July 29, 2022 FDCI

Designed to Dazzle

Red was the mood elevator, as Suneet Varma made his dhotis and shararas ultra-modern by creating ingenious silhouettes.

By Asmita Aggarwal

Butterflies suspended in air, flaming, sequinned reds making a pronounced appearance, the India Couture Week is not shying away from shine! Duppattas are no longer a separate entity, they are integrated into the blouse and sometimes they have been relegated to one shoulder, as that’s how Suneet Varma the veteran would like you to style it.

His show titled “Sitara” boasted of tone-on-tone embroidery, gowns constructed and made to appear like shararas, as ink blues merged with reds.  However, the overall mood was scarlet, as embroidered waistcoats, jacquards and pinks as well as lime greens lehengas, encrusted with pearls created unrestrained glamour along with delicate lace shararas.

Trained under the master himself Yves Saint Laurent, Suneet re-imagined the dhoti drape into a gown which he elevated with Swarovski.  Capes with lehengas say goodbye to the choli, as the designer welcomed dip-dyed saris, mixing two tones and offering mirror work sherwanis. The bodysuit seems to have found favour with a discerning few, as millennials like to flaunt a well-worked out body, beige was the perfect hue and it was accessorised with a cape.

The key in design is to push the envelope, thus, gotta-borders on lemony, net lehengas were worn with longer kurtas, so you could style them separately and create your own distinct look!


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