We’ve definitely caught the Fashion Week fever that’s reaching cities all over the world, but it’s still a fair wait until London’s summer show starts on September 21. For now, we’ll just have to delight in the exclusive designs hitting the runways elsewhere.
One line that’s more than caught our interest is the innovative and unusual bridal range that showcased on Saturday during Lakme Fashion Week, Mumbai. Surprise, surprise – here at Hatton, we love to talk bridal wear and accessories!
The creative mind behind this collection, Nachiket Barve, has hit headlines before; in 2010 he won the Elle Magazine ‘Young Fashion Entrepeneur of the Year’ award, and went on to acquire the International Woolmark Prize for womenswear in 2016.
Now, he’s returned to Lakme Fashion Week with ‘Theia’, an ancient Greek word meaning “goddess” or “divine”. Sounds rather heavenly…
the collection imbues the sensibilities of the modern Indian bride. From contemporary and feminine silhouettes, to delicate embroidery and metallic detailing, every piece of this collection celebrates the divine mix of bold and ethereal, that makes a goddess (and a bride) a force to be reckoned with.
This positive and empowering message is expressed with Barve’s designs, which showcase deep, rich colours that convey both strength and femininity through flowing drapery and traditional embroidery.
Bollywood actress Saiyami Kher modelled a deep indigo Lehenga Choli (a traditional Indian two-part women’s garment), looking gorgeous in the layered fabric detailing Greek font and Greco-Roman wreaths.
These vibrant red numbers are also a favourite, featuring princess-like length and flowing capes. If you want to check out the full line, here’s a photo gallery.
Your wedding day should have you feeling like a goddess, and Barve has captured the power of such legendary ladies as Aphrodite, Hera and Athena. Even better are the practicalities – he’s kept the modern bride at the forefront of his mind, ensuring his fabrics are wrinkle-resistant and light.
The line really is an extension and diversification of my core aesthetic which is making clothes that have functionality, relevance, empathy for women and style.
What are your thoughts on his designs? Let us know!