India Couture Week 2017: Shilpa Shetty Steals The Show At Monisha Jaising
The one word that can best describe Monish Jaising’s collective work over the years is ‘Glamorous’ and there was certainly no dearth of glamour at the designer’s recent showcase of her new collection, Opera, on Day 5 of the FDCI India Couture Week 2017, which is currently underway in the capital. After the long series of opulent bridal couture and elaborate ethnic wear, Monisha’s largely evening wear collection came as a breath of fresh air we didn’t know we needed.
For her show-stopping number, Jaising seemed to have revisited one of her old collection that she presented back in 2013 at the India Couture Week which saw the runway flooded with beautiful brocades. And the showstopper gown this season was another expression of her love for brocades, only this gown far more extravagant than we’ve ever seen being crafted from an Indian weave. Doing complete justice to the elegant-meets-sultry gown was Shilpa Shetty who walked the ramp in the orange Benarsi brocade lehenga featuring a glamorous high slit and a one-sided sleeve. The actress stepped into a pair of golden ankle-strap heels and adorned her neck with a beautiful diamond and ruby choker. She then added a noticeably huge diamond ring to the look for added opulence. Her center-parted hair was left down in loose curls and her look was finished off with nude, shimmery lips and bold, dramatic eyes. Despite the several interruptions in her walk as the gown reportedly stuck in the nails of the ramp, the diva finished her walk with as much confidence and panache.
The thing with a Monisha Jaising collection is that if you like the collection, you like the collection and if you don’t well, you don’t. The designer is confident of her design aesthetic and isn’t trying to prove anything to anyone anymore. And that confidence is what reflects, and impresses, in every garment coming from the label. Be it her boldly constructed drapes or her voluminous silhouettes or her flowy contours, the geometry of Monisha’s canvas doesn’t undergo a drastic change season on season. The freshness of her collection, instead, is attributed to her colour palettes, fabrics, embellishments and embroideries and their surprising combinations. And her Opera collection was a live example of the same.
Inspired by the flamboyance and finery of the Opera house, the collection was every bit as mesmerising as it was befitting to the designer’s expertise… evening wear. And like every season, this season saw ample bling and metallics- a favourite of the designer- which were seen in gowns, minis, lehenga cholis and even in asymmetric tops worn over leather pants. However, the metallic sheen this season was not limited to the golds and silver but was extended to greens and burgundys as well. Accordingly, there was ample use of lame, velvet metallic and metallic sati along with tulle, Italian organza, chikankari and Benarsi. While whole velvet garments were few, the fabric found its place in gowns and cocktail sarees as a highlighter superimposed with zari work.
The western silhouettes, like we earlier mentioned, abided by Monisha’s interesting interplay of dramatic drapes and even more dramatic asymmetrical cuts. Then there were her signature thigh-high slits and plunges as well.
After a beautiful line up of evening gowns came a slew of ethnic silhouettes. And unlike the deep and bright Indian hues with extravagant embroideries we’ve come to expect from the couture collections, Jaising’s ethnic wear was refreshingly milder and lighter. Clearly, a bride is not the customer she’s targeting. The colour story transitioned from metallics to peacock blues and maroons in saree gowns to that of pastel pinks, ice blues and mint greens in Lehengas.
Despite the stunning collection, for once, we had no problem picking a favourite. It’s probably not hard to guess which one it is but we’ll put it down for you anyway… it was the Benarsi brocade gown that Shilpa Shetty donned.
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