Recreating the glorious days of the Raj and the beauty of the 1920’s, Raghavendra Rathore’s Royal Indian bridal collection made an opulent impact at the Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week 2013.
Finely crafted from luxurious silks, brocades, chiffons and velvets in regal hues like fuchsia, midnight blue, wine, saffron, gold and silver; the collection gave a western look to the modern Indian silhouettes. Surface embellishments were treated with great reverence to give an antique vintage feel to the garments. The overall silhouettes for both men’s and women’s wear were lean and figure hugging with only a casual hint of volume for the skirts.
For women’s wear, it was flamboyant white silk voluminous tucked skirt teamed with elegant black jacket. A slender red satin tube had selective gold embroidery. An asymmetric layered poncho maxi, a white oriental embroidered kaftan, black long jacket with lapels matched with fuchsia slim pants, navy velvet fitted jacket worn with two-tone Jodhpuri pants and gold brocade Raja coat were regal creations.
A red silk sari with gold gotta border was matched with a black silk embroidered jacket and bringing in some Red Carpet dazzle, Raghavendra had a velvet long fish tail skirt with blue embellished blouse under a cute bolero and a purple gown with generously embroidered bodice with a daring low back.
For women too there were striking sherwanis in a shorter version with zari work and combined with slim pants. Women’s wear drew its influence from traditional shapes across Asia and presented a refined style of dressing with a hint of decadent touches.
For men’s wear the popular Bandgala jacket, which Raghavendra is renowned for, was redefined into a contemporary form and offered in a variety of looks. To create a stately image of the Maharajas of yesteryear, suiting fabrics came together in perfect unison with chiffon, silk and velvet for superbly tailored garments.
Giving men’s wear his creative touches Raghavendra had a fuchsia kurta with a purple waist coat; bundies had tiny embroidery or were splashed lavishly with gold placement work. A bright red silk Bandgala, a vibrant pink Nehru jacket/kurta combo and shimmering velvet Bandgala offered variety.
Embroidered waistcoats with Jodhpuri pants, strategically embroidered shirts and jackets, practical kurtas with embellished bundies and Bandgala jackets in vibrant shades of electric blue and royal purple silk completed the collection. Collarless jackets with gold trims, sherwanis richly embellished with intricate embroidery and the three piece Bandgala/kurta/sherwani trio in black brocade was a stately offering.
For that show stopping entry it was the lovely Bollywood star, Dia Mirza in a red taffeta tucked bias cut long skirt and black heavily embroidered jacket that was a fitting finale.
The front row of the show was glittering with celebrities like Kabir Bedi, Jackie Shroff, Dino Morea and Shaina NC, who were seen cheering for the designer.
For that look of the Raj and the glory of the past, Raghavendra Rathore’s collection of bridal wear offered the ultimate in regal ensembles for both sexes.