Fun, vibrant colours, flirty cuts and prints all made an appearance on the runway.
India Bridal Fashion Week (IBFW) is the highest profile fashion event in India, where designers display their visionary designs of bridal couture.
With the most elite designers showcasing their work and a variety of sexy Bollywood showstoppers, the week was destined to be great.
Leading designers such as Tarun Tahilani, Adarsh Gill, JJ Valaya and Falguni & Shane Peacock all put on enchanting displays, which stretched the audience’s imaginations.
On all six days of the show, designers debuted their signature looks with the help of Bollywood beauties.
Raw fabrics, bold colours, detailed embroidery and fine jewels were expertly shown on the runway with every collection having something unexpected.
India fashion bridal week started with a grand display by visionary JJ Valaya. His collection ‘The Maharaja of Madrid’ mixed classic Indian aspects with inspiration coming from Spain. Some gowns used ruffled borders to create the matador look and add to effect of the bride walking.
Designer duo Shantu and Nikhil ended the day by showcasing a modern Indian bride in their collection ‘To Die For’. The contemporary silhouettes with detailed embroidery and rich colours on raw fabrics made for some exquisite pieces.
It could be seen that traditional prints were accompanied with bouncy skirts and cropped jackets to create an elegant traditional yet modern collection. Miss Canada, Sehar Biniaz sashayed down the runway in a beautiful French Chantilly gown.
On the second day, the floor lit up with large floating flowers dangling on every inch of the runway where models mysteriously appeared. Jyotsna Tiwari’s ‘ELOHIM’ rocked fashion week with her collection inspired by the fun and festivities associated with weddings.
Fun, vibrant colours, flirty cuts and prints all made an appearance on the runway. The desired ‘princess dress’ were given a makeover with a peplum style top and a tailored skirt with embroidery and tight trousers to match added a modern twist to traditional prints. This collection was perfect for those brides who want a modern look with a pinch of culture.
Jacqueline Fernandez was the star of the show as she graced the runway wearing a strapless hot pink gown with detailed embroidery on the skirt and a flirty slit down the middle to reveal black-cropped trousers with pink fringing. This modern style prom dress was flirty and colourful but still had the spirit of India.
‘The Mughal Bride’ by Meera and Muzaffar Ali impressed with detailed couture ensembles on classic nude colours, finished with some traditional bridal bling. The traditional gold plated frocks and long kameez showed elegance and beauty and made for a crisp and clean collection.
The stars of day three were Falguni & Shane Peacock. Their collection was displayed amongst a leafy picturesque forest, where models donned floral headpieces and golden gowns. Romance and regalia were the themes for this Monaco inspired collection with soft hues and heavy embroidery, which they are known for.
Commenting on their collection for bridal week, the husband and wife duo stated: “We have worked on each piece for IBFW individually to replicate the beauty and movement of a nature in a contemporary form.”
Shimmery sarees and glamorous fur shrugs worn over laced evening gowns really evoked the high profile style the duo are used to designing.
The show stopper was Neha Dhupia, who gracefully wore a double-layered evening gown with lace and metal sheets attached to the waist and a large motif on the back that was simply stunning.
On the fourth day, designer Rohit Bal produced a regal wardrobe with cream coloured lehenga choli’s with gold embroidery and kindan jewellery. His ‘MulMul’ collection had simple yet grand designs with emphasis on the embroidery. Using royal blues and vibrant reds added to the grandeur of the collection.
The Victorian collars and corset structures were a common find on the runway, but the tie-dye sarees (from hand made fabrics) and the royal gowns were simplistically elegant.
Actress Sonam Kapoor looked great in a gold and white lehenga with a bandeau and dupatta along with matching accessories from head to toe. The plain colours worked beautifully together and the jewellery and statement embroidery complimented each other.
Suneet Varma’s collection was based on ancient Rome with traditional headpieces and lehengas embellished with crystals. Star, Chitrangada Singh said: “I feel regal. It’s a breathtaking collection.”
The shimmering red and gold lehenga Singh wore had the most beautiful detailed embroidery, it is no wonder she felt royal. Toga dresses would never be seen as bridal – until now. For a daring bride, a toga style dress can enhance your silhouette and golden embroidery, which made for an effortless look on the runway.
Another glamorous show came from Adarsh Gill, who had Esha Gupta dressed in a flowing orange and golden lehenga with crystals. Feminine glamour and fusion were displayed on the catwalk along with geometric patterns, bold colours and statement motifs.
The gold plated corsets and simple trousers, which wrapped around the models and held together with a large motif showed a strong and empowering woman who wanted something very modern yet glamorous.
Alia Bhatt walked the ramp on the last day wearing contemporary jewellery designed by the brand ‘Azva’. The fitted gold gown meshed well with the jewels, however all eyes were on the diversity of jewellery from head to toe. Showing that she is a supporter of wearing bold jewellery with modern clothing, the actress said:
“I got the chance to wear this beautiful gold jewellery that usually a girl like me who is just 20 years old doesn’t get to wear at home. I also want to add something to that bridal gold jewellery shouldn’t only be worn on the day of your wedding.”
Designer Taran Tahilani finished the show with a shimmering bold bridal look, perfectly executed by model and actress Lisa Haydon. His signature drapes and luxurious jewels evoked elegance through and through.
A net dupatta covered the bridal beauty, which gave a sense of mystery and intrigue toward the showstopper. The very detailed all white and silver crystal with elements of purple in the lehenga, paired with simple jewellary created a simplistic yet stunning bridal look.
Designers who took part in 2013’s India Bridal Fashion Week did not disappoint with their collections. From grand and traditional designs to simple sarees, a bride has never had so much choice. Let’s not forget the grooms also, who had options from bold coats to asymmetrical cuts on sherwanis.
Overall this year’s fashion week started and ended with a high and all collections will be remembered for their fabulous designs. Beautiful Bollywood stars helped to make the designers ensembles come to life and created a high standard from start to finish.
With the bar being set so high, designers will have to work extra hard for India Bridal Fashion Week 2014!