The past few days have been very fashionable with India Bridal Week taking the stage by storm every evening from 29th December onwards. We had only begun to get addicted to the fashion drug and it is already time to bid goodbye (the withdrawal’s started kicking in)!
It was time for grand finale-Rohit Bal’s show. One enters the venue with a lot of expectations from Rohit. He has always managed to keep his thunder from never getting stolen. His collection “Mulmul” was not only about the excellent designs he created but he also realises that a fashion show is equally about the ambience you create for the audience. One has to truly be in the creative zone- an artist should be able to express and make the audience feel what he feels. The show started with the song “lag jaa gale” taking us down to the era we regard as golden.
Black, ivory, gold and white are colors that dominated his collection. Red was used mainly in velvet with gold embroidery. Victorian high pleated collars looked extremely gorgeous so did Victorians with sheer yoke worn with a sari. Most of the silhouettes were voluminous. Jackets were long as well as short. The all-white floor skimming angarkhas with contrast bodices, royal velvet maxis with Elizabethan collars, maroon lehengas and corsets or sexy hipster long bridal skirts worn with miniscule cholis were part of a memorable collection while moulded velvet corsets added a regal fashionable dimension to saris.
The tune changed to “kehna hi kya” which has Manisha Koirala in a white and gold lehenga. It was not a random choice but a careful selection for a series of ensembles that were about to follow. An assortment of white and gold ensembles were pure drama with the ethnic creations in Mulmul and dull gold turning into breathtaking visions of beauty, which were so unbelievable, since Mulmul never looked more haute than it did at this scintillating show. Following which, 22 jewelled turbaned male models in identical floor length Mulmul angarkhas lined the ramp to create a majestic entrance for the two wine coloured glittering bridal wear clad models.
The Grand finale was grand in true sense of the term. And when Rohit stepped on the ramp, and shook a leg or two on “aa jaane jaa”, his enthusiasm was contagious. A true artist, the audience felt what he felt in his creation as well as in his vivaciousness.
Whoever said endings aren’t happy hadn’t seen Rohit Bal dancing! xx
By: Akanksha Narang