Luxe Couture is what designers Anjalee and Arjun Kapoor are known for. I have always loved their opera style ball gowns, and that was the attraction for me to head to their show at the Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week 2012.
The brilliant luxurious collection that they unveiled is called “The Mogul Opera” and it had the signature touches of the designers - opera style ball gowns and ethnic bridal wear. Cleverly blending the 17th century Victorian era styles with the grandeur of the Mogul era, the creations comprised seductive gowns, lavishly ornate lehengas, heavily paneled floor hugging kurtas, remarkable corsets and sexy cholis. The collection was also a beautiful dedication to the country's rich Jamevaar heritage which was recreated in the amazing embroidery. With rich fabrics, gorgeous vibrant colours and tantalizing sensuous silhouettes that sparkled with twinkling embroidery, the presentation was a vision of beauty.
Embellishments formed the key note of the collection as Swarovski crystals and zardozi merged perfectly into the glittering lehengas on rich velvet. Luxurious satin was the basis of most garments, while Banarasi brocade was turned into shimmering borders. French lace appeared on the sleeves of voluminous anarkalis, which twinkled with crystals to create an enticing effect on the garments. Contrasts played a harmonious role in saris. Colours were vibrant with gold, fuchsia, orange, red and silver making a dramatic impact.
Men's wear had regal bundhgalas and dazzlings sherwanis. The shaded rust tonal embroidered Jodhpuri jackets, the Moghul inspired sherwanis and the stately jackets were truly meant for a royal entry.
Creating a sensation on the ramp was the very stunning Bipasha Basu in a maroon and gold paneled Jamevaar embroidered glittering corset blouse and lehenga with a seductive ornate neckline. The full luxurious petticoat under the voluminous creation gave that marked Victorian feel to the ensemble.
From the grandeur of yesteryears to the glamour of contemporary bridal wear, the designing duo combined the two segments to create exclusive statement pieces for the great day.
Do you too like the blend of the Victorian and the Indian ethnic styles like me? Would love to know :)