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India Couture Week 2019 concluded yesterday, and once again ensured that as an annual gathering of India’s finest couturiers, traditions were reinterpreted, new techniques employed, and the usual bridal colourways done away with. While Amit Aggarwal’s collection ‘Lumen’ saw framework, fluidity, and form come together with his signature piping details and gossamer tulle lace and organza, Rahul Mishra rolled out ‘lightweight couture’ inspired by cultural references from Monaco and his native Malhausi, comprising of pastel colourways and re-imagined 3D appliqué techniques. For all the brides who want to give red a break, maybe this is the collection to take cues from.

Falguni Shane Peacock couture. Image: Courtesy Pallav Palival
Falguni Shane Peacock couture. Image: Courtesy Pallav Palival

Couture Week debutants Pankaj & Nidhi showcased their collection Mosaiq, blending luxury and comfort for every modern bride. Three-dimensional hand-cut appliqué and inlay work juxtaposed with metallic fabric pieces were rendered on translucent tulles and satin-organzas to create a futuristic, edgy appeal. Designer duo Falguni & Shane showcased Bonjour Amer, a collection reminiscent of the intricacies of the Pink City, Jaipur.

Amit Aggarwal couture. Image: Credit Pallav Palival
Amit Aggarwal couture. Image: Credit Pallav Palival

There were handcrafted lehengas and gowns, and details included asymmetrical layers cascading into long, sweeping trails. Known for his sculptural silhouettes Gaurav Gupta celebrated his 15 years with his collection ‘Undercurrent’. Aptly named and inspired by ocean waves, it saw Gupta’s renditions for the glocal bride – almost theatrical drapes along with feathers and corsets for the edgy bride.

Designer Sulakshana Monga’s couture line was marked by a series of floor-sweeping gowns and a retro take on the art of corsetry. However, what stood out for us was her expansion into unorthodox bridal colourways comprising pistachio, cream, tones of yellow, and blush pink.

And from Kiara Advani (for Amit Aggarwal) and Malaika Arora Khan (for Sulakshana Monga) to Sara Ali Khan (for Falguni Shane) and Diana Penty (for Gaurav Gupta), tinseltown’s best showed up to support their preferred couturiers.

Just in case you are planning your bridal trousseau shopping and want to veer away from everything traditional, check out our edit of the bridal ensembles from India Couture Week 2019 that we loved best.

Anupam Dabral
Sr. Associate Editor
It was while studying fashion journalism at London College of Fashion that Anupam developed a keen interest in the anthropological aspect of the discipline; for him, fashion only makes sense when seen in the context of its environment. He is always on the hunt for great stories, and in his spare time binge-watches films/shows starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.