If there’s one trend you take away from PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2013, it has to be floral prints and embroidery.

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It was lotus prints and gauzy fabrics at Satya Paul’s Demi Couture show on Day 3 of PCJ Delhi Couture Week, followed by Varun Bahl’s “Flight” collection, which included a cameo by Freida Pinto.

After her glorious debut last season (how stunning was the lipstick print collection?), Masaba Gupta returned to the runway for her sophomore capsule collection as Fashion Director for Satya Paul. The demi couture collection, which was presented with polki and diamond jewelry from PC Jewellers, was an introduction to the extended line of Satya Paul couture, which will be launched later this year.

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This edited collection explores experimental silhouettes with trademark Satya Paul textile fabrications and engineered prints. Fashion Director Masaba Gupta explains, “It is a very down to earth approach to couture. It has an old world charm but is also progressive.”

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When Satya Paul named Masaba as their Fashion Director in 2012, there was an understanding that her penchant for quirky prints and draping would reinvigorate the 30 year old brand, but this demi couture collection seems too similar to her independent Masaba collection from Lakme Fashion Week Resort 2013 earlier this year. The recurring floral and monochromatic prints and layering of sheer, gauzy shirts, capes and boleros over dresses and saris at Delhi Couture Week was a repeat of silhouettes and themes from the Masaba Resort collection, which begs the question: is the designer suffering from design fatigue? Let us know what you think.

Satya Paul Demi Couture Fall 2013
Satya Paul Demi Couture Fall 2013
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Satya Paul Fashion Director Masaba Gupta takes a bow
Satya Paul Fashion Director Masaba Gupta takes a bow
Satya Paul Demi Couture Fall 2013
Satya Paul Demi Couture Fall 2013
Actor Arjun Kapoor, Masaba Gupta and Anil Kapoor (far right)
Actor Arjun Kapoor, Masaba Gupta and Anil Kapoor (far right)
Behind the scenes at the Satya Paul Demi Couture Collection
Behind the scenes at the Satya Paul Demi Couture Collection
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Varun Bahl’s “Flight”

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Recurring bird motifs, floral prints and floral embroidery weaved their way through this collection of sari gowns, lehenghas and anarkalis. The collection was elegant and on trend with the use of lace and flower motifs, but there weren’t any standout pieces that made us say, wow! That said, there are some very pretty anarkalis in the bunch, and we like the use of colours like dust pink, pistachio, butter yellow, fuchsia, ochre and Varun Bahl’s favourite, black.

Varun Bahl Couture Fall 2013
Varun Bahl Couture Fall 2013
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Freida Pinto (right) with the Varun Bahl show presenter, Audi
Freida Pinto (right) with the Varun Bahl show presenter, Audi

More from PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2013:
Day 1: Sabyasachi and Anju Modi
Day 2: Anamika Khanna and Monisha Jaising
Exclusive Interview with Manish Malhotra

Photography Courtesy: FDCI and Genesis Colors