Creating melodious fashion on the ramp at Day Four at the fifth Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week 2013, designers Ashima Leena presented their “Aalap” bridal collection that recreated the grandeur of the Mughal era and days gone by.
Inspired by the pietra-dura motif from the Taj Mahal, the design appeared on the glamorous creations in shades of burnished gold and carnelian along with innovative Gotta Patti work in the popular ruby and jade combination.
The colour story was muted with the bronze section having a variety of antique gold touches with large doses of grey, purple, red, brown, beige, rust and orange creating a great look. Adding to the embellishments were inverted peacocks, which appeared with matte gold sparkles to create a jewelled image.
Meenakari was splashed on gorgeous tulle and exclusive woven textiles with handcrafted brocade in shades of Persian orange, sapphire, copper, amethyst, emerald, charcoal and garnet that completed the list.
Opulence was the key word of the ensembles with creatively crafted dhoti pants, which emerged as saris, while saris and lehengas were stylishly draped. Long lean jackets were a clever addition for classic silhouettes but antique bronze fabrics twinkled with crystals and pearls.
The grandeur of gold came alive for sheer kurtis teamed with saris, angarkhas or swirling flared kurtas and churidars. Saris were in magnificent weaves in haute colours. Lehengas, cholis and dupattas in intricate weaves were brilliant in design.
Silhouettes played an important part when mini angarkhas were teamed with ornate net saris, while brocade appliqués on net for the lehengas, cholis and dupattas were the highlight of the collection. The splendid dhoti pants were trend setting, while an eye catching entry was the dhoti style draped sari worn over churidars and asymmetric kurta.
When it came to the motifs they were dramatic and majestic in their grandeur and beauty as they rose from the hemlines of the lehengas, angarkhas and saris. The flared fluid kurtas moved from a regal floor kissing length to a shorter version and the 3D gold floral appliqués made a glittering embellishment for the creations.
Ending the show was the very glamorous Bollywood star, Huma Qureshi in a splendid pink/green ornate lehenga, choli and net dupatta that was created from an intricately woven heirloom fabric.
For stunningly crafted bridal wear the “Aalap” collection by Ashima Leena was a grand offering to the bridal trousseau shopper.