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Meera and Muzaffar Ali's collection inspired by Awadh heritage at Valley India Bridal Fashion Week 2013

New Delhi, Thu, 25 Jul 2013 Amit Kumar

Film maker, painter turned designer Muzaffar ali, together with his wife Meera presented their collection' PEARL OF ORIENT' inspired by the traditional craft of the region of Awadh on the day 2 of India Bridal Week. Craftsmanship reminiscent of rich cultural heritage of Awadh has been extensively incorporated in their collection. Their 20 year old, international couture brand 'Kotwara' represents timeless craftsmanship and constant innovation in embroidery and weaving techniques. Kotwara infuses cultures and styles from different parts of Lucknow, Kashmir, Hyderabad, Kerala, and Benga. The exotic bridal wear collection showcased masterpieces which spoke volumes about the classic yet contemporary designs by the designer duo.

The ramp was truly inspired by the nature with big lush green bushes kept at short distances on the ramp, adorned with beautiful white flowers in the background. A fusion of soothing classical music and western beats which played in the background, sounded very apt for the collection. Four models stood at different spots on the ramp with one of them sitting gracefully on a wooden chair as the show started. The first part of the collection showcased a demure look which also at the same time looked very classy. Hues of off whites, nudes and beiges were used in Anarkalis, long jackets with mandarin necks, lehengas and shararas. Suits in beautiful gold gota work were teamed with ankle length palazzo pants. Models adorned beautiful kundan and pearl jewellery which perfectly matched the theme of their collection. Necklaces, Chand balis in Kundan and pearls were teamed up with pristine white and dull gold ensembles. Another subtle yet classy ensemble of the evening was a suit in peach hues with intricate thread work combined with a hint of gold work which was teamed beautifully with palazzo pants. Selection of men's wear was simple and comprised of just quilted jackets, waistcoats, mandarin collar coats or velvet quilted sherwanis in soft tones. The stand out piece in men's collection was a quilted jacket with mandarin collar teamed up with black pants.

It was Chiffons blended with velvets and brocades, embellished with zardozi and chikan techniques which created an intrigued collage of textures and did wonders for the Meera Muzaffar Ali's show. The palate ranges from soft pastels to vibrant hues. Every ensemble would simply mesmerize one's senses which take you on a journey of rich traditions in both apparels and craft techniques. Every minute detail was kept in the mind by the designer while presenting their bridal collection. It was also the jewellery donned by the models in the show which was so immaculately crafted by the designer Neety Singh. She believes in crafting meticulous masterpieces of jewellery which complements the exquisite collection by Meera Muzaffar Ali, and is really Indian in nature while universal in their appeal. With soothing tune playing in the background, it was hard to not submit yourself completely to her collection. A Soft ensemble which really grabbed attention was a peplum like Chantilly lace top with purple coloured lehenga as a lining. It was showcased with beautiful gotta work sprinkled on a tulle lehenga. Wide part of the collection also comprised of shararas and lucknowi style inspired ensembles. The show was choreographed by Anu Ahuja.

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