India has progressed from being a nearly nonexistent fashion region to a country which has recognised its treasures in terms of textiles and traditions. Starting as early as the 60’s with the designers coming on to the fashion scene, there has been a drastic change in styles, designs and innovation with every designer who has managed to develop his own signature style with either western or Indian designs. With inspirations coming from all over the world, our designers have been able to amalgamate the best of the western world and maintain the “Indian identity”.
One designer who is able to portray this blend skillfully is Raakesh Agarvwal. His collections are one of kind as they are a mix of Indian roots and western appeal. His bridal collection is a huge hit amongst the crème de la crème and celebrities. The collection encompasses the essence of today’s bride with bold cuts, vibrant colors, detailed workmanship and exquisiteness.
His range of ethnic wear mixes up the traditional and the contemporary Indian times. The silhouettes define the looks which were prevalent centuries back but can be adorned with grace and poise even in today’s time. The draping style takes you back to the epic eras where the drapes have been the essence of clothing. The belt element, which is constant throughout his collection, definitely adds to the old era feel. The stunning lehengas, sarees and jackets have a color palette ranging from violet, aubergine, fuchsia, and purple and then merging colors from red to orange accentuated with tones like crème and gold.
The silhouettes are some classic and chic draped sarees and gowns with fabrics ranging from from silk, net, chiffon, satin and jersey. Some of the sarees are completely embellishment free, and have been paired with astounding ornate blouses; choli’s and full length jackets worn over heavily worked upon lehengas. The gorgeously neon dip dyed sarees with gold and silver sequins and borders are an absolute delight.
The silhouettes of the lehenga’s ranging from a fish cut to a flared a- line or the kanchuki style blouse/corset with stone work; all have a very ethereal look to it. The cuts and structure of the blouses are superbly done with interesting backs as well. The intricately worked lehengas and blouses define the perfect wedding outfit that any bride would look for in today’s time. Raakesh’s mastery over embroideries and attention towards complicated yet subtle details forms his signature look and has made him as a very popular designer for wedding trousseaus.
The best part about Raakesh’s latest AW’13 collection is that he has created a range which suits the requirement of a bride with minimalistic notions to a bride who wants to look beautiful and extravagant for her wedding day. The golden cutwork long jacket with a subtle nude colored corset and palazzo pants or the silver cut work one shoulder stitched saree or the gorgeous dip dyed saree with the accentuating gold waist belt; each piece has a distinctive character.
According to him decisions of either being a subtle/toned down or the out and out Indian look is what the bride should work on and then finalize her choice of designer and complete the styling. His understanding of a bride hints an essence of modernism and glamour. For any bride who wants to makea grand entry on the most significant day of her life, Raakesh’s bridal collection will assure that.