Quli Khan’s Tomb,Qutub Archaeological Park
New Delhi: 12thOCT, 2014
Celebrating a Couture showcase; WIFW SS15 in association with MYNTRA at Quli Khan’s Tomb on Day 5 saw an enthralling grand finale by the suave designer Rohit Bal. We witnessed a mix of fashion, glamour and splendor showcased in the most spectacular manner ever in the history of WIFW.
High on captivating the audience; we bring you the Highlights of the Show:
1. Bal recreated the mesmerising aura of Mughal court on the ramp with majestic Qutub Minar at the backdrop. The opulent set was designed by ace set designer Sumant Jayakrishnan.The runway had glittering chandeliers, ramp decked up with Shama lamps, mirror lining on the floor for that extra glam doze and rose petals showered on the guests.
2. Adding to the ambience was the live performance of music doyenne- Shubha Mudgal. Her spellbinding voice of soulful sufi raags of Hazrat Amir Khusro and Zafar Shirazi effortlessly took us into the Mughal era.
3. Indian Style icon and a close friend of Bal –Bollywoodhottie Arjun Rampal was the showstopper of the evening showstopper for ace couturier Rohit Bal and mesmerized the audience as he made his way from the Quila Khan tomb to the ramp at his unfaltering best in a smart back velvet bandhgala jacket, with subtle black roses embroidered on it, teamed with black jodhpurs and leather shoes.
4. Models emerged from the dome’s balcony gliding in GULBAGH- Rohit ensembles inspired by the floral dreams and valleys of Kashmir; the designer’s tribute to the beauty of the Valley. GULBAGH is an ode to the magnificence of the Indian regalia and royal heritage.
Models walked down the ramp with roses for maang tikkas.
5. The collection was a fine amalgamation of purists and magicians as Bal represented timeless style with cloaks of quietude. The collection featured exquisite embroidered and printed peonies, chrysanthemums, wild roses,lotus and other ubiquitous lotus and chintz prints.
6. The fabrics ranged from chanderi, fine mulmul, matka silk, voile, velvet. Techniques like hand block printing have been used with vegetable dyes and gold leaf embossing with a generous use of quilting and tilla hand embroidery in resham. The collection saw extravagant use of thread and metallic gold.
6. Ivory was the base of the colour pallette which was teamed with embroidery. The use of brocade from Banaras added opulence to the otherwise understated collection. Traditional designs included floor-length angrakhas, peplum blouses, lehengas, saris, capes and smart shrug jackets in white, gold, black, maroon and multi-coloured stripes. The men were treated to well-fitted achkans in the same colour palette.
7. The designer was cheered on from the front row by Rohit’s close friend and one of the most celebrated French footwear designer Christian Louboutin, who was dressed in a red Rohit Bal design, and other known celebrated designers.
8. Sunil Sethi, President FDCI in his trademark tongue-in-cheek humour was quoted as saying “We could only not bring the aircrafts to shower petals from the skies above, but other than that it is the best we brought to the table so far. Rohit is just beyond words, and so was his show.”
9. The show was the epitome of resplendence and showcased timeless style. Bal, who danced down the runway while taking the final bow after the show, was greeted with a standing ovation which left him in happy tears.
Everything seemed perfect. The setting, ambience, clothes, music, models and the audience was very hypnotic and added frenzy and excitement to the moment.
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