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When Bong bride floored Disco King

When Bong bride floored Disco King
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The hands of the clock went back to relive a bygone era on Day 3 of PCJ Delhi Couture Week. Anju Modi’s show began with stills of boats on the Hooghly and Howrah bridge in the backdrop – giving off a sensuous feel and taking one back to the Calcutta of yesteryears. With characters from Bengali literature and films as the inspirations, Anju Modi’s Devi was all about muted elegance.

The show opened with model Noyonika Chatterjee in a very Bengali sari, with her hair open and sporting a red bindi. The collection comprised saris which were pan-Indian with a distinctly Bengali touch to it. The pallus were kept short and often split into two – reminiscent of the old Bengali way of tying the keyring to the pallu. There were layered lehengas, ruched bustiers, layered long dresses worn with capes, gowns, floor-length anarkalis, collared jackets, short jackets.

The colour scheme varied from blacks to golds to blues, creams and jade greens with the reds making their presence felt in each and every ensemble. The silhouette was flowy and volume was the mainstay with plenty of layers.

Modi played with the pallu, giving it interesting shapes and designs. While the show began on a subdued note, she upped the ante during the second and third sequences which were more opulent with jewel tones and embroideries, velvets and muslins standing out. 

Models sashayed in heavily sequinned long jackets, jewel-toned corsets and bustiers, lehengas with elaborate embroidery at the hemlines. Generous usage of nets gave the ensembles a more feminine appeal. Modi also used pleats and floral prints on a lot of the garments. The typically Bengali benarasis were given a more pan-Indian feel. There were collared jackets with paisley motifs, gold elements, mirrorwork, coins used to jazz up drawstrings, voluminous lehengas, shararas, gowns with net layers and more. 

Known for her work on textiles, Modi used fabrics like Benarasi weaves, rich silks and muslins for a sensuous effect. Her showstopper Madhuri Dixit Nene’s look was straight out of Devdas. Before she walked down the ramp, her recorded voice, reciting poetry, was played for the audience.

As she walked on the runway – flashing her 100 watt gorgeous smile – the audience erupted in whistles and claps. Madhuri flaunted a black and beige lehenga with polki jewellery, heavily-kohled eyes and wearing sindoor and Bengali bindi.
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