Designer makes Delhi’s runway ‘City Of Pompeii’ with ancient Roman style couture

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New Delhi: One of India’s foremost couturiers, Suneet Varma, whose collection immortalizes glamour and glitz, showcased his ensemble inspired by Ancient Rome, ‘the City of Pompeii’ on day five of the ongoing India Bridal Fashion Week in New Delhi on Saturday (27 July). Ancient Roman style designs such as handmade lace with gentle drapes, handmade accessories- dangling earrings, headdress, rings and golden bracelet set the runway back into times of historic City of Pompeii. Varma managed to bring forward some unique designs on the ramp. Meanwhile, renowned fashion designer Adarsh Gill showcased her collections ‘evolution’, which was an ode to the contemporary Indian woman. Her designs were a mix of Indian embroidery, blended with Western fabrics, romantic motifs, offset with geometric patterns. The colour palette for the collection was a rich array of jewel tones such as emerald greens, royal blues, yellows and burgundies. On the other hand, Varma chose dim and soft colours for his traditional bridal lehengas and suits. He also showcased some modern gowns apart from the ethnic apparels. The eye-catcher of Varma’s show was Bollywood diva, Chitrangada Singh, who was his showstopper. Singh flounced down the runway in a heavily embellished Red Indian lehenga, which made the style statement for the designer. Varma said Singh’s dress was designed keeping in mind the style that would reflect the essence of ethereal Indian bride. “We actually made a real effort to make this lehenga only for her. If you noticed the collection, most of it is very muted, very dull, there is very little crystal. I only wanted her to shine through. I wanted to make sure she was really eternal, ethereal, beautiful Indian bride,” said Verma. Singh said she felt beautiful not just outside but inside as well, as she catwalked on the ramp in this attire. “Every time I get the butterflies; it is not easy looking like nothing matters, nothing bothers me. Too many things bother me, I was thinking about a lot of things but I did feel beautiful,” said Singh. In the meanwhile, couturier of international distinction and repute, Adarsh Gill said she had experimented with the designs and moved away from the traditional Indian embroidery to contemporary and innovative cuts and silhouettes. “You must have seen some of the lehengas with a little drapes trailing with a little modern look. So, brides do get fed up of looking like all of them. So once in a while the change,” said Gill. Gill described her collection as ‘fusion’ of Western and Eastern elements. Gill had used brocade, georgette, taffeta and a lot of laces in her designs but the jewels of her outfits were the drapes. Former beauty queen turned actress, Esha Gupta catwalked on the runway for Gill in an orange and golden heavily embellished lehenga while the choli was relatively simple. The shimmering and sheer silhouette defined the bashful yet bold India bride. The fashion week is an opportunity for a line-up of designers to showcase their collections, the latest bridal trends mingled with conventional fashion in the world of aesthetics such as apparels, jewellery and accessories.