The word "couture" is often taken synonymously with "bridalwear" in the Indian fashion industry, since that's a good place to focus all that intense design process, handiwork and artisanship to garner the greatest impression from a designer's audience. Varun Bahl moved away from that mindset and included several party-ready pieces and even threw in a pair of trousers with beading around them hemline. He started out with black, a colour clearly not aimed at the wedding industry, but clearly focused on buyers for black tie events and elegant evening wear. I especially liked the grey and black beaded top with a velvet coat and black palazzo pants from this portion of the show.
When he did bring out the bridal wear, it was in shades of rust, ochre, chartreuse, blue-grey and ultramarine. A more sophisticate palette choice. Motifs included scrolls in gota kaam, sequins, and velvet burnout. The only thing I hated about this collection was the prevalence of bras. A lot of the outfits seemed to be styled to show the bra-style top, either on top of an embroidered choli, or underneath a lycra chiffon one, or even on it's own. That look is just trashy to me, and I don't think it is something anyone can or should be pulling off.