I know its been eons since the Niki Mahajan Couture show happened in Delhi..and iv been meaning to post this because some of the things in her show were just stunning ! So better late than never haan? Tell me your favourite pieces from the Niki Mahajan show ! The collection was Awadh inspired and used some of my favourite types of Indian crafts- Badla , Mukaish and Chikankari to weave a tale of the life and times of Begam Hazrat Mahal ! Neha Dhupia closed the show for Niki in a velvet jacket, but it was the opening of the show which i loved- lots of pristine whites and porcelain blues!
Bringing the grandeur, glamour and the craftsmanship from the land of the Nawabs, ace designer Niki Mahajan showcased her new couture collection at hotel Le Meridien, as she marked her return to the Couture ramp.The five segments of this collection which the show was divided into, namely- Ecru-Birth, Jewel-Adolescence, Vermilion-Wedding, Vintage-Exile, Noir-Death, each took inspiration from a different phase of the life of Begum Hazrat Mahal and intricately brought out the finer aspects of her life and journey.
I am in love with these two jacketed outfits. Gorgeous jewel tones with a rich, royal feel!
Adore this porcelain blue lehenga. Perfect for a morning wedding!
Official Note Contd:
Her collection emphasised the fine art of Badla and Mukaish and was also inspired by the Begum’s personality. In the starting of the show she used white, ivory and pastel blues to depict Hazrat’s childhood and innocence. The latter half had a more sombre mood that depicted the phase of her life when she rebelled and then was exiled. In the end she uses a lot black which also highlights the fine Badla work, the essence of her collection. Through this collection she has reinvented the art of Badla and is hoping the show will help in reviving and promoting this age old craft from Lucknow.
Niki Mahajan is known for her love for all things traditional and this collection was another tribute from her to the culture and essence of Indian artwork, especially that from the Awadh region. Having launched her label way back in 1988, Niki has come a long way in establishing herself as a designer with her own unique sense of style, one that is original and quirky. Her latest collection was seen having used over 200 different techniques of handwork and the ensembles were a beautiful and celebratory amalgamation of exotic embroideries, delicately woven rich silks and a colour palette bursting with shades of antique village paintings.
Niki, who has also been on the board of the Director of the Fashion Design Council of India for the past 6 years, makes sure to provide bridal couture a fabulous fusion of the timeless crafting and modern sensibilities.
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