Gaurang Shah’s “Chandbali” collection was dedicated to the modern bride and used bright rich Indian colours paired with heavy borders. The highlight of the show and the day, was Gaurang’s muse, the elegant Kiron Kher gracefully draped in a shocking pink brocade saree. The make up was minimal with the models wearing kohl lined eyes– sporting a bronzed look.
Combining the patterns of the antique odhnas from the Akbarnama with khadi, Gaurang ensured that the outfits had all the richness, beauty and auspicious touches of bridal finery. Motifs like gow-mata, chand-suraj, Buddha-pada were combined with Chandbali like embroidery. The colours caused a riot on the ramp as garments in surkh red, gulabi pink, zard yellow, narangi orange, sabz green were designed into majestic styles. Reviving the jama, achkans, angarkha, sadri, shaluka, floor length kalidaar and lehenga with assi kalis, Gaurang ensured that the 21st century bride had ample options. Bringing to centre stage the ancient Jamdani weaving technique, Gaurang’s “Chandbali” collection was poetry in fabric form as he presented the odhna weaves on organza while the embroidery on khadi recreated the antique zardosi style.