ICW 2021: Falguni and Shane Peacock create magical history with Taj Mahal shoot with Shraddha Kapoor

Designers Falguni & Shane Peacock, Reynu Taandon and Varun Bahl showcased their collections at Day 5 of India Couture Week 2021

Words: Team Just Urbane

Designers stun with modern and traditional bridal looks on Day 5 of India Couture Week 2021

Love at Taj

Day 5 of India Couture Week 2021 wrapped up with Shraddha Kapoor closing for Falguni & Shane Peacock in a red lehenga with golden embroidery. Titled Love Is, the designer duo presented their fashion film shot at Taj Mahal, Agra, which makes them the first and only designers in the world to ever showcase the collection at the UNESCO World Heritage. Crafted completely by hand, the collection highlights the talents of about 250 craftsmen from the FSP-adopted villages of Malihati, Islampur, Midnapore, Kharagpur and Marhtala in West Bengal.

The details of the collection seek to translate the visionary saga of love by borrowing from the beauty of Taj Mahal. From transcribing the innumerable motifs of the architectural gem on ensembles to varnishing them with refined adornments of Swarovski crystals, pearls, mirrors, sequins and beads. The collection is a medley of colours that scale from mellow muted tones such as baked beige and pearl ivory, to pastels like the rose pink and mint green, even extending to deeper tones like emerald green, royal purple, turquoise and valiant poppy. A splash to metallic hues viz. silvers and gold elevate the grandeur while adding a dash of glamour. The intricate crafting techniques replicated the structural marvel on the fabric via architectural motifs of domes and minarets, filigree of foliage, and motifs of the century’s fauna and birds. The cuts are traditional yet au courant, think trailed Lehenga, fitted-and-flared silhouettes, and ball gown-style Lehengas that make for a befitting wedding day bridal trousseau.

Kaleidoscopes of colour

Reynu Taandon unveiled Zuri inspired by the abundance of creativity in nature with Chitrangada Singh as her muse. The lineup ranges from heavily Swarovski embellished greens, nudes, and pinks, tone-on-tone mirrored lehengas, anarkalis, saris, shararas and ghararas to lighter shades of pieces in caramels, beige, and neutrals.

For Reynu Tanndon, this season is all about taking a leap into clashing kaleidoscopes of colour. “I am super ecstatic to launch my AW Collection ZURI bringing together beautiful pastel colours and embroideries with a plush and fresh vibe. The silhouette is crafted keeping in mind all generations making the collection versatile yet trendy. The nude ones are my favourite since they can be worn at any function. I want my brides to look elegant and maintain the old world wedding charm in a contemporary way,” said Tanndon

Signature style

Through his latest collection Memory / Mosaic, Varun Bahl has tried to pull together a few themes that have grown stronger in his mind over the past year. The designer features his signature floral prints with a bohemian touch and a hint of glamour. Skirts and dresses paired with bralettes, jackets with power shoulders, slip dresses, and elegant sarees in organza, silk, satin, tulle, velvet, and denim define the collection.

“I’ve tried to simplify my designs and cuts to reduce the ritual of wearing haute couture, and infuse them with a certain refreshing lightness so that you’re encouraged to wear them more often, and in different ways. My colour palette plays with ivory, black, red, sage green, and blushing pinks—light, contrasting, and refreshing, ideal for the upcoming festivities no matter where you are in the world,” he said.