JJ Valaya's Collection at Aamby Valley Bridal Week 2013 Delhi

2013 Aug 14 - by Preeti
The opening of Indian Bridal Week, 2013 Delhi Edition was kicked off by master designer, JJ Valaya.

The collection, ‘The Maharaja of Madrid’ is a fantasy voyage of a monarch fascinated by the Spanish art and customs. Displayed on a abstract ship and throne, Mr. Valaya sent forth his collection.

The Maharaja of Madrid is divided into five sets all supporting the vivid combination of Spanish and Indian elements.

Part I - Laces in Spanish fans and headgears.

Combined with Indian jewels, this was a display of true grandeur. Long colored coats in ivory and white grace the stage. The men's collection showcased an intricate, but light embroidered sherwani that was lovely palette cleanser.

Part II - The Manton de Manila - large fringed shawls from Spain.

Big floral prints melted with Indian Jamawar in paisley patterns swirled around the catwalk. Beautiful bolero jackets embroidered in Jacquard patterns, were seen paired with gowns, giving the royal touch to the whole ensemble.

Part III - The murals of Mexican artist, Diego Rivera.

Hues of reds and blacks in long, floor sweeping dresses swept down the stage. In the men’s collection, sherwanis with bundgala were seen which were teamed with black straight fitted pants.

Part IV - The armories of Spain and India.

A mini collection of fine metal embroideries, velvets, tulles and georgettes. The deep maroon, velvet jacket with fine metal embroidery at the front, and wispy tulle fabric, was a real stunner.

Part V - The bull fighters of Spain, the toreros.

In the men’s collection, long ankle length sherwanis in red, with heavy gold zardosi work in gold and black captured our attention. Models donned gold Mughal inspired turbans with a beautiful broaches and gemstones.

The second show stopper of the evening was Kangana Ranaut, who showed up in floor sweeping lehenga in gold work, with the incorporation of paisley patterns. You can see more of photos of Kangana here.

To conclude the show, Kabir Bedi walked the ramp in a long, velvet sherwani. Teamed with a turban and kali, he was pretty badass.

We loved this show. It was definitely refreshing and new on classic uptakes. JJ Valaya is one of those few designers that manages to inspire season after season.