IMAGES: Spanish styles meet saris on the Indian runway
Designer Suneet Varma celebrated 25 years in the Indian fashion industry with a spectacular showing in New Delhi on November 24. Take a look.
A quarter of a century in any profession is quite a milestone, so it's hardly surprising that Suneet Varma's 25th anniversary was celebrated in style this past weekend in Delhi.
Friends, colleagues and clientele of the high-profile designer attended his Fall/Winter 2012 Couture showing at the The Leela Palace, Chanakyapuri and both the collection and the setting were truly spectacular.
A circular ramp and grand backdrop saw Varma's latest offerings from 'A Passage to India', a line inspired by three princesses -- Princess of Kapurthala Anita Delgado, Princess Niloufer of Hyderabad and Bannu Pan Dei, Princess of Chamba. The creations, therefore, sought to capture "the antiquity of an era when beautiful women from exotic lands around the world travelled to India and married royal maharajas, bringing a Western element into the traditional Indian aesthetic".
As a result, the outfits were a blend of ethnic and Western wear, particularly dramatic Spanish influences since Princess of Kapurthala Anita Delgado was a Spanish flamenco dancer and singer.
Varma also unveiled a couture handcrafted shoe line with his fall 2012 collection, embellished with zardosi, pearls, lace, zari, thread embroidery and Swarovski crystals.
Here's a glimpse of the runway action, starting with this stunning black and white two-tiered lehenga and corset choli, embellished with lace and threadwork.
Image: A Suneet Varma creation
Photographs: Courtesy VTY