Sabyasachi Mukherjee opened the sixth edition of the India Couture Week in Delhi on 29th July with a collection called Bater. The highlight of the opening show was the collaboration with master couturier Christian Louboutin. When two big names like Sabyasachi and Louboutin come together for a show, it is bound to be a mesmerising display of the best that fashion can offer. The event was undeniably just that, albeit with a twist. Sabyasachi displayed his usual love for intricate Indian crafts but showcased them in a collection that was dark, gothic and sensuous.
Speaking about his collection, Sabyasachi expressed that the line fulfilled his long pending desire to do a collection inspired by the hunting birds of India. Bater, one of the most common hunting birds in India, is known for its resilience and colour palette. The collection that he showcased on Day 1 of the India Couture Week reflected a gothic look in its colours and cuts.
The show began with tulle sarees, high necked jackets and elegant embroidered overcoats in shades of gold and red. What came after that was an eccentric line that was a departure from the designer’s regular festive fare.
Models sashayed down the ramp in short dresses, sarees draped over jackets, skirts, trousers and maxi dresses. Sabyasachi also had bandhgalas, sherwanis and Nehru jackets for men. For once, we did not notice many voluminous outfits for they were all done to look streamlined and body-conscious.
While he introduced novelty in the outfits, the designer stayed true to his core strength of utilising Indian crafts to the hilt. The outfits in deep hues of green, brown and maroon were adorned with resham, zardosi and sequin embroidery. Deep cut blouses and lehengas festooned with traditional embellishments were the staple in all the outfits. What’s more, Sabyasachi’s spectacular outfits were teamed with stunning shoes and clutches by Christian Louboutin to create a look that elicited a standing ovation from the audience. Over 80 pairs of Louboutins – both heels and tie-up shoes with the iconic red soles were created exclusively for the event. The footwear featured quintessential Sabyasachi embroidery made with organically dyed threads.
With such a great start to the India Couture Week, we are confident that the five day extravaganza will continue to set benchmarks in the Indian fashion scene. Stay tuned to this space for all the updates from the sixth edition of the India Couture Week.
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