The India International Jewellery Week turned four this year, and demonstrated its ability to showcase the best collections of India’s famously luxurious jewellery. Taking place in the opulent setting of the Grand Hyatt hotel in Mumbai, the event brought the biggest names in Indian jewellery under one roof. Among the participants were Nirav Modi, Charu Jewels and Saboo.
Controversy was caused when Sumit Sawhney remarked that jewellers have been sidelined by clothing designers over the last few years, but the publicity he gained from this remark says otherwise. Indeed, the event has gone from strength to strength and has grown to its greatest ever size.
Here are our favourite moments of the week:
Designers Sonam and Paras Modi showcased their regional wedding collection in four parts, in collaboration with the Gitanjali Jewels. The show started with a traditional Bihu Dance from Assam and a wedding collection inspired from Assamese culture.
Rajasthan's traditional Ghoomar dance followed to represent the Royal Rajasthani collection, characterized by intricate gotta-patti designs on ghaghra cholis. The third part of the show saw Kuchipudi dance performance and a white and gold collection for the Andhra bride. Finally, a special Punjabi tadka was showcased with models doing bhangra on the ramp in traditional Punjabi bridal pieces.
Bollywood beauty Neha Dhupia walked the catwalk as a showstopper in a beautiful red-white and green lehanga embellished with heavy zardosi work.
The third day of the IIJW 2013 was a full exhibition of collections characterised both by fresh and traditional designs. Among the designers that showcased their jewellery, Pallavi Foley presented a smart range of pendants and necklaces inspired by jasmine blossom, while Golecha Jewels of Umrao Jaan and Luck by Chance fame made an impact with their ‘Royal Indian Brides’ collection, featuring rose cut, uncut diamonds pearls, rubies and emeralds. Finally, the Dipti and Amisha brand presented gold, diamonds and jadau ornaments inspired by royal Victorian splendour with an Indian twist.
As usual, what caught attention the most were the beautiful Bollywood celebrities walking the ramp as showstoppers: Alia Bhatt, Karishma Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar and Sushmita Sen, Aditi Rao Hydari.
Whilst most people would feel that Sumit Sawhney’s remarks were justified, the IIJW is becoming more renowned year on year, both in terms of quality as well as the quantity of designers present. Let’s hope this trend continues into next year’s IIJW.