This is Rohit Bal’s tour de force collection. “Gulbagh” was a majestic presentation of ivory gowns, lehengas and saris, styled with red rose tikkas for Spring/Summer 2015.
Enter a lush, Mughal garden full of red tea roses. Rohit Bal’s prêt-a-porter Spring/Summer 2015 collection was held at Quli Khan’s Tomb in Delhi, with Qutub Minar for a backdrop. What a way to end Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week!
The designer was inspired by the rich and lush Mughal gardens of Kashmir, and the show recreated the Mughal courts with flowers and live music. The fabric choice was regal, the cut and drape of women and menswear inspired by paintings from Mughal times, all resulting in a stunning collection that has us dreaming of floor-length, hand-block printed jackets worn over angrakha anarkalis. And did we mention that dreamy actor Arjun Kapoor also walked the ramp? Happy sigh.
Trends for women: Place your gold and kundan maang tikkas in storage; the rosebud tikka is here. Ivory saris and angrakha anarkalis are worn with gold embellished capes or floor-length jackets. Heritage fabrics like chanderia, fine mulmul, matka silk, voile, and red velvet are used, while clothing is adorned with hand-block printing, florals, gold leaf embossing, hand embroidery in resham, quilting, jewel toned Varanasi brocade, and thread and gold embroidery.
Trends for menswear: Sherwani jackets worn over Mughal jumas (frock-style gowns) and floral-print bandhgala jackets with jodhpurs. Jewel toned raw silks sherwanis and turbans. Deep wine red and black velvet embroidered jackets over ivory kurtas.