Suneet Verma pays tribute to fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez

Updated: Jul 25, 2010, 18:18 PM IST

New Delhi: Fashion designer Suneet Verma paid a dazzling tribute to legendary Antonio Lopez with his collection,`Tales From the Thousand and One Nights` at the ongoing Delhi couture week.

The opening scene in his show last night saw a boat sailing, derived from the inspirational work of Lopez, a fashion illustrator, who has had a major influence on Verma.

"As a young illustrator when I taught at NIFT, I drew a lot of inspiration from him, which has piles of couture. His book sees a pirate travelling the world. So my collection has a little bit of Arab influence with a western touch," Verma told PTI.

The designer has always showed a penchant towards art. Two years back his interpretation of Shakespeare`s `A Midsummer Night`s Dream` in Mumbai had won him accolades from all quarters.

In his latest collection for women, Verma had materials like Georgette, net, crushed cotton, stretched satin, Zardozi and Swarovski elements with silk and velvet drapes with colours like baize, pink, maroon and shades of blue, in the clothes.

"The top end of the designers do couture in India. I have no desire to compete with International brands like Zara and Mango because I cannot do that. But they can`t capture the Indian couture market, I would rather celebrate that," said Verma.

"The collection was totally Suneet and the drapes were so nicely done. The idea of using a turban, which was conceived by him for the first time ever complemented the attire. It was amazing," said designer Manav Gangwani after the show.

Prior to Verma`s show, designer Varun Bahl showcased his collection titled `Anastasia Found`, a tribute to the enigmatic, flamboyant mystique of Imperial Russia with fabrics encrusted with Swarovski elements overlaid with net offset ethereal, glided drapes.