Couture sarees are exclusive, elegant, and expensive
Couture sarees conjure up images of the humble Indian ethnic garment in a slick, high fashion avatar, with only the best designers and design houses in the fashion industry daring to transform it into a work of art, with high quality embellishments, flawless craftsmanship, and intelligently thought out design touches which turn six yards of elegance into a powerhouse of fashion and beauty which is unparalleled and truly exclusive.
Among the designers in India who are best known for their excellent collections of couture sarees, the triumvirate of Varun Bahl, JJ Valaya, and Sabyasachi Mukherjee inspire sighs of appreciation from fashion followers and ethnic garment aficionados from around the world. Each designer is known for showcasing collections of the most unique couture sarees at fashion events such as the annual Lakme Fashion Week, and for their ability to sell the saree abroad as a unique, high fashion garment with international runway potential. Varun Bahl is synonymous with the Indian and international fashion scene. His attention to sheer fabric and detailing are visible through his collection of red and gold wedding sarees with boat neck blouses. He completes the look with classic style elements such as slick red makeup and sleek hairstyles, which are ideal for bridal and party occasions. JJ Valaya is a veteran on the fashion circuit and is fond of juxtaposing brocade elements with metallic embroidery. His couture sarees are being hailed as the next best thing in contemporary meets ethnic sophistication, and are ideal for the woman who enjoys heavy detailing on her saree. Sabyasachi Mukherjee is one of a few trendsetters in the fashion industry, and his couture saree collections always offer a modern-meets-retro vibe, albeit with a generous dose of retro detailing. His latest couture saree collection makes for an interesting viewing, with bows and collars inspiring the 1920’s flapper era. The draping and overall silhouette however, is unmistakably Indian, which is what makes Sabyasachi’s collection so interesting, and almost avant-garde in nature. Inspiring veteran actresses such as Sridevi who recently modeled a couture saree at a fashion event, it looks like couture sarees will take over the Bollywood fashion scene very soon as well.
Couture sarees are all about high fashion, glamour and exclusivity. Very rarely will you chance upon two couture sarees with the same design, which is why they are also not pocket-friendly, in the event that you are looking to buy a designer version. Of course it is always a good idea to keep a track of end of season sale, which sell last season’s couture sarees at half-price, thus resulting in savings and the ownership of a unique designer couture saree. An actual couture saree however will always be expensive since the craftsmanship, detailing, and fabric are exclusive and expensive, and have the inspiration and hard work of a designer that went into their creation. Inspired collections however, are widely available at major stores, and will cost only a fraction of designer saree prices, and you will be the proud owner of a one of a kind high fashion ethnic garment, which is guaranteed to turn you into a showstopper.