Designer duo Pankaj & Nidhi debut at ICW 2019

New Delhi: Couture debutants Pankaj and Nidhi showcased their maiden couture collection on the third day of the FDCI India Couture Week (ICW) 2019 on Wednesday. Bollywood actress Aditi Rao Hydari walked the ramp as showstopper for them.

A magnification of their pret line which they have been doing for 13 years now, Pankaj and Nidhi presented the exquisite ensemble titled “Mosaiq”, inspired by the mosaic art — a technique used in decorative architecture.

The ensemble consisted of wearable silhouettes — long evening gowns with plunging necklines, corset blouses and skirts with pockets, cape and ruffle sleeve gowns, all in an iridescent colour palette ranging from grey, gold, silver, yellow and blue.

The designers have given texture to the surface embellishment by amalgamating various designs and patterns, combining lots of elements. There was use of assembled pieces of glass or ceramic, three dimensional hand-cut applique work, crystals, lattice work and quilting, rendered on in-house fabrics like satin organzas, translucent tulles, hi-gloss false leather.

“We wanted to tell something new with couture. we wanted to stick to our graphic, modern sensibility and offer a new kind of couture to the Indian as well as global market. Our first couture collection is a light, wearable, sophisticated and elaborate,” Nidhi told reporters here.

Speaking about her association with Pankaj and Nidhi, Aditi said: “I feel thrilled to turn the showstopper for them as it was their first couture collection. Also I really like their aesthetic. Every piece is a standalone piece. Anyone who is looking for something to wear on a special day – which us ultimately is about music and dance at the end of the day – the collection is for them as it’s very light weight and looks cool.”