At the recently concluded Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai, jewellery emerged as the strongest trend. And no, it weren’t the delicate modern pieces, but heavy, vintage ones with some in experimental shapes. Both on and off the runway, glimmering pieces were beautifully set off with designer garments. A quick check with the designers and we got to know that this season, special attention was given to this accessory.
Designer Anand Kabra’s collection had these amazing jewellery pieces from South India that complemented his couture collection. Especially designed by jewellery label Krsala, Kabra’s garment motifs were matched with the jewellery designs. Bunty Bajaj, jewellery designer for Krsala says, “I specially designed this collection. I wont be doing these pieces ever again as they are exclusive to his collection.” Kabra on the other hand insists that it is “very important to have jewellery to go with couture garments in India otherwise the look is incomplete.”
Jewellery designer Suhani Pittie from Hyderabad showed these quirky pieces like earrings made of ghungroos, mauli necklaces and zip bracelets. She says, “I do not like following any trends. My jewellery truly epitomises chaos and sharpness, urban and rural life — a bit of both the worlds.” Talking about the latest trends, Pittie says, “Nowadays, people like wearing simple garments and team it up with statement pieces, like a zipper bracelet or some fancy ghungroo earrings.” However, jewellery designer Ritu Kapoor of Idaa thanks recession for an increase in demand for jewellery. She reasons, “The statement pieces have become very important as now one can pair these pieces with one expensive dress to get a different look each time.”
Though fashionistas are spending a fortune in buying the most expensive of dresses, still there are many for whom accessorising is more important than the garments. Jewellery designer Eina Ahluwalia of Breathing Space, says, “There are some people who are very ‘accessory people.’ While shoes and bags are mostly common to everyone, jewellery is more individualistic.”