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I prefer to focus on couture, do fewer events: Suneet Varma

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Panaji : Fashion connoisseur Suneet Varma says he doesn’t participate at fashion weeks frequently as he likes to focus on his couture creations.

“Personally, I prefer to focus on couture and do fewer events and make them special. Therefore, I participate in couture weeks and do my stand alone shows whereby I can create everything based on the inspiration of the collection and create a spectacular event,” Varma told IANS.

Varma has been been in the fashion industry for over two decades and has showcased his collections at various fashion weeks. He is currently here to showcase his latest collection at the fourth edition of India Beach Fashion Week 2017.

He feels there are too many fashion weeks taking place in India.

“My opinion is divided. Personally, I feel there are too many fashion weeks in too many cities and they essentially become a marketing and PR plan for corporate sponsors. On the other hand, a fashion week in a two or three tier city will definitely bring about an opportunity for a young designer to realize his dreams on the runway,” he said.

He is happy how it’s creating a platform for the young design community.

Apart from showcasing his exuberant collections on the catwalk, Varma has also contributed his design for Bollywood films like “Monsoon Wedding” and “Kites”.

Asked which is easier — designing for films or for the ramp, Varma told IANS: “Whatever I do — whether it’s designing for movies, runway shows or design collaborations with Arttdinox, BMW, Swarovski or Judith Leiber — I like to be able to challenge myself and upgrade my game.

“This would mean looking at new and interesting ideas and innovations and keeping up with the changing technology.”

The designer each project throws new challenges and he thrives on learnings from each.

Varma, who is here with his husband Rahul Arora, said his new line is drawn from several western inspirations, including the Hollywood glamour, the sensational Studio 54 music and the very essence of youthful dressing.

The collection, which features 32 ensembles, sees a range of gowns — from formal evening shapes to light, flirty dresses in shaded chiffons and light weight silk organza. The structured gowns are voluminous and made in silk taffeta and knits to create asymmetrical drapes that are close to the body.

Asked if he sees any growth in the popularity of beach and resort wear in the country?

“Most certainly there is a definite shift in how people dress at resort holidays and resort weddings. More often than not, the beach destinations are tropical in climate, cool and breezy. The clothes and styling has to be as relaxed as the ambience,” he said.

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Budget Session of UP to begin from Feb 16

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Chaired by CM Yogi Adityanath, Cabinet decided to begin The Budget session of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly from February 16. The Assembly session would be significant as the upcoming budget with the Assembly elections in the state due early next year.

The Cabinet also cleared the draft of Uttar Pradesh State Sports University Bill-2021, which will be placed in the Assembly in the Budget Session. 

Besides that, they will be clearing the Uttar Pradesh Data Centre Policy to give incentives to private companies to set up of data center parks and units in the state. The government spokesperson said that these incentives and concessions would be given in purchase of land, stamp duty etc. with extra incentives for those who would invest in Bundelkhand and Purvanchal regions of the state which would promote setting up of at least three Data Centre Parks in the state and 10 data center units.

The Cabinet not only manifested the proposal for allowing expansion of Jewar International Airport near Noida to five runways in a phased manner but also approved the proposal of estimated expenditure of Rs 426 crore for upgrading existing airstrip in Ayodhya district to an airport.

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