As part of OGAAN's Celebration in Four Parts, four veteran designers Faiza Samee, Kavita Bhartia, Kiran Uttam Ghosh and Studio Petticoat designed couture collections for the Fall-Winter wedding and it's four central events -- bright shararas and lehengas for day events like the mehendi, intricately embellished pieces for the sangeet and reception, and heavy, bright saris, kurtas and lehengas for the wedding.

For the two days of the exhibition, at DLF Emporio's atrium, event designer Sumant Jayakrishnan created a private tent installation, as an installation and browsing space for each of the designers.

The event kick started over high tea and seen in attendance were  Ritu Kumar, Tikka Shatrujeet Singh, Vikrum Baidyanath, Anita Kumar, Sonam Dubal, Kalyani Chawla, Sunil Sethi, Kiran Uttam Ghosh, AD Singh, Neera Nath, Kavita Bhartia, Hemant Khandelwal, Taniya Ahuja to name a few. While all designers had models wearing their collections at the exposition, we saw socialite Shalini Passi playing perfect muse for designer Kiran Uttam Ghosh, who looked stunning in a red Indian ensemble.

Pakistani couture designer Faiza Samee showcased a collection specially designed for Ogaan with the upcoming festive season in mind.

'The silhouettes -- saris, lehengas with short blouses, voluminous shararas -- combine traditional Pakistani and Indian elements, bringing them together in an exciting new way. The embroideries, done by the finest craftsmen from Pakistan, borrow strongly from our shared common heritage,' Faiza says of her collection.

The Kavita Bhartia line experimented with draped saris, and contemporary embroideries.  In kurtas, swathes of neon pink and orange chiffon accentuate gold monotone embroidery on gold tissue.

"We've experimented with sari drapes, lycra sari skirts, concept blouses, and new placement embroideries this season. It's a collection for the contemporary wedding,"  Kavita says.

Kiran Uttam Ghosh brought a contemporary edge to Indian couture with geometric embroideries, jagged and gold-dipped edges and unusual silhouettes.

Young designers Divya Sahaya and Debyani Malhotra's label Studio Petticoat is known for its unique mixing of traditional embroidery, print and colour. With neon colours on nakshai embroidery and jaal prints and gold zardozi embroidery in Kashmir inspired motifs on shirt kurtas, the Studio Petticoat collection promises to be ornate yet playful.




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