The India Couture Week 2016 showcased incredible work by the most talented Indian designers. While most of their work was unquestionably glamorous, Rahul Mishra stood his own ground. 

What I loved about him is he refused to give in to typical norms and demands of the Indian bridal couture market. Free from the lavishness of gota, zardozi, zari and benares brocade, he pushed himself to break the bling and shine boundaries, and emerged with a fresh perspective on bridal couture wear.

Mishra's collection Monsoon Diaries captures nature's reaction to rains. “Everything blooms under the showers but the forms and shapes that you see in nature are wild, untamed—we didn’t want to focus on exacting motifs, just an idea of the same.” said Mishra. The collection flowed from powder blues, to navy, a fresh hint of mint, soft pinks and then the whites. “I wanted it look like splashes of water colour on paper,” said Mishra. Vintage botanical illustrations were also cited as references.

Mishra used french knots and cut work on chanderi, khadi, silk organza, georgette, muga silk and maheshwari. Long dresses, short and long jackets, saris, kurta-palazzos, dupattas, kalidar kurtas, kedia blouses and lehnga sets were dense with embroidery so fine, they were visually stunning.

I am besotted by his balance and proportion and the harmony of it seen so vividly in each ensemble. Beautiful whites with handmade appliqué and embroidery on organza created sheer poetry.

His collection ensures every bride her dream ensemble and reminds me about the forgotten nuances of romance once associated with monsoon.

pic courtesy: Vogue India
quote courtesy: Vogue India