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Bridal beauties: Chitrangda, Alia and more catwalk queens!

Last updated on: July 29, 2013 19:21 IST

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We bring you the best of runway from days Four, Five and Six of Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week 2013, with designs by Tarun Tahiliani, Suneet Varma, Rohit Bal, Ashima Leena and Adarsh Gill, as well as jewellery by Azva.

Brides-to-be with generous budgets will certainly have a hard time picking from among the hundreds of elegant ensembles that dazzled on the ramp at this year's Bridal Week.

From cocktail wear to elaborate lehengas and exquisitely embroidered ethnic jackets, there was something for everyone -- and every wedding function.

In the following pages we bring you glimpses from the latest lines showcased on the last three days of Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week 2013, by some of the biggest Indian labels.

We start off with couturier Tarun Tahiliani's latest collection 'Marriage...Mystic...Magic'. The garments tried to capture all the elements of their title, with traditional Indian textiles and techniques used to create a modern trousseau.

Creations resplendent with rich fabrics, crystal embellishments and intricate workmanship were seen in luxurious hues and showstopper Lisa Haydon was a vision in the piece de resistance, a softly sparkling pastel lehenga.

Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week's 2013 installment was held from July 23 to 28 in Delhi, and is to be followed by a schedule in Mumbai this coming October.


Image: Lisa Haydon for Tarun Tahiliani
Photographs: Courtesy Clea Public Relations

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Indrani Dasgupta strikes a pose in heavy silver-on-orange reverie.


Image: Indrani Dasgupta for Tarun Tahiliani
Photographs: Courtesy Clea Public Relations

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Channeling a look for the bold bride, Anjali Lavania shows off more than a hint of cleavage in this stunning nude sari with matching choli.


Image: Anjali Lavania for Tarun Tahiliani
Photographs: Courtesy Clea Public Relations

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For the guys we see a kurta-shirt hybrid worn over a dhoti and topped off with a sleeveless jacket.


Image: A Tarun Tahiliani creation
Photographs: Courtesy Clea Public Relations

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Tahiliani offers up a more Western silhouette with this toga-style sari gown, a lace panel running down one side.


Image: A Tarun Tahiliani creation
Photographs: Courtesy Clea Public Relations

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Veteran designer Suneet Varma was inspired by the art, architecture and history of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii for his latest line 'The Golden Bracelet'.

Three distinct sub-themes divided up the showing into segments; 'Romance' featured jewel-toned saris draped toga style; 'Longing' consisted of long silhouettes in ivory and blue, adorned with baroque pearls; and 'Wedding' saw customary crimson on floral applique saris and long dresses symbolic of Roman colum dresses.

Seen here is model Rachel Bayros in a regal purple toga gown with metallic gold bodice.


Image: Rachel Bayros for Suneet Varma
Photographs: Courtesy Clea Public Relations

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A gorgeous embroidered nude and gold ensemble sails onto the runway, the dupatta doubling up as a veil cascading behind.


Image: A Suneet Varma creation
Photographs: Courtesy Clea Public Relations

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The designer continues in the same Roman-inspired vein with this deep maroon and brown one-sided drape, heavily embellished with metal jewellery.


Image: A Suneet Varma creation
Photographs: Courtesy Clea Public Relations

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A tulip-shaped number with embroidered corset bodice twirls to reveal its pleats and drapes in all their glory.


Image: A Suneet Varma creation
Photographs: Courtesy Clea Public Relations

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Nethra Raghuraman is the epitome of demure beauty in this lovely pink and beige anarkali.


Image: Nethra Raghuraman for Suneet Varma
Photographs: Courtesy Clea Public Relations

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In the palest mint green with delicate floral threadwork, Surelee Joseph's cocktail dress is the cynosure of all eyes.


Image: Surelee Joseph for Suneet Varma
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Shimmering, swirling gold accents breathe life into this pastel affair, topped off with a sheer dupatta.


Image: A Suneet Varma creation
Photographs: Courtesy Clea Public Relations

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Varma's showstopper was none other than Chitrangda Singh, who shone in an extravagant gargantuan lehenga in customary red.


