When it comes to western men’s and women’s wear, Narendra Kumar Ahmed is one of the leading names. Known for his excellent construction, innovative silhouettes and great tailoring, Narendra’s garments have specially woven Indian fabrics and amazing hand crafted details.
For his launch bridal collection at Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week 2012, Narendra created perfect synergy between his western sensibilities and the traditional desires of the bride. Music has always been the basis of the inspirations for Narendra and this time too the collection drew heavily from the beauty of classical ballet traditions. It was the romanticism of music by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff.A. that brought the beauty of ethereal fashion to life. Romance came in the form of stately creations that floated down the U shaped runway.
To the strains of the ballet classics, Narendra opened the show with the beige and nude section then moved into the blues and the shaded orange/yellow with touches of turquoise and ended with large doses of red in their entire colorful story.
The marked western influence was evident in the structured blouses with rigid peplums that replaced the sexy cholis; while the jackets with ornate embroidery were teamed with net saris with heavy embellishments.
Wide layered net and silk pants gave the glittering jumpsuit with black velvet bodice a fusion look; while the slim line jackets were matched with saris or lehengas. Corsets with peplums were teamed with satin saris that gleamed with embroidered borders. Giving a contemporary touch to the ensembles, Narendra cleverly added embellishments to highlight the beauty of the silhouettes.
Long gowns with waist high slits were teamed with moulded brocade pants. Gowns moved in with a hint of tradition as velvet appliqués on the bodice or balloon sleeves gave an oriental touch.
Men’s wear was as fabulous, as the ivory kurta with double layered short jacket, the wrap neck asymmetric tunics and the satin lapel tuxedo in black velvet over an ivory kurta; brought in the magic of contemporary styling for the stronger sex. Sherwanis had eye catching abstract embroidery while the colour palette was as vivid as the women’s section with red, blue, beige and nude along with black making an impact.
Fabrics ranged from velvet, net, crepe, silk to organza and raw silk to give that rich luster to the garments. While Narendra lavished his creations with the most ornate embellishments it was the mix of hand painted roses in muted tones of browns combined with shimmering embroidery that made all the difference to the garments.
For the bride who wants to make a truly modern New Age impact on her important day, Narendra Kumar Ahmed’s debut offering of bridal couture will make a great impression on the happy day.