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Saturday, August 27, 2011

FASHION EVENT: Bridal Mantra - 2911 begins in style!

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Krithika Reddy, The Hindu / Aug 26, 2011.

Actor Shriya Saran in one of Raghavendra Rathore's creations. Photo: R. Ravindran
Actor Shriya Saran in one of Raghavendra Rathore's creations. Photo: R. Ravindran - The Hindu.

The Hindu Bridal Mantra 2011 launched with a fashion show featuring works of six top designers.

The Hindu Bridal Mantra 2011, presented by GRT Jewellers, was launched with an evening of glamour and high fashion at Sheraton Park Hotel and Towers, on Thursday. Six well-known designers from across the country displayed their creations at a fashion show choreographed by Achla Sachdev. Mowbrays Hall reflected the mood of the evening. As the spotlight was on trousseau, there was a glitzy touch to the d├ęcor. When the emcee for the evening, television fame Suchitra Pillai, took centre stage, the guests, dressed in their stylish best, settled down for a show of couture.

The opening act was by Raghavendra Rathore. The man who put Jodhpur's bandhgala on the global fashion map presented a shimmering line from his new label ‘Blue Mantra'. A highlight was his fresh take on traditional prints and motifs. Beginning with a black and gold story, he moved to richer tones that are typical of trousseau.

When we think style in six yards, the one name that instantly flashes across the mind is that of Shaina NC. The Mumbai-based designer showcased her experiments with the traditional attire. Concept saris, two-piece saris and creations with detachable borders… she created drama on the ramp with her drapes. Her palette was pastel and the fabrics she used were sheer.

Next, it was the turn of New Delhi's Anjalee and Arjun Kapoor to display their creativity. The Kapoors, whose name is synonymous with luxury, presented a well-crafted line inspired by Victorian Renaissance. ‘Vintage glamour' was their operating phrase; so naturally, the collection was full of surface detailing and tapestry-like craftsmanship.

EA Bridal, a label featuring the works of New Delhi-based design duo Rimple and Harpreet Narula and Chennai-based Erum Ali, took a detour from couture staples, to capture the circle of life through their collection. Silhouettes were mixed and matched in innovative ways and the designers played with volume. Tuxedo-style jackets with lehengas and well-contoured kurtas with intricately worked drapes, there were twists aplenty.

A surprising interlude was the show by Hyderabad-based jewellery designer Suhani Pittie. Known for her creative departures, she put together a collection that struck a balance between tradition and contemporary tastes. Her line was interesting for its imaginative combination of metals, finishes and precious stones.

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