Florals, neon lights, fancy sleeves and lots of bling – the recently concluded FDCI Indian Tailoring Week 2022 launched many fashion dreams. Making a strong case for sustainability and gender fluidity, Delhi’s mega show allowed the country’s ace designers to showcase their finest collections.
Blingy time ahead
It’s time to step out of the shadow of loss and indulge in the bling! High on pearls, crystals and metallic fringe, Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna’s latest couture collection, Fibonacci, has dramatic fabrics that meet precise techniques in defined patterns.
“We present a perfect world, which has just come back from the edge of chaos. Each garment is handmade,” the duo explain. Suneet Varma’s sparkling collection, titled Sitara, mixes modern glamor with traditional styles. Sequin sarees paired with sexy blouses and contemporary silhouettes were in keeping with the designer’s signature style.
Designer Dolly J’s chunky lehengas in red and gold, in flowing textures and dramatic waterfalls, also upped the bling quotient. Rahul Mishra has added metals to his brand’s signature craftsmanship.
Focus on sustainability
“The industry is moving towards sustainability. We have customers who want to know more about the product, materials and sourcing,” says Kunal Rawal.
The ace of fashion designer Tarun Tahiliani agrees: “As ironic as it may seem, the immobility of the pandemic has given me and the studio time to review what we are doing, and to reflect on how to technically, in terms of movement and flow, make it experiential rather than just creating dazzling. discomfort, as many Indian evening and bridal brands have done. We also believe that a thing of beauty is a joy forever, and creating exquisite clothes that look like skin is part of sustainable fashion, because then they will be worn again and again!”
Voluminous lehengas, on-trend pantsuits, layered dresses in bold floral prints, patchwork embroidery and interesting textures from designer Varun Bahl’s New Leaf collection, made for a dreamy outing. If you are an experimental bride/groom, stop here. Bralette tops, 3D textured patchwork and luxury suits are amazing options.
ICW 2022 also marked the completion of JJ Valaya’s 30th birthday. Luxurious fabrics, elegant prints and timeless embroidery with floral details, this collection had a Spanish influence written all over it.
Fashion weeks rely heavily on celebrities and ICW 2022 was no exception. Shilpa Shetty closed the show for Dolly J in a sparkling lehenga dress; Aditi Rao Hydari as star designer Anju Modi looked majestic in an embellished yellow lehenga; Malaika Arora walked for Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna. Famous Pushpa Rashmika Mandanna also made her ramp debut in Varun Bahl’s red lehenga. Rajkummar Rao donned a statement necklace with the sherwani, advocating for gender fluidity in a creation by Anamika Khanna. Arjun Kapoor walked for Kunal Rawal in a shiny black ensemble.
If it is difficult to summarize all the beautiful releases, fancy handle deserves a mention! Suneet Verma’s dress with bow detailing, a cowl neck extending to the sleeves in Rahul Mishra’s designs and dazzling detailing in Rohit Gandhi’s and Rahul Khanna’s designs, it’s time to wear some bling literally on your sleeve! Love for neon lights stays on.