Jewellery takes over from apparel on the final day of India couture week

ALL THAT GLITTERS: Chitrangada Singh (left) in a diamond neckpiece from Shree Raj Mahal
In a first of sorts, clothes took a backseat and jewelled accessories like necklaces, bracelets and earrings took centrestage as the curtains came down on India couture week on Sunday. Bollywood beauties Bipasha Basu and Chitrangada Singh were showstoppers for the grand finale as they walked the ramp for a Shree Raj Mahal Jewellers’ show titled Parinay, donning pieces from the brand’s latest collection.

In a tribute to the fun and flirty spirit of Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe, Chitrangada inaugurated the show wearing a Gauri-Nainika one-shoulder black ballgown teamed with a stunning diamond necklace, as she swayed down the ramp to the classic Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend, famously performed by Monroe in the 1953 film, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

“The diamond neckpiece was the reason we decided to do the whole Marilyn act on stage,” said Chitrangada. “I was nervous because no one can do it the way Marilyn did, but I had fun.”

Bipasha looked her bridal best in a rusty red velvet lehenga by Rohit Bal which was teamed with a an elaborate polki neckpiece and matching earrings and maang tika. Besides, former Miss India and actress Aditi Gowitrikar as well as actor Muzzamil Ibrahim also graced the ramp for the show.

The event basically showcased a mix of jewelleries from the brand’s Svara and Sondaraya collections, and featured pieces in gold, inlaid with diamonds, emeralds, rubies and pearls. Huge chandeliers, table tops adorned with vintage goblets and singer Kamal Khan’s live performance added to the show’s grandeur.

The final day of the six-day event also saw couture collections of designers Rimple and Harpreet Narula, and Sulakshana Monga.

Presenting their debut collection, Rimple and Harpreet’s ‘eternal wanderlust’ line was inspired by nomads and wanderers of the Thar and Sahara deserts. So, there were plenty of silhouettes such as capes, robes and sheer billowy jackets along with floor-length anarkalis and saris.

Accentuating the theme of soul searchers, hand crafted textures were created by intricate fabric manipulation and crocheting, monogrammed coins, weaves of tulles and gossamer silks, as well as tessellations inspired by Islamic art. Accessories such as hand knitted turbans, elaborate beadwork headgear, distressed Hobo bags and intricately embroidered clutches also added to the boho chic look.

Paying homage to the grandeur of Indian royalty, Sulakshana Monga’s collection titled ‘Redefining Opulence’ boasted of floral prints on semi textured fabrics in rich shades of silver, gold, ruby, pink and sapphire. Actress Ileana D’Cruz looked particularly pleasing in a fushia pink stitched sari.

“Although black was originally my favourite colour, after slipping into this piece from Sulakshana, I must admit pink is my new black,” said D’Cruz.

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