Nachiket Barve’s “Millennial Maharanis” collection recreated the grandeur, style and glory of regal, Indian, royalty of the eras gone by.
Staying true to the theme, the showstopper was the gorgeous, Bollywood actor Janhvi Kapoor who recently debuted in ‘Dhadak’. She sashayed on the ramp in a cobalt blue and bright pink lehenga, exotic choli and dupatta. The exquisitely embroidered creation was designed to utmost perfection.
Just as the fashion of the past decades had merged with Indian and European fusion, Nachiket brought in the retro glamour with a twist for the 21st century woman, who is in search of the good life around the globe. Giving some sophisticated fashion directions to the New Age style followers, Nachiket’s style statement combined the beauty of the East and West. The designer offered numerous mix and match options that will take the style trendsetters from resort holiday wear, to the grand destination wedding happening, with the greatest of ease.
The key word to describe the collection could only be ‘opulent’ as the rich jewel toned colour card with deep fuchsia, black, bottle green, wine, blue, turquoise, red and lavish splashes of gold was given intelligent glitter with Resham work and dazzled with hand cut lamé appliqués. The abstract chrysanthemum motifs were crafted with Gota as yarn; while the inspiration of the heirloom jewels from the Maharani’s ornaments’ chest of yester years, appeared as beading and crystal embellishment.
The ensembles were a veritable treasure trove of exquisite creations. The flouncy, tulle, skirts floated down the runway teamed with seductive, tiny cholis and intricately embroidered jackets. Saris were given a fusion push when worn with blazers and could create quite a stir at the seaside wedding soirée. On the western wear chart, Nachiket had lined up slinky will-power or off-shouldered gowns that looked divine with overcoats. The shocking pink ornate jacket worn with a flared skirt was truly a regal entry.
Some daring destination wedding wear was presented when a black sheer kurta was teamed over a red bralette. The one- shouldered-sleeve gown, flared maxi skirt topped with a sleeveless blouse, embroidered sequinned jacket over asymmetric kurta and the long-sleeved coat over matching maroon gown were exquisite formal wear.
The slim, sleek gowns were striking with high slits, while the panelled lehenga, choli and dupattas along with the shimmering gold gown over a black sheer coat and bolero was an elegant trio. The multi-panelled, floor length cape over a lehenga and choli was pure drama.
The exquisite embroidery was the focal point of the collection, which started with tiny sparkling patterns and then moved into magnificent bouquets of golden blossoms by the end of the show.
There were large dollops of oomph and attitude in the creations that ensured that Nachiket Barve’s “Millennial Maharanis” collection would turn the wearer into the fashion diva she always longed to be.