Mumbai, 25th August 2018: Lakmé Salon and celebrated designer Payal Singhal collaborated to reinvent the rich bridal traditions for the contemporary, Indian bride at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2018. “The Show Stopping Bride” collection by Lakmé Salon showcases refreshing take on contemporary bridal makeup and hair allured to the juxtaposition of flamboyance with simplicity, grandeur with elegance. From extravagant silhouettes to exotic embellishments, Payal Singhal’s collection was seamlessly brought to life by Lakmé Salon’s contemporary and glamorous makeup and hairdos which were inspired by the medieval and late medieval period.
Payal Singhal says,
“It’s always a pleasure working and showcasing at Lakmé Fashion Week and an even greater one to be partnering with Lakmé Salon for the looks of the show. I always aim to give a contemporary twist to traditional looks and hence Lakmé Salon was the perfect fit to complete my looks”
Pushkaraj Shenai, CEO, Lakmé Lever, ‘Our focus this season was to recreate iconic looks from rich beauty traditions that are adaptable for brides of today and there is no one better than Payal who could create an ethnic yet chic look. To complement the collection, Lakmé Salon focused on reinventing the make-up and hair look by reinventing the royal Indian bride. This collection of bridal looks will be available at nearly 400 Lakmé Salons in 100+ towns across the country”
With statement looks like Ombré lips and spotlight eyes, the look was created with glitter to ensure celestial aesthetics. Lakmé Salon envisioned to showcase an upscale makeup trend for today’s modern age bride with gold to accentuate the inner radiance.
Heena Dalvi, National Creative Director at Lakmé Salon shared, “Giving the royal Indian bride a contemporary makeover, the theme of the show this season was to reinvent ancient Indian hairstyles and makeup. The Show-Stopping Bride hairstyles were inspired from medieval eras like the Harappan, Mughal, and Satavahana period. Lakmé Salon incorporated soft yet intricate-detailing techniques like the low buns, loose knots, Harappan braids, bouffant and top knots that only added to the bride’s elegant and stylish looks. While these were inspired from traditional concepts we have created hair and makeup looks that appeal to the uber-urban bride of today.”
The collection on the ramp was an ode to rich beauty traditions of past and today’s modern bride.
Inspired by the Show Stopping Bridal hairstyles created by the Lakmé Salon experts, Payal Singhal’s collection called “Mu’asir” was an ode to the modern bride. “Mu’asir” meant modern or contemporary in Persian, so the line of glamorous bridal creations had every characteristic touch that Payal is known for. Her experiments with crafts from around the world and in India, both from the past and present have given the Payal Singhal Bride one of the most unique and exciting options.
The “Mu’asir” collection derived its inspiration from folk art tapestry, one of the oldest handmade techniques in the world that went through the Renaissance era, Europe and finally with Persian influences. The technique that had the art forms of Turkish Kilim, the Persian Tabriz, Medieval Mille-Fleur and the Swedish Flamskväv was an intricate pattern story. The flat weaving loose fringes, pastel, and bright colors, with bold patterns, gave the designs its amazing qualities.
For Payal’s collection the Mille-Fleur meaning thousand flowers, Turkish geometric Kilim shapes, the irregular floral pattern of Scandinavian rugs and decorated Persian rugs in a vibrant Tabriz floral tree, medallion motifs; were great intelligent inspirations.
Payal has always brought the beautiful East and West in perfect harmony for her collections, so the long list of hues started with neutral grey, ivory, and pastels like rose blush, mint, sage, cantaloupe, powder blue, bright yellow, coral, and pink. Adding more flavor to the color card there was emerald green, navy and deep purple to complete the list.
When it comes to silhouettes, Payal is an experimental, adventurous, designer who presents some off-the-beaten-track structures. Here the designer ensured that it was the New Age looks for the shararas, concept sari dhotis and layered jackets. To give the perfect imagery to the collection, the fabrics that flowed on the ramp were luxurious silks, georgettes, and organzas that created a rich tapestry of textiles for the wedding trousseau.
Tiny cholis with multi-colored embroidered lehengas swirled down the catwalk. Tiered shararas, ruffled-edged net saris with bias cut blouses, sleek slim kaftan, cowl cape and the Payal Singhal staple – the low crotch pants with attached dupattas – was very much there. The pre-stitched sari paneled embroidered lehenga with scalloped hem, pencil skirt with bralette, ‘V’ neckline gown, long-sleeved tiered crêpe blouson dress and the jumpsuit with cape sleeves; proved that Payal had a great variety for the bridal wardrobe. Some more eye-catchers were the gold tasseled top, off-shouldered blouse and the sheer cape for the drop crotch pant that offered multiple choices.
When it came to the perfect showstoppers, it was the gorgeous mother-to-be Neha Dhupia in a fully embroidered, empire line kurti and lehenga, accompanied of course by husband Angad Bedi in a matching embroidered button less sherwani, pale green kurta and churidars, who happily strolled down the ramp.
‘The Show-Stopping Bride” collection called “Mu’asir” from Payal Singhal presented by Lakmé Salon was a line that merged the beauty and traditions of the past with the spritely energy and gay abundance of the present. It was a collection that was a classic fashion symphony of Eastern ethnos and Western styles that came together melodiously, for the bride who wants the ultimate sartorial wardrobe presentation on the most important day in her life.