Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla
The famed designer duo kick-started the Bridal Week with a collection that took us back to the shores of the ancient city of Varanasi. The show began with Sonam Kapoor in a beautiful Swarovski studded gold dress.
What followed was a beautiful showcase of craftsmanship and panache as remixed renditions of all-time favorite hindi songs played setting the mood for the vibrant collection.
Ranging from contemporary silhouettes that featured Indian artisanal techniques to ethnic silhouettes, the collection has something for everybody.
Sonam Kapoor closed the show in a stunning red and golden lehenga, lip-syncing to a rendition of ‘Love Me Like You Do’.
Designer duo Shantanu and Nikhil’s presented their Autumn/winter ’15 Bridal Collection titled ’The Mahal’ which transports us to the grandeur of the royal days of Rajasthan.
The collection, inspired by the Jodhpur’s famous Mehrangarh Fort, its grand architecture, culture and royal glamour, is young, dynamic and elegant. The silhouettes showcased were: gowns, crop tops, lehengas and leather bodices- They were strong, structured and sophisticated with a flow and fluidity to them, drawing inspiration from the royal architecture and the deserts of Rajasthan.
JJ Valaya’s Autumn/ Winter 15 collection- Bolshoi Bazaar is an Indian bridal collection with a touch of Russia. The designer derived his inspiration from Russia’s high life- jewels of the czars, the Ikats of the nomadic Russia, the Onion domes of Moscow and Russian architecture.
The collection included embellished sarees, kurtis, lehengas, jewelled capes for womenswear and suits, sherwanis and cloaks for menswear. Shades of Whites, ivory, reds, oranges and blues with hints of brown, golds and pinks dominated the runway. Faux fur details on sarees and lehengas with prints inspired from Russian architecture an including intricate embroidery, digital printing, Appliqué, also embellished jackets and shoes with faux fur accents.
The accessories played an important role in bringing the whole ‘Russian-Indian’ collection together. Russian faux fur ushanka hats and elaborate kokoshnik inspired headgear with filigree work with pearl accents designed by jewellery labels- Valliyan and Nitya Bajaj Arora which served a strong role on the runway.
Tarun Tahiliani presented his collection titled ‘Our Eclectic New world’ at India Bridal Week. Inspired by ancient India, the designer added the splendor of an olden era with contemporary fashion, the result was a beautiful collection that struck a unique balance between India then and now.
The designer went ‘back to basics’ for his new bridal collection and kept it low key. A huge step away from what he is known best for, Tarun Tahiliani’s collection had a sense of lightness and fluidity
The Silhouettes included lehengas, sarees, kurtas, jackets and dramatic corsets featuring jail work, french knots and were embellished with pearls and Swarovski crystals. The jackets were lined with charmeuse satin printed with Mughal inspired motifs. The colour palette varied from gold, ivory, red to blues, blush, cobalt and black.
Tarun Tahiliani’s long time friend and muse, Lisa Haydon graced on the ramp as a showstopper.
Gauri and Nainika
The designer duo- Gauri and Nainika presented their bridal collection in collaboration with artist Travis Bruce Black, inspired by their trip to Masai Mara.
The collection epitomizes modern femininity with gowns, short dresses, pencil skirts and peplum tops. The designers weaved a romantic tale with their collection which featured beautiful 3D petals, applique work and embroideries.
The vintage Parisian vibe flowed through the collection as models glided across the runway with flowy dresses in sheer fabrics. The show was closed with a striking white wedding gown.
Suneet Varma’s bridal collection transported us back to a grand and elegant era with a collection that was inspired by the Ottomon Empire.
The stage was set with a palatial runway complete with a grand staircase leading to the ramp, and the models glided on the stage, in an almost cinematic fashion presentation that showcased stunning attention to detail.
What made us truly fall in love with this collection was the avant garde jewelry specially designed by Suneet in collaboration with Swarovski for this collection. Each model was adorned by a special piece ranging from hathphool, bajuband, kummerband and mang tikas.