India Bridal Fashion Week Day 5

Adarsh Gill

She took her fashion and design sensibilities to the West in the seventies, long before the Indian fashion scene revived. She retailed at some of the prestigious brands in the United States like Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel and Bonwit Teller, and introduced the renowned Solstiss lace of France to thefashionistas of India. Adarsh Gill, showcased her luxurious collection- ‘EVOLUTION- an ode to the contemporary Indian woman’ at the fourth edition of India Bridal Fashion week, in New Delhi. She has mastered the different techniques of embroidery which is evident through her collection, and is known for the incorporation of different jewel colors in her mesmerizing outfits.

A lot of embellished silver work in geometrical pattern was done on short dresses, fitted evening gowns and halter blouses which were teamed with black saris. The whole look carried by the models was very international with scrunched hair and glittery head bands on the forehead. The black shimmery dress with a criss-cross back definitely reminded one of the 70’s disco era. Modern styled outfits in sharp cuts and pencil skirts were seen teamed with jackets in her show. Adarsh Gill’s collection was truly for a woman who embraces her curves and femininity. The collection presented incorporated the clever juxtaposition of coveted Indian craftsmanship with international fabrics. The dresses and evening gowns showcased in her collection would be apt for any bride’s cocktail party and other wedding functions. It was all about bling and shimmer which was seen in the designing of short cocktail dresses, evening gowns, short and long jackets, bustier and bodices by the designer. The bridal Collection by Adarsh Gill is her way of showcasing royalty, opulence and extravagance through her immaculate sense of designing. The embellishments and embroideries are an eclectic mix of geometric patterns with floral motifs and meticulous attention has been paid to detail. A beautiful dress in lace with intricate sequined work at the waist, and a olive green gown with multiple slits at the front, teamed with a jacket and lacy stocking, certainly grabbed a lot of attention. With the use of extensive romantic floral motifs and geometric patterns, complimented by bold and vibrant colors like emerald green, royal blues, fluorescent oranges, purples and reds, she showcased her version of Indian Bridal story on the ramp. The fabrics ranged from chiffons, georgettes, lace & lame to taffeta’s and brocades. Basically, these stunning pieces were designed for the modern, confident bride who loves fusion of traditional and contemporary in her ensembles. Intricate embroideries and ornate embellishments seen on anarkalis, sarees, kurtas and dresses in her collection were truly a testament to her style of designing. The show was choreographed by Aparna Anisha Bahl and Tania Lefebvre. Esha Gupta who appeared in stunning red and gold lehenga concluded the show for Adarsh Gill.

Suneet Varma

Suneet Varma, one of India’s famed couturiers, whose designs have been featured on the International and Indian carpet, both, presented his collection- ‘The Golden Bracelet’ on day 5 of the India Bridal Fashion Week.  He is the only international designer with ‘Judith Leiber’, and Suneet Varma for Judith Leiber minaudières are now being retailed across the world. Suneet’s collection- “ The Golden bracelet’ has been inspired by the clothing and lifestyle of Pompeii and is designed in the themes of Romance, Longing and Wedding. The art and architecture, story and grandeur of Pompeii has inspired many artists, writers and architects worldwide.

With roman paintings and sculptures depicted in the backdrop, the whole set created matched the theme of Varma’s collection. The models glided the ramp like some Roman goddesses in saris draped toga style. The first sub theme- ‘Romance’ of the collection was all about jewel toned, rich devour velvet line with gold metallic prints and rich beaded tassels. Sheer blouses with impressive embroidery at back, sheer dress with printed stole and intricate gold work, draped skirts with off shoulder corsets and maroon tunics worn with appliqué, halter and razor cut embroidered blouses, and printed velvet stoles were few highlights of this part of the collection.

The second sub theme- ‘Longing’ was all about the ivory and light blue line in long silhouettes with baroque pearls as adornment. It was a delicate and very subtle collection. Suits teamed with pants, bustier with intricate gold work teamed with sari, silk knits in multi layered floor sweeping dresses, tiered skirts in georgettes with corsets and net jackets, and stylized saris as a dress teamed with sheer blouses were the eye catching aspects of this part of the collection.

One couldn’t overlook the styling and accessories which were carefully chosen for the show. Wreath inspired headgear in gold, necklaces in shapes of twigs, spiral shaped long rings, and long spiral armlets were clearly reminiscent of the bygone era. Lastly, the final sub theme- Wedding derived its inspiration from the poetic life of Pompeii. Floral appliqué saris and long dresses, metal crafted corset, anarkalis and saris in cutwork, lehenga with cutwork and frilled jacket, languid silhouettes in peaches and soft pinks, and tulle shrugs worn with lace corsets were star attractions of this part of the collection. The rushing and pleating techniques incorporated were symbolic of the long toga drapes and column dresses of that time. Indrani Das Gupta was donned in a red and gold work, can-can lehenga which was truly traditional in every aspect. The surprise of the evening was yet to come with Chitrangada Singh walking the ramp in red and gold shimmery lehenga for Suneet Varma as his show stopper. The beautiful show was choreographed by Aparna Anisha Bahl and Tania Lefebvre.


  1. gorgeous! Love it

  2. good stuff, shereen

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