rediff.com

NewsApp (Free)

Read news as it happens
Download NewsApp

Available on  

Rediff News  All News 
Rediff.com  » Getahead » Varun Bahl's sensual geisha fantasy at Couture Week

Varun Bahl's sensual geisha fantasy at Couture Week

Last updated on: October 15, 2009 09:52 IST

Varun Bahl's sensual geisha fantasy at Couture Week

     Next

Next

Varun Bahl's spring collections have traditionally been subdued and dull. However, the line the designer showed on Day Three of the HDIL India Couture Week used some traditional Indian colours such as pink and green and set them to oriental designs. The saris and long flowing ghagras, for instance, were teamed with kimono-style tops, complete with elaborate hairdo and make-up.

While the show lasted for over 20 minutes, models walked slowly, working it up, letting audiences get a full view of the work on their ensembles.


Photographs: Dominic Xavier
     Next

The right fold

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

A model shows how a well-defined origami-style jacket can make all the difference.



Prev     Next

All armed

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

Contrasting but complementary, a flowy ghagra emerges from a clean-lined top. Black -- not an auspicious colour amongst traditional Indians -- is contrasted against gold, a favourite at weddings.



Prev     Next

Princess and the peacock

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

Yet again, a traditional Indian motif -- the peacock -- finds itself being contrasted against a plain Japanese kimono-style top.



Prev     Next

Going green

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

Bahl used a lot of velour in this collection -- take for instance this floor-sweeping number.



Prev     Next

Golden girl

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

Definitely one of the few designs that had far less 'merging of cultures' happening.



Prev     Next

Nothing to be sari about

Prev     Next
Prev

Next

The designer goes the stunning route, with this heavily embroidered sari worn over a full-sleeved velour blouse.



Prev     Next

Multi-hued beauty

Prev     More
Prev

More

And finally, we have this red, white and gold number, the defined waist giving way to a free-flowing sari lower down.



Prev     More