India Bridal Fashion Week Day 6


The World Gold Council has launched AZVA bridal Jewellery, derived from Sanskrit work ‘ashvaa’, it is symbolic of seven vows in Indian marriage tradition. The innovative technique and immaculate craftsmanship is what truly defines AZVA’s bridal jewellery collection. Jewellery is something which is cohesive with weddings in India, and with wedding season just around the corner, AZVA World Gold Council showcased their scintillating and mesmerizing collection at the fourth edition of India Bridal Fashion Week. Each piece reflects the idea of seven with beautifully handcrafted seven elements such as flowers, circles and rows in 22kt gold.

The show was opened by ‘Shillong Chamber Choir’ who performed a beautiful medley, as background music, as soon as the models started sashaying on the ramp. Models in plain red evening gowns presented an extravagant and opulent gold collection. Chokers, Gulubands, Haars with intricate gold work, and jhumkas studded with rubies were part of the stunning collection. Dangling gold earrings complemented with a necklace were simply breathtaking. A lot of geometrical pattern inspired jewellery, like in spiral and circles, was beautifully juxtaposed with traditional gold designs. Immaculately designed ‘tagdis’ completed the whole bridal look when teamed with breathtaking spiral pendent attached to moti haar, armlets in gold beaded designs, and jaali work gold necklace encrusted with ruby and emerald. One couldn’t overlook the beautiful choker necklace encrusted with textured oval elements and embellished with seven sculpted paisleys which certainly reminded of the bygone era.  The opulence of the graduating seven rows haar, with two sculpted paisleys, was symbolic of the seven vows. The next collection was presented by the models in purple gowns, saris and dresses. Long danglers teamed with necklaces in ruby and gold, maatha tikka attached to a string of ruby beads, and an enchanting seven petaled flower gold pendant with beautiful enamel work were really reminiscent of our rich cultural heritage. The designs perfectly matched the whims and fancies of contemporary Indian bride, who prefers fusion of traditional with contemporary in her bridal collection. The contemporary aspect of the collection was evident from pipe like gold necklace with interesting pendent and spiral cone earrings with ruby dangling in the centre. Gold jewellery, is integral part of Indian wedding and shall always remain so, and this extravagant collection will certainly enhance the look of Indian bride. Alia Bhatt added all the glamour to the show by appearing as AZVA’s showstopper in nude colour scintillating gown with gold beaded necklace, spiral round earrings, and stunning bracelet. The beautiful show was choreographed by Marc Robinson, the Fashion Director of India Bridal Fashion week.

Tarun Tahiliani

Elegance, style, craftsmanship and impeccable quality are terms synonymous with him in every sense. He is known to incorporate traditional Indian drapes, textiles and techniques in modern contemporary form to achieve an international look in his ensembles. Tarun Tahiliani, presented his collection- Marriage, Mystic and Magic at the fourth edition of the Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week, by putting up a grand finale for this 6 day bridal extravaganza. The who’s who of the fashion fraternity and capital’s social scene were present to witness the finale of this bridal saga.

The grand set was complemented by the contemporary dance performance given by the Attakkalari group for Tarun’s show. It was a sheer elegance depicted in swift moves and sharp movements, with dancers swaying to a melodious tune on the ramp. A shimmery bustier teamed with a nude colour sari, fine tissue-like silhouettes draped with pyjamis, skimpy dresses, and long floor-grazing jackets over dresses were certainly eye catching. The contemporary collection also included a high neck long dress teamed with a stole, and culotte pants with a long tunic. The sari was completely transformed into a new avatar by teaming with a broad and intricately embroidered belt at the waist. The men’s collection was also really noteworthy with dhotis and pathanis, teamed with kurtas and sharp cut jackets.

During the show, dancers gave a sensuous performance by appearing at regular intervals and performing an interesting mix of contemporary dance with acrobatics. Vibrant floral evening gowns, soft flowy printed fabrics teamed with a floral blouse, and a green shimmery long gown with attached frills attracted a lot of attention of the audience. In all, glimpses of shimmering gold, hues of soft pastels and intricate workmanship are reminiscent of an era of charm and elegance. Tarun intended to create a couture which has an interesting melange of  traditional crafts, sparkling crystals and carats, and to finally design an extravagant, bespoke luxury for bride, groom and as well as their families. To exactly replicate that, Tarun Tahiliani presented anarkalis in the hues of pistachio and green, intricate work pyjamis, sherwanis in silk with jackets, contrasting combination of beiges and reds combined with intricate embroidery as a part of his sensuous bridal collection. When we talk of a contemporary bride, she has certain whims and fancies, and this is exactly what was conveyed through his collection. Appliqué and Swarovski saris, bell sleeves with high collared, and floral back blouses, use of multiple chains to create a yet another blouse with a sari, and long flowy anarkalis were showcased to describe the contemporary element in his collection.

Towards the end, bright red cascading gown, off-white sherwani in self thread work, heavy zari and zardosi work encrusted peach lehenga, sherwanis with a lot of heavy work, and even heavier floor sweeping royal lehengas that would remind you of a maharani of a bygone era, were simply befitting the bride and groom’s collection for this wedding season. Lisa Haydon, the show stopper for the evening closed the show in a soft pastel embroidered lehenga by the designer. The beautiful grand finale was choreographed by Aparna Anisha Bahl and Tania Lefebvre.

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