Views from Brides by P&B:
Rina Dhaka’s collection used generous doses of phulkari and applique work, but somehow ended up looking less like a cohesive collection and more like some ideas put together in a show. While the mango colored sharara pant with pink top as well as the hot pink pallazo with the orange kurta stood out as a fun, modern use of phulkari, the rest of the collection seemed out of sorts. The silhouettes were definitely unique but the patchwork looked a bit dated, and untidy . Jyotsna Tiwari on the other hand presented a collection that was more ‘beach ‘than ‘bridal’ and if its a youngsters event dress that you are after then that hot pink floor length gown with gold work would look smashing! Apart from that her collection consisted of electric colors in form fitted, short dresses- quite a fun collection to watch with the pops of color on the runway.
Rina Dhaka for Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week 2013
Rina Dhaka is a veteran designer who has not only marked her niche in India but also has her distinct stamp in the international arena. Her clients include Naomi Campbell, Martha Marzotto, Vittorio Radice, to name a few.
“Silhouettes become smooth and precise, they add structure to the free flowing” is the philosophy behind this particular collection of Rina Dhaka showcased in India bridal week, 2013. The set was so beautifully laden with lights that it reminded of a star studded sky at night. Sophie Chaudhary opened the show donned in a beautiful mirror work bustier with an attached panel extending till her navel, teamed up with appliqué patchwork sharara. Rina Dhaka’s collection- ‘Free Spirited Bride’ was a play of textures, embroidery, opulence and style with panache. Patchwork, gotha work and traditional kamdani work ruled her collection. Neutral shades were beautifully paired with brighter hues to give a stark contrast in the outfits. Flared pants and voluminous skirts were the integral part of her collection. High collared multicoloured tops, shimmering net shararas, short anarkalis teamed with beautiful patch work churidaars, appliqué work on net were some of the highlights of her collection. An eye catching yellow net saree with beautiful gotha work and sequinned frilled border in net left many jaws dropped in the audience. Pinks, reds, nudes, yellows with sheer shoulders were inspired by vintage monuments, jharokas and patti work. Sheer has always been her muse and this time around she beautifully experimented gold, stretch, satin, tulle and jail work to her trademark transparent churidaars to merge delicacy with comfort. Some of the noted ensembles from the collection were- nude jharoka embroidery with sharara wrinkle pants, patchwork pants with angarrakha, patchwork in panchranga, long coat in patti work, gold mokaish sari and also a sari in kamdani work. Prateik Babbar in velevet sherwani with heavy goldwork on the shoulders and Amyra in gold and nude coloured sharara concluded the show.
Jyotsna Tiwari for Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week 2013
She has a vision to design modern ensembles with ideas driven from Indian culture and to have an outcome which is contemporary in nature. Jyotsana Tiwari showcased her collection- ELOHIM in the second part of the show on Day 2. She counted on her source of inspiration like colours, fun and festivities around the wedding for her collection in the India Bridal week, 2013. The idea was to present classic silhouettes amalgamated with international trends with the incorporation of fine tailoring and to present a very occasion oriented collection. She visions Indian bride as someone who is chic yet traditional and is happy to wear a light weight, fun clothing during her wedding functions. One of the noteworthy ensembles was a fitted bodice in silk and embroidered in gold with a leafy pattern at front, attached with a flowy net at the bottom, just like any princess dress. There were other too like short fitted dress with sharp cuts and traditional embroidery, and peplum beige long strapless tunic with pencil fit pants which was teamed with a traditional dupatta. The modern version of ‘Khoya Khoya Chaand’ was playing as background music. Another eye catching off-shoulder poncho like beige top over a lehenga was showcased to give an effect of saree but in a modern style. Today’s modern and chic bride would happily carry a brocade bustier with gold work and nude coloured lehenga in soft pink embroidery. The beautiful blend of traditional craft and indo-western silhouettes with ethnic touch resulted in the creation of very modern and international outfits. Jacqueline Fernandez was the show stopper who walked the ramp in a hot pink strapless dress with slits and gold embroidery, teamed with pencil fit pants.
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