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Hindustan Times
New Delhi, July 24, 2013
As the crowd indulged in an open bar and stylish conversations, waiting to get a glimpse of the opulent stage at JJ Valaya’s show at the Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week 2013 in association with Azva, the excitement at The Grand hotel’s VIP area seemed palpable. Inspite of the delay, the frowers and even those who stood on tip-toe to witness the regalia, burst into cheer when they saw the designs take stage. Sponsor for the opening show, Kapil Aggarwal, MD, AMR Group, said: “We feel honoured to be associated with JJ Valaya — a name of repute in the fashion domain, who has that flair of seamlessly blending contemporary with the traditional.”

The second show by designer duo Shantanu and Nikhil was full of surprises, as they donned the bride in cocktailwear. “Made for our muse — a bride who is modern, fashion forward and knows what she wants,” said Nikhil Mehra, when we spoke to him post-show.

Also present was Vivek Kumar, CEO, Aamby Valley City and Hotel Sahara Star. “We were overwhelmed with the response we got for the announcement of IBFW. And now, we will dazzle the audience during the extravaganza,” he said.

JJ Valaya
Amalgamation of striking elements — from bold florals to soft ombres, art deco and duo-toned v-prints
The bejewelled headgear and studded headbands mixed Indian and Spanish style influences
Other features included bolero jackets, deep toned baroque, paisley prints and sherwanis studded with tassels
While to some it may seem that there was too much going on in the collection, we liked Valaya’s avant garde detailing, exquisite embroidery and impeccable styling

Shantanu & Nikhil
Ruffles, Chantilly lace and flouncy
lehengas gave a luxurious Renaissance era feel to the collection
Anarkalis, bundcollared jackets that doubled as blouses, and dhoti pants added the ethic twist
Luxurious gold filigree baroque elements and earthy hues reflected the sensibilities of a modern bride
We liked the lovely Victorian influences, but we wish the hemlines towards the end were better defined