As India’s biggest names in fashion make their way to Delhi for India Bridal Fashion Week, couturier Suneet Varma has been busy with final fittings to his collection in his New Delhi workshop since last night.
Set to hit the runway on Varma’s latest is all intricate mirror work, fiery shades of red and fuchsia, and intense gold head gear (complete with strings of pearls and spiked crowns). The title of this collection: The Princess of Shekhawati.
“Shekhawati was one of the oldest and most beautiful hand-painted living cities in the world,” explains Varma. ” Story goes that some very wealthy traders from Rajasthan (the Marwaris) had brought in painters from Italy and Spain to decorate their sprawling Havelis.”
The historical artwork — ranging from sceneries to religious paintings of Lord Krishna — were the inspiration for this trousseau. How does it translate into couture? The shades of red echo Rajasthan’s staple aesthetic, as does the intricate threadwork and tribal styling.
You’ll also spot ivory lehengas covered with colourful aari embroidery and cobalt pieces decorated with burnt gold and copper thread. Don’t miss the embellished footwear peeking out from under Varma’s signature flowy skirts — they come in everything from deep blue to dusky rose and tangerine. -vogue.in