Although her collection did feature some interesting net saris

The menswear shown during last year’s Bridal Asia platform was also boring with little room left for experiment, and this time round it literally took the cake be it traditional pieces by Sabayasachi and Raghuvendra Rathore or luxury modern wear by Sidharth Tytler.

On the bright side, the premier day show of Bridal Asia 2011 featured Honey Waqar from Pakistan along with Bhairavi Jaikishan, Falguni and Shane Peacock and Pallavi Jaikishan. It was for the the first time in the history of the event that a Pakistani designer was chosen for the opening and the reason given was the popularity of Honey Waqar with the Indian clientelle. Another reason was the celebrity showstopper chosen by the ‘Lahori queen of bridals’ (as she is known in India) — Humaima Malick, the star of Shoaib Mansoor’s film, Bol. Ever since the film has been released in India, it is getting rave reviews in the press.

The theme of Honey’s collection was Baroque Juliet and she opened the show with Humaima wearing a light powder-pink short shirt paired with a long coat and the designer’s trademark stones and jewel embellishments complemented with flared Dhaka pants. Expectations rose high with this brilliant start and Honey’s Baroque Juliet collection lived up to the expectations of the Indians.

Standing apart from the crowd and making a mark is no ordinary feat in the cluttered Indian fashion environment. Honey Waqar designs garments that are not only luxurious but also sensual. With the use of chantilly lace, pure chiffon and soft silk, she masters the art of tastefully integrating crystals and semi-precious stones in her outfits to create magnificent silhouettes. The fashionistas in the audience (Dilshad Khan especially came to see Honey’s segment and to meet Humaima Malick) could be seen whispering and giving looks of approval at the designer’s collection which was restricted to ivory, beige, coffee and black with an occasional splash of bright colour. She closed the segment with Humaima Mallick in a superbly structured and dramatic black-and-white cocktail gown encrusted with crystals and semi-precious stones.

The next designer to present bridal wear was Bhairavi Jaikishan. Although her collection did feature some interesting net saris, overall it seemed to be an old collection with lehngas and peshwazs thrown in for good measure.

The last collection of the second day was presented by Pallavi Jaikishan. Bright gold brocade long dress with garish multi-coloured flower embroidery was a wrong choice for the opening sequence of the grand finale. Pallavi’s Bridal Asia collection was nothing much to write home about as it was more or less the same silhouettes and colour palette which the designer showcased last year. Her signature rose motives combined with gold thread embroidery surfaced on bright fuchsia, red and orange lehngas gave her collection a ‘been there, done that’ look.

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