Luxurious Bridal Galore

Published: 30th October 2009
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Samsaara, the luxurious abode of fashion recently previewed the festive collections by Shobhaa De and a medley of other popular designers such as Nandita Mahtani, Ashish and Viral Parikh of Virtues and Priyali Chopra at its Mumbai store. Shobhaa De believes that a woman looks most beautiful and elegant in a sari, hence her collection strives to maintain just that which comprises new range of Sarees, featuring intricate zari embroidery and patchwork running through the six yards of sensuousness with mookaish, dabka, crystal and the traditional gota patti artwork. Combined with designs woven in shapes of bamboo leaves, cherry blossoms and soothing wave motifs makes evident the Japanese influence in this exotic fusion of colors and patterns.

Ashish and Viral Parikh of the label Virtues showcased their latest bridal line which mostly comprised soft pastel colors like ivories, gold, beige, pink, peach, lilac and sea green/blue to accentuate feminity. Soft gold and ivory dominate the collection. The main idea of keeping a soft color base is to highlight intricate embroideries adopted from the past era. Embroidery techniques as cutwork, marodi, vasali and gota are used in depth. Apart from lehengas the collection also has heavy suits, robes and kalidars. There are also mid length skirts with chudidars teamed up with blousons. Designer Nandita Mahtani for Ananya, showcased Indian and Indo western collection in the form of tunics and kurtas. The fabrics used for this collection are mainly printed and shaded Georgette, shimmer Georgette and cotton-brocade. The collection has lots of white, soft pinks, shades of greens and blue. The kurtas are embellished with combination of antique hand embroidery, gotas and sequin work.

Priyali Chopra's new collection of footwear, a range of wedges, thongs and mushroom-toe flats was mostly eco-friendly. Each handcrafted pair has her trademark Austrian Swarovski embellishments and metallic finishing. The collection was perfect for dressing up your day with bling or a resort holiday in Capri. Theses collections will be available at all the Samsaara stores across India.

Some of the guests who attended the festive preview at Samsaara included Dipti Salgaonkar, Usha Bose, Hasina Jethmalani, Roohi Jaikishan, Hema Deora, Raeesa Husain with daughter Manisha, Tara Sharma with her son, Amrita Raichand, Komal Wazir, Renu Chainani, Pinky Reddy, Zeba Kohli, Arti Surendranath, Delna Poonawalla, Vanita Bhandari, Leetu Shivdasani, Tanaz Doshi, Arpana Swarup, Indu Mahtani, Reena Wadhwa, Penny Patel, Janine Tara, Alice Parekh, Maneka Kumari Shah Etc. Avantikka Khilachand was dressed in a beautiful burnt orange saree designed by mum Shobhaa saree. The ladies had a blast shopping and discussing various looks assisted by Shobhaa De dressed in a self designed saree and Nandita who wore a red Ananya tunic. Sahil Shroff and Sanjay Kapoor, MD Genesis Colors (P) Ltd were the only men present.

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