"I was awed by its breathtaking designs. The pieces were very different and spectacular."
The most prominent designers across the country showcased their work during the fifth edition of the India International Jewellery Week (IIJW).
The event took place between July 14 and July 17, 2014, in Grand Hyatt Hotel, Mumbai.
This year’s theme was to pay tribute to the Indian woman.
The constellation of Bollywood beauties who dazzled on the runway, adorned with the delicate jewellery, were the epitome of fashion, drama and style.
The extravaganza kicked off with the collection by Gitanjali Gems. The brand presented precious pieces to adorn every bride on her special day. The intricate jewellery dazzled on the runway, presented by models wearing sarees in navy, gold and fushia.
Bollywood actresses Neha Dhupia and Ankita Shorey closed the show, wearing pink and white sarees. Both looked divine, adorned with Gitanjali’s traditional bridal jewellery.
After the catwalk, Dhupia commented: “Definitely it’s a collection that symbolizes a lot of royalty, you know, it symbolises a lot of class.
“It makes you feel far more confident and makes you feel it takes you away to a little bit of an old world, and that’s why the Nizam collection, and everything you see, is done intentionally, only keeping this beautiful jewellery in mind.”
Another Bollywood actress Ameesha Patel walked the ramp for Surya Golds, dressed in a emerald emerald and pink lehenga, teamed with a dramatic necklace, earrings and bracelets.
Later there was the collection by Farah Khan, which celebrated the beauty and delicacy of the Indian woman. All of the pieces were a symbol of fine craftsmanship and creative design. A-list celebrity Lisa Ray looked spectacular in a simple dress in peach, adorned with an oversized earring with a blue Swarovski stone.
After the event she tweeted: “Honoured to be doing the showstopper #FarahKhanFineJewellery at #IIJW tonight. Stunning designs, wonderful designer.”
Kalki Koechlin walked the ramp for Jewels by Preety, dressed in a fitted coral dress. She looked impeccably stylish, adorned with a delicate necklace and earrings, made of ruby and emeralds.
Gauhar Khan looked glamorous, when she strutted on the runway for the Indian Institute of Gems and Jewellery. She was wearing in a white dress and elegant necklace and headpiece.
Bollywood beauty Dia Mirza was the showstopper at Shobha Shringar’s collection. She dazzled on the catwalk, dressed in an orange saree, matched with traditional accessories.
Closing Day 1 was Apala. The spectacular collection featured overwhelming head pieces, necklaces, rings and bracelets. The items were inspired by the architecture in Rajistan.
The designer of the brand Sumit Sawhney commented: “My line, by combining the tribal and the royal, ventures forth into a territory that was yet to be explored. My collection captures the true essence of the two, coalescing it into a beautiful synthesis.”
Bollywood actress Sunny Leone dazzled on the ramp, adorned with Hasli with Victorian elements and gold claws. After the show, she said:
“Sumit’s jewellery has so much creativity and finesse. Apala was a break from the usual bling on stage. I was awed by its breathtaking designs. The back pieces were very different and spectacular. I absolutely loved the entire set he designed for me.”
Opening Day 2 was Aks Jewels. Models walked the ramp dressed in little black dresses to present the spectacular jewellery.
The collection was followed by Swarovski presenting their “Brides of India” collection. Each model was dressed in the bridal tradition of a specific Indian region.
Miss India Universe 2008 Simran Kaur Mundi dazzled the ramp in a diamond set from Punjab. Miss India Earth 2012 Prachi Mishra was dressed as the Maharashtrian bride; she walked the ramp in a Raani Haar in pearls and gold.
Pooja Chopra wore a gold flat trellised collar, earrings, bangles and rings in the tradition of Gujarat. Manasi Moghe was a Christian bride, she looked flawless in a white lace dress and an elegant diamond set. Actress Zarin Khan strutted on the runway dressed as a Rajasthani bride, adorned with a giant necklace.
Indian celebrity Amyra Dastur opened Dipti-Amisha’s show. She modelled in a Raani Haar choker in gold with stunning Jhumkhas and kadas. Another Bollywood beauty Raveena Tandon ended the show, dressed in emerald chains, complemented with a diamond and ruby necklace.
Ganjam presented a heritage collection, inspired by the leaves of Chestnut trees. Sagarika Ghatge dazzled on the runway, adorned with the exquisite necklace ‘Mayuratna’ designed with 15 drop shaped Zambian emeralds.
Other gorgeous showstoppers who modelled on Day 2 were Shraddha Kapoor and Divya Khosla Kumar.
Sonam Kapoor opened Rio Tinto’s ‘Nazraana’ collection dressed in an embellished white dress and elegant earrings in a four leaf clover design. Yami Gautam closed the show, displaying delicate earrings in a four leaf clover design and diamond rings.
Kriti Sanon dazzled on the catwalk for Mahabir Jewellers. She looked angelic in a strapless white gown, teamed with extravagant diamond necklace and earrings.
The Grand Finale showcased the collection of Bridhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers. Models were dressed in red sarees, complemented with spectacular necklaces, bracelets, rings and head pieces.
Parineeti Chopra closed the show, wearing an elegant black gown with gold embroidery, complemented with rich gold and pearl necklace and bracelet.
The India International Jewellery Week featured the collections of the most beloved jewellers from the country. The elegant pieces celebrated India’s rich cultural background and paid tribute to the beauty of Indian women.