Just recently, the crème de la crème of the fashion fraternity descended in Delhi for Amazon India Couture Week 2015 (read: 29th July – 2nd August). Some of the country’s best couturiers showcased their bridal wear—from cocktail gowns to fusion ethnic wear—proving, once again, that beautiful excess is here to stay. Whether it was Persian folklore, boho-luxe or floral motifs; each and every show was a pure visual feast! We round up the designers who set the stage on fire.
When the king of bridal wear, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, pairs up with the king of red soles, Christian Louboutin, everyone hopes to catch a glimpse of the action! Sabya’s signature voluminous lehengas came with a twist—they were trimmed down to slimming, figure-skimming silhouettes. Saris made an appearance with long jackets, capes and corsets. When it came to the embroidery, the designer went all out with dense work in muted gold.
Deep red, forest green and glamorous gold—the ultimate shades for Indian brides—dominated the runway at Manish Malhotra’s show. The designer focused mostly on western couture, like enormous skirts and velvet jackets that would work for cocktail and reception parties. He added a refreshing spin to florals, presenting large motifs that were bright, colourful and funky. The show also marked the return of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan to the ramp, sizzling in a breath-taking marsala gown with splashes of gold!
Rimple and Harpreet Narula
Rimple and Harpreet Narula’s collection was an ode to the splendor and extravaganza with which Indian Maharajas led their lives. The line paid homage to regal insignia as well as fine craftsmanship in shades of ivory, beige, burnt gold, and ruby red. Consisting of gold karigari, handcrafted embroidery, and crystals embedded on capes, robes, billowy jackets, majestic cloaks and lehengas; each piece narrated the interactions of Indian royals with western influences. Showstopper Shilpa Shetty shined in a shimmery gold lehenga choli, truly making it a royal affair to remember!
Persian folklore came alive on the runway with Anju Modi’s show. Inspired by miniature paintings, Rumi’s verses, Islamic influences, and fairytales, the designer’s models were dressed in traditionally ornate wedding attire. The collection’s highlights were her voluminous lehengas worn with intricately embroidered cholis and multiple dupattas. Modi didn’t ignore the new-age woman either—the unconventional combination of contrasting hues, such as turquoise with black, mustard with blood red, or even mint green with rani pink, will be a hit among modern brides.
Varun Bahl’s classic lehengas, saree gowns and anarkalis were an aesthetic treat with their fascinating floral designs. Seen in delicate fabrics like tulle, georgette, silk, and crochet, the outfits came in hues of sensual creams, pale pinks, glossy golds, reds, and blacks. The ensembles featuring gold-tinted 3D roses and pearls stole the show, while a pair of trousers with floral embroidery was the obvious showstopper!
Flora and fauna were the predominant theme at the ever-theatrical Rohit Bal’s sprawling showcase. Clusters of red, black and white roses worn around the models’ heads and necks added to the drama. Flowing lehenga skirts and structured sherwani jackets were detailed with Persian embroidery. The motifs consisted of florae, various long-tailed birds, and even elephants and camels. The best part was the flutes of champagne held by models; enhancing the celebratory mood every wedding party and Rohit Bal show carries!
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