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IMAGES: Breathtaking bridalwear from JJ Valaya!

Last updated on: September 18, 2012 19:13 IST

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We bring you the grand finale of Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week by master couturier JJ Valaya. Photographs: Sanjay Sawant/Rediff.com

The curtain came down on Bridal Week in Mumbai last night, but not before veteran designer JJ Valaya had dazzled the audience with his latest offerings.

The line, called 'The Azrak Collection - The Realm of the Sultan', was a Turkish-inspired fantasy, drawing influences from the Ottoman Empire that translated into elegant ethnicwear.

What's more, there were several big names on the runway -- Rahul Dev, Salim Merchant and Nargis Fakhri, to name a few.

Move to the following pages to see just how it all unfolded.


Image: Sucheta Sharma for JJ Valaya
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The setting and production were nothing if not lavish -- Turkish lamps glittered above, as a market setting was recreated on the runway.

The backdrop consisted of balconies and domes and the showing started off with an aerial dance performance by two gymnasts on fabric trails.


Image: Grand finale by JJ Valaya at the Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week
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The ramp action then kicked off with this sheer paneled kurta, worn over churidaars and teamed with an ornate waistcoat.


Image: A JJ Valaya creation
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Former models Rahul Dev and Ranjeev Mulchandani made a return to the catwalk in striking black and white ensembles.


Image: Rahul Dev and Ranjeev Mulchandani for JJ Valaya
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Rachel Bayros stepped out wearing this grey and white shaded sari and silver bolero.


Image: Rachel Bayros for JJ Valaya
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Models Alesia Raut and Shriya Kishore pose in intricate floral threadwork numbers, featuring sheer detailing.


Image: Alesia Raut and Shriya Kishore for JJ Valaya
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Musician Salim Merchant looked nonchalant as he strolled out in a black embroidered waistcoat and kurta.


Image: Salim Merchant for JJ Valaya
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This beautiful one-shouldered gown was the cynosure of all eyes.


Image: A JJ Valaya creation
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Bikram Saluja also made a modelling comeback, strutting out confidently in a shaded white-grey sherwani.


Image: Bikram Saluja for JJ Valaya
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A floor-length turquoise kurta replete with embroidery makes a statement.


Image: A JJ Valaya creation
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Delicate gold florals are the first hint of sparkle, embellishing a wispy tulle sari and contrast choli.


Image: A JJ Valaya creation
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French marketing consultant for luxury brands Emmanuel Balayer was seen in a festive grey paisley embroidered sherwani -- and it was a pleasant surprise to see Narendra Kumar Ahmed take to the runway for Valaya in this grey bundgala, speaking volumes about the warm equation between the two designers.


Image: Emmanuel Balayer and Narendra Kumar Ahmed for JJ Valaya
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In contrasting shades of blue and beige, these long skirt and shirt combinations sported Turkish prints.


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Tasteful sequinned outfits that gave off a fusion feel were also part of the line-up.


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The designer offers up a sort of semi-sari, worn with a gleaming gold bustier and churidaar pants.


Image: A JJ Valaya creation
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Vibrant red makes its first appearance courtesy this swirling satin creation.


Image: A JJ Valaya creation
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Businessman and socialite Suresh Bhojwani and DJ Aqeel Ali added to the celeb quotient of the show in earthy, ethnic hues.


Image: A JJ Valaya creation
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Shonal Rawat sailed out in a lovely empire-waist number with drop sleeves.


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When the designer's lehengas took centrestage, it turned out they were all inspired by Turkish art and architecture as is apparent from the pattern on this ethnic jacket.


Image: A JJ Valaya creation
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It was all about bridal couple couture as the menswear complemented the women's designs.


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In a bold backless maxi, Surelee Joseph was a picture of contemporary elegance.


Image: Surelee Joseph for JJ Valaya
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A trio of jackets worn with a flared kurta, petal skirt and tights showcase the designer's versatility.


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Socialite Mozez Singh and restaurateur A D Singh showstopped in similar grey and gold jackets.


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Drapes featured fluid fabrics of a sheer nature and fading colours -- the one on the left was teamed with a jacket and the one on the right, interestingly, with a shawl.


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These male models truly looked like royalty in Valaya's most opulent menswear offerings.


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Nethra Raghuraman and Anjali Lavania look like a million bucks in these rich red bridal ensembles.


Image: Nethra Raghuraman and Anjali Lavania for JJ Valaya
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In luxurious maroon and gold, you could well believe Deepti Gujral was making her way to the altar.


Image: Deepti Gujral for JJ Valaya
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Here we see another extravagant design, the hem and dupatta inlaid with semi-precious stones.


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Nargis Fakhri left everyone awed as she made her way out in a velvet wine-coloured kalidaar coat, layered over a white kurta and churidaars.


Image: Nargis Fakhri for JJ Valaya
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And finally the man himself, JJ Valaya, took to the ramp, accompanied by all his famous muses.


Image: JJ Valaya (fourth from right) and his celebrity muses
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