Shantanu and Nikhil at India Bridal Fashion Week 2012

Day Four Ended with Shantanu and Nikhil who took the Audience on A Fashionable “Romantic Renaissance” Couture Tour at Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week 2012.

Siddharth Mallya with Shantanu Nikhil India Bridal Week 2012Bringing together the rich touches of vintage inspirations with contemporary ethnic sensibilities, the bridal collection by Shantanu and Nikhil at Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week 2012 was a feast for the eyes. With 12 years’ experience behind them the duo has their fingers firmly on the pulse of the wedding trousseau market.

There was a wonderful harmonious quality in their refined luxurious fashion as monochromatic tones spoke a creative bridal language on the ramp. From the pristine whites to rich gorgeous heritage colours, the designers played with fabrics and textures, which they are known for, and added intricate embellishments to produce a fabulous line.

Four lit arches of white blossoms curved down on the stage, while 30 cages of red roses and ferns hung from the ceiling. Ornate white tables, chairs were placed on the stage and intricately designed candle stands on head ramp set the mood for a stylish “Romantic Renaissance” evening of fashion from Shantanu and Nikhil to end Day Four.

There was stylish adventurous nostalgic romance with large doses of vintage glamour in the very crisp tightly edited show featuring exquisite men’s and women’s Indian and western bridal couture. The show was opened by the very debonair and dashing Siddharth Mallya, who strutted down the ramp in a red printed bundgala with glittering hem and cuffs.

The eight men’s wear creations that followed had a variety of options, starting with a deep blue kurta jacket, brocade Jodhpuri coat, purple high neck velvet jacket with tiny green embroidery, wine/gold sherwani and printed orange/black velvet jacket. Trousers were kept fitted in vibrant tones of red, orange, green, blue or rust. The printed silk scarves added a touch of stylish adventure to the men’s creations.

The ethnic bridal wear for women was a glittering array of lehengas, cholis and dupattas in tulle, French Chantilly lace, silk, satin and brocade. Bias cut paneled lehengas swirled down the ramp in jewel tones of red, wine, gold, bright green, electric blue, pink, fuchsia, white, nude or peach. A dull green/wine gypsy style embroidered lehenga with a lace blouse was a striking entry. The cholis had a marked renaissance feel, while a gold organza jacket with a pink shaded printed embroidered lehenga was stunning. Saris were in lace, satin, net, shimmering with beaten gold embellishments or had a blend of satin and net for an innovative touch.

Detailing revolved around lacy peplums, flared sleeves, amazing volumes for the long skirts with ruffled petticoats that added an old world charm to the flouncing creations as they swished down gracefully with layers of tulle under them. Renaissance motifs dazzled on the ensembles while scalloped crystal edges gave a modern New Age touch to the lehengas.

The final segment was devoted to the most gorgeous gowns that moved down in elegant style starting with the sheer Chantilly lace long sheath with gold sequined creepers lining the curves of the model. The look moved into more diaphanous creations with layers of tulle, lace or chiffon – each dazzling with intricate zardozi and shimmering embellishments. An eye-catcher was a gold silk gown with khari work on organza, overlaid with embroidery and moulded with pleats, rouches and drapes.

For truly glamorous creations that have superb fusion lines, the “Romantic Renaissance” collection by Shantanu and Nikhil was a breathtaking offering of vintage fashion with contemporary touches and was truly a joy to behold on the catwalk.

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