Nomi Ansari opened the evening bridal shows on the final day of PFDC LOreal Paris Bridal Week 2013 with a collection titled Rang Mahal. The collection drew inspiration from the post-partition era, the cultural heritage influence that has its shadows in our sense of dressing and style to this day, which serves a reminder of the lavish era the sub-continent has witnessed over the years.
The collection featured timeless pieces which could be described as being majestic, ethereal and melancholic, carrying the glory of the past in its elaborate pure and pristine ensembles. ‘Rang Mahal’ was a perfect marriage of the old and contemporary, the known and the forgotten, a celebration of style meticulously crafted in hand woven fabrics and rare embroidery techniques packaged in a vibrant, colourful fashion. With hand woven and printed fabrics that are especially commissioned to local craftsmen, the collection followed the age-old techniques of weaving brocade, luxury silk and cotton weaves, with cuts that were a mix of old and new silhouettes such as contemporary cuts with skirts, lucknow cuts and churidars.
The colour palette was signature Nomi Ansari and featured bright and muted hues, pastels and rich traditional bridal colours including acid greens, scarlets, ivories, corals and rani pink, which was predominantly used. Other tones relevant to traditional celebratory events such as ochres, saffron and canary amalgamating with shades of aqua, sapphire and turquoise were also incorporated into the bridal ensembles. ‘Rang Mahal’ also featured men’s wear in a mix of traditional and contemporary groom’s wear that was a fun mix of vests, achkans and kurtas in a diversity of dynamic colours that depart from the traditional colour palette. In addition to the fashion presentation, the showcase also featured a unique dance performance by Husnain Saleem.