By Smita Singh
Photography: Courtesy IBFW
Known as one of the Big 4 fashion events in India, India Bridal Fashion Week (AVIBFW) that concluded in Mumbai two days ago was the place, where the latest in bridal couture was forecast...
Held from Nov 29- Dec 4, 2013, one could see a royal bride, gothic bride, Awadhi bride, a free-spirited bride and more... sashay down the ramp as top fashion gurus like JJ Valaya, Tarun Tahiliani, Raghavendra Rathore, Shantanu and Nikhil, Falguni and Shane Peacock, Rohit Bal, Ashima Leena, Meera and Muzaffar Ali, Neeta Lulla, Jyotsana Tiwari, Gaurav Gupta and Pallavi Jaikishan showcased their interpretation of bridal couture that maketh the modern-day bride.
|Pallavi Jaikishan Collection @AVIBFW 2013|
Amongst a melange of styles and drapes, IAnD identifies three emerging trends:
|Rohit Bal Collection @AVIBFW 2013|
Contemporary Silhouettes: Designers like Rohit Bal had Elizabethan collars over jackets and lehenga tops, giving a very gothic feel to the garment; while Shantanu and Nikhil, Raghavendra Rathore, Gaurav Gupta and JJ Valaya had Grecian vive style gowns.
|Shantanu and Nikhil Collection @AVIBFW 2013|
Concept saris and lehengas: Shantanu and Nikhil also showcased sari drapes as a fashion concept. Pre-draped, easy to wear and contemporary concept saris were a popular choice with designers. Pallavi Jaikishan showcased lehenga dresses and lehenga saris in her trademark floral indulgence. While Gaurav Gupta’s collection called ‘Lightfall’ displayed his avant-garde fare, replete with sari gowns and lehenga combos.
|Falguni and Shane Peacock Collection @AVIBFW 2013|
|Tarun Tahaliani Collection @AVIBFW 2013|
Structured Jackets: The conventional drape of flowing saris and lehengas in the collection of JJ Valaya, Raghavendra Rathore, Ashima Leena, Rohit Bal were teamed with an incredible array of cropped and closed jackets and waistcoats that gave a new, chic twist to the flowing yards of fabric.
|JJ Valaya Collection @AVIBFW 2013|
The men were not forgotten; interestingly designers focussed on layered angrakhas, dhoti styled lowers created with Kanjivaram saris with fine detailing as part of their collection in lots of whites, off whites, gold, silver, beige and champagne. The classic bandhgala was given an update with a jersey stole.
Overall, the collections sought an unmistakable oomph factor; perhaps a cue from societal goings-on; neither too coy, nor brazen; just perfectly sexy demure, confident and very aware of their sexuality.