Ashima Leena at India Bridal Fashion Week 2013

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I was waiting in line to get in to the show area, when I turned around and saw Mehak! Of Peaches & Blush blog! And next to her was Roli of Crazy Indian Wedding blog (who I’d met on the first day as well)! Finally, got a picture of all three of us 🙂

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Do you like the effect the light in the background is creating? Roli’s husband clicked our picture (he’s accompanying her to every show!) and I can only assume that Roli is wearing one of her own creations?

Anyway, I sat next to Mehak during the show, who seemed to be such a nice person! The first show on Day 4 of India Bridal Fashion week began with a man sitting on the runway, telling a story in what sounded like pure Urdu. Unfortunately, I couldn’t understand most of what he said, but I did pick up on the words “Chandni Chowk” and “Dilli” and began to wonder if the show was going to be based on Chandni Chowk! I hoped not!

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Thankfully, I was completely off the mark. It was a show based on the Mughal era. The women were clothed in modest clothing, covered in gold shimmery fabric in full-sleeved outfits. While the look in its entirety was fascinating, I didn’t like any of the clothes.

In fact, there was no single piece in the collection that I would wear, so no top picks from this collection. The only few pieces that I liked a bit was the ones with gota patti work on them (I’m a sucker for gota patti). But I didn’t like them in their entirety.

What I did like was the jewellery on the models. Saw one bejwelled hairband that I really loved! And some of the earrings were big & very bridal!

A pair of jhumkis I really liked
A pair of jhumkis I really liked

I also noticed that a lot of the models were walking barefoot. Unless, of course – you count these as footwear!

Jewellery for feet
Jewellery for feet

The clothes were not that bad. They definitely were elegant. Just not in the colours and fabrics I like. I’m sharing the pictures of the whole collection below (I like the first few ones more than the rest, so do check them out) – have a look and tell me what you thought of the outfits.

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Showstopper

Loved Nargis Fakhri’s matha patti!

IBFW 2013 Ashima Leena Nargis Fakhri earring and matha patti

She posed for quite a while, so managed to get plenty of shots. Not a big fan of what she wore, it wasn’t terrible but it was just alright. She wore a royal red jacket with intricate zari work teamed with shimmery lehenga.

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The Official Version

Ashima Leena singh, with their almost 20 years old eponymous label dedicated to the amalgamation of the periodic trends with modern times, have achieved a notable status in the fashion industry. Their traditional yet contemporary collection which is an exemplary of timeless and fine craftsmanship was showcased on the Day 4 of Ambey Valley India Bridal Fashion week (AVIBFW).  Rhea Singh, daughter of Leena is making her official debut with a bridal collection, and will be a fresh face of this legendry label. With the incorporation of Rhea’s new strategic planning skills, Ashima –Leena have focused on Mughal influenced styles and techniques for their this year’s Collection at India Bridal Fashion Week.

The models were draped in subtle dhoti style sarees in the hues of light beige, and dull gold at the show.  A pietra-dura motif shimmered on the shades of burnished gold and carnelian, while one couldn’t overlook the use of beautiful gota-patti work on delicately designed ensembles. Matte gold sparkled in an intricate, ornamental embellishment was very beautifully blended with long sheer jackets worn over sarees. The whole traditional classical look of the ensembles was further enhanced by models supporting the side braids as the hairstyle in sync with the traditional gold and precious stone jewellery. Dhotis were teamed with short kurtas and sheer jackets with intricate zardosi work.  Another set of the collection was in soft greens, fuschia pinks with fine gota-patti work. Sharara pants, transparent embroidered pyjamis in pietra-dura motif teamed with short anarkali were few highlights of their collection. Long jackets in paisley pattern work in the hues of red, copper and gold were teamed with a royal broach holding up the jacket in the middle, to give it an aristocratic look to the whole ensemble. A lot of experimentation was done with ‘dhoti’ as it clearly evident with the way sarees were draped dhoti style, and also teaming up of short kurtas with dhoti-pants. Their collection intended to celebrate an esoteric romance, woven in silken thread and beaten metallic gold. Taj Mahal stands as the finest example of the art and architecture of the bygone Mughal era, and by deriving their inspiration from those times, the designers aspire to reflect a poetic flow in volume, layers, and impeccable garment construction through their extravagant collection.

What did you think of the collection? Love it? Hate it?

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