Designers Ashima and Leena Singh,need little mention of their strengths. Their almost 20 years old rock-solid label has been truly dedicated to the amalgamation of the periodic trends with modern times and has achieved applause from all across.
This time around, the breeze of fresh air was bought in by Rhea Singh, daughter of Leena who made her official debut with the bridal collection, she will be a newest face of this legendary label. With the incorporation of Rhea’s new strategic planning skills, Ashima –Leena focused on Mughal influenced styles and techniques for their collection.
The whole traditional-classical look of the ensembles was further enhanced by side-braids which the models flaunted. The collection showed Dhotis which 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.
Nargis Fakhri in royal red jacket with intricate zari work and shimmery lehenga concluded the show on high for them.
A special whistle since my childhood friend, Heena Bhalla added much charisma by walking the ramp for them 😉
Nargis Fakhri for Ashima Leena
Nargis Fakhri with Ashima Leena
For many who missed Raghavendra Rathore’s creations on the ramp would have rejoiced as he made a comeback after four long years. His work this time around reflected quite a futuristic approach as he showcased future bridal wear highlighting the concept of people traveling across the globe for a wedding.
When it is Raghuvendra, everything has to be royal and classy.This collection also drew its inspiration from traditional silhouettes across Asia.
When a veteran is participating, there is much buzz to see their patent styles.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.
The men’s wear was rather attractive and dapper encompassing 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. Sigh! Thank God, we saw minimum of the mundane shades of grey, black and brown .
The women’s range showed a plentiful of eye-catching details whether in frilled gowns, long robe like embroidered jackets or shrugs in velvet.
At closure, Anil Kapoor took everyone by surprise with his sleeveless velvet jacket teamed up with a black kurta.
Not wasting much time let´s just tell you that Meera Muzaffar Ali´s collection was quite impressive and impact-full. The ramp was beautifully adorned with flowers looking like a royal courtyard of Lucknow. The Kotwara collection was truly what a modern bride would want. The show began with a brigade of pretty models sashaying down the ramp in soft shades of whites, nude and beige. Kundan, pearls and large chunky balis added to the look.
Some interesting pieces were chiffon blends with velvet and brocades, embellished with zardozi and chikankari. All together it looked like a playground of textures.
The colour palette that started with nudes and whites grew to brighter hues such as pinks, reds and purples. All that accentuated with use of gota made the show a real treat to the senses and what we loved most was the contemporary and rich use of Lucknow´s chikankari work.