India Couture Week: In Bridal Finery Dia Mirza Walks For Anju Modi
Anju Modi is known for transporting us into bygone eras with her designs. Be it Bollywood blockbuster Bajirao Mastani or in the high-profile film Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela, the award-winning designer always manages to translate beautifully, her respectable knowledge of the Indian crafts into relatable opulent creations. Not only does she play around with fabrics and bold colour palettes but she makes them all work harmoniously and we always find ourselves stunned with her work. This time being no different, Anju Modi’s creations at FDCI’s India Couture Week transported us back to a forgotten era and the pieces paraded on the ramp gleamed in all opulence and substance.
The collection titled ‘Sunehri Kothi’ which Modi presented at The Taj Palace in New Delhi was influenced by 16th Century miniature art from Rajasthan. As the models paraded down the ramp, we couldn’t help but notice the detailed thread work and embellishments on the pieces. The designer recreated a royal-era at the venue through her couture collection which glistened with hints of influences from architecture and the lost fine arts.
Gracing the ramp in all finery, Dia Mirza turned showstopper for Anju Modi. The actress had on an elaborate green organza lehenga with hints of maroon which she wore with a full-sleeved velvet maroon embellished blouse. As the actress revealed herself slowly from behind her netted dupatta, she looked like a Rajputana bride as did her makeup. Dia also had on jewellery fit for royals. Not only did she don an uncut diamond statement neck piece but also earrings to match with it, a maang-tikka and a nose ring. In the outfit inspired by the ‘Vatika Raas of Vrindavan’, she looked straight out of an Indian fairy tale…
From fitted blouses to hand woven lehengas and traditional yet contemporary silhouettes, Anju Modi’s Collection was a feast to the eye. Many of the designer’s pieces were influenced by the Kishangarh School of Art. Modi put to use not just a wide range of colour but also textile and craft.
Like several designers at the moment, Anju Modi’s pieces too had hints of velvet. From velvet lehengas to velvet bordered dupattas, Modi asserted that velvet is here to stay. And while the men had turbans, Anju Modi put forth that women can sport them too. Several monochrome outfits with delicate detailings were seen on the ramp. And while you may think asymmetry in fashion is now a bygone, Modi put out the asymmetrical kurta too! The colour palette was truly a vast one. From bright royal blues and yellows to muted hues likes pink, ivory and pale greens, all were seen on the ramp.
The men’s wear was as elaborate as the women’s. From skirt-like bottoms to churidars, the men adorned several traditional yet very en vogue looks. From printed kurtas to embellished ones and dupattas draped all ways, the men’s ensembles were quite the ones to watch out for. Much like the women’s wear, men too were seen in turbans and statement neck pieces. Velvet was quite a favourite with the men too.
Clearly, it’s no easy task to pick out favourites from this vast collection but like most times we rise to the occasion and get the job done. As for the women, we’ve picked the pale green lehenga with hints of floral detailing and for the men, we’ve picked the ivory ensemble with the light pink waist coat…
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