(Photo:grey prom dresses)The focus was sharply on gold, glitter, traditional silhouettes and glamour in Rina Dhaka’s collection, “HonorThe Smile”, during the sixth and last day of the India Couture Week 2017. The stage, too, was set in accordance with the theme. The designer and her team of 50 had put in two months of hard work to make the set look gorgeous with strands of gold glitter and flowers, which were hung across the ramp. The collection, on the other hand, had taken three months by the end of which Dhaka successfully created a new bridal colour palette which primarily consisted of gold, beige and ivory.
Said the designer, “The collection is inspired by various forms of jewellery. It took me more than three months to make the collection because of the intricate embroidery as well as ordering and sewing on the pearls. We don’t usually do allout bling but this time we wanted to do this in a distressed sort of way. We have used embellishments like malas, which were embroidered on the pieces. The whole thing is bijou.”
Dhaka, through HonorTheSmile, was promoting the cause of girl child empowerment in collaboration with the NGO Smile. The collection featured voluminous pieces, boldly showing the drama and opulence of royalty. Dripping necklaces, wondrous centre-pieces, oversized gems and entangled motifs presented the awe-spiring, magnanimous and complex persona of the ideal woman. The silhouettes were graceful in their softness and sensuality. Royal kundan jewellery enhanced the glow of the metallic colours and gave a lightness to the clothing.
With soft music playing in the background, Dhaka showcased the taste of the modern woman by emphasising the mix- match with a contemporary attitude. The heavy stone work on a Nehru jacket was paired with plain metallic dhoti pants and complemented with a cool bandana made of gold fabric. “I have developed everything which is bespoke, whether it’s the set which showcased a lavishness or the charity tie-up. The collection has a lot of embossed chiffon,” said Dhaka on the couture statement that her collection was out to make.
Being the head of a craft cluster in Jharkhand, Dhaka commented on how ‘Make in India’ policies are benefitting weavers. She said, “Make in India has many aspects and one of them is handloom. We had some pieces of handloom with intricate mukaish work. My collection was completely made in India. These policies are creating a wave and an awareness. Also, they are helping weavers as people have started wearing them because they are in vogue.”
During the latter half of the show, loud music replaced the softer tunes and the attires ranged from shararas to dhoti pants and from curvilinear kurta to anarkali and straight cut kurta. Dhaka has refocussed on the waist, shoulder and hip. The gold, net work, embroidery, stone, pearls and laser cut gota were some of the highlights of the collection. The sharara was accompanied by a net dupatta draped from the left shoulder and one also got a glimpse of pearl work on the bolero inside. Huma Qureshi sashayed down the ramp as the showstopper. “It’s always good to be on the ramp. When Rina told me it’s about a good cause and how through fashion we are promoting it, I immediately said yes. The collection was all about gold, glitter and glamour. It has the quality of elegance as well as comfort. I can marry now for this jewellery. I just loved it. The dress I’m wearing is best suited for any traditional Indian wedding ceremony,” said Qureshi.
Dhaka considered her collection as not being specific to brides. Her collection had both occasