sophistication persistent across the line.
Anamika Khanna implemented traditional kalamkari, dori work and zardosi along with a touch of modern technology for 3D petals in When Time Stood Still – her interpretation of the timelessness of romance.
Varun Bahl brought with him his love for florals and a versatile color palette. For brides and grooms, his Vintage Garden collection played with varying lengths and styles, offering a fashion-forward classic variation on the typical wedding trousseau.
Gaurav Gupta’s trademark cocktail saris, gown and sari lehengas in western silhouettes, flattering cuts and seriously over the top embellishments were displayed in his collection Scape Song.
Manav Gangwani impressed with his collection Begum-e-Jannat. The ensemble featured zardozi work in vintage gold and royal hues – from white and blacks to greens, blues and reds but with intricate cuts and unexpected style elements thrown in for good measure!
The event ended on a glorious high note with Rohit Bal’s Kehkashan – Florals, trellises, signature pleating, long jackets over skirts and all in shades of blacks, whites and reds!
Irrespective of the creators’ inspirations and interpretations for bridal couture, each collection was no doubt a true testament to their design chops…Can’t deny it – there’s something here to suit your vision for your wedding day!
Image Credits: Sagar Ahuja/Vogue India