Bollywood’s leading ladies Kangana Ranaut, Shraddha Kapoor, Nargis Fakhri and Esha Gupta sauntered the ramp at the BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2014, which concluded on Sunday in New Delhi.
‘Queen’ Kangana flaunted a mesmerising creation by designer Suneet Varma. Her look was well-accentuated by an intricately designed statement headgear. The ‘Aashiqui 2’ talent Shraddha Kapoor walked the ramp for fashion czar JJ Valaya, who showcased his ‘The Nautch of Fez’ collection at the grand finale.
Doing justice to Jyotsna Tiwari’s romantic collection ‘Under the Stars’ and playing the unconventional yet coy bride, model-turned-actress Esha Gupta sashayed down the ramp at the extravaganza. Also, ‘Rockstar’ actress Nargis Fakhri turned showstopper for jewellery brand Azva in a contemporary bridal avatar. She wore a black gown with deep plunging neckline to give a clear view of the 22 carat gold choker in an antique finish.
Amid fun, sensuality and design elements focusing on Indian and Moroccan culture, ace fashion designer J J Valaya and his show stopper Shraddha Kapoor brought the curtains down on the sixth edition of the India Bridal Fashion Week (IBFW). Valaya turned his ‘muse’ Shraddha into a nautch girl, who sashayed down the ramp in a yellow saree highlighting the sensuality and artistic skills of these trained performers. ‘Today I got my perfect muse in form of Shraddha and I feel she is perfect for my collection. Nautch girls have always fascinated me.. They were intellectual, but almost like the Geishas of India. It was a beautiful period of India and very important.
‘So, I wanted to do something royal around it, and combined it with a dramatically opposite culture like in Morocco,’ Valaya told reporters after the grand show. Visibly nervous Shraddha, who was also the face of this edition of IBFW, said she felt like a coy bride when she walked the ramp in a saree inspired by Moroccan motifs and Indian intricate techniques including gota and zardozi. ‘It’s a proud moment to walk for the most iconic designers of our industry. I felt like a shy bride almost when I was walking the ramp,’ she said. The jam-packed show area, which was decorated like a palace of medieval era, also had last year’s grand finale designer Rohit Bal and actor Rahul Dev cheering for Valaya and his crisp couture collection.
Bold and beautiful Kangana Ranaut made for a regal looking Shekhawati princess in finery designed by Suneet Varma for his elaborate and stunning showcase at the Bridal Fashion Week. Her look was well-accentuated by an intricately designed statement headgear, and she loved it. The ‘Queen’ actress catwalked confidently in a maroon and red ensemble, which included a blouse that many won’t dare to wear for their wedding day. Nevertheless, it was beautifully crafted and embroidered. The dupatta, in velvet, was neatly draped and pleated on her shoulder and her neckline was wide enough to put a one-of-a-kind neckpiece inspired by a peacock, on full display.
Post the show at the DLF Emporio here Saturday night, Kangana told reporters: ‘My experience was fantastic because Suneet has made such lovely clothes. He is a great friend of mine. I am feeling proud seeing his collection.’ A veteran designer, Varma’s new collection ‘The Princess of Shekhawati’ is inspired by the hand-painted city of Shekhawati in Rajasthan. ‘We took inspiration for the mirrorwork, jewellery and crowns from there, and used the Rajasthan technique to make every jewellery piece by hand in our office. When we were thinking of the showstopper, I couldn’t think of anyone else other than Kangana.
Actress Nargis Fakhri, the showstopper for jewellery brand Azva, flaunted an opulent statement 22 carat gold choker which complemented her flamboyant black gown on the ramp. The ‘Rockstar’ actress had an ‘oops’ moment after a model accidentally stepped on her dress. But she put up a confident stance and walked the ramp flashing a million dollar smile.
During the show, models sauntered the ramp wearing elaborate ornaments in gold as part of the brand’s wedding collection. The jewels were accentuated with glitzy red carpet ready outfits in white, bold red, lavender and pink. Nargis apart, the show saw Priya Sachdev and Rohit Bal take to the ramp as showstoppers. What added to the ambience was singer-model Rachael Verghese, who enthralled the audience with some enticing numbers including Adele’s ‘Skyfall’.
Esha Gupta gave her ‘sexy’ look a miss to walk as a coy bride at the India Bridal Fashion Week 2014. As the showstopper for designer Jyotsna Tiwari, Esha mesmerized audiences as she took to the ramp looking ethereal in a powder pink voluminous tulle gown with a heavily but beautifully embellished bodice. ‘A lot of people relate to me with the ‘sexy’ image, but I totally loved how Jyotsna presented me in this simple and elegant outfit in such a romantic setting,’ Esha told reporters here post the show.
Romantic it was – the ramp was lined by artificial trees with pink and white flowers adorning the nude branches. It lent a pleasing look to the show, which was replete with bespoke ensembles in a soft colour palette ranging from peach, pink, red, beige, turquoise and orange. From pre-draped saris to evening gowns, lehengas and voluminous anarkalis, treated with delicate and intricate embroidery — the line, titled ‘Under The Stars’, is not over-the-top and fitted the ‘wearable’ category to the hilt . Ladies swooned over the flattering designs, suitable for bridal as well as pre-bridal occasions.