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Indian Couture Week 2016 left us awestruck! A magical feast for you eyes, it was all about exaggerated weaves and hand-crafted couture for those 5 days.

Showcasing the latest trends in apparel, eminent designers like – Gaurav Gupta, Rohit Bal, Varun Bahl, Rahul Mishra, Manav Gangwani, Manish Malhotra, Anita Dongre and Anamika Khanna  – presented some eclectic designs that are sure to leave you spellbound.

Here’s a sneak peek into the best designs showcased at the show —

GAURAV GUPTA‘s “Scape Song”
It was time to experience new-age, progressive designs. The designer aptly melded unusual silhouettes with fluid drapes. The models paraded on the ramp in thigh-high cutout structured gowns with gold embellished sequin strips all over. A much needed dash of shimmer on pastel hued outfits were in spotlight, along with some Spanish ruffles!
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ROHIT BAL‘s “KEHKASHAAN – The Return of the Opulence
The designer was inspired by the grandeur of the Czarist Regime of Russia. Models glided down the runway in lehengas with cape jackets, anarkalis with robes and bandhgalas over jodhpuris. The headgears adorned by the models couldn’t be missed. Male models looked fiercely grand in embroidered ethnic wear with hand carved walking canes which took us back in time to the era of the royals.
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REYNU TANDON‘s “Kamangari
Giving ethnic wear a modern twist, Reynu Tandon was all about East meets West with her swirling lehengas which evoked a spirit of royalty and glamour. Showstopper Divya Khosla Kumar made a graceful entry in a heavily embroidered red lehenga with a layered rani-haar.
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VARUN BAHL‘s “Vintage Garden
Sheer blouses boasting varied degrees of opacity were seen on the runway during Bahl’s show. Floral motifs were seen on net fabric, which was the most dominant fabric in the collection. These motifs added decadence and made the collection look visually delightful. Models fluttered on the runway adorning embellished headbands, which was the perfect finishing touch for an updo that added a touch of sparkle. For men, Varun created attractive Achkans and Nehru jackets.
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RAHUL MISHRA‘s “Monsoon Diaries
At Rahul Mishra, hand-done embroidery wove a tale of monsoon-inspired motifs including “chintz-esque” florals and beautifully crafted peacocks. Having never been a big fan of colour, Mishra continued to take his white baton forward with creams, ivories, delicate golds along with indigos and blacks for contrast. He paired peplum-style blouses with floral embroidered sarees. With artworks inspired by delicate flora of monsoons, he also designed lehengas for the modern-day bride.
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RIMPLE & HARPREET NARULA‘s “Hiraeth
Highlighting the Islamic architecture, this designer duo played with lush drapes and beautiful designs for their collection. Showstopper Yami Gautam walked the ramp in a prussian blue lehenga detailed with Islamic architectural monuments, topped off with a delicate sheer embroidered dupatta. Their classic combination of white and gold, along with tans, beiges and dull creams are not only for the brides, but also for the grooms.
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MANAV GANGWANI‘s “Begum-E-Jannat
Effortlessly capturing the Mughal era in his creations, master couturier Manav Gangwani put together extravagant handcrafted outfits that certainly couldn’t miss our attention. The Queen of Bollywood Kangana Ranaut played a perfect muse in a red embellished off-shoulder Lehenga. Mirrorwork remains a bridalwear staple and made it to Manav’s couture.
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ANAMIKA KHANNA‘s “When Time Stood Still
When you do it the Anamika Khanna way, it has to be exquisite. The ivories came in quick succession along with romantic rose hues and sneaky shades of yellow. Considering she wanted to add a fantastical mood to her collection, the choice of muted hues seemed apt. Dramatic shrugs and capes lent a glamorous edge to the ensembles.
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ANITA DONGRE‘s “Epic Love
The collection opens on a free-spirited, lighter note with chintz-inspired printed lehengas that are teamed with Bohemian blouses, which marks the designer’s debut into the world of couture. The designer’s signature gotapatti work breathes life onto the prints. The classic Indian styles blend seamlessly with contemporary long, column tabards which give the wearer a beautiful illusion of height. The beauty of this collection lies in its versatility – the Bohemian gypsy tops can be paired with printed lehengas just as beautifully as it would go with a pair of silk pants.
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MANISH MALHOTRA‘s “The Persian Story
The ace designer showcased a bridal collection that had heavily and intricately embroidered lehengas, sarees and gowns. The color palette included dull golds, midnight blues and deep reds. Keeping in trend with the off shoulder trend, the designer infused a sense of youthfulness to the traditional looks. Malhotra went back to the vintage techniques of couching and embroidering velvet with Dabka to bring an old-worldly opulence to his pieces.
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TARUN TAHILIANI‘s “The Last Dance of the Courtesan
The collection is a tribute and acknowledgement to the highest bastions of culture, poetry, dance and finesse, along with the finery of courtesans. The collection explores the possibility of a wearable lightness of being for the contemporary diva, with inspirations drawn from the finery of the courtesans. Invoking sophisticated seduction and lending an elegant luxury is the colour palette, predominated by shades of romantic pastels in beige, blush pink, peaches, jade and ivory. Precisely paneled jackets, dreamy voluminous skirts, concept-sarees and statement lehengas are uplifted by opals, pearls and other crystals.
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