India Bridal Fashion Week’s last day was uncompromising and unsettling. The tension was evident as the venue was lit up with excited and anxious faces for there was a mystery around what were to be witnessed.
Neeta Lulla was the first to present her collection on the last block of the bridal story. As we hoped in our previous review for no royalty-inspired collections, we were if anything relieved. Neeta Lulla, went a notch further- her bride is not a queen or empress, she is a goddess. Her collect “The Bridal Goddess” was a mixture of western as well as ethnic outfits.
There was a distinct emphasis on clumps of pretty roses for long white net skirts, lean tunics, tulle covers and gowns with sexy fish trails. Neeta went 3D with appliquÃ©s, 3D work, sequins, crystals and embroidery on tulle.
The sari section had long sleeved sharply cut jackets (FMW predicts jackets will be major this season in ethnic wear), lace edged beauties wound around the models, trench coats over belted lace saris and a ruffled blouse/sari/churidars trio.
An assortment of lehengas, cholis and dupattas; the flared skirts, tiny cholis, cutwork dupattas, bustiers, slim sheaths over churidars and an unconventional navy long sleeved jacket matched with an orange net lehenga revealed some strong style statements. The show stoppers were Ritesh Deshmukh in an ink blue velvet sherwani and pants with matching embroidered kurta and Genelia wearing a luxe brown Indian silk lehenga combined with a peplum blouse.
As the show ended, her collection became an instant talk of the town. People who had come and witnessed her show, were enthralled with the etherealness of it all. While FMW was just glad her bride was not another royal empress.
Neeta Lulla is one of the few designers who do vintage and western so well along with Indian. Don’t you think?xx
By: Akanksha Narang