If there’s one fashion week in August that really excites us at Luxemi, it’s Delhi Couture Week. Don’t get us wrong: we love Lakme and India International Jewellery Week, but there’s something really special about the innovation and glamour that walks the runway at a couture show. Here are three Delhi Couture Week 2012 collections that turn up the drama dial on traditional Indian fashion.
Shantanu & Nikhil
As soon as we saw Shantanu and Nikhil’s pink gown with a heavily embellished bodice and mega-volume sleeves hit the runway, we knew the designer’s couture collection was going to have a memorable East-meets-West vibe. The design duo’s looks showcase the rich golds, royal reds, opulent brocade and luxurious draping that we all love in Indian fashion, but with a twist: imaginative silhouettes and luscious layering that take Western influence to a new, sophisticated level. The jackets were absolute stunners, and the gold saree-inspired dress definitely belongs in every girl’s dream closet!
Annamika Khanna’s Delhi Couture Week collection reminds us that a little bit goes a long way. In the collection, Annamika creates bold, sophisticated looks without relying on mega-volume or vibrant colors, instead letting little details (bold collars on her blouses and exotic pattern work on her jackets) make these garments shine on the runway. Not many designers can pull off the minimalist look this well, and Annamika has her gorgeous silhouettes to thank for it. Case in point: Couldn’t you see girls everywhere from India to Chicago wanting to wear that tailored black jacket with those high-waisted crème pants?
Anju Modi’s collection is all about giving classic Indian silhouettes an urban, modern edge. Whether it’s her tribal-inspired red, black and gold lehenga or that navy blue empire-waist dress with the embellished full skirt (it totally wowed us when it hit the runway!), this collection shows why Anju Modi is one of India’s most iconic couture designers. We love the more powerful looks, but couldn’t help but swoon over her super-feminine white dress with sheer detailing and a hand-knit bodice.
Whether it’s through shocking volume or innovative silhouettes, couture fashion always gets our fashion creativity flowing. In need of some wardrobe inspiration? Check back with the Luxe Report for more coverage of Delhi Couture Week 2012, and browse Luxemi’s collection of sarees, salwars and lehengas.