Raghavendra Rathore at India Bridal Week

Two days into the Aamby Valley India Bridal Week, and it’s only getting more regal as seen on the third day of its Mumbai journey. Raghavendra Rathore’s collection time travelled skipping decades, right to the Royal era of 1920s. A time when India had kings and Queens, mesmerising the masses, all in their extravagant charm. Such is the impact of Rathore’s bride. She feels like a queen, her groom is the king and her court is always filled with ethnically pleasing visuals.

Finely crafted from luxurious silks, brocades, chiffons and velvets in regal hues like fuchsia, midnight blue, wine, saffron, gold and silver; the collection gave a western look to the modern Indian silhouettes. Surface embellishments were treated with great reverence to give an antique vintage feel to the garments. The overall silhouettes for both men’s and women’s wear were lean and figure hugging with only a casual hint of volume for the skirts.

Speaking of voluminous skirts, Dia Mirza, Raghavendra Rathore’s showstopper wore a red taffeta tucked bias cut long skirt and black heavily embroidered jacket that was a fitting finale.

Dia Mirza walking for Raghavendra Rathore

Men’s wear had sherwanis, bandgalas, Nehru style jacket worn over kurta dominated the show. Embroidered waistcoats with Jodhpuri pants, strategically embroidered shirts and jackets, practical kurtas with embellished bundies and Bandgala jackets in vibrant shades of electric blue and royal purple silk completed the collection.

The collection, undoubtedly exhibited regalia at its best. But isn’t every designer going regal for bridal wear? Is there more to India than the royalty there existed in the vintage times? Is it that the Indian Bridal market isn’t ready for more unconventional themes?

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By: Akanksha Narang