Aimed at the New Age bride, Disha Patil’s bridal and occasion wear had the ultimate luxurious appeal with timeless elegance for her “The Interpretation of Love” collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019.
Offering handcrafted elements with a vintage appeal, the ensembles were ideal for all the bridal festivities starting from the Roka to the Mehndi, Sangeet, Saat Pheras and Reception. There were elegance and classic tailoring in a palette that was partial to pastels. The embellishments were ornate, lavish and opulent with attention to extreme detail.
Inspired by Turkey, its grand architectural beauty and art, there were motifs and patterns of the Kilim or Persian rugs that were creatively woven into the garments. Along with the beauty of the Hayat Agaci, Goz, Fetter and symbols of grains, Disha worked some Ottoman architectural symmetry into the collection.
Origami drapes added glamour to the shoulders and necklines of the garments but it was the intricate detailing that was fascinating on the ensembles. The popular hues of the Bosphorus and Turkey were captured in ivory, powder blue and teal along with pretty peach. To match the bridal wear finery, Disha carefully selected pure raw and Habutai silk along with satin organza as the base of the line.
Presenting a variety of options for the lehengas, cholis and dupattas, Disha started with the traditional one with an asymmetric, long, choli and then an off-shoulder top with pants and skirt. The gown with a wrap, draped shoulder detail, petalled bodice top teamed with a wired dupatta and the one-shoulder blouse with a glittering lehenga were dramatic on the ramp.
Moving further through her collection there was origami for the lehenga, while a pre-stitched sari was cleverly embellished.
Choosing the ‘Queen’ as her show stopper – Disha brought the glamorous Kangana Ranaut on the catwalk in a powder blue lehenga dazzling with silver work and a stunning will- power choli with a one-sided, extended, shoulder drape.
Disha Patil’s collection “The Interpretation of Love” was a romantic fashion symphony that will be ideal for brides as they take their vows.
The Diya Rajvvir label created by Diya Arora and Rajvvir Arora was aimed at the bride who longs for memorable timeless wedding trousseaux. The label’s festive collection “Rosette” was all about romance that will last forever with creations that celebrate the bridal event. The brand’s distinct leitmotif was the hand-painted story, which pointed to abstract roses created on feminine, flowing, diaphanous silk organza and suiting material.
The embellishments matched the festive look of the collection as vintage beadwork highlighted the beauty of the separates. Detailing came in the form of exaggerated shapes, while the expertly constructed ensembles were the basis of the garments. Colours had to be bright and festive so the choice fell on the berry, mauve, dusty rose and blush.
While women’s ethnic wear had all the glitz and glamour with a strong emphasis on mauve and Marsala, the Indo-western silhouettes at times veered towards the western options, to enable the bride to select from myriad choices.
The appeal of the collection lay in its almost Victorian aesthetics combined with stylish fashion, though some hints of gothic romance, however, were thrown in with the billowy silhouettes when the designers unveiled surreal images. The long flowing satin skirts were teamed with bikini corsets and faux bubble sleeves, while the body-con mini heavily embroidered with roses, was topped with a sheer floor-length robe.
Making a show-stopping entry was Malaika Arora who made a grand appearance in a plunging neckline, fitted choli with giant, layered, fan sleeves and a slinky rose, embroidered marsala, high-slit long skirt.
The 3-piece set comprising shorts, jackets with balloon sleeves and bustier was ideal cocktail wear, while the plunge V-neck, long, billowy-sleeved, gown with an ornate waistband revealed pure elegance. Pantsuits, mini skirts, pleated palazzos, pussy-bow style blouses and belted tunics completed the festive look.
Large, embroidered collars looked impressive for long-sleeved gowns, while a halter jumpsuit was pleated to perfection. The trench coats were given a formal treatment making them ideal for the cocktail hours. The pleated, empire-line gown with a sheer long coat could look great on the Red Carpet. More stunners came in the form of a bodysuit with a sexy, tiered, tulle tie-up long skirt. The sari stayed in tune with the inspiration but was draped over a balloon-sleeved blouse with stunning rose embroidery.
Punit Balana ensures that the theme of his collections always revolves around glamour. For Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019 Punit’s collection called “Rabari” was an ode to textiles and amazing embroidery created by the Rabari women.
Punit’s USP for his creations has always been his exclusive block prints, organic dyes, colours, eco-friendly techniques and silhouettes. The colour card was dominated by black along with dry henna and buttercup, which will be ideal for the coming festive season of Ganapati and Diwali.
To the foot-tapping beat of two drummers, showstopper Shilpa Shetty made a rocking entrance as she swished down the ramp in a swirling, shimmering, lehenga and a dazzling mirror work halter choli, accessorised with giant latkans and a potli bag.
“I love Punit’s design sensibilities and the way he merges Indian touch with modern vibes. Really like the boho-chic vibe of the collection, especially what I wearing. It is very festive and comfortable and not fussy at all”, shared Shilpa Shetty Kundra.
“We have designed the look keeping Shilpa in mind. We have experimented with the usual festive silhouettes, giving it a very comfortable feel like the usual lehenga skirt has been cut in length making it calf length. It’s perfect for wedding functions and upcoming festivities”, shared Designer Punit Balana.
The glamourous creations would also fit into the wardrobe of the brides for the coming wedding season when the ladies shop with their entourage for the Mehndi/Sangeet as well as the biggest day of their lives.
The amazing embroidery that Punit selected was intricate Amla, mirror work and Dori work that added to the glamour of the creations.
Opening the show with the only full black, heavily, embroidered skirt and shirt, Punit moved to a black and white spaghetti strap maxi, lehengas and saris with mirror work cholis. Moving to the bright yellow look, there was Bandhani for lehengas, saris, kaftans, trapeze top with skinny pants and an eye-catching jacket teamed with a full-flared skirt and shirt.
For the henna colour card, there was the fluid printed angular dress, a delightful lehenga choli with a soft robe that ensured that the ensembles would be ideal festive favourites. Stripes and checks too made an appearance and blended beautifully with the concept of the very exciting collection on the runway. Saris were worn with stylish kurtis trimmed with giant latkans; while kalidar kurtas and shararas with empire line kurtis made fashion news.
For women who long to emphasize the stylish diva within, then the “Rabari” collection by Punit Balana will ensure that the ladies make their show-stopping entries wherever they go.