Even with its unlucky start, the HDIL Couture Week is back on track, showcasing some of India’s best-known jewellery designers. But one of the major brands that lost out due to the cancellation of the Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla show is Forevermark diamond jewellery that was to accessorise the duo’s collection.
Jewellery designer Alisa Moussaieff had created a 200-carat solitaire necklace with a 50-carat pear-shaped centre for Shweta Bachchan, who was to walk the ramp.
The team had also specially flown down the diamond sautoir necklace that was worn by Nicole Kidman at the 2008 Academy Awards. Created by American designer L’Wren Scott, the necklace consists of 7,645 rough and polished diamonds and took 6,200 hours to handcraft.
The necklace will now be displayed at the HDIL lounge.
The Forevermark team dismisses any rumours of bad blood between the designers and them. “We will continue to work with Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla as the fallout was not related to us.” While it’s unusual to begin a fashion week with a jewellery line-up, Sunil Sethi, FDCI president, assures that the couture ornaments will be accompanied by garments designed specially for the show.