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10 Breathtaking Designs From India Couture Week 2016

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Updated: 3 January 2017
From July 20 – 24, New Delhi played host to exciting designers who displayed the very best of Indian couture with the help of India’s top models and of course, Bollywood divas! Here are ten breathtaking designs from India Couture Week 2016 that celebrated the country’s cultural diversity.

Manav Gangwani

The famous designer who has styled the likes of Hrithik Roshan, Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga and Eric Clapton, has always showcased his finest designs when it comes to traditional and wedding attire. Of the 70 intricate handcrafted pieces exhibited, the one that specially stood out was a stunning maroon lehenga adorned with dramatic golden designs, worn by the Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut. In menswear, Gangwani’s ability to reinvent traditional wear with stylish contemporary elements were displayed best by the range of patterned sherwanis worn over plain salwars.

Anamika Khanna

Anamika Khanna is much more than the trendsetter who introduced the dhoti pants. She is the first female Indian fashion designer to flaunt her collection at the Paris Fashion Week as well as the first Indian couturier to launch an international label, Ana Mika. Her collection matched up to her name showcasing luxurious modern designs. Her displays of lehengas were particularly striking — rich colorful patterns contrasting against bold-colored clothing with edgy-cut blouses. The vibrantly colored sarees on display were just as beautiful.

Tarun Tahiliani

Tahiliani’s ‘The Last Dance of the Courtesan’ bridal and couture collection featured some of the most stunning bridalwear at the show. With intricate gold designs covering dupattas in conventional bridal shades of red, these exquisite pieces celebrated the glory and pomp of traditional India.

Varun Bahl

Varun Bahl’s ‘Vintage Garden’ collection dramatically revamped wedding attire, with the help of floral prints and pastel shades ranging from pistachio to pale pink. His creations featured stunning lehengas, sarees, gowns and sherwanis with elaborate and colorful embroidery. Combined with instrumental music, and background décor including pink roses, Varun Bahl managed to enthrall the audience.

Rimple and Harpreet Narula

Bollywood actor Yami Gautam graced the ramp for New Delhi-based designers Rimple and Harpreet Narual in a blue lehenga ornamented with lavish golden embroidery. Their creations in the usual bridal colors of dark red and covered in traditional golden embroidery-work were truly memorable.

Manish Malhotra

With a stunning deep red lehenga featuring rustic embroidered patterns and an edgy, low-cut choli worn by actor Deepika Padukone, Manish Malhotra reminded everyone why he remains one of India’s most popular designers. The piece, combined with a heavy rustic golden choker necklace worn by Padukone, was among the finest creations in bridal wear on display at Couture Week.

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Rohit Bahl

Delhi-based Bahl showcased several luxurious creations for men and women. His collection of gowns — boldly colored with intricately decorated lush jackets — were a particular hit with the audience. The gowns in shades of red and black were particularly eye-catching while in contrast with their patterned colorful jackets.