Saturday, August 11, 2012

Delhi Couture Week: Ashima & Leena [Major Partner : Signature]

The Ashima Leena collection has been aptly named ‘Raag Rattan’ by the legendary celebrated Sufi singer Zila Khan, whose melodious and meserizing voice enthralled the audience while bringing alive the soul of this collection. As her rich, soulful music weaved magic on the fabric of silence, the designs emerged magnificient, rare and precious. Crystallizing each sparkling note into matter, these garments were dazzingly bejewelled, drawing from the same source of heritage and tradition, yet moving on into a more contemporary realm.

Starting with diaphanous whites and cremes, set off by glittering accents and beaten gold work, the silhouettes speak of new vintage, the chakdaar jama of the mughals, especially, reinterpreted as contemporary clothing. Sheer and sensous drapes combined with body jewellery as a part of the garment set the mood for beautiful tones o tourmaline, jade green and cerulean blues. Moving on the collection takes on deeper jewel tones, prominently ruby, emerald and amethyst. The body of the garment becomes more classic, more regal with long jackets, almost skimming the floor worn with very full skirts. The embroideries bring to mind the almost lost art of precious old artisanship, the jewels of erstwhile maharajas making a scintillating style statement as embellishments. The same craftsmanship is echoed in the specially created shoes, modern wedges encrusted with diamante.

As the collection drew to a triumphant climax buoyed by the crescendo of vibrant song, the muse of the designers took the ramp the classically elegant and eternally gorgeous Sharmila Tagore. The perfect embodiment of the rich and regal vibe of this collection which is indeed a ‘tour de force’ brought together music, fashion and beauty in perfect and joyful harmony.

Sharmila Tagore made a surprise appearance near the end of the show which was like a cherry on the cake.

The after-party was fabulous to say the least. The private Signature Lounge was filled with stylish and fashionable high-profile socialites, models & designers, who talked and gushed about the stunning collection while sipping wine.

It truly seemed to be the playground of the bold and the beautiful! With an excellent service and exquisite wine, Signature has outdone itself! I had a fabulous time and so did my friend.

I managed few quick shots right before calling it a night! I was exhausted and my feet were killing me, what we girls have to go through in the name of fashion! ha!

{Shirt/Skirt - H&M, Clutch/ Necklace - Forever21, Shoes - U.S., Watch - Aldo}