Varun Bahl was amongst the couple of designers who chose an unconventional path for his latest couture cline that was displayed at the India Couture Week this year. Steering clear from the predictable hues of the Indian bride and heavy zardozi lehengas – his collection featured a lot of intricate embroideries, while maintaining the wearable quotient of the garments.
‘Vintage Garden,’ his latest offering to the Indian Couture, was inspired by the picturesque, almost monumental gardens of the yesteryears. Naturally, floral motifs made a big chunk of the entire collection. Detailed needlework was used to do the same. Apart from that the collection saw a lot of lace, tone on tone embroidery and a lot of vintage lamps as prints – giving a very sophisticated English tea party sort of a vibe.
Bahl mainly used a lot of creams, beiges, powder pastels for his colour palette. The collection also saw garments in burgundy and blue. Attempting to bring his signature global approach to traditional Indian clothes, Bahhl specifically chose fabrics that were light and breathable. His lehenga cholis, anarkallis and sarees, although heavily embroidered had clean and comfortable silhouettes. Bahl endeavoured to design something traditional for the bride who also has a global sensibility.
His couture collection for men saw kurtas, achkans with printed churidars. With floral motifs over the garments, the menswear collection also showcased an experimentative element.
by – Deesha Bondre