I suspect a lot of the pieces from Aashima Leena’s Raag  Rattan collection for Day 2 of PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2012 will find themselves into trousseau chests of brides to be . Its a really wearable collection with zardozi, and beaten gold work on soft muted colors- pristines whites, soft pinks and the like.  It just screams Delhi Wedding to me- you know, the society ladies in their white and gold anarkalis with the big solitaires hanging from their wrist- they are just going to lap this up and i can see why. There is a certain understated-ness to this collection while still having enough chamak dhamak to make it to the farmhouse cocktail you have to attend! I didnt go ‘WOW’ at anything, but there was nothing dissapointing about it either.

Most likely to be seen on: Guests at a Delhi Farmhouse Wedding, exclaiming ” Ohh its an Aashima Leenahhhh honey” when asked where their gorgeous white anarkali is from.



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Press Note:This collection has been aptly named ‘Raag Rattan’ by the legendary celebrated Sufi singer Zila Khan, whose melodious and meserizing voice will enthrall the audience while bringing alive the soul of this collection. As her rich, soulful music weaves magic on the fabric of silence, the designs emerge magnificient, rare and precious. Crystallizing each sparkling note into matter, these garments are dazzingly bejewelled, drawing from the same source of heritage and tradition, yet moving on into a more contemporary realm.

Starting with diaphanous whites and cremes, set off by glittering accents and beaten gold work, the silhouettes speak of new vintage, the chakdaar jama of the mughals, especially, reinterpreted as contemporary clothing. Sheer and sensous drapes combined with body jewellery as a part of the garment set the mood for beautiful tones o tourmaline, jade green and cerulean blues. Moving on the collection takes on deeper jewel tones, prominently ruby, emerald and amethyst. The body of the garment becomes more classic, more regal with long jackets, almost skimming the floor worn with very full skirts. The embroideries bring to mind the almost lost art of precious old artisanship, the jewels of erstwhile maharajas making a scintillating style statement as embellishments. The same craftsmanship is echoed in the specially created shoes, modern wedges encrusted with diamante.

As the collection draws to a triumphant climax buoyed by the crescendo of vibrant song, the muse of the designers takes the ramp the classically elegant and eternally gorgeous Sharmila Tagore. The perfect embodiment of the rich and regal vibe of this collection which is indeed a ‘tour de force’ bringing together music, fashion and beauty in perfect and joyful harmony.

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