La Belle Epoque
In association with Jaeger-LeCoultre
Co-Hosted by DLF Emporio
Suneet Varma showcased his Fall-Winter Collection on a glittering evening that was attended by the creme de la creme of Delhi. The Designer fraternity came in full swing and was represented by Sunil Sethi, President, FDCI, designers JJ Vallaya, Ravi Bajaj, Shantanu and Nikhil with wives Rima and Vidushi, Varun Bahl, Puja Nayyar, Siddarth Tytler, Prashant Verma, Anupama Dayal, Nandita Basu, Vijay Arora, Leena Singh, Gauri and Nainika, Rahul Jain, Reynu Tandon.
Some of the other guests present on the occasion were Sushma Seth, DJ Aqeel, Sangeeta and Madan Assomull of Marigold Group, Peter Kroshnabl of BMW, Kalyani Chawla, Shelly and Sanjeev Batra, jewellery designer Mamta Upadhyay, artist Hemi Bawa, Sanjay Sharma with wife Sheena, Country Head, Swarovski, model Fleur Xavier, Latika Khneja, Tanisha Mohan, Cheena Vij, Gunjita Dhawan, Rohit Rajpal, restaurateur A.D. Singh amongst others.
The vision of one on the most beautiful periods in the history of fashion, literally translated on the ramp, by Suneet Varma marked the couture presentation, with La Belle Epoque. Literally translated, ‘the beautiful era’, from French Fashion history, during the period marking the years 1890 to 1914, this was also the beginning of the yearly fashion cycle whereby people started to follow trends, silhouettes and colours on a seasonal basis. The vision of this era inspired Suneet Varma, also an ardent student of fashion history during a visit to the Louvre, Paris during summertime. Inspired by the glamour and history of this age, Suneet felt a moment of epiphany when he imagined a beautiful woman, dressed in a rendition of the era, walking down a runway. Recreating this period, he says, "It was an Èpoque of beautiful clothes and the peak of luxury living."
The Collection itself captures in dramatic sweeps the aesthetic highlights of those years of a languid and leisurely life.Rich dark velvets in jewel tones like teal, maroon, emerald and black are created in tone on tone applique embroidery with a hint of copper lame....braided belts and embroidered stockings worn with empire line dresses. The long slender tunics with sheer sleeves with cutwork embroidery are complemented by generous skirts. The silhouettes of the era come alive with Bussles like skirts, leg of mutton sleeves with short bolero jackets with wide pants in beige and ivory net; all worn with an embroidered belt and structured jackets. The beige and red collection has a muted shine and sparkles nostalgic of a bygone era. These are highlighted with gold and silver lace, and generous sprinkle of CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements. Drama comes with the long sheer coats with scalloped hemlines and draped bodies. Also included are the short and long capes worn with tunics and trousers. The saris come in ethereal apparitions marked by placement embroidery in all over lace or embroidered georgettes, sometimes worked over with CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements. The entire collection has been accessorized with masterful detail. Lavish trims such as crystal flowers, feathers embellished with CRYSTALLIZED™ - Swarovski Elements and bejeweled brooches are used as headgear in a close crop. The perky velvet skull caps with three dimensional metallic embroidery complemented by feathers in muted colours, sitting pretty on perfectly groomed 1910 inspired hairdos. †In this couture show, Suneet pays tribute to an era, of great significance to fashion marking the historic beginning and bringing it full circle into the contemporary times.
About DLF Emporio
DLF Emporio is among the most luxurious shopping destinations in Asia. Co-Hosting the show, DLF Emporio lives up to its promise of being the centre for fashion and luxury, always hosting the best luxury and fashion events in the city.
For the first time in India, one can enjoy the pleasure of viewing the creations of †185 of the finest luxury brands in the world. With over 74 international labels and 111 Indian designers, there is no place in the world that can offer you the unique variety you will find at DLF Emporio. From Jewellery and Watches, the largest collection of International Menswear, Women’s Designer Fashion, both ethnic and international, Bags and Accessories to Home and Lifestyle products, the range is breathtaking.
About JAEGER-LeCOULTRE: Since 1833, the Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre has been at the forefront of fine Swiss watchmaking. Located in the VallÈe de Joux, the cradle of high-watchmaking, Jaeger-LeCoultre has nurtured a culture of inventors who have taken the family business of founder Antoine LeCoultre to international recognition over its 175-year history.† Featuring an unparalleled number of skills and crafts under a single roof, Jaeger-LeCoultre continues to produce timepieces that are innovative, elegant and refined. From the creation of the world's smallest mechanical movement, to the legendary swivel-case Reverso, Jaeger-LeCoultre is a rare manufacture with a vision and passion for the measurement of time.
"We are delighted to be associated with the Suneet Varma’s fashion show whose stunning and celebrated designs are perfect amalgamation of opulence and elegance, which is what we at THE GRAND believe and represent"says Ms. Harinder Singh- General Manager, The Grand.