Couture is not just limited to bridal wear: Varun Bahl

New Delhi, Aug 1 (IANS) There has been a long debate in the Indian fashion industry of mixing bridal wear with couture but for designer Varun Bahl, who has launched his bespoke luxury wedding design company here on Friday night, says the trend is changing as couture is not just limited to traditional Indian silhouettes.

“Couture is about the bespoke experience, both in make as well as concept and it is not just limited to traditional Indian silhouettes alone,” Bahl told IANS.

“However, in India, if you notice the focus on Indian couture pieces, it is usually towards the bridals segment. People tend to purchase higher value outfits especially customized for themselves mostly for weddings and for niche occasions. But, couture is not just limited to bridal wear and even in India that trend is changing,” he added.

The designer showcased his Haute Couture Fall at the ongoing Amazon India Couture Week (AICW) 2015. He spinned an enigma through floral motifs and a collection that took its inspiration from a woman who escapes into a numinous world and lives the beauty she witnesses.

Bahl has used colours like, ivory, pale pink, pale blue, old rose and bold hues like black, burgundy, deep maroon and gold in the collection that comprised of jumpsuit sharara, red carpet trousers and gowns along with a variety of tailored couture pieces made in rich fabrics like duchess satin, raw silk, silk net, silk georgette, plush velvets and traditional chanderis.

“My collection and theme for the show used an innovative play of colour, texturing and handcrafted surface ornamentation, heavily influenced by the French floral clusters of intertwined flowers. The beauty of these intricate floral clusters is reminiscent of a magical land of florid beauty.”

“What made it really special is the offsite venue,” said the designer who chose to showcase his collection at 7 Sikandra Road in Connaught Place, here.

Ask him that how the definition of couture has changed over the time and he says: “Couture is about the bespoke experience, both in make as well as concept.”

“And needless to say, every piece of couture is like a work of art, created with great attention to detail with intricate handwork done on it,” said the designer, who also showcased a menswear collection that included kurtas, bridal sherwanis and bandhgalas and lots more.

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