The day four at Lakmé Fashion Week 2016 brings with itself a fresh burst of wedding collections. Unlike the usual bridal fashion shows, this year Payal Khandwala has brought something new on the stage. She has used warm traditional colours to create unique bridal outfits which are nothing like the same old red and gold ghaagra-cholis, sarees and suits. Sure, red and gold are some of the dominant colours in her collection but there are also purples, browns, olives and blacks. They are, certainly, nothing like you’ve ever seen before. Paypal’s display of her basic yet elegant collection is for those who wish to take the road less travelled. In her interview with The Indian Express, she has conveyed that she wishes to provide her costumers with “an option that is different from this sea of sameness”.
Her new collecting has no glittering linings, paired with layers and layers of jewellery. It’s one since neck piece that hangs till the waist, and that too is not the traditional ruby, emrald or kundan, they are simply gold plated designs. Lions have been extensively used as designs for neck pieces, perhaps, to portray stealth and leadership characteristics for this new era where women have no interest in being princesses and prefer being the king. Buttoned collared shirts, bellbottom pants and kimonos are a part of her designs, these are trends that have never before made it to an Indian bridal collection. Models were also seen walking the ramp wearing Silk and Kanjivaram.
Speaking of the models, it has been noticed in previous bridal fashion shows that they are made to walk in a ‘bride-like’ manner, with elegance and a dash modesty, however, this year, Payal’s models waled down the aisle with bold and casual postures. Khandwala says that her inspiration was her imagination of “this new emperor and a land where woman is king.”
The make up on these women was also kept basic, with a middle parting hairdo. Also, models were made to wear traditional gurgabi shoes rather than inches of heel, with the intensions of portraying strong characters with a comfortable outlook on life.