The sixth edition of the BMW India Bridal Fashion Week was held between 7th and 10th August at New Delhi. The three day gala event, held in DLF Emperio, India’s finest luxury destination, showcased the latest wedding collections of some of the finest designers in the country. The bridal collections featured exotic gowns, exquisite wedding sarees and enchanting wedding lehengas paired with scintillating jewellery.
The show was opened by Tarun Tahiliani with a spectacular collection called “The Modern Mughals”. The collection comprised of gorgeous wedding sarees with intricate embellishments and floral patterns, kalidar kurtas and beautifully designed wedding lehengas. The opulent wedding sarees and lehengas in silk, brocade and tulle were adorned with zari and sequins. He also presented his men’s range that included dhotis, sherwani, jodhpurs and kurtas in black with accents of orange, gold and othe unconventional colours.
While Tahiliani’s designs were ethnic and Indian, in the second show of Day 1, Gauri and Nainika showcased western outfits in neoprene fabric in three colours- red, white and black. The edgy outfits were fit for the bride who wants to break the norms and make a statement. Simple lines, minimal design and sharp cuts were the elements that stood out in the collection.
Day 2 kicked off with Ashima-Leena’s collection called Jashn. The collection, influenced by Rajasthan was showcased on the ramp that was transformed into a desert setting with the use of sand and other props. The extravagant wedding lehengas were decorated with hand embroidery that lent a feminine and regal touch to all the outfits. Nayanika Chatterjee opened the show in an embellished pink sharara with floral designs. The collection made use of a stunning colour palette ranging from bright gold, soft green, turquoise blue to burnt red. The designer duo showcased shararas, wedding sarees with exquisite blouses, kurtis and ghaghras alongside wedding lehengas. Supermodel Ujjwala Raut was the showstopper in a blue wedding lehenga with multicoloured embroidery and an embellished red dupatta.
The second show of day 2 was the collection by Raghavendra Rathore called “Reincarnating Relics”, inspired by the Indian cultural heritage. The show began with the men’s collection that featured jodhpuris, dhotis, kurtas, bandhgalas and sherwanis for men. What was the highlight of the menswear collection was the use of bright colours like pink, aubergine, orange and navy blue. If you went looking for wedding sarees and rich wedding lehengas in the women’s wear collection, then you would have been disappointed, because the collection was feminine take on sherwanis, jodhpuris, long kurtas and bandhgalas. Models sashayed on the ramp in well fitted pants teamed with embroidered jackets, long embellished kurtas paired with plain organza skirts and bandhgalas teamed with loose pants and lehengas.
Day 3 of the BMW India Bridal Fashion Week started with a display of stunning wedding jewellery by associate sponsor AZVA. AZVA’s jewellery is inspired by the seven sacred vows of the Indian wedding tradition. Beautiful brides scorched the ramp in contemporary jewellery designed by AZVA. The collection featured chunky and multilayered “rani-haars” with a modern twist, large hoop earrings, studded bangles and intricate floral designs in the jewellery. Again, one did not see the models in wedding saris or anarkali suits or wedding lehengas, but they walked the ramp in monotone gowns, dresses and blazers with fitted pants. The collection itself was designed keeping the modern day bride in mind, such that it can be paired beautifully with both Indian and western outfits. Nargis Fakhri was the showstopper in an opulent AZVA choker with delicate designs which she paired with a Nikhil Thampi cut-out gown.
If you thought that the event had its share of unconventional outfits already, wait till you see what Falguni and Shane Peacock had in store for the audience on day 3. They teamed wedding sarees and wedding lehengas with biker jackets, crop tops and jerseys in their collection titled “Savage Nuit” for the modern and sporty young bride. Rather than pairing a wedding saree with an embroidered blouse, they used jerseys. The wedding lehengas were paired with crop tops while wedding gowns were made more interesting with edgy jackets. However, this did not mean that the collection was low on bling. The wedding sarees and wedding lehengas in off white, peach, pink, navy and black were replete with heavy embroidery and intricate designs.
The day ended with Suneet Verma’s royal collection titled “The Shekhawati Princess” which drew inspiration from the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. The collection featured salwar suits, gorgeous anarkalis, wedding sarees and wedding lehengas fit for the wedding and the pre-wedding events. Deep red, navy, cobalt blue and fuschia ruled the ramp alongside pastels and white. All the outfits showcased in the collection featured ornate embroidery, extravagant mirror work and plush fabrics, fit for the bride. Kangana Ranaut, who was the showstopper for the collection left the audience spellbound in a unique choli paired with a fishtail lehenga and a velvet dupatta.
The final day of the BMW India Bridal Fashion Week began with Jyotsna Tiwari’s collection called “Under the Stars”. The collection featured pre-draped wedding sarees, traditional anarkalis, eye-catching gowns and wedding lehengas in colours ranging from gold to turquoise to pink. You can find Jyotsna Tiwari’s collection of pre-draped sarees and gowns here.
The penultimate show of the fashion week showcased the collection by Muzzafar and Meera Ali that represented the essence of the Awadhi culture. While one saw the regular embellished wedding sarees and wedding lehengas on the ramp, what stood out were the angrakhas, embroidered overcoats and embellished long kurtas in rich colours.
The final show of the event was by the master craftsman JJ Valaya who presented his collection titled the “Nautch of Fez” – clothes inspired by Indian and Moroccan cultures interspersed with elements that were a part of the nautch girls system of the past. If the wedding lehengas, wedding sarees and the anarkalis featured in the show could be summed up in one word, it would be “lavish”. Everything about the collection was rich – be it the fabrics, the colours or the intricate craftsmanship on them. Silks, velvet, crepe and dupion ruled the ramp. Shraddha Kapoor was the showstopper of the event in a multicoloured saree-type ensemble with morroccan motifs and gota work.
The BMW India Bridal Fashion Week was all about aesthetics, precision, perfection, style and extravagance – all the values cherished by BMW and its exclusive clientele.
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