The Delhi Couture Week Day 1 couldnt have had a better start then Varun Bahl’s “India, Nouveau”Collection. If this is what Bahls interpretation of new India is, then i am ecstatic to be part of this new India where couture doesn’t only mean heavy bridal wear, and where Indian weaves and embroidery can combine with modern western silhouettes to create something uber chic. Bahl took sheer fabrics and non traditional bridal colors like black, olive and navy blue to create something understated but sophisticated for the modern Indian woman! Last year at Delhi Couture Week Bahl had gone all Spanish Senorita meets Indian Bride, but this time it was just classic , subtle, modern India! I love the lightweight sheer net hugging the bodices combined with the see through skirts at the bottom with leggings on the inside . (Note to self: Get a sheer lehenga with tights underneath made). Also loved the ombre red saree !Here is the official press note from the collection:
Varun Bahl at Delhi Couture Week 2012 Day 1 : Show Photos
Press Note: For the Fall 2012-13 Haute Couture collection, Varun Bahl attempts to merge the classic evergreens of old India with the outlook of modern Indian dressing tastes. The underlying inspirations are undoubtedly Indian: the Sari, the Achkan, the Sharara, the Mughal Farshi, and of course, the Lehenga. However, the collection is aimed not only at the Indian wedding, but also towards those who love to dress Indian with pride, but are looking for modern updates on traditional Indian silhouettes.
The use of black as a key color is Varun Bahl’s statement against the preconceived inauspiciousness of it, as black adds a modern relevance to the time-honored, traditional cuts and shapes this collection is based on. The other key colors in the collection are cobalt-to-navy blues, olive, coral, and reds.With fabrics like silk net, chiffon, silk, velvet, and a multitude of hand embroidery techniques, Varun Bahl has synthesized a vision of modern India that surges towards the idea of haute-couture Indian wear with traditional roots and a contemporary outcome.
Transparency, layering, flounce, fit-and-flare, volume, and handcrafted textures are the key elements. At the same time, with the use of restrained and well-edited embellishments, he seeks to break through the notions of Indian haute couture being solely bridal dressing, and to bring it closer to modern, demanding, tasteful, and exacting consumers and connoisseurs.