Titled “Opium”, master of Couture, Sabyasachi Mukherjee presented his exuberant and beautiful collection on Day1 of PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2013. The designer transformed the set into a garden of an old world mansion with empty glass bottles, hanging glass lamps and ornate mirror frames, planters and even a antique radio that aesthetically created the essence of vintage elegance.
The ethereal collection was a fusion of craftsmanship that effortlessly blended the ethnic design element of West Bengal, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Kashmir to recreate the magnificent yet subtle elegance of 1920s. The rich fabric story ranged from khadi,French tulle, velvet, cotton silk and lace to vintage gold. The pieces were adorned with appliqué, hand embroidery, zardosi, floral motifs, hand block prints,Bengal’s Tant, Ari Tari and authentic Kashmiri Tilla work.
In a colour palette of nudes, creamy whites, orange, peach, pink ,liquid gold and shades of blue, Sabya’s offering ranged from sequined sarees paired with long sleeve blouses,lehengas, garaaras, bandhgalas, sherwanis, khadi turbans,Toile de Jouy skirts,mughal coats, angrakhas and flapper jackets to men’s churidars with floral motifs.
The designer with an eye for details lavishly used vintage and traditional jewellery like nath, matha patti, some even dating back to the year 1800-1900. For me the collection is timeless and elegantly extravagant - definitely Couture at its best.