Preeti Kapoor Fuses 19th Century French Romance With Exotic Indian Drapes at Lakmé Fashion Week

Ranjit Rodricks , 22 Aug 2011
Lucky Morani wears a Preeti Kapoor saree for her finale
Lucky Morani wears a Preeti Kapoor saree for her finale

Many designers out there embroider everything and the kitchen sink onto their garments, making them look garish and unappealing. However, even though designer Preeti Kapoor chose to go heavy with her embroidery, the over-all effect was one of romance and uber-luxury. Her collection was a tale seeped in the beauty of the 19th century era which went on to reveal the travels of a woman who moved from the stylish city of Kolkata to the vibrant swinging life of France.

Embroidery was a hallmark by designer Preeti Kapoor
Embroidery was a hallmark by designer Preeti Kapoor

Going completely Indian with her choice of silhouettes, Preeti’s silhouettes included lehengas, shararas, saris and anarkalis which were heavily embroidered and gave a dramatic touch to the creations. With so much ethnic glamour on the ramp Preeti worked with traditional ornamentation to highlight the beautiful lavish fabrics. Resham, gold, zari and precious stones were turned into beautiful motifs which dazzled under the ramp lights.

Gold embroidery on Tiffany blue was truly elegant
Gold embroidery on Tiffany blue was truly elegant

The mix-and-match of colours added to the vibrancy of the line
The mix-and-match of colours added to the vibrancy of the line

Her colour story was bold and lavish with maroon, rusty orange, cream, gold, red, green, yellow, mustard, blue and pastels all embellished with intricate mirror work and other hand-embroidery crafts. Preeti used rich fabrics like brocades, silks, velvets, tulles, silks and nets which were turned into saris with traditional borders and pallavs, glamorous swirling panels for long full skirts and cholis.

A Preeti Kapoor lehenga
A Preeti Kapoor lehenga

The final segment was inspired by Paris which had pretty ensembles using French Chantilly lace and satin trims in shades of cream and ivory for a glittering bridal collection. Crystal and zari-work was seen on yokes, sleeves, sexy cholis and lean sherwani. These were further embellished with sprays of multi-coloured flowers. What we liked most were the thin jeweled waist-belts worn over the saris.

Sarees with jeweled waist-belts looked beautiful
Sarees with jeweled waist-belts looked beautiful
Chantilly Lace sarees were very sophisticated and regal
Chantilly Lace sarees were very sophisticated and regal

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