India Bridal Fashion Week Day 4

Ashima Leena Singh

Ashima Leena Singh, with their almost 20 years old eponymous label dedicated to the amalgamation of the periodic trends with modern times, have achieved a notable status in the fashion industry. Their traditional yet contemporary collection which is an exemplary of timeless and fine craftsmanship was showcased on the Day 4 of Ambey Valley India Bridal Fashion week (AVIBFW).  Rhea Singh, daughter of Leena is making her official debut with a bridal collection, and will be a fresh face of this legendary label. With the incorporation of Rhea’s new strategic planning skills, Ashima –Leena have focused on Mughal influenced styles and techniques for their this year’s Collection at India Bridal Fashion Week.

The show opened with a man in pristine white kurta pyjama speaking about “Delhi ki Daastan.” He beautifully told the story behind Delhi and Chandni Chowk, and spoke in length about Indian tradition, culture and Wedding.  As soon as the melodious traditional classical music in fusion with western music started playing in the background, all eyes were fixed on the ramp. Doors opened in the backdrop, and models draped in subtle dhoti style sarees in the hues of light beige, and dull gold, appeared on the ramp.  A pietra-dura motif shimmered on the shades of burnished gold and carnelian, while one couldn’t overlook the use of beautiful gota-patti work on delicately designed ensembles. Matte gold sparkled in an intricate, ornamental embellishment was very beautifully blended with long sheer jackets worn over sarees. The whole traditional classical look of the ensembles was further enhanced by models supporting the side braids as the hairstyle in sync with the traditional gold and precious stone jewellery. Dhotis were teamed with short kurtas and sheer jackets with intricate zardosi work.  Another set of the collection was in soft greens, fuschia pinks with fine gota-patti work. Sharara pants, transparent embroidered pyjamis in pietra-dura motif teamed with short anarkali were few highlights of their collection. Long jackets in paisley pattern work in the hues of red, copper and gold were teamed with a royal broach holding up the jacket in the middle, to give it an aristocratic look to the whole ensemble. A lot of experimentation was done with ‘dhoti’ as it clearly evident with the way sarees were draped dhoti style, and also teaming up of short kurtas with dhoti-pants. Their collection intended to celebrate an esoteric romance, woven in silken thread and beaten metallic gold. Taj Mahal stands as the finest example of the art and architecture of the bygone Mughal era, and by deriving their inspiration from those times, the designers aspire to reflect a poetic flow in volume, layers, and impeccable garment construction through their extravagant collection. Nargis Fakhri in royal red jacket with intricate zari work teamed with shimmery lehenga, and adorned in heavy jewellery as her headgear, concluded the show for Ashima Leena.


Rohit Bal

He is known as the ‘ India’s master of fabric and fantasy’. An ace designer who is very well known in the international circuit with his impressive clientele list  like Cindy Crawford, Pamela Anderson, Naomi Campbell and more. Rohit Bal is known to understand the psyche of his buyers so well that the fashion pundits have bestowed the title- ‘trend setter of fashion industry’ on him. He left  the audience completely spell bound with his collection- ‘The Mulmul Masquerade’ on day 4 of India Bridal Fashion Week. Sharing his excitement on IBFW he said, “I have done so many couture shows in the past, but I never showed my bridal collection on the ramp, and it’s an amazing time to showcase bridal collection.” Before we could see his extravagant collection, the way his entire set was done left so many jaws dropped in the audience. It were the lotus flower pendent lamps of varied sizes which were hanging down the ceiling, and looked so mesmerizing. The famous model, Nayanika Chatterjee opened the show wearing a Victorian gown. Victorian look hairstyle donned by the models, frilled high collared blouse teamed with a saree and a long robe like floor sweeping jackets, reminded everything about the Elizabethan era. With the collection, he intended to take the audience on a journey through centuries of Indian and Elizabethan eras of elegance and opulence. Models sashayed down the ramp in long gowns and with extensive use of muslin in the creation of those Victorian collars, it made everything look so royal.  From simplicity of muslin to extreme grandeur of rich velvets, the collection was signifying at the rich craftsmanship of both these periods. In the men’s collection, there were dhoti pants teamed with jackets, coats over kurtas, long coats with slits in beautiful paisley thread work worn over long skirts and teamed with pyjamis. A lot of kashmiri embroidery work was seen on gowns worn with short velvet jackets by the models in his show. MULMUL collection was all about antique gold kasab kashmiri embroidery on muslin to shibori on fabrics like voiles and chanderi. Corsets donned by models from his collection transported the audience to the Elizabethan era, and reminded of the rich and dramatic pageantry of princesses and fairy tales. Multicolored shimmer work on velvet gowns combined with muslin skirts and Elizabethan collar looked really royal and opulent. Another part of collection which was showcased had extensive light embroidered work on long anarkalis with the use of muslin cloth in the making of such ensembles. To match the taste of Indian bride, a couple of heavy gold embroidered velvet red lehengas were also presented towards the end. The highlight of the evening was when Sonam Kapoor in beautiful muslin and paisley pattern lehenga closed the show for Rohit bal as his show stopper. The show winded with Rohit Bal and Sonam Kapoor dancing to the tunes of a bollywood number.

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