Slice of History

Times gone by took centrestage on Day 5 of the India Couture Week 2017. While veteran designer Monisha Jaising turned to the opera for her collection, designer Varun Bahl invoked Czech painter Alphonse Mucha’s works for his show titled “Dream Nouveau”.

Jaising presented her collection on a ramp that was styled like the stage of an opera house, with balconies flanking the two sides. The collection featured womenswear, with concept dresses and gowns featuring high slits to add a contemporary twist. Ruched dresses and skirts in sequined, shimmery fabric, velvet, tulle, organza and satin formed a large chunk of the collection. Sequins and beadwork were staple embellishments and the dominant colours were earthy maroons, icy blue, moss green and black. There was an odd chikankari sari as well. The elaborate twists and twirls to the waistline of the dresses and gowns made them look a tad impractical. As for the showstopper matters, actor Shilpa Shetty walked the ramp in an orange and gold Banarasi dress. The dress was an off-shoulder number with a thigh high slit and a short train.

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