NEW DELHI (IANS) — Rajasthan’s rich cultural heritage came alive at the FDCI India Couture India 2016 fashion show here July 22. And actress-filmmaker Divya Khosla Kumar, though she married T-Series head honcho Bhushan Kumar in 2005, ended up feeling like a bride all over again when she walked the ramp in an exquisite bridal creation by designer Reynu Taandon.
The showcase of Taandon's 'Kamangari' line was held at the Taj Palace Hotel, where Divya sizzled on the catwalk in a small red choli and heavily embroidered lehenga with gota. The "Yaariyan" director also sported a big nose ring, maang tika and completed her look with minimal make-up.
Talking about the collection, Divya told IANS: "Reynu's clothes are a pop of freshness... The stunning color-combination teamed with gorgeous work and the perfect fit, makes me feel like a bride all over again."
With melodious Rajasthani numbers like "Kesariya balam" and "Mohe pi ki najariya" playing, and the runway decked up with a traditional urli (brass bowl) filled with fragrant mogra, and a recreation of a popular fort from Rajasthan — the show left the audience mesmerized.
Models sashayed down the ramp showcasing exquisite lehengas, extravagant anarkalis and saris, in an array of bright and beautiful colors such as orange, red, gold and green.
The silhouettes reflected Rajasthan's rich heritage— varying from handcrafted foil printing to usage of block prints on vibrant Chanderi fabric.
Taandon told IANS: "I chose Rajasthan because I am inspired by the beauty and grandeur of Rajasthan. I wanted to remain true to my roots. 'Kamangari' means handcrafted."
Why did she choose Divya as the showstopper?
"I chose Divya because I think she would be perfect for a girl that redefines the conventional bridal fashion with all that is modern along with an imperial twist," Taandon, who has styled the likes of Bollywood personalities Manoj Bajpayee, Chitrangada Singh and Minissha Lamba, said.
Taandon's show was followed by designer duo Rimple and Harpreet Narula's collection titled Hiraeth.