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Pink princess vs Gothic glam

Pink princess vs Gothic glam
Bubblegum princesses battled warrior women as designers Shantanu-Nikhil and Manish Malhotra took the stage on Day 4 of PCJ Delhi Couture Week. While Bollywood’s favourite designer Malhotra went one notch up on the collection that he had shown in Delhi last, city designer duo Shantanu and Nikhil went the Gothic glam way. Brides were the focus for Malhotra while Shantanu-Nikhil too concentrated on brides, but the New Age one.  

Shantanu-Nikhil’s collection had a heavy dose of Goth. The ramp represented a map of the world, with chairs scattered and piled up to the ceiling. The silhouettes were flouncy and somewhat harsh. The idea was to showcase the New Age bride. Vintage burnt blues, golds and reds were used to highlight the concept.  

The designer duo used a lot of chains on flouncy gowns, rosettes stitched on saris which were worn with shimmery jackets, lace threadwork on the creations, mesh-like sequins on gowns and more.   

There were lehengas, skirts, dresses and saris in fabrics like silk, French lace and nets. The designer duo also used a lot of metals as embellishment on the clothes, making them so heavy that the models actually found it difficult to walk in some of them.

Malhotra’s show began with his short film. The stage was ornately decorated with regal chandeliers and dressers. Vidyut Jamwal opened the show in a front open sequinned long jacket with silk trousers.

The collection comprised mostly shararas and ghararas with a few saris, sherwanis and achkans thrown in. True to Malhotra’s collections, it was completely meant for the bride, right from mehendi and sangeet to the wedding.

The silhouettes were flowy and layered with embellished backs being the focus of the ensembles. The designer used a lot of velvets, nets, brocades and rich silks in specially dyed hues like pastel pinks, royal blues, golds and tomato reds.

The creations were embellished using zari work and tilla dozi work [gold or silver thread embroidery usually done on the breast and cuffs of a garment] from Kashmir, intricate embroidery and shimmer on the hemlines, and booti work.  

There were lehengas with trains, ghararas worn with full-body separate worn like a gown, heavily sequinned saris, long transparent cholis with bells attached to them, specially designed wedges. Volume and transparency were some of the highlights of the collection which had Katrina Kaif come in between sequences to showcase a dull gold shimmery lehenga.

Karan Johar, Amaan and Ayan Ali Khan, Shabana Azmi, Madhur Bhandarkar, Satish Kaushik and Sunanda Pushkar were seen cheering from the front rows.
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