PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2012: Day 1

The Day 1 of PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2012 was totally unadulterated fashion. Neither ‘drama queens’ fighting for front-row seats nor ‘Bollywood Stars’ sending the shutterbugs on a frenzy, distracted us. Personally for me it was an ideal atmosphere to enjoy fashion.

Varun Bahl opened the PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2012 and must say it was a nice show. Varun Bahl established the fact that Indian Couture can be stunning without an overdose of ‘Bling’. In fact the absence of ‘Bling’ gave the collection a very ‘classy’ feel. Extensive use of sheer net added sensuality to his well crafted collection. The colour story developed nicely with Indigo, Black and Crimson. Gradient shading – lighter shades blending in to darker ones –   was effectively used. The embroidery work was mostly on the border or the hem and occasionally strategically placed on the breast panels and cuffs. Some deft layering added a novelty factor to the collection.

JJ Valaya had his ‘off-site’ show at The Grand Hotel. Little less opulent than what I expected but then high expectation is always the ‘devil’. Valaya showcased his signature Couture line – intricate embroidery work on lehengas, Bling but nothing OTT, long achkans in Chevron pattern with parakeet embroidered on them and some classy empire line maxi dresses in silk-satin were eye-grabbers. Valaya too used shades of Indigo in his collections. Looks like ‘Indigo’ is the colour for the coming Wedding season.

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