On July 26, designer duo and couturiers, Shyamal and Bhumika made their first appearance at the FDCI India Couture Week 2017. They made their debut at the ICW ’17 with their latest couture collection titled “The Princess’s Soiree”.
Inspired by the rich heritage and history of India, the collection was an eclectic mix of artisanal crafts, colours and timeless silhouettes. They used India’s precious crafts and artisanal techniques, creating a collection which is still relevant to modern day sensibilities. ‘The Princess’s Soiree’ perfectly complements their recent bridal collection, “The Merchant Princess”. The collection tells the story of a princess and her travels from India to Europe and back and the various inspirations she gets influenced with. This exquisite collection brings to us the convergence of these varied elements. The collection is also inspired by the ancestral stories of their family from the late 1800s.
Speaking about their debut at the ICW, and their new collection, the designers said, “We are excited to be associated with the FDCI and be a part of India Couture Week. This is a platform that has been promoting couture and craft over the last ten years and we couldn’t be happier to be a part of this milestone.”
The collection was an amalgamation of European details, Victorian inspirations and Baroque decorations with rich Indian heritage. The colour palette of the garments ranges from champagne golds, ruby wine, verdant green, coral blue and the staple black. This bridal line is an ode to the forgotten lifestyle lived of elegance and royalty for the the modern-day woman.
The garments in this collection include floor sweeping gowns, sheer tulle capes, ruffled blouses, supple frills, belted waists, kalidaar jackets and lehengas. The designers have extensively used sequins, iridescent crystals, stone encrusting, Fluid beadwork, dripping gold embroidery in floral setting and luscious gold thread work. They include ruffles sprinkled with glitter, tulle skirts and magnificent gowns with floral thread work creating a fantasy like ambience.
Traditional Zardozi and Aari work have been used using glass pipes, zari, beads and dabka with an unconventional twist to illustrate the amalgamation of the various styles.