Post Pandemic, pared-down couture – fashion and trends

Couture weeks are often brimming with a flurry of clothes – crafted with extravagant embroidery and one-of-a-variety elaborations. However, this season, couture’s collective response to the pandemic has been a reasonably pared-down method. Most designers have recontextualised their design course of by cutting down their collections, toned down the surplus and centered on creating timeless items to go well with the post-Pandemic bride, whereas staying true to their model ethos and signature types. Hence, the 2020 version of India Couture Week organised by Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) in partnership with Hindustan Times will witness an array of edited choices comprising funding-worthy, seasonless items. Couturier Manish Malhotra, whose assortment is all about celebrating the spirit of timelessness, shares, ”The assortment is timeless with outdated-world work that I’ve seen in museums the world over – Doha, Jaipur, Ahmedabad, Delhi. But it’s all about celebrating the second, the craft, artisans, textiles and textures,” says Malhotra, who can be showcasing 25 items and shut the couture week.   

A sketch from designer Anju Modi’s assortment Sindoori

While the weddings are getting smaller from 500 visitors to 50 visitors, brides need practicality and additionally a way of heritage of their ensembles. All in all, a extra wearable method to design is what defines couture this season. Designers are additionally going again to the classics and reinventing them with an of-the-second contact. “Brides today don’t want to be weighed down by the embroidery. The garments are not very heavy this year, we have toned down the embroidery,” says designer Anju Modi, who went again to her archives and Indian crafts to design this assortment as issues slowed down. Even designer Shantanu Mehra of Shantanu & Nikhil revisited his work, “We as a brand are going back to our archives and reinventing the wheel by re-visiting some of our hero products and classics across various categories and giving it a more accessible look. As a brand, we have been advocating seasonless for some years now and as such weren’t over producing designs. This pandemic has only further reinforced that thought process,” he provides. 

The clothes per assortment have additionally been lowered this yr attributable to lack of time and enterprise methods. A designer who made 90 clothes has come right down to 55-60 this yr. “Everything has been pushed by a few months, the buying behaviour has changed, so we are producing precise lines. We usually made 85-90 couture garments, this year, we have made 50-55 and will showcase about 27,” confesses designer Suneet Varma. Moreover, whereas showcasing a movie the road must be exact, says Modi, “When we are showcasing a digital film, the garments anyway are lesser. Twenty to 25 garments is what we are presenting as after the lockdown,” she provides. Agreeing to this designer Rahul Mishra additionally feels that point and consideration is valuable and shifting ahead a exact line can have extra impression and give craftsmen extra time to make it. “Time is evolving and we need to get away from unnecessary collections as it is not sustainable and also confuses the client as well as our team. Small and precise lines have a larger impact,” says Mishra. 

CAPTIONS A sketch from designer Anju Modi’s assortment Sindoori

A sketch from designer duo Falguni and Shane Peacock’s assortment Spectacle Prive



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