An assortment of thread work, rich fabrics, jeweled shades and more, Amazon India Couture Week is certainly the best of all fashion weeks that happen around the country, around the year. We put together some of our favorite looks from 2015
By: Soumya Jain
Posted on: August 19, 2015
From embroidered lehengas and dupattas to Swarovski-glittering gowns, Amazon India Couture Week 2015 really awed with its lavish fashion on ramp.
While all the designers showcased their best on stage, a few of those looks really appealed to us. So here’s our top 9 picks which swept us off our feet!
Titled ‘Kashish’, Ms Modi’s collection this year drew inspiration from Persia, recreating a civilization full of magical tales.
A medley of contrasting shades – bright magenta pink, velvet red and a lovely blue – this lehenga stole our hearts because of its simplicity yet incredible attention to detail.
We have quite a few looks that we loved from Mr Malhotra’s collection this year! In ‘The Empress Story’, Mr Malhotra revives bygone Indian craftsmanship on classic Western silhouettes. The collection exuded richness through textured fabrics, voluminous gown-like silhouettes that could be worn as lehengas and trails of exquisite silk.
The floral motif on this gown could be translated as Indian or Arabic with hints of Mughal influence, and that is precisely why we loved it. Mr Malhotra presented a simple design in an elegant way.
The full skirts are contrasted with a seductive neckline. The golden base is made alive with multiple colours and patterns, again very Indian at heart. Demure meets sexy as we sigh with longing.
Presenting a grand image, this is a beautifully ornate jacket with the continuing floral pattern, made more attention grabbing with birds, all created with a sure hand. Need we say more?
The royal satin green shade matches beautifully with the elegant sequined golden, loose blouse. A perfect combination of eastern design and western silhouette, this look is one of the few innovations we have seen in the recent fashion times.
I think one fixture in Rohit Bal’s collection has always been colours like white and cream, which he has presented in myriad royal ways. This time as well, he takes these basic colours, and splashes them with motifs which are quintessentially Indian, exotic and bright.
Notice the minute details in this floor-length anarkali. Each leaf is embroidered perfectly, each bird is full of pride. Exquisite handiwork! No need to pair this with anything for that formal Indian function. It’s more than sufficient to dress you up.
What can get more gorgeous than gold and red? Another innovation, the red lining inside, which is longer than the gold jacket, adds an element of imperialistic design. This oriental look is well worth whatever price Mr Bal asks for!
Titled ‘Song of the Flower’, this designer’s collection was, well, floral. A beautiful bridal collection, Mr Bahl has mixed traditional with the contemporary as his style is. And it’s gorgeous.
A lehenga designed for the young at heart, the delicate floral work all over is enchanting! The traditional red colour and polki necklace give that ethnic touch.
Another beautiful piece, this particular anarkali reminded me of Chanel’s Spring Summer Haute Couture 2015 collection, which was also floral. I guess it’s enough to say that Mr Bahl is giving Karl Lagerfeld quite a competition.
Soumya Jain is the Chief Editor & CEO of LuxuryFacts. She is also the Co-Editor of ‘The Luxury Market in India: Maharajas to Masses’, along with Glyn Atwal, published by Palgrave Macmillan and launched in September 2012. The book is a window into the highly complex Indian luxury market. Soumya is also a visiting lecturer for luxury marketing and online journalism at leading educational institutes in India. She has been invited to speak at conferences and address industry colleagues about the Indian luxury market. Recognising her knowledge of the market, she has been quoted in the media several times, while also contributing articles on luxury in various publications.