The Best Of India Couture Week 2016

Every year the Fashion Design Council of India puts up a spectacle to behold and the best designers in the country take the runway and turn it into opulence central – the India Couture Week. When it’s Indian couture, you think bridal wear, but not just regular bridal wear – each piece is luxurious, royal and so intricate, they could make your head spin. 

This year, the event hosted by the Taj Palace, Delhi, saw 11 designers put their grand wares on stage over 5 days – the sets were elaborate, the show stoppers were jaw dropping and the clothes of course, were a dream. 

Here are the best looks from every show of India Couture Week!
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Manish Malhotra

The show opened on Day 1 with Bollywood’s favourite designer, Manish Malhotra, with Fawad Khan and Deepika Padukone show stopping. ‘The Persian Story’ collection was based on Iranian architecture and Persian motifs and featured dark, wine shades and heavy embellishment. Trend alert: off shoulders in ethnic wear!

Anita Dongre

‘Epic Love’ from the mistress of sustainable fashion, Anita Dongre, floated around a young gypsy bride as her muse. The collection was a luxury bohemian collection for the new age bride.

Tarun Tahiliani

The Last Dance Of The Courtesan’, Tahiliani’s collection, was a tribute to Indian courtesans, and used sheer fabrics in a palette of pastels, tulle, brocade and sheer silk as a canvas for intricate thread work and crystals, courtesy his association with Swarovski.

Reynu Taandon

Divya Khosla turned a Rajasthani bride for Reynu Taandon's couture show called, "Kaman Gari", and the collection reflected Rajasthani heritage using techniques like foil paintings, and block prints on khadi fabrics.

Rimple & Harpreet Narula

Yami Gautam turned showstopper for designer duo Rimple and Harpreet Narula in a midnight blue bridal lehenga-choli set. The collection featured lehengas, fringe blouses, jackets, skirts for women and achkan, sherwani, churidaars for menswear. 

Rahul Mishra

Rahul Mishra showcased his latest collection, ‘Monsoon Diaries, an elegant line showcasing a completely hand-woven range with intricate detailing. 

Anamika Khanna

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Anamika Khanna impressed with her collection titled, ‘When Time Stood Still’, at an off-site show at the grand ballroom of The Leela Palace. Ensembles like embellished lehengas with 3D flowers, palazzos, sequined jackets, long trailed anarkalis and pant sarees were featured. 

Varun Bahl

Ace designer Varun Bahl showcased his 'Vintage Garden' collection that reworked traditional silhouettes for contemporary Indian woman by using floral prints and a versatile colour palette. 

Gaurav Gupta

Gaurav Gupta explored unusual silhouettes mixed with drapes and intelligent construction, and multi-layered high waist skirts, and had actress Saiyami Kher (who will be soon seen in filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's film Mirzya) bringing the show to a close. 

Manav Gangwani

Manav Gangwani’s collection was titled ‘Begum-e-Jannat’, and boasted of Kangana Ranaut as the showstopper, wearing a maroon mirror work choli, paired with a heavily embroidered lehenga and mesh duppatta. The offsite show was held at the Lodhi hotel and had as many as 70 handcrafted silhouettes capturing the Mughal age effortlessly with flowing kaftans, intricately designed lehengas, flamboyant saris and classic sherwanis in rich hues.

Rohit Bal

Rohit Bal's stunning collection ‘Kehkashaan’ showcased more than 25 heavily embroidered ensembles, and represented a cultural blend of elements from Russia and India. The offsite show at the newly revamped Bikaner House featured silhouettes ranging from floor sweeping anarkalis, majestic lehengas, dramatic robes, ravishing gowns, elegant Jodhpuri pants and jackets.