Like previous years, this Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015 has been keeping all of us hooked on fashion. Day four was a riot of art and color and ended with Suneet Varma’s grand summer bridal collection called “Decorative Arts of India” presented by Reliance Jewels. The presentation reflected elegance and grandeur, with the venue being lit with eight fabulous chandeliers and four imposing pillars on the stage! The show that unveiled was a mind boggling array of the most dramatic and exquisite creations that would make every bride long to wear them. I’m not a bride, but I still feel inclined to buy the pieces! They are so beautiful! A master at creating fantastic embroidery designs and prints, the Suneet Varma collection was a breathtaking view of the work of master craftsmen and artisans. Adding to the beauty of the collection, was the showstopper – Bollywood starlet Nargis Fakhri – who looked gorgeous in a crystal-encrusted red lehenga choli and dupatta, wearing the stunning Reliance Jewels.
Inspired by the gorgeous traditional motifs and crafts of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab and South India, the clothes were utterly romantic, feminine and flirtatious. The color palette Suneet used matched the theme as shades of red moved to sindoor, vermilion, gulaal, fuchsia, pink rose and magenta, which were splashed with large mirror work borders in thread embroidery. Putting further emphasis on the crafts, Suneet added white and ivory with tonal aari work, deep navy and cobalt blue with antique gold and copper touches.
The fabrics revolved around chiffon, jacquard, tulle, rich velvet, silk, georgette and lush traditional textiles. Silhouettes were elegant and dramatic with tunics in varying lengths, Capri trousers, tiny boleros, fitted pants, magnificently tiered full flared lehengas, Patiala salwars and delicately tasseled triangular stoles being part of the look. Sheer net saris dazzled with grey and oyster pearls splashed with Swarovski Crystals; while the kalidaar kurtas in black, teal, ivory, and red were highlighted with Topkapi motifs.
Some more eye-catchers were velvet jackets teamed with sheer saris and swirling swishy light weight silk skirts. Block printing appeared prominently in shades of blue, Persian blue, turquoise and navy dappled with dull gold. Two piece saris looked amazing with ornate antique zardosi corset blouses. The Anarkali kurtas glittered with all-over jaal mirror and thread work; while mini tunics with tonal embellishments looked stunning with draped dhoti salwars.
More interesting detailing emerged from Suneet’s creative studios when layered angarkha style kalidaars appeared with short cropped jackets that sported tantalizing draped collars with bead-work. The Reliance Jewels were gorgeous with fabulous designs crafted beautifully with precious gems to match the grandeur of the collection.
When it comes to selecting a memorable wardrobe for the Indian bride, which she can cherish forever, Suneet Varma’s “The Decorative Arts of India” collection presented by Reliance Jewels will be the perfect choice.