India Bridal Fashion Week Day 3

Raghavendra Rathore

Raghavendra Rathore who was keeping off the fashion weeks from the past four years, made a comeback with his exclusive bridal collection for both men and women, at the India Bridal Week, 2013 in New Delhi. His endeavour is to showcase a future bridal wear, when people will travel across a globe for a wedding, and this is exactly what was seen in his collection.

The runway looked classy and royal with five miniature fountains placed in the middle and dim lights in the backdrop. As soon as the curtains lifted, barefooted models strutted down the ramp in plain cotton sarees with a ‘ghunghat’ to mark the opening of the show. Wearing a velvet evening gown with silver embroidery, and donning a medallion pendent attached to a headband on her head, a model glided down the ramp just like a queen. Poncho like tops in digital print, satiny material and long achkan coat with intricate embroidery teamed with pants were also seen as a part of the collection. Raghavendra Rathore’s bridal wear range in this show was clearly reflecting the glory days of ‘raj’ which drew its inspiration from traditional silhouettes from across Asia. The idea was to put the focus back on redefining structure and conceive well fitted garments with fine cuts to achieve a sophisticated look. He showcased his trademark jodhpuri bundgala jackets, not only as a part of men’s collection but also was inspired by the same to present the bolero bandgala and sari bandhgala in his women’s collection.

A wide veriety of men’s wear showcased by Raghavendra Rathore included velvet coats in the hues of red and green with pocket squares, men suits in all vibrant colours like Pink, purple, navy blue, red, turquoise blue, and not to forget the silk blue suit with bandhgala with a complementing hot pink pocket square. A drift from the usual shades of grey, black, brown was clearly seen in his men’s collection. Other noteworthy aspects included hot pink sleeveless jacket in light embroidery which was teamed with a contrasting white jodhpuri pants and beautiful off whites achkans in delicate thread work and bandhgala jackets over short kurta. This collection was basically reminiscent of the finely crafted garments worn by maharajas and tweaked to give it an improvised look to target those who appreciate intricacy and workmanship. The Kurta waistcoat sets provide a classy and tasteful option for pre-wedding functions and easy going occasions. Women’s couture had displayed a fusion of cotemporary with traditional, and models strutting like goddesses in embroidered long dresses with front and side slits. Every little detail was closely thought to including the gold embroidered pointed velvet shoes in heels that added to the sophistication of the ensemble.  Model Indrani Das Gupta looked spectacular in a black bolero jacket attached to a floor sweeping evening red gown with multiple folds. Other eye catching details about his women’s collection were frilled gowns, long robe like embroidered jackets and shrugs in velvet. The show was choreographed by Asha Kochhar and Vidyun Singh. Anil Kapoor in sleeveless velvet jacket teamed with a black kurta concluded the show for the designer.

Shane & Falguni Peacock

Falguni and Shane peacock, the husband and wife designer duo, have already created stirs in the global market and have an impressive clientele which includes Madonna, Britney spears, Katy Perry, Fergie, Rihanna  just to name a few. They presented their awe-inspiring collection, Garden of Eden, which is an amalgamation of colour, textures and vivid embellishments on the Day third of the Luxurious India Bridal Week. As the title of the collection suggests, they derived their inspiration from the most natural and beautiful creations of time by travelling to Monaco, Nice and the gardens of Lake Como in Europe. The idea was to capture the beauty of the flora and the natural environment of the European gardens. 

The backdrop of the beautiful set was laden with lots of dry flowers which stood significant of their entire journey starting from inspiration to the final conceived collection. The designers took the audiences on a fairytale journey and finally to some fashion paradise with their extravagant bridal and evening gowns, full ghagras, anarkalis, farshi pyjamas, kalidaar saris teamed with bustier, halters and shrugs. “We have worked on each piece for IBFW individually to replicate the beauty and movement of a nature in a contemporary form”, commenting on their collection for Bridal Week. The show started with a model adorning a metal crafted waist corset teamed with an evening gown which was very innovatively designed for the show. Fur shrugs worn over Chantilly lace evening gowns in the hues of beige and peach simply looked spectacular.  A lot of shimmery net sarees and floor sweeping layered  net anarkalis with sheer backs were part of the subtle yet very trendy and elegant collection of Falguni and Shane Peacock. Basically, it was a play of floral motifs, vintage laces and delicate feathers amalgamated with net, chiffon and georgettes that were beautifully incorporated in the mesmerizing collection of the designer duo.  The applique work was also seen on the lehengas with 3D floral motifs. Even the big rubies and emeralds studded diamond neckpieces  donned by the models were very tastefully chosen to complement the whole look. Another part of the collection included pristine white ensemble with silver gotha work at the borders of mutli-layered anarkali and intricate delicate embroidery work.  The audience just couldn’t overlook the use of long jackets on multi-layered anarkalis in soft pastel colours like peach, green and pink. To go with the tradition of reds and pinks which are extensively used for bridal outfits, they also showcased royal red saree in velevet combined with delicate pink net. The models strutted in Chantilly lace, floor sweeping evening gowns attached with net stoles in the hues of pink, red and hot pink along with a lot of shimmer effect. As soon as subtle romantic music started playing in the background, Neha Dhupia made a grand entrance as the show stopper of the show. She gracefully carried a Chantilly lace and velvet, double layered evening gown with a crafted metal sheet attached to the waist of the outfit. It was a floor sweeping evening gown which had a big motif on the sheer back of the elegant attire.

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