The concept of fashion weeks in Delhi and Mumbai seems to be having a trickle-down effect in Chandigarh. After the recent bridal exposition by designer Tarun Tahiliani in the Capital, a group of mid-rung designers are eager to explore the Punjab market and have come together to roll out a ‘Bridal Couture Exposition’, which will also have a variety of fashion shows thrown in. The two-day line-up, which kick-starts at Taj Chandigarh on July 16, will see a potpourri of ethnic as well as Western ensembles on display. “There are six designers on board and whatever one will get to see on the ramp, will also be available at their stalls,” said Amit Kashyap, one of the designers and organiser of the show.
Kashyap will showcase bridal and groom wear under his label ‘Deiva’. Also showcasing couture will be designers Rrupaali Gupta from Mumbai and Prateek Kalra from Delhi. “I will be showcasing my ethnic collections themed around Mughal designs. The embroidery is essentially zardozi and I have designed shararas and pants paired with long flowing kurtas,” explained Gupta, who retails under the label Empress.
Kalra has also drawn inspiration from the Mughal era. His signature line boasts of ornately designed Anarkali suits. “Since the wedding season is about to roll out, it makes sense to showcase couture now,” remarked Kalra, who has his studio in Delhi. Adding to the potpourri are jewellery designers Meenakshi and Aradhana Anand, who are set to present their range of bridal jewellery for the season. “Punjabis love to flaunt large pieces and we consciously chose to bring large chandeliers and bridal sets for the show. Our USP is contemporary styling using precious stones,” said Anand.
Keeping in mind the brides-to-be, who are looking for Western ensembles like off-shoulder gowns and evening dresses, Panchkula-based interior designer-turned-stylist Richa Rathore is set to showcase her line of Western wear. “My silhouettes are flowing and I have kept away from using too many embellishments,” said Rathore, whose collection will take to ramp on day one of the exposition. There will be three fashion shows on each of the two days. To add some glamour to the event, model Claudia Ciesla, last seen in the reality show Bigg Boss, will be the “showstopper” on day two while television actor Shweta Gautam will walk for Rrupaali Gupta on day one.