The third edition of Delhi Couture Week (DCW) organised by FDCI kicks off
today, with designer Varun Behl showcasing his collection. Apart from socialites, Bollywood actors would be heading to the capital to be a part of the fashion extravaganza. Of course, among all the glamour and glitz, buzzing business activity would be the highlight of the show.
As Sunil Sethi, President, FDCI says, “Through the event, we aim at providing networking platform to India’s finest fashion talent besides enabling exchange of ideas and industry developments. I am thankful to our designers and sponsors for supporting us in our endeavor. This couture week will bring together the best designers from India to create never seen before moments.”
Eleven renowned designers such as JJ Valaya, Ashima- Leena, Anamika Khanna, Gaurav Gupta, Anju Modi, Manish Arora, Shantanu & Nikhil, Manish Malhotra and Manav Gangwani would be showcasing their collections. While Sharmila Tagore will walk the ramp for designer duo Ashima-Leena on Thursday, Madhuri Dixit-Nene will make her ramp debut for designer Anju Modi the next day. On Day four, Katrina Kaif is expected to walk the ramp as the show stopper for designer Manish Malhotra, say sources. Filmmaker Karan Johar and filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt’s daughter Alia Bhatt, who is debuting with Johar’s ‘Student of the Year’, will cheer the designer from the front row. Designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee, who is closing the Couture Week, is bringing actor Sridevi as a front row guest for his show. Designer Manav Gangwani, who is also showcasing on the last day will have Bollywood stars for his show.
Though the fashion gala’s main venue is Taj Palace for all five days, there will be two off-site shows. Valaya will present his collection at The Grand Hotel on opening day, while designers Anamika Khanna and Gaurav Gupta will have a combined show at the Evoluzione Thursday.
The event will also see a joint collaboration of Indo-Dutch fashion. Co-initiated by the FDCI foundation, HTNK Fashion recruitment and consultancy foundation and House of Denim, the programme is titled ‘Dutch Fashion Here & Now India’. The three-year collaboration will see two designers from Netherlands collaborate with two names from the Indian fashion fraternity to showcase a collection at later date.