India Bridal Fashion week Day 2

Jyotsna Tiwari

She has a vision to design modern ensembles with ideas driven from Indian culture and to have an outcome which is contemporary in nature. Jyotsana Tiwari showcased her collection- ELOHIM in the second part of the show on Day 2. She counted on her source of inspiration like colours, fun and festivities around the wedding for her collection in the India Bridal week, 2013. The idea was to present classic silhouettes amalgamated with international trends with the incorporation of fine tailoring and to present a very occasion oriented collection. She visions Indian bride as someone who is chic yet traditional and is happy to wear a light weight, fun clothing during her wedding functions. One of the noteworthy ensembles was a fitted bodice in silk and embroidered in gold with a leafy pattern at front, attached with a flowy net at the bottom, just like any princess dress. There were other too like short fitted dress with sharp cuts and traditional embroidery, and peplum beige long strapless tunic with pencil fit pants which was teamed with a traditional dupatta. The modern version of ‘Khoya Khoya Chaand’ was playing as background music. Another eye catching off-shoulder poncho like beige top over a lehenga was showcased to give an effect of  saree but in a modern style. Today’s modern and chic bride would happily carry a brocade bustier with gold work and nude coloured lehenga in soft pink embroidery. The beautiful blend of traditional craft and indo-western silhouettes with ethnic touch resulted in the creation of very modern and international outfits. Jacqueline Fernandez was the show stopper who walked the ramp in a hot pink strapless dress with slits and gold embroidery, teamed with pencil fit pants.

Rina Dhaka

Rina Dhaka is a veteran designer who has not only marked her niche in India but also has her distinct stamp in the international arena. Her clients include Naomi Campbell, Martha Marzotto, Vittorio Radice, to name a few.

“Silhouettes become smooth and precise, they add structure to the free flowing” is the philosophy behind this particular collection of Rina Dhaka showcased in India bridal week, 2013. The set was so beautifully laden with lights that it reminded of a star studded sky at night. Sophie Chaudhary opened the show donned in a beautiful mirror work bustier with an attached panel extending till her navel, teamed up with appliqué patchwork sharara. Rina Dhaka’s collection- ‘Free Spirited Bride’ was a play of textures, embroidery, opulence and style with panache. Patchwork, gotha work and traditional kamdani work ruled her collection. Neutral shades were beautifully paired with brighter hues to give a stark contrast in the outfits. Flared pants and voluminous skirts were the integral part of her collection. High collared multicoloured tops, shimmering net shararas, short anarkalis teamed with beautiful patch work churidaars, appliqué work on net were some of the highlights of her collection. An eye catching yellow net saree with beautiful gotha work and sequinned frilled border in net left many jaws dropped in the audience.  Pinks, reds, nudes, yellows with sheer shoulders were inspired by vintage monuments, jharokas and patti work. Sheer has always been her muse and this time around she beautifully experimented gold, stretch, satin, tulle and jail work to her trademark transparent churidaars to merge delicacy with comfort. Some of the noted ensembles from the collection were- nude jharoka embroidery with sharara wrinkle pants, patchwork pants with angarrakha, patchwork in panchranga, long coat in patti work, gold mokaish sari and also a sari in kamdani work. Prateik Babbar in velevet sherwani with heavy goldwork on the shoulders and Amyra in gold and nude coloured sharara concluded the show.

Meera Muzaffer Ali

Film maker, painter turned designer Muzaffar ali, together with his wife Meera presented their collection’ PEARL OF ORIENT’ inspired by the traditional craft of the region of Awadh on the day 2 of India Bridal Week. Craftsmanship reminiscent of rich cultural heritage of Awadh has been extensively incorporated in their collection. Their 20 year old, international couture brand ‘Kotwara’ represents timeless craftsmanship and constant innovation in embroidery and weaving techniques. Kotwara infuses cultures and styles from different parts of Lucknow, Kashmir, Hyderabad, Kerala, and Benga. The exotic bridal wear collection showcased masterpieces which spoke volumes about the classic yet contemporary designs by the designer duo.

The ramp was truly inspired by the nature with big lush green bushes kept at short distances on the ramp, adorned with beautiful white flowers in the background. A fusion of soothing classical music  and western beats which played in the background, sounded very apt for the collection. Four models stood at different spots on the ramp with one of them sitting gracefully on a wooden chair as the show started. The first part of the collection showcased a demure look which also at the same time looked very classy. Hues of off whites, nudes and beiges were used in Anarkalis, long jackets with mandarin necks, lehengas and shararas.  Suits in beautiful gold gota work were teamed with ankle length palazzo pants. Models adorned beautiful kundan and pearl jewellery which perfectly matched the theme of their collection. Necklaces, Chand balis in Kundan and pearls were teamed up with pristine white and dull gold ensembles. Another subtle yet classy ensemble of the evening was a suit in peach hues with intricate thread work combined with a hint of gold work which was teamed beautifully with palazzo pants. Selection of men’s wear was simple and comprised of just quilted jackets, waistcoats, mandarin collar coats or velvet quilted sherwanis in soft tones. The stand out piece in men’s collection was a quilted jacket with mandarin collar teamed up with black pants.

It was Chiffons blended with velvets and brocades, embellished with zardozi and chikan techniques which created an intrigued collage of textures and did wonders for the Meera Muzaffar Ali’s show. The palate ranges from soft pastels to vibrant hues. Every ensemble would simply mesmerize one’s senses which take you on a journey of rich traditions in both apparels and craft techniques. Every minute detail was kept in the mind by the designer while presenting their bridal collection. It was also the jewellery donned by the models in the show which was so immaculately crafted by the designer Neety Singh. She believes in crafting meticulous masterpieces of jewellery which complements the exquisite collection by Meera Muzaffar Ali, and is really Indian in nature while universal in their appeal. With soothing tune playing in the background, it was hard to not submit yourself completely to her collection. A Soft ensemble which really grabbed attention was a peplum like Chantilly lace top with purple coloured lehenga as a lining. It was showcased with beautiful gotta work sprinkled on a tulle lehenga. Wide part of the collection also comprised of shararas and lucknowi style inspired ensembles. The show was choreographed by Anu Ahuja.


  1. samtotally says:

    Gorgeous! Amazing collections

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