True to its name –’Hiraeth’ by Rimple & Harpreet Narula, puts the audience in a nostalgic trance at India Couture Week 2016, Day 3. Bespoke remnants, drawn out of fond memories, are brought to life on the runway against a warm backdrop created by the lush drapes of antique textiles.
The mood slips into somber melancholy with Punjabi poetry of Amrita Pritam fused with music. The travelogue comes to life with a riot of motifs inspired by the visual delights from the flea markets of the world. The audience’s mystical journey moves through quaint locations from Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Samarkand, Bagnoregio, Palampore, and Baluchistan with ancient relics of birds, beasts, paisleys, trellises, and cartouches expressed through the embroidered motifs.
Each ensemble had a story of its own to tell. Uniquely designed in luxurious drapes of vintage textile in ethereal hues of ivory, gold, marsala, and midnight blue come together to make magic on the runway.
Adding grandeur to the outfits, regal cloaks, dramatic jackets and sheer robes enhanced the classic silhouettes. Hiraeth is a collection that spelled couture royalty.
The crowning glory was the Minar lehenga worn by the bollywood actress Yami Gautam.
The Minar lehenga features stunning hand embroidered motifs derived from a Mughal monument lit up under a star-spangled midnight sky. Inspired by a Mughal monument that Harpreet stumbled upon during his recent visit to Benares, the showstopper lehenga boasts of tall, strong embroidery depicting Islamic architecture.
Sometimes, it’s hard to break out of the colour mould. So, if you are afraid of ditching bright shades completely, go for versions of gold. Narulas picked the classic combination of white and gold, along with tan beiges and dull creams for not only their brides, but, for the grooms too.
The awe-striking aesthetics of the show tugs at the chords of the audience’s soul through the nostalgic experience of ‘Hiraeth’.
Photos courtesy of Rimple and Harpreet Narula