India Bridal Couture Week: From Russia, with love

Winter is coming, with it will come wedding festivities like no other. Celebrating the upcoming bridal season, couturier JJ Valaya presented the second part of his Bolshoi Bazaar on Sunday at the ongoing BMW India Bridal Couture Week being held in the Capital.

After wowing fashionistas last year with his pret version of the range, the designer turned to a more elaborate mood board with his couture collection that derived inspiration from the high life of erstwhile Russia. Models took to the ramp in rich jewel tones like emerald, ruby, turquoise, gold, champagne and black, with paper falling like snow on the ramp. While intricate embroidery adorned the lehengas, blouses, kurtis, sari, anarkalis and jackets for women, and regal-looking bandhgalas, cloaks and achkans for men, the line still managed to present a subdued sense of dressing rather than flashy formalwear.

Standout looks included a silver-grey jacket for men with fern embroidery running along the length of the front, teamed with a flared gold chakdar jama underneath. Others included a jewelled cape and faux-fur lined juttis with pompom balls and golden beads. The ornaments and accessories were the other highlights, serving a strong Russian flavour to the collection. Men wore ushanka hats while women strutted down in beautifully ornamented velvet capes and kokoshnikinspired headgear with filigree work and strings of pearls, designed by jewellery labels Valliyan and Nitya Bajaj Arora.




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