For FDCI Chairperson Sunil Sethi, this year is all the more special because this is ICW’s 15th edition.
“When we started it in 2008 after I became the President of FDCI, we have been able to do 15 editions and it is a matter of pride to me. The first three editions were in Mumbai. And while the Mumbai editions were on, we also started the Delhi one,” says Sunil Sethi.
“The credit has to go to the Indian couturiers who now puts up the best collections. They are allowed to create their own ramp. They make a thematic kind of a set. ICW is an experience in itself. Since we don’t want any kind of inconvenience to the designers and guests, therefore all the offsite shows are happening indoors this time,” he adds.
On being quizzed about the biggest change he has noticed post-pandemic, Sethi says, “I thought post-pandemic, physical and digital fashion weeks will hold equal importance in the future, but what surprises me the most is that everybody right now has asked me for a physical show. Most people have been keen on physical. And I had always imagined that we will come back in a bigger and better way. ”
Here’s a sneak peek at everything new the designers will be showcasing this season.
JJ Valaya’s couture collection titled Alma- meaning soul in Spanish is inspired from Spain. His three constant expressions (Royale~Nomade~ArtDeco) find their soulmates in three diverse yet well-known facets of Spain
1. The costumes of the Matadors (Matador de Toros)
2. The motifs on the Manton shawl (Manton de Manila)
3. The patterns of the Hand Fan (Pericon)
Luxurious fabrics, elegant details, inspired prints and much-loved embroideries define this season’s Couture collection in all its glory as it transcends its journey blending Valaya’s ethos with that of Spain. This show also marks the completion of 30 years of JJ Valaya. This year’s show therefore picks up subtle nuances from his past collections of 30 years and manifests them into Alma.
Tarun Tahiliani’s collection titled The Painterly Dream speaks the vocabulary of the studio’s artistry in a technical triumph of fit and finesse. The seamless magic of the finest embroidery techniques such as the chikankari, pichwai, kashida form the strong craft pillars for this collection. The constellation drapes and the tailored zardozi reminisce the confluence of east and west!
Speaking about his collection couturier Tarun Tahiliani said, “Ironically as it sounds, the stillness of the Pandemic gave me and the studio time to revisit what we do, and think about how to technically, movement wise and flow wise, make it experiential rather than just dazzling discomfort, as many evening and bridal Indian brands have reached. We are also of the firm belief that a thing of beauty is a joy forever, and creating exquisite clothes that feel like skin are part of sustainable fashion because then one will wear them again and again, value them, and pass them on!”
Suneet Varma Couture Collection Sitara is a modern and theatrical representation of the modern Indian woman who lives in the today – yet embraces the romance of traditional Indian couture – which is like a sixth sense of seduction. It has its own vocabulary and language, like an elaborate braid entwined with history, myth, and tradition. It may be modern, whimsical, or demure- but always magnificent and carefully crafted. The mix of traditional motifs with abstract artworks enhanced by the age-old crafts of India makes for a perfect – feminine, romantic and modern woman.
“This year at Couture Week we really want to shake things up and give you something to talk about, think about and have fun with. Whether that’s in joyful colour combos, rocking origami geometrics, celebrating imperfections and raw beauty or accepting the sensational that fulfils unrealised fantasies — we want to do it all and leave you insatiable, and wanting more,” says Kunal Rawal.
From oversized over coats to tailored and bespoke ensembles that can be worn more than once and in more than one way. The designer is restyling menswear couture with a redefined point of view yet with our feet firmly grounded in the luxe, and timeless sensibilities.
Modi’s collection titled- The Road Less Travelled, encompasses one’s learnings and experiences through various walks around the world. It is a conversation the designer had with her soul, while taking a stroll through beautiful valleys and the mightiest of mountains. The collection speaks of how taking the longest routes and crossing glimmering rivers, can lead to a wave of change in our very being.
This is a collection which owes its conception to the fluidity that exists within the serenity, a certain stillness which brings about monumental change: a metamorphosis. In the same way, a butterfly undertakes a period of undisturbed self-possession before it emerges from the cocoon, this collection inspires a tranquillity which is foundational for growth and progress. With golden hues, fluid textures and dramatic cascades spangled with motifs of change, Meraki is a tribute to the period of introspection which lies at the heart of transformation.