Saturday 17, Apr 2021, Delhi (India)
The Ahmadabad based designers – Shyamal & Bhumika Shodhan, presented their collection ‘The Renaissance Muse’ on the ICW 2019 platform. The couple together started their own label in the year 2003 and since then have been working on pieces inspired by Indian silhouettes.
Bhumika is an alumna of NIFT, Ahmadabad when Shyamal was studying at Central Saint Martin, London and further at Milan. Both are artistically and creatively inclined and have also worked with artisans across the country giving an opportunity of revival to them.
The duo paid much attention to the Frescos of the European Renaissance and their collection well integrated their inspiration. The ICW 2019 organized by FDCI , day four saw a modern look of the renaissance. The pastel colours , structured pieces and Indian silhouettes made way to the ramp.
The colour palette was pastel with intricate embroidery on Indian origin fabrics cleverly bringing out the architectural details of that period like the floral paintings, decorative pillars, patterns and panels.
Their collection consisting of both men’s and women’s wear were beautifully adorned with aari zardosi, sequence, glass pieces, resham thread hand embroidery, beads and floral motifs on colours like blush pinks, Indian wine, mood grey, navy, olive, beige and cream. While the women’s collection comprised of lehengas with peplum blouses and tulle dupattas, anarkalis and sarees the men’s collection saw more of long structured kurtas, asymmetrical hemlines and structured jackets. Fabrics in silk ranged from raw silk, Matka, Moonga to Tussar silk along with velvet, organza, crepe, georgette and translucent tulle.
Their jewelry partner Jewels of Jaipur by Ankita Lodha complimented the outfits by showcasing the jewelry range appropriate for their collection. The jewelry collection of Jewels of Jaipur was inspired by none other than the most pampered and ravishing queen of history – Noor Jahan. The overall look of the jewelry pieces tried to recreate the life of the queen. Annora- their collection’s title, was seen studded with emeralds, sapphires, rubies in 18 k gold. The models carried the ear pieces, bangles, chokar and other sets with panache.
Kriti Sanon, the model turned actress, who has already worked with the label Shyamal and Bhumika before as a model closed the show wearing a beige pastel lehenga with a one shoulder puffed sleeve blouse. The lehenga with floral fresco inspired work was enchanting and delightful. She wore the chunky pearl and kundan choker along, that enhanced her ensemble. Her makeup was kept shinny and apt to the outfit she carried along with a wavy hair do giving her the ideal contemporary Indian bride look.
The label Shyamal and Bhumika’s collection brought in a great fusion between the bygone renaissance period and the contemporary modern fusion India.