‘Blockbuster Brides’ presented by Lakme Salon showcased collections by Anushree Reddy and Arpita Mehta at the Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2019. It was a showcase filled with the grandeur of makeup, hairstyles and bridal creations.
Pushkaraj Shenai, CEO, Lakmé Lever adds, “Bollywood has always set the bar for fashion & makeup trends. With many of the biggest stars tying the knot in the last year, brides-to-be are looking to add a Bollywood twist to their wedding looks. Drawing inspiration from this, we at Lakme Salon have curated a glamorous list of looks-recreating some of the most iconic wedding moments in contemporary Bollywood movies. Our collaboration with Anushree and Arpita for LFW will let real-life brides bring their silver-screen dreams to reality.”
The overall look and feel and even the mood were set to match a perfect Indian wedding. Beats by Nankhathai band Noor Mohammed from Gulalwad set the ramp perfectly for the showcase Lakme Salon.
Anushree Reddy’s collection was inspired by nature, flowers and the fragrance, it was an ode to flowers and their natural fragrance that was well set on the ramp through the collection named ‘Gulaal’.
The collection ‘Gulaal’ represented femininity and romance in soft sheer fabrics for the show. The ramp was filled with lush silk organza, Chanderi and fine tulle that was turned into mesmerising creations. Regal lehengas, sensuous cholis and swirling dupattas floating down the ramp on graceful models.
The hues inculcated and integrated with the collection were cohesive to the theme and inspiration. Shades of mauve danced with warm apricot, while striking mulberry played hide and seek with shadow grey along with crimson, seashell, teal and midnight blue. It was a classic colour palette that highlighted Anushree’s inspirations and ethos.
The Mughal era’s geometric patterns were redone with glass beads and zardosi. The patterns had hints of Pietre Dura with peonies, hydrangeas and poppy flower motifs. The exquisite embroidery was at times magnificently ornate as it was splashed lavishly on the garments. Each ensemble was impeccably tailored and finished with love and care.
The stunning lehenga, choli, dupatta, trio was a visual beauty. Gowns floated down with the most beautiful embellishments while the capes revamped Indian bridal wear. The two entries in bright red were a glorious gown and fantastic lehenga, choli and dupatta. The cholis were bold, while the giant tassels created a great detailing for the backless blouses and exquisite lehengas.
Ananya Pandey walked in a glittering ivory lehenga, choli and dupatta to the peppy music for the designer Anushree Reddy.
Arpita Mehta’s bridal wear collection was filled with glitz and glamour that was beautifully presented at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2019. Inspired by the rich and cultural heritage of the country, Arpita added a contemporary spin to the garments.
The colour palette created a fantasy on the ramp with shades of nude pink, champagne, gold, ivory, neon yellow and pink, the colours wove magic on rich lush fabrics like Tabi silk, Modal and silk organza. Giving the nouveau bride a classic but New Age look, Arpita added stylish elements like coins, ghungroos, cowrie shells and then finished the effect with stunning prints.
The show saw intricately embellished jackets, slim kurtas, flowing shararas and stylishly belted kaftans offering comfort in bridal wear and occasions. The show started in feminine cream printed pre-stitched sari, mirror work kurta, capes, a jumpsuit with layered frills slowly moving towards yellows.
A trapeze style top was worn with bell-bottom pants, while the mirror work, long kurta and the trio of a lehenga, bikini top and dupatta offered a contemporary bridal wear option.
With frills, layers, flared pants and cover, shararas with a kaftan style kurta and a mirror work jacket styled with lehenga and dupatta. Strappy kurtas, saris with glorious floral embroidered capes all could be spotted in pinks.
Ananya Pandey walked towards the end of the show in a glowing, fuchsia, lehenga combined with a strappy choli that dazzled with zardosi work. For the contemporary bride, Arpita Mehta’s ‘The Blockbuster Brides’ collection had the right blend of tradition as well as exotic touches making the bridal wear garments a must-have for the bride to be.