Regal opening of ICW 2017

FDCI celebrates the incredible ten years of couture week with dazzling line up of haute couture from 14 countries. FDCI President, Sunil Sethi announced couturiers Anamika Khanna and Rohit Bal as the opening designers for the India Couture Week 2017.


Anamika Khanna displayed her collection, ‘Happily ever After’ with mannequin installations. From flared lehngas, sheraras to saris and gowns, her collection was an amalgamation of various rituals of the Indian wedding. For welcome lunch, followed by outfits for mehendi, cocktails and the wedding, the collection has a bit of everything for every occasion.

The wedding lunch dresses had embellishments from thread work to zardozi on pastel shades whereas mehendi outfits had gota, old kinaris, dori work and burnished gold and silver work on mustards, deep Indian purples, corals and reds. The ethereal cocktail ensembles had zardozi burnt to black, beating silver metal, tassels and beadwork on black and metallic fabrics.

The wedding outfits were in classic Indian colours like pinks and reds and a few options like ivory, purple and a hint of orange. The lovely collection included traditional lehenga, sharara, quintessential draped sari, jackets, a clever replacement for gowns, the beautiful veil, traditional choli and the bandhgala blouse.

Rohit Bal made his friends and models walk for his regal designs. Starting from monochrome, Bal gave way to maroons, greens and blues. Rich fabrics like pure silk, brocade and linens were major part of the collection.

Bal was open to experiment and paired plain gathered skirts with embroidered jackets in matching and contrasting shades. The Parsi style thread work was a blend of gold and silver.

Along with his new motif – the cock, the ensembles were inspired by quilted garment from Rajasthan and Mughal paintings. FDCI President and actor Arjun Rampal were two among Bal’s friends circle who walked the ramp and everyone gasped.

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