It was fascinating to see the opening of FDCI India Couture Week’17 by Anamika Khanna which was an installation show – ‘Happily Ever After’ in association with Bhirdhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers’ collection – ‘Ada’!
Models sashaying down the ramp, donning designer clothes, are a part of the ritual of the fashion weeks. However, it becomes impossible to focus on the intricate work and details of the ensembles from such a distance. The Installation show by Anamika Khanna in association with Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers really helped the onlookers to admire both the couture and marvellous pieces of jewellery from a very close distance. As one stepped into the installation area, the surreal set up, opulence of the jewellery as well as the various rituals of the Indian Wedding totally took over the senses of the visitors. I found myself in some Indian Bride’s wonderland where every ritual has its own story. The magnificent jewellery on display have been designed with an inlaying of rose cut diamonds, huge pieces of Emeralds and Rubies which were adorned by many mannequins to showcase the Indian woman’s journey through these rituals. Whether they were sparkling polkis, emeralds in different hues, diamonds or basaa pearls, everything on display was a representation of Royal, Class and Opulence in its own way!
The entire show was segmented into various rituals of an Indian Wedding
The Welcome Lunch
The customary welcome of the guests in a wedding is usually is all about “warming up” the guests to the celebrations. The collection on display for this ritual was ethereal and romantic, yet eclectic and experiments with border shapes. The colours were mostly pastel, ranging from Ivory to Washed blues, Jades and beautiful Pinks. The embellishments varied from thread work to various techniques of zardozi.
The “mehndi” in an India wedding is all about brining colour, craft and tradition in the celebrations. Enough room to experiment, the silhouettes varied from the traditional “Lehenga”, “Sharara”, to the quintessential “Draped Sari”. The colours that were used were Mustard, deep purples, Corals and Reds. The embellishments used were essentially the “gota”, “old kinaris”, “dori work” and burnished gold and silver work.
Traditionally the sangeet and now a full blown cocktail party, it’s all about a formal party that is more western than Indian. Fringing fuchsia and emerald organzas; silver metal, tassels and beadworks were some of the embellishments that were incorporated.
Zardozis, the traditional Benarsis, the classic Indian “Lehenga” in Pinks, Ivories, Purples, Reds were all part of the show. The beautiful “veil” and the traditional “choli” to the “bandhgala” blouse, this story took us to our roots,the culture we embody, and ensembles that are meant to be preserved for life.
Location: Kila, One Style Mile, New Delhi