The realm of Indian couture resonated with a symphony of artistry, craftsmanship, and cultural fusion as globally acclaimed designers Falguni Shane Peacock opened the 16th edition of FDCI’s Hyundai India Couture Week 2023, in collaboration with Reliance Brands. The grand unveiling of their collection, ‘Renaissance Reverie,’ was a celebration of the Renaissance period’s timeless allure, seamlessly interwoven with the opulence of Indian heritage.
The collection was fuelled by the transformative power of travel, which Falguni Shane Peacock drew inspiration from, along with their visits to the numerous museums, art galleries, vintage stores, and antique shops. It is within these realms that they were inspired by the art and timeless treasures, therefore laying the foundation for their couture collection.
Bollywood star Kiara Advani graced the ramp as the showstopper, personifying a Barbie-core charm in a plush pink ensemble. The intricately adorned skirt, embellished with a shimmering array of sequins, beads, and crystals, resonated with the essence of the Renaissance. Acrylic flowers in the same hue added a touch of elegance, perfectly complemented by a bralette-style top featuring a plunging neckline and delicate tassels.
The couture edit by Falguni Shane Peacock attests their love for art, almost reflecting the colours found in artistic masterpieces and the rich influences of embroidery textures. This unique fusion captures the essence of the Renaissance era while paying homage to the artistic mastery of Indian influences. Each garment, meticulously handcrafted by skilled artisans, showcases the grandeur of the Renaissance entwined with the richness of Indian heritage.
The collection invites art, culture and textile connoisseurs on a journey, where a kaleidoscope of colours inspired by the Renaissance art narrates beautiful stories. From luscious strawberry yogurt and Acapulco sand to understated elegance in Portland grey and sandshell beige, each carefully selected hue evokes emotions and creates visual masterpieces. Vibrant accents of sugar coral, primrose yellow, and purple ash add a modern twist, while Aztec brown and almandine infuse depth and allure. Delicate touches of whisper whites harmonize the palette, providing a canvas for intricate embroidery and textures to shine.
In an exceptional collaboration, renowned jeweller Renu Oberoi’s eponymous brand, Renu Oberoi Luxury Jewellery, presented a high jewellery collection that transcends time and seasons, akin to the collection ‘Renaissance Reverie.’ Each design, versatile and one-of-a-kind, embodies luxury suitable for both Western and Indian couture.
Falguni Shane Peacock took their audience to immerse themselves in a world of artistry, craftsmanship, and the magic that transpires when two cultures intertwine. Their collection stood as a homage to the Indo-Renaissance period, celebrating the beauty of cultural diversity and the rich heritage it represents.
Commenting on the collection, Falguni Shane Peacock expressed their excitement: “This year, we were extremely excited to open the 16th edition of FDCI’s Hyundai India Couture Week, in association with Reliance Brands. Our collection, ‘Renaissance Reverie,’ pays tribute to the Renaissance period and represents a harmonious fusion of rich Indian culture, techniques, and craftsmanship. We are grateful to Mr. Sunil Sethi and FDCI for their invaluable role in shaping the India Couture Week into the most coveted couture showcase in India and for having us to open the show. We’re looking forward to a great evening!”