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Iram Mirza
Monday , July 25, 2011 at 16 : 30

It happened in Portobello


It was a lazy Sunday afternoon when the protagonist of this story walked languidly past the pastel fronted terraces of Notting Hill strolling into the miles of sartorial past that lay ahead.

London's Portobello market was on this young man's mind along with roving out the prized vintage selection lined up in those 2000 tightly squeezed vintage shops along the stretch.

So was the thought of his next collection. A spark of inspiration in the market heaving with camera laden tourists? Unlikely, you would say. But designer Varun Bahl has his own godly ways. You never know when the inspiration strikes. And you never question it.

The moment of Truth finally arrived. His eager eye spotted a vintage pick - an old vintage book documenting the history of French Royalty titled ' Very Vintage' lying in the heap of meagre pickings.

The market that inspired the fashion giants like Paul Smith did manage to live up to its' trash and treasure' hype.

A few flips through the book, the inspiration germinated and a collection later, satisfaction found its way into his voice as he beams with delight and says that this bond is going to last for a while and would be reflected in various sequels...

It's just hours before his couture collection is to be unveiled on the ramp in the brand new edition of India Couture week and designer Varun Bahl is deeply consumed in the last minute frenzy.

Lying alongside are the reference pictures - Marie Antionette gleams at me through her luxurious outfit, the hints of lace and the French's scallop mark their presence on the mood-board.

After dabbling into the rich Elizabethan era, exploring the quirks of Japanese culture and diving into the Russian influences in his past collections, our man has found his new muse - the extravagance of French royalty - Marie Antoinette, House of Versailles and French Damask Motifs are waiting to be married to the Indian sensibility.

And I am waiting with baited breath for the French grandeur to unfold on the ramp.


More about Iram Mirza

Having reported on fashion for five years as a principal fashion correspondent for a premier television network of India, Iram has always attempted to cut through the fashion jargon in an effort to simplify it!