Image: Chitrangda Singh for Suneet Varma
Photographs: Courtesy Clea Public Relations

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Rohit Bal's latest collection, called 'The Mulmul Masquerade' added Victorian and Elizabethan touches like high collars and ruffles to Indian silhouettes.

Antique gold Kashmiri embroidery was seen on muslin, while richly woven chanderi, velvet and voile added dimensions to creations like this plush maroon bridal seen on Nethra Raghuraman.


Image: Nethra Raghuraman for Rohit Bal
Photographs: Courtesy Clea Public Relations

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Deepti Gujral embodies the designer's historic British inspiration in this high-collared jacket and pleated gown.


Image: Deepti Gujral for Rohit Bal
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Royal hues of red, blue and black bring out the best in this absolutely gorgeous outfit for the groom, consisting of a long coat with paisley threadwork worn over a long skirt and teamed with pyjamis.


Image: A Rohit Bal creation
Photographs: Courtesy Clea Public Relations

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B-Town fashionista Sonam Kapoor shows off her figure in a fabulous muslin and paisley patterned lehenga, bringing the curtain down on Bal's showing.


Image: Sonam Kapoor for Rohit Bal
Photographs: Courtesy Clea Public Relations

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Designer duo Ashima Leena's newest line sought to blend traditional Mughal opulence with modern-day styles for "today's contemporary princess", so to speak. Metallic gold and silks came together on several striking ethnic garments defined by drapes, sheer detailing and a focus on the dhoti, such as this ensemble modelled by Alesia Raut.


Image: Alesia Raut for Ashima Leena
Photographs: Courtesy Clea Public Relations

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Vibrant tangerine with encrusted embroidery makes its presence felt on the runway.


Image: An Ashima Leena creation
Photographs: Courtesy Clea Public Relations

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Candice Pinto makes a style statement in this jacket and sari combination.


Image: Candice Pinto for Ashima Leena
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In a red jacket sporting intricate zari work teamed with a shimmery lehenga, her head adorned with diamond jewellery, Nargis Fakhri poses with Ashima Leena.


Image: Ashima Leena and Nargis Fakhri
Photographs: Courtesy Clea Public Relations

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Adarsh Gill's 'Evolution' was, in the designer's own words, "an ode to the contemporary Indian woman." The designer offered up a range of fusionwear ideal for cocktail parties and other wedding functions, ranging from dresses to light saris and sporting Indian embroidery techniques on foreign fabrics.

Dominating the ramp in a fuschia drape here, Indrani Dasgupta proves her catwalk credentials.


Image: Indrani Dasgupta for Adarsh Gill
Photographs: Courtesy Clea Public Relations

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In luxurious blue and silver, Deepti Gujral's sari and ethnic jacket combination works its magic.


Image: Deepti Gujral for Adarsh Gill
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Gill offers up a well-cut waistcoat featuring a shimmering trim and matching tapered pants for the urbane groom.


Image: An Adarsh Gill creation
Photographs: Courtesy Clea Public Relations

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Cocktail wear takes centrestage with this blue silk dress, featuring an embroidered panel and pleated detailing.


Image: An Adarsh Gill creation
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Floral and paisley motifs mix on this eye-catching ethnic sleeveless jacket, suitably teamed with a deep green maxi.


Image: An Adarsh Gill creation
Photographs: Courtesy Clea Public Relations

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Actress Esha Gupta winds down the collection wearing a pretty bridal in signature red and gold.


Image: Esha Gupta for Adarsh Gill
Photographs: Courtesy Clea Public Relations

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And finally, the showing by jewellery brand Azva highlighted fine 22 carat pieces in gold, ranging from classic miniature jhumkis and pendant sets to seven row haars and ghungroos.

This array of chunky bangles and cuffs, teamed with a matching neckpiece certainly brought bling to the runway.


Image: Jewellery creations by Azva
Photographs: Courtesy Clea Public Relations

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Embellished with large gemstones, a distinctly Indian-looking choker and pendant catch the light, as do three bracelets.


Image: Jewellery creations by Azva
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Alia Bhatt sizzles in a cutaway dress, set off by a gold Azva neckpiece, bracelet and earrings.


Image: Alia Bhatt for Azva
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