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Sequins & fitted corsets at Bridal Asia

Demure gold drapes, crystal beads, sequins, fitted corsets and crushed satin ribbons dazzled the eye as traditional styles married modern designs at the Bridal Asia '07 fashion show here.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2007 12:26 IST

Demure gold drapes, crystal beads, sequins, fitted corsets and crushed satin ribbons dazzled the eye as traditional styles married modern designs at the Bridal Asia '07 fashion show here.

Day two of the 11th edition of the event at the Grand Hyatt kicked off Thursday with Riddhima Kapoor-Sahni walking the ramp for designer Suneet Verma.

The palette ranged from soft demure drapes in pinks, golds and nudes, setting a fragile tone for brides. Delicate 'aari' embroidery, crushed satin ribbons, glass beads, sequins, zardozi and crystal embellishments added shimmer to the show.

The collection also featured draped skirts in feminine folds offset with fitted corsets. The line also offered stylish lehangas (long skirts) and sleek silhouettes.

"The look for my bride is soft, demure, girlie, sexy and sensuous," Verma told IANS

Falguni and Shane Peacock's collection borrowed from traditional couture culture as rich textured fabrics like velvet, brocade, chiffons and georgettes were tailored into delicate patterns with a hint of animal prints.

There were sassy saris, stylish skirts, low-back cholis (blouses), corsets, fitted fishnet lehengas, chiffon scarves and the currently chic 'empire' waistline.

The old era was brought back with vibrant brushes of emerald green, royal blue, deep eggplant, burgundy, turquoise, gold and bronze.

"We have used animal prints in our collection that are our signature style. Also, you can find there is no use of pink in the line as we knew everyone will use it and we wanted to be different," said Falguni.

The line was also embellished with sequins, Swarovski crystals and silk flowers.

Bhairavi Jaikishan featured Indian attire as well as Indo-Western outfits like short kurtis (tops) with trousers and dupattas (stole), and trendy lehengas in vibrant colours.

"My collection is for a confident bride who has her own style statement. As offbeat is always attractive, the bride can mix and match. The line also has dresses for the bride's family members as well. The collection focuses on romance and femininity," said Jaikishan.

Jaikishan used natural fabrics like satin and silk. The technique of embroidery teamed up silk-floss embroidery with a clever use of Swarovski and sequins.

Bhairavi Jaikishan's designer mother Pallavi parted her collection into three sections. The first one was inspired by antique jewellery with 'khakha' pearl embroidery in 'leheriya' saris woven in Varanasi.

The second section has Indo-Western collection where there is prominent use of French tapes, sequins and crystals. Light jewellery with a splendid use of blue hues marked the collection.

The third section had opulent silks in auspicious colours like turmeric yellow, red, vermilion and all shades of pink.

The line also had a ghagra (voluminous skirt) collection with voluptuous embroidery. The fabrics included brocades from China and France, silks from Thailand along with traditional Indian brocades.

Funky kurtas mixed antique borders with gota (golden trim) even as regular kurtas shared the dais with kimono-style ones.

"My collection has everything to do with the bride. It is a value-for-money collection. I am participating in Bridal Asia for the first time and am pretty excited about it," said Pallavi Jaikishan.

The couture was offset by jewellery firm Amrapali's collections.

Gold glistened alongside oxidised silver jewellery, while kundan (glass) and mina (enamel) framed diamonds, pink opals, tourmalines, emeralds and semi-precious stones with chic élan.

"We have used gold and silver in our collection as the bridal line has both embroideries. The bride can match the jewellery with her clothes," said Amrapali owner Rajiv Arora.

"Our designs in this collection are inspired by old European, Victorian designs. We have used coloured stones but I think emeralds are going to be hot this season," he added.