Thought you had a hard time managing one dupatta? After Anju Modi’s presentation. you might have to learn how to manage two!
The evening started with Anju Modi’s preview of her collection Kashish. As the lights dimmed, one was transported from the venue to the courtyard of a royal household where every male and female exuded elegance.
The presentation was highly inspired by Persian influences, be it the architecture or the venerable poet Rumi. Paired with pale pink to rani pink, mint green ruled the runway with deep contrasting hues coming back in fashion, so bright tomato red and yellow really caught your eye. Voluminous silhouettes, shararas and the use of multiple dupattas with one outfit could just be something a bride who wants to look regal on her wedding day needs.
What followed the grand affair was a fun ride on the cruise with Monisha Jaising’s collection set against a backdrop of peppy numbers. Titled, The Sailing Bride, the collection was targeted majorly at those opting for a destination wedding, which doesn’t in anyway decrease the probability of the numbers being seen on the red carpet.
Beautiful panelled skirts, pre-draped sarees, flare pants, lehenga gowns and cigarette pants were done up in a palette that ranged from onyx, pinks, sand to earth red. Jai Sing worked with silk organza, jersey, tulle, fur, neoprene but it was the metallic velvets and chiffons that added a sensuous fluidity to her creations.
Rocking the rebel bride look was showstopper Kriti Sanon who took the runway by storm, wearing sneakers, tattoos, ganji(tank top) and a jersey lehenga. The actress gushed about the concept of a bride being able to celebrate one of the biggest days of her life in comfort while wearing a tank top. Country’s top stylist turned actress, Pernia Qureshi, who’s ready to make her debut with Muzaffar Ali’s Jaanisaar, opened the show wearing a mint green gown. Her opening act was marred by her struggle to keep her ill-fitting bustier in place.
Later in the evening, Delhibased designer Varun Bahl launched his luxury wedding design venture Auram with his favourite flower, the rose, as the running theme of the show. The grand off-site show that took place in a colonial bungalow on Sikandra Road featured rows of red roses on the edge of a long runway, with chandeliers and roses hanging overhead. The collection titled Song of the Flower featured wedding favourites like anarkalis, sari gowns and lehengas, dupattas, jackets, wide-legged pants and menswear in a mix of printed fabric, embroidery and light embellishments. The ensembles featuring gold-tinted 3D roses and pearls were a winwin while a pair of trousers with flower embroidery across it was a showstopper in its own right.
The bridal look for women was feminine and delicate on the whole while the menswear had a taste of prints ideal for day functions. After the show, Varun said: “Instead of going plain with the menswear, I had all the outfits having floral patterns because I wanted to show that even men’s clothes can have flowers on them.” Actor Randeep Hooda began the show with a poem written by the designer’s friend.