IT'S TIME for the best in bespoke fashion as the sixth edition of the Amazon India Couture Week, presented by FDCI, begins on July 29 at the Capital's Taj Palace Hotel. For high-flying stylistas, the event is the ultimate in fashion luxury with the best of designer names coming together to showcase their design expertise. The roster is a giddy mix of couture favourites like Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Rohit Bal, Manish Malhotra and Anju Modi, apart from top designers Rahul Mishra, Gaurav Gupta, Monisha Jaising, Manav Gangwani and more. The by-invite-only fashion week is set to awe the audience with ample glitz and glamour, Bollywood showstoppers and three off-site shows. Talking about the upcoming gala, Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) president Sunil Sethi told MAIL TODAY: "The couture week is special this time because we have a mix of the most popular names in this segment along with debut designers. It's a truly Indian contingent, representing designers from New Delhi, Mumbai and as far as Kolkata." "The highlights of the shows are many. Firstly, there will be three off-site shows this time, which no other couture or bridal event has done so far. Secondly, most designers are showcasing very elaborate sets with an international style of presentation. It takes a lot of effort, guts and vision to execute this, and FDCI is supporting them wholeheartedly," he added. Asked about the showstoppers, and he earnestly replied: "The designer taking a bow for his efforts is the showstopper for me." Sources have divulged that stars like Kangana Ranaut, Lisa Haydon and Ranveer Singh are on the wishlist of the fashion fraternity and confirmations are in the offing. Apart from ensembles for women, a few designers are also catering to the guys this season, includin names like Rohit Bal, Sabyasachi, Manish Malhotra, and Rimple and Harpreet Narula. Interestingly, a few designers have nearly sold off their collections before their show has even begun. As Sethi said: "The market is perfect for couture creations. Two designers have already pre-sold their collections, and the others will have their entire collections picked up in one day from their show. People and stores will be fighting to see who will get to keep their creations because they know it will be a sure-shot sale."
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