India Couture Week: Tradition and Victoriana rule day one!

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Mumbai, July 27 -- TARUN TAHILIANI

SHOW 1

The faint fragrance of mogra, enchanting music and bedecked runway welcomed fashion connoisseurs to the premiere show of India Couture Week '18. Designer Tarun Tahiliani, who opened the five-day long couture extravaganza, presented his collection, In Elysium, with Swarovski as a jewellery partner, where he showcased traditional Indian embroidery techniques chikankari, zardozi, ari and shadowwork. He encapsulated Indian aesthetics and European styles. 

ANJU MODI 

SHOW 2 

Designer Anju Modi's collection A Maiden's Prayer made the spectators relive the Victorian era. From the sets to the clothes to the hairdos, everything had a vintage vibe. The garments were jazzed up with striking jewellery from RK Jewellers South Extension-II. 

Blouses with dramatic sleeves and collars commanded all the attention. Modi said she secretly wished to live in the Victorian era. 

TRADITIONAL BRIDE 

Red has always been a bridal favourite. Keeping this tradition alive, Tarun Tahiliani's colour palette explored this symbolic hue in various shades. This heavily embellished lehenga, choli and dupatta with tones of saffron on top and red at the bottom is an ideal, modern choice. 

THE FEATHER EFFECT 

Donning a garment with the feather detailing always makes one stand out from the crowd. This gown with an ombre effect in contrasting hues and a bejewelled belt will add to the glam quotient to your engagement ceremony. 

PASTEL PARADISE 

Who says pastel colours are only for girls? Tahiliani's collection brought forward groomswear in a pastel colour palette. From powder blue to peach and the classic beige, there was a wide variety to choose from. 

PEPLUM POWER 

Tahiliani brought the modern peplum to the Indian silhouette with this sheer peplum choli and lehenga ensemble in a neutral hue. A perfect outfit for bridesmaids, one can choose to don it in the morning or evening. 

BACK TO CHINTZ 

Modi's collection saw the comeback of chintz print. Long skirts with A-line silhouettes were teamed with Victorian-inspired blouses. Also, peplum styled-blouses looked figure-flattering on the runway. 

VELVET VERVE 

Velvet, the ultra-luxe fabric, is a must-have in every bride's trousseau. Here the model is wearing a velvet blouse with exaggerated sleeves and teal coloured lehenga. 

KURTA WITH A TWIST 

For men, wearing kurtas with exaggerated sleeves is the trend of the season. Male models here can be seen in round-neck kurtas featuring exaggerated sleeves, dark trousers and a pair of oxford shoes. 

STANDOUT SLEEVES 

This jewelled sleeve choli with an embellished lehenga is the perfect pick for bridesmaids. Tahiliani played with sleeves like never before, making them a standout element in a garment. Team up subtle hues with earthy-coloured jewellery to make a statement. 

FOLIAGE FASHION 

Floral embroidery on a net fabric made for a pleasant sight. Floral elements were seen throughout his collection, which also featured exaggerated sleeves to make for a dramatic appeal. 

CAPE CRUSADER 

Sheer capes with detailed embroideries gave a Victorian vibe to Modi's collection. Embroidery work on the satin lehenga added a regal touch to the whole look.