Shān Shuǐ Couture 2023
Siddartha Tytler recently presented his Shān Shuǐ Couture 2023 At FDCI India Couture Week 2022. Shan Shui is the Chinese term for the art genre “landscape” wherein both vertical and horizontal landscape paintings are abstracted from the juxtaposition of steep hills, water bodies, wild flora, and alluvial plains that is characteristic of Chinese topography.
Tytler pays homage through his collection to the beautiful concept of Shan Shui which literally denotes the water and mountains…..maybe inspiration of motif, colour palette, and softness. His collection showcases a colour palette that has drawn inspiration from the jewel tones such as maroon, navy, olive, charcoal, and our staple black.
He presents his collection in 3 segments:
1) Cocktail deriving of separates and evening gowns.
2) Couture comprising sarees, lehengas, sherwanis, kurtas, and bandh galas.
3) Introducing our Bridal Collection with a few heavier and more intricate lehengas and sherwanis.
Sticking to the brand’s ethos, he layered Indian looks with parkas, trenches, bombers, and jumpers to give a casual, young, fresh look to couture, and completed surfacing this season comprising of top-stitch, sequin overlay, quilting, and heavy crystal embellishments in the form of patchwork.
Sara Ali Khan walks the Ramp in Falguni Shane Peacock Collection ‘Love Forever’
Bollywood diva, Sara Ali Khan set the ramp on fire as she walked for Internationally acclaimed Designer Duo Falguni Shane Peacock’s ‘Love Forever’ collection at the India Couture Week 2022. The collection was inspired by the recent visit of the designers to London to receive the prestigious Shiromani Award for their work and global contribution to the fashion landscape.
The collection ‘Love Forever’ is influenced by the rich French tapestries and artworks from the Renaissance period with a touch of India Modern Design. The designs in the collection have a story that begins to unfold from the inspiration that was taken from Art Nouveau and the magnitude of French architecture where the elements are married to the Indian architectural facets like the minarets, archways, and domes, amongst others. France is known as the land that is home to innumerable artworks and home to some of the most celebrated masters in the history of modern art and design— Chagall, Picasso, Braque, and Le Corbusier. And the collection celebrates this aspect of France.
The best of Indo-Parisian culture and architecture has been put together in an ingenious display of detailed motifs. From transcribing the innumerable structures of the architectural gem on ensembles to varnishing them with refined stones and pearls, the collection reflects the French tapestry essence in traditional Indian garb. The chrome applique technique has been effectively used to replicate the structural marvel and elements from both cultures on the fabric.
Innovation and creation have come to life in terms of method, and are natively rooted in terms of approach. The bridal collection with traditional cuts which are au courant serves as the perfect brew for today’s bride. Cropped blouses with a sheer, feather, and ruffle details are teamed with chrome applique and crystal work embedded in structured Lehengas. Attention has been given to the journey of the modern Indian bride who commences her new life with a whole new perspective, and the ideology of embarking on a new adventure with confidence and certainty has been showcased efficiently.
The colour palette of the collection ranges from softer hues like champagne ivory, pale blush, pink parfait, old rose, peach whip, beet red, and French roast to deeper hues like peppercorn, metallic stone green, metallic pewter, gilded gold, and the signature opal whites. One of the highlighting accents introduced is the embellished face veils. The intricate adornment has redefined the meaning of veils in this charming collection.
Falguni Shane Peacock, founded by Falguni Peacock and Shane Peacock has established its place as a leading luxury couture designer globally over a glorious span of 17 years and has constantly pushed its boundaries to create luxury looks season after season and evolved with every season. The brand extends its frontiers by infusing traditional craftsmanship in contemporary techniques and experimenting with silhouettes and colors every season. By pioneering features such as virtual styling, the designer duo has made perfect use of design sensibilities and technology to personally design and co-create ensembles virtually.
The designer duo has positioned themselves famously for their classic design sensibilities and timeless qualities and has established themselves as a favourite amongst celebrities. Translating its DNA and philosophies into every finely crafted ensemble by amalgamating imagination with reality, traditional with contemporary, and infusing true elements of ‘luxury’ has made the brand a reputed name in the fashion world today.