The couturiers moved onto an adventurous path when they went into nostalgic opulence by revisiting the Baroque Era’s majestic artefact – The Chandelier as their inspiration. With this brilliant object of layered artistic lighting as their guiding beacon, the collection also unveiled layers of designing creativity for each ensemble.
The marked intricate beauty of baroque leaf motifs appeared in the embroidery for many of the creations. Since the early 17th century era displayed exaggerated styles and forms; the “Capella” collection stated true to the theme. The designing duo paid colourful homage to neutral off-white then moved to rich mint gold and brought in staid charcoal that was also seen at times in the interiors of Baroque palaces.
To suit the requirements of the Indian bridal season, Shantnu and Nikhil unveiled magnificent lehengas encrusted with crystals and jewel stones. Tiers were accentuated by tulle and veils that brought forth a sensuous lavish quality of that era. An embellishment that was extremely eye-catching came in the form of Baroque lace embroidered in Dori work.
Men’s wear featured all the characteristic design sensibilities of Shantnu and Nikhil, as draped kurtas, salwars, loose pyjamas, narrow pants along with buttonless sherwanis, bundgala jackets and bundies made a quick appearance on the runway. A touch of the western jacket came in the form of a one-button version, at times, worn over a sheer embroidered kurta. Interesting additions were, the wide lapel, dolman sleeve, cropped jacket, as well as some cool embellished sweaters for formal wear.
Closing the show with great style and elan, Bollywood’s beautiful star, Kriti Sanon made a grand entry wearing an exquisite, white bridal lehenga with a luxurious tulle trail, edgy bustier and Baroque lace embroidered in Dori Work, edged tulle dupatta. The tonal embellishments were majestic in the technique of craft for the gorgeous trio of ensembles.
Picture : Ritik Jadav