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Bhairavi Jaikishan line filled with youthful charm
Mar '13
There were romantic, classic silhouettes with large doses of youthful charm in Bhairavi Jaikishan’s “Paradise Island” collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013.

Keeping a firm hold on her specialty - that is embellishments; the designer moved from surface textures to eclectic embroidery. Bhairavi brought in a profusion of colour with beautiful hues like ivory, pale aqua, lemon, pistachio and rose, which gradually moved to sunset, coral, fuchsia and red.

Catering to the young bride who dreams of a beautiful summer’s day wedding, Bhairavi showed a variety of Lehengas, lehenga-saris along with some stunning traditional saris.

Adding a line of festive kurtas, Bhairavi ensured that the collection had a perfect mix of style and elegance for day, formal and bridal wear. The fabric choice was utterly feminine with tulle, chiffon and georgette adding to the delicate glamour of the entries.

Embroidery was the piece-de-resistance of the collection with exquisite work in gold, silver, sequins, crystals, pearls and resham as the focal point of all the entries.

Opening the show with a stunning white bell-sleeve long net shift with gold work, the show moved to elegant long lean kurtas with bouquets of flowers scattered on them. Gold satin lined the net ensembles while the embellishments moved from being strategically placed to being splashed all over the garments.

Pleating was favoured for the flared lehengas, as well as the very dramatic lehenga-sari combos, which were dappled with badla work. Shararas made a comeback for Bhairavi, who teamed them with shimmering kurtis and long slit tubes.

As the colours moved to stronger brighter hues the embellishments matched in patterns and intricate crafting. Cholis were designed in imaginative cuts - an empire line embroidered version, with low back or a mix of silver and gold glitter for an encrusted number.

Silhouettes for the lehengas were voluminous or figure hugging with mermaid/fishtail hemline options, while bias cuts were favoured for panelled skirts.

The finale was a fusion bridal creation - a gold brocade long skirt and choli covered with a white net angarkha, which dazzled with pearl and sequin embroidery.

For creations that are ethereal, timeless and very traditionally crafted, Bhairavi Jaikishan’s “Paradise Island” collection will be something that generations of women will treasure.

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