The sixth edition of BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2014 in association with AZVA at DLF Emporio, New Delhi on day 2 had an amazing start with ‘Jashn’ by designers Ashima and Leena.
Ashima Leena’s ‘Jashn’ collection
The collection depicted the story of a travelling caravan of royal indulgence. An oasis in the pale shadows, depicted through water-bodies with handpicked, floating flowers. Moorish mood tents draped in beautiful, simple muslins. Ornamental details found in lanterns, saddles, campaign furniture and delicate glass lamps. Drapes of perfume scented fabric supported with blithe bamboos, scallops bordering them going on for miles, just like the traveler himself.
The stage was masterfully done with real sand that replicated the sand dunes of the far away Arabian desserts. Live music by Gaurav Raina of Midivial Punditz, vocals by Kutle Khan who sang mystic sufi songs and Pandit Ajay Prasanna on the flute made the whole experience fabulous and God like. Super model and showstopper of the show, Ujjwala Rawat made a runway come back with a spectacular multi colored, full circled lehenga choli. She dazzled with her smile and poise.
The show was opened by Nonika Chaterjee in a pastel pink floral embroidered sharara outfit. The delicate floral embroidery and thread work on all garments added its feminine touch yet looked traditional in all dimensions. The multi colored stone work in jewel tones looked vibrant.
Celebrated history with Raghavendra Rathore’s ‘Re-incarnating Relics’
‘Re-incarnating Relics’ was a celebration of the spiritual manifestation of a melange of traditions, ushering in a new era of clothes embodying history, a rebellion of colors splashing modernism on to the austere canvas of the ramp.
The stage was step up like a palace from Rajasthan with royalty flags enchanting royal bliss. Raghavendra Rathore presented a very entertaining show not just through his spectacular designs but also through many little treats for the viewers. One such treat was the music of the show. Contrary to the stage set up the music of the show was all that jazz and pop. Instead of beautiful female models opening the show we saw gorgeous men take charge of the stage and begin the show! There was also a moment of cuteness overload when little boys dressed up in Raghavendra Rathore creation walked the ramp with the female models. The show was closed by two celebrity show stoppers-dazzling Aditi Rao Hydari who wore a classic ivory saree with a bandh gala jacket and B-town’s new face, Ali Afzal from the fame Bobby Jasoos who looked dapper in a pink and beige ensemble.
The highlight and the forerunner of the collection was the classic fluid Dhoti. The tailored classical Rathore Bandhgala and the Bandhgala Achcan were paired as a compliment to the flowing Dhoti in alchemy of silhouettes and combinations. Raghavendra Rathore pioneers in menswear and never hesitates on the saturation level of his collection’s color palette. It was a delight to see well groomed men walk the ramp in shades of popping pink, sunny orange, bright purples, navy blues, dark maroons, black, beige and gold.