Sonam Kapoor Ahuja turns muse for designer Kunal Rawal at ICW 2021

Designer Anju Modi paid homage to the power of generational legacy, while Rahul Mishra’s Kam-khaab was a sequence of dreams woven together

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Day 6 of FDCI’s virtual India Couture Week 2021 amalgamated contemporary silhouettes with traditions seamlessly.

Vision Quest

Couturier Kunal Rawal showcased his couture collection titled Vision Quest with actor Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, who aced an androgynous fit in a beige and ivory bandhgala and split dhoti pants. Inspired by the notion of youth transitioning to adulthood, the pristine idea of ease and comfort, Kunal Rawal’s collection presented a fresh take on contemporary silhouettes, intricate embroideries, and a dynamic play on metallic tones. The line also presented a refreshing take on modern drapes, intricate embroideries and a dynamic play of metallic tones. Amalgamating traditions with newness, the collection explores a wide array of functional and deconstructed styles, reflecting the youth and their need for movement and constant growth.
 

Ranging from functional, young to deconstructed silhouettes—the collection featured a variety of never seen before silhouettes such as the Kurta Kaftan for men, which creates the most fashion‐forward contemporary style. The classic Bandi has been redesigned with fresh new cuts and design details such as back buttons, making it a must‐have essential. Apart from this, for the first time the label is introducing a patchwork Sherwani that has been created out of leftover fabrics and consists of the signature micro motifs which are an extension of the brand.

Generational Legacy

Fashion designer Anju Modi paid homage to the power of generational legacy, and mirrored the beauty of heirlooms through her couture collection called The Eternal Story. The collection paid tribute to the power of Relying on traditional designs and techniques along with a hint of the modern touch.
Committed to reviving India’s centuries-old design repertoire with the brand’s signature organic and sustainable approach, each creation from the collection was a story of authentic handcrafted luxury juxtaposed with present-day relevance. From colour blocked silhouettes to myriad prints, the line showcased how traditions are nurtured from generation to generation. In the designer’s words, “The Eternal Story is instinctive, and almost as old as time itself.”
 

Dreams Woven Together

Developed during the two lockdowns, Rahul Mishra’s couture collection mirrored the breaking and rebuilding of hope, resilience and the fluctuating strength of love.  The collection was filmed in a century-old haveli that was opened after, over eight decades of being shut. Titled Kamkhab, the line featured intricate adornments and age-old techniques of hand embroidery. Made with fabrics like silk organza, georgette, crêpe and tissue along with Banarasi cutwork and Chanderi silk textiles—the collection reflects the values of love, craft, beauty, longevity and human touch
 

Mishra says, “The collection, Kam-khaab is a sequence of dreams woven together like a garland of artistic musing, of emotions and of instances that that we’ve subconsciously lived through, multiple times in our minds. Like an emotion of personalised artistry, it is the hand painting of frescos on the walls of a family home.”