Keeping up with the times that were set in motion by the pandemic, the Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) brings to you their very first digital version of the India Couture Week 2020. Enjoy the front-row seats to this one of a kind impeccable showcase of fashion right from your homes.
One of the veteran designers who has been associated with FDCI and has been showcasing her collections for almost 20 years now and is here to wow us all yet again and she is none other than Reynu Taandon.
Fashion and florals is a vintage yet contemporary combination that has influenced some of the finest couture collections. Reynu Taandon’s SURKH uses the prettiest of petals and the boldest of blooms to dress the brides of the coming year. Compose yourselves for an assemblage that is tastefully crafted, distinctive with exotic motifs and rich hues, coquettish enough to make your heart skip a beat as Reynu Taandon unveils SURKH at the FDCI India Couture Week 2020.
Sharing insights about her new collection, Reynu Taandon says, "The current pandemic has instilled unpredictability to the biggest event of the year. The brides and their families look forward to these shows with a vision of finding their dream wedding lehenga. The initiative of FDCI’s first-ever digital couture week will change how each one of us will experience fashion."
Surkh is an Urdu word for ‘red’. Red has been THE colour for the brides for ages and keeping the traditions of a red bridal attire alive, Reynu Taandon has added Fuschia red and other beautiful colours in pink and so on in the process of putting together a breathtaking couture collection. Her collection is mainly about ‘Surkh laal rang’ and ‘Dulhan laal’ colours.
For the designer, SURKH is an expression of keeping your values in this contemporary world, where every bride wants to dress as a traditional Dulhan. It is a collection that draws its inspiration from the contemporary bride, a girl that re-conceives fashion with all that’s modern and minimalist with a traditional twist.
Reynu Taandon also says, "Thread work has been my USP, it has never changed and I keep adding elements to it." The DNA of a Reynu Taandon design lies in the embroidery and the old world charm of her work and she has kept her signature art intact in her collection.
The wedding is a traditional day and an apex in the life of the bride, keeping this in mind while drawing inspiration from the charm of majestic palaces and architecture, Reynu Taandon has used a lot of Gota, patchwork to celebrate old craftsmanship in her latest collection.
The collection will feature the traditional and timeless dream colours of the bride. From heavily embellished baby pinks, fuchsia, fuchsia reds to reds, there are classic pieces, tone-on-tone lehengas, Anarkalis, traditional Saris, Sharara and Gharara that make a statement without stealing the light off of the bride.
The collection is a mix of four ever merging yet distinct colours. They have been selected keeping in mind every part of the day and how best it will suit the bride in these wedding times, be it a morning, sundowner or an evening wedding. For Reynu Taandon, this season is all about taking a leap into clashing kaleidoscopes of colour wherein every colour has its own inspirational factor.
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Reynu Taandon says “My entire collection this time is a complete handwoven, eco-friendly Chanderi collection with lots of light Zari work, block-printing, Gota Patti work, patchwork and Zardosi work. I want my brides to look elegant and maintain the old world wedding charm in a contemporary way and so, I have named my collection, SURKH.”
The background music brings back the beauty of the royals who have trodden the soil of India in the most ethereal ways. One cannot help but gasp at the magnificence of the collection, as the models walk down the palatial setup of a Rajput fort in the quintessential bridal couture designed by Taandon.
There are sharara suits with A-line kurtas that have delicate thread embroidery running intricately through the ensemble. The outlines of the palaces and forts that she has weaved with golden Gota Patti work are breathtaking inspirations that represent the old world charm of the architectural sovereigns of our land.
SURKH serves the looks for every bride-to-be, for every pre and post-wedding occasion that the brides of today have lined up for the big day.
Elements of decor like the rustic yet regal lamps and quaint candles add to the aura of the collection. Reynu Taandon’s India Couture Week 2020 showcase has surely left us wanting for more.
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