Gold and silver embroidery, pearl sequins and mirror work shimmered on a breathtaking array of saris, lehangas, and churidar kurtas as models sashayed down the ramp showcasing traditional designs and modern lines at the Bridal Asia '07 here.
The 11th edition of Bridal Asia '07 kicked off at The Grand Hyatt with a ramp show of trousseau creations by four leading designers - Surily Goel, Malini Ramani, Rina Dhaka and Pakistani Label Karma. Models Anupama Verma, Lakshmi Rao, Nolana D' Mello and Vidisha Pavata were among those who showcased the dresses.
Designer Surily Goel's collection featured a cocktail and a bridal wear line. She restricted the palette to pinks, oranges and lemons and even nude-base embellished with pearl sequins.
A special embroidery of Indore with gold and silver threads, crochet and mirror work was used to maximum effect on shaded georgettes.
|A model presents a dress at the Bridal Asia fashion show in New Delhi|
Photo: Mustafa Quraishi (AP)
The line featured saris, knee-length skirts - both flared and straight fits - loose, long blouses like corsets and traditional cholis (blouses) with embroidery on the waistband.
"Gone are the days when a bride just required saris for her trousseau, the modern day bride wants a balance between Western and traditional apparel.
My line encompasses outfits for all occasions that she may require to attend, be it a party, cocktail or sangeet," said Surily.
Designer Malini Ramani's collection, called "Jet-Set Bride", was crafted for those with perfectly contoured bodies who wouldn't mind baring a little.
"In today's glamorous world, weddings have crossed all boundaries. There are no rules any more. The bolder the better! Every bride wants to live out her fantasy on the most important day of her life," said Malini.
Malini created a four-tier story in her collection, with one line for a Bollywood-type 'sangeet' (musical evening), which moved to a tropical beach party, then to a Rajasthani 'mehndi' and finally ended with a Roman wedding.
Her flashy lehanga-cholis were embellished with beads and bright silk and brocade work. For the tropical beach party, the line featured saris with floral designs and kurtas in pale pinks and lavender - all in chiffon.
For the 'mehndi', she used a lot of mirror work and block printing on chiffon and silk. The Roman wedding had evening gowns, lehanga-cholis and kurtas in shades of gold.
Pakistani designer couple Kamyar and Maheen, owners of label Karma, showcased a collection that featured the Europe and Asia era of 1930's. The line focused on embellishments and smooth surfaces. It also featured their signature label Décor/rage and Navratna.
"We have named it 'Full Circle' as it starts with shades of cream and black, moves on to bright colours and ends on creams and black again. So the circle is complete," said Kamyar.
The designer duo used metallic threads, crystals, sequins, zardozi, dabka and pearl work on georgette, silk and chiffon trousseau of gararas and shararas.
A treat for the eye, Rina Dhaka's collection featured the ornate look of 60s. The collection had saris, lehangas and kurtas and long and knee-length churidars of stretchable material.
Rina's line marks the comeback of lace, velvet and fur.
"Indian embroidery is used by all the designers. The big difference in my collection is how I have used it. The silhouettes are lightweight and comfortable so that my customer doesn't die of rashes," said Rina.
Amrapali jewellery, which adorned Surily Goel and Rina Dhaka's collection, was inspired by the Victorian era.
The collection offered yellow gold and oxidized silver jewellery. There was also Kundan mina and silver jewellery combined with diamonds, pink opal, tourmalines, emeralds and other coloured stones.
"We have used both yellow gold and silver in our collection. Hence the bride can match the jewellery with her clothes. Our designs in this collection are inspired by Victorian designs. We have used coloured stones but I think emeralds are going to be hot this season," said Rajiv Arora of Amrapali.