Designer Suneet Varma gives us a lesson in old-school glamour with a new line of evening gowns
CLIENTS would walk into designerA�SuneetA�Varmaa��s store and ask, a�?Do you have any gowns?a�? Until a few weeks ago, the answer would be no, for the youthful designer does evening gowns and wedding dresses only for a lucky few. All that has changed, with the launch ofA�Varmaa��s first western wear collection a�� Dream Couture. The line offers both formal andA�evening wear and this season, the collection features 35 gownsA�inA�chiffon and silk taffeta.
Age of gowns
a�?Indianised western looks have previously featured in my collection like off-shoulder, floor length anarkalis which resemble gowns and have interesting back details. I realised fabrics like georgetteA�wouldna��t do justice to the western collection I intended to create. Materials like net fabric and two tone chiffon were brought in from Italy,a�? says the Delhi -based designer, who is also a sought-after collaborator. He was among a select few to be invited to design the interiors for the BMW 7 series back in 2012, has worked with Judith Leiber and now, the dinnerware brand, Arttda��inox.But back to his dresses a�� in cobalt blue, lime green and textured silk knits, they took four months to create. Details like large bows,A�clichedA�waist bands and beaded tassels add to the dramatic element.
The 70s were about trousers, but this age could be about gowns, the designer, 51,A�suggests. a�?I recently attended a full-on PunjabiA�sangeetA�in Delhi. More than half the crowd under 35 were dressed in gowns. It is making appearances on the red carpet as well. The gown has definitely arrived. I also feel it is less cumbersome to wear a gown when compared to a sari or lehanga, which are two or three-piece garments.a�? He also points out that the large 60-inch flare in his gowns are different from the regular 45-inch and have a grand circular pattern. TheA�appliquA�A�which features in the gowns has gold lace with a sprinkle ofA�SwarovskiA�crystals.
January will seeA�VarmaA�coming outA�with his dinnerware and kitchenware collection forA�Arttda��inox, the designing arm of Jindal Steel. He attributes these forays to his curiosity for design. Even a box could get his mind thinking about how it operates. a�?ForA�Arttda��inoxA�I wanted to take the humility of steel and make it premium by dipping it in 24 carat gold or studding it with gemstones from Jaipur,a�?A�says the designer who has also collaborated with brands like Calvin Klien and Donna Karan.
This is not going to be his only western wear collection. a�?The next will be designed in a similar fashion a�� it too will be young, flirtatious and new looking. What will be different remains to be seen,a�? he muses.
Dream Couture is available atA�SuneetA�Varmaa��s store from Rs 68,000. Details:A�011 46060970
a�� Seema Rajpal