Indian Bridal Fashion Forward
The 2013 wedding couture week was a spectacular extravaganza .
It was an opulent display of finery, grandeur and glamour. The fourth edition of Aamby Valley Indian Bridal Fashion Week, 2013, saw leading fashion designers, Bollywood celebrities and an awestruck audience come together to celebrate the best of heritage-meets-contemporary bridal designer wear.
Naturally Bollywood was out in full force with actresses from Sonam Kapoor, Kangana Ranaut and Chitrangda Singh to Neha Dhupia, Nargis Fakhri and Alia Bhatt showcasing the glittering ensembles of their favorite designers. Sri Lankan beauty Jacqueline Fernandez was brand ambassador of the glitzy event, a natural choice according to the organizers because “she truly represents the modern, fashion forward yet demure and traditional Indian bride.”
Lavish bridal splendor Valaya style
Ode to the bold, unconventional bride
Lavish splendor was the opening theme as the event kicked off in New Delhi on July 23 with JJ Valaya opening the show with his magnificent ‘The Maharaja of Madrid’ collection, a subtle jugalbandi of flamboyant Spanish art forms and regal Mughal era designs. Long, intricately carved jackets accompanied georgette saris; and bolero jackets were paired with anarkalis and skirts. The menswear collection had its own flair. Embroidered sherwanis paired and black fitted trousers, with Indian Miniature art showcased beautifully on a backdrop of red, maroon and black with subtle fringe details Meanwhile Shantanu and Nikhil’s collection that followed, was more modern, replete with white, camel and chocolate gowns and anarkalis adorned with intricate gold cut-work and embroidery. The menswear included a deep red toga-inspired kurta paired with fitted pajamas.
The day that followed belonged to the glam, bold and unconventional contemporary bride. Jyotsna Tiwari’s collection showed her penchant for silk, great cuts and minimal embroidery. She displayed fitted bodices that flared into flowing silk trains, one-shoulder ponchos with lehengas and peplum blouses; and asymmetrical tunics with cigarette pants. Meera and Muzaffar Ali’s ‘The Pearl of the Orient’ Mughal collection used a white, beige and nude color palette of velvet, chiffon and brocade anarkalis and shararas accessorized with kundan and pearls. Another outstanding collection was presented by Rina Dhaka whose brides wore a unique fusion of brightly hued mirror, appliqué and patchwork bustiers, anarkalis, shararas and saris in georgette and tulle.
The shy yet passionate bride
The Kashmiri flavor with Rohit Bal
On Day Three it was the turn of the shy yet passionate peacock bride with Falguni and Shane Peacock presenting their collection of avant garde yet pleasing bridal collection in hues that range from pistachio, coral and ivory to burgundy, black and gold. Set on a backdrop of georgette, chiffon and tulle and embellished with embroidery and precious stones, the collection was titled ‘Garden of Eden’. On the other hand, Raghavendra Rathore’s collection was bold, with embroidered blazers and bandhgalas (for men) and flowing ghagras and gowns paired with silk jodhpurs (for women). In a refreshing change from the usual darks, Rathore’s menswear was in happy shades of pink, purple, navy, turquoise and red.
Day Four belonged to the golden boy of haute couture Rohit Bal. His ‘Mulmul’ collection, showcased by none other than the vivacious Sonam Kapuur, was an interesting mélange of pristine muslin simplicity with luxurious velvet grandeur. He focused on showing off antique Kashmiri embroidery on muslin, chanderi and voiles tinted in jewel tones of royal blue and regal red and contrasted with ivory muslin. Victorian collars, structured corsets, gowns, achkans, bandhgalas, angarkhas and saris dominated his collection. Actress Nargis Fakhri turned muse for designer duo Ashim and Leena, dazzling in a golden lehenga teamed with meenakari choli, hair swept back to show off an enormous maang tika.
Golden Bracelets, Longing and Weddings
Gold, the new shade for the wedding season
Chitrangada Singh was the star of designer Suneet Varma’s collection on Day Five, resplendent in a red and gold shimmery lehenga. His collection, ‘The Golden Bracelet’, was inspired by exotic Pompeii. With a luxurious backdrop of Roman paintings and sculptures, the models glided down the ramp like ancient goddesses in saris worn toga style. Draped skirts with off-shoulder corsets and maroon tunics with appliqués, halters and razor cut embroidered blouses were other highlights. The second sub theme ‘Longing’ showcased ivory and light blue ensembles in long silhouettes with baroque pearls, bustiers embellished with intricate gold work and silk knits in multi-layered floor-sweeping dresses. The third and last sub theme, ‘Wedding’ showcased floral appliqué saris, metal crafted corsets, anarkalis and lehengas with cutwork and flowing silhouettes in peaches and soft pinks.
Tarun Tahiliani brought down the curtains on Day Six. His collection, divided into three sections, the ‘Gold Collection’, ‘Enchanted Forest’ and ‘Man of the Hour’, made liberal use of Indian drapes in various forms because “our age-old Indian clothes are all about draping Indian drapes.” The Gold Collection introduced gold as the new shade of the upcoming bridal season with drape gowns, saris and intricate pallus being the highlights. The Enchanted Forest section saw Tahiliani reinvent the sari with belts, capes and bustiers in tints of pink, ivory, beige and red. Meanwhile The Man of the Hour section featured draped dhotis crafted from kanjeevaram saris and teamed with intricate sherwanis and bandhgalas.
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