Victorian ball gowns, Patiala salwars and red carpet-ready dresses; Ritu Beri and Gaurav Gupta offered two starkly different collections at PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2013. Can you guess our favourite?

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Ritu Beri returned to Delhi Couture Week with a much anticipated collection, and we can’t wait see hear what you think.

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Over-the-top, bright and carnivalesque, the collection was inspired by the rituals, festivals and music of Punjab. The designer seemed confused in her vision; while inspired by the cultures of Punjab, she also states, “these are clothes to be worn by fabulous and glamorous women, the Rock n’ Roll Woman!” A mix of sari gowns, Patialia salwars, lehenghas and gowns with great eighteenth century European hoop skirts, there was no evidence of rock n’ roll influences.

“I love doing couture shows and enjoy the possibility of complete freedom of expression,” says Ritu Beri. While we love experimentation and working outside the box (see Manish Arora’s show), this collection didn’t quite work for us.

Ritu Beri’s “Punjabi Rock n’ Roll” Collection at Delhi Couture Week 2013
Ritu Beri’s “Punjabi Rock n’ Roll” Collection at Delhi Couture Week 2013
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Ritu Beri’s “Punjabi Rock n’ Roll” Collection at PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2013
Ritu Beri’s “Punjabi Rock n’ Roll” Collection at PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2013
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Gaurav Gupta

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Compared to Ritu Beri, Gaurav Gupta’s collection was a lesson in edgy restraint. The collection is much more focused on the red carpet rather than bridal wear like most shows at Delhi Couture Week. Standout pieces include the peekaboo sheer gown with black sequins (above left), a similar gown in navy with black lace (a repeat trend throughout this fashion week) and a space-age inspired gown complete with dangling beaded ear cuffs (above right). Our favourite look: Gaurav Gupta himself! Checkout the final photo in the slideshow below, he’s quite the stylish guy.

Gaurav Gupta at PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2013
Gaurav Gupta at PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2013
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Designer Gaurav Gupta with actress Kalki Koechlin
Designer Gaurav Gupta with actress Kalki Koechlin

 

Photography Courtesy: FDCI