Designer Varun Bahl marries dynasties for symphony of extravagant silhouettes

September 21st, 2008 - 4:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Sep 21 (IANS) Designer Varun Bahl rewrote history by marrying the Mughal and Rajput dynasties with the Elizabethan age to create an extravagant yet sober collection of silhouettes at the HDIL India Couture Week here.The varied collection grabbed the attention of the audience, which keenly eyed the detailing and the cuts of the garments.

Ad-guru Prahlad Kakkar, who made a rare appearance at the event, couldn’t stop gushing about the young designer.

“I am not an expert and yet I loved his sense of style. The amount of hard work he has put into this collection is visible from the cuts, finishing and the detailing of these garments,” Kakkar told IANS after the show late Saturday.

The line saw a perfect mix of two cultures - Indian and Western. The designer had elegantly managed to fuse the two in such a way that his outfits were at once trendy and sophisticated.

The collection saw the fusion of saris with Elizabethan gowns, lehengas with coat-shaped blouses, and evening dress with a bow at the back.

Elaborating about his collection, Bahl said: “I have tried to incorporate two different cultures in such a way that they manage to grab the attention of the audience.”

The line was also loaded with velvets in different sizes, forms and shapes. It was used for coats, gowns, blouses, saris, jackets, lehengas, suits and chudiaars.

Velvet motifs were also embossed on saris and lenghas to give them a trendy look.

The color palette ranged from black to ivory, maroon, gold and pink.

Another interesting aspect of Bahl’s show was the somewhat outrageous headgear worn by the models ranging from feathers to reindeer horns to heavy loaded jewelry.

Bollywood actor Ritesh Deshmukh was completely bowled over by Bahl’s collection.

“It was outstanding. He is an unusual young man, so young and so creative. The show was brilliant,” Deshmukh said.

Interestingly, Bahl had kept a small velvet pouch on every chair in the show area. This pouch contained a small binocular through which the audience could examine the intricate zardosi work on the garments.

The innovative idea brought much cheer to the audience.

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