Ritu Kumar astonished the audience with her amazing “Varanasi Weaves” collection which honored Banarsi Weavers.
Eternal designs were created from silk and glittering gold and silver royal textiles, enhanced by beautiful motifs like Badami, Kyari, Shikargah and floral butis. Glory of Banaras weaves came in peacock hues, red, pink, saffron as well as pretty pastels.
Divided into four parts revealed, the show started with the white-on-white line with gold highlights in transparent or opaque weaves. There were layered asymmetric tunics, loose pants, corsets and tiered gowns belted quilted kurta- jacket and gold white checked saris teamed with corsets and leggings. Moving on the sari section was rich and lush in colour and form. Saris were teamed with halters, leggings, corset blouses, long sleeve velvet cholis.
The third section showed gorgeous fabrics transformed into elegant loose kurtas with wide palazzos, tunics paired with crinkled skirts, multi-weave “A” line kurtas, a mix of lean shapes over layered brocade skirts and the ruby red kurta with crushed silk skirt and churidars. The show closed with grand bridal collection featuring lavish lehengas, blouses, corset kurtas, Raja coats and panelled skirts.
Showstopper Aditi Rao Hyadri walked the ramp in a gulabi pink, brocade sari, choli and gold churidar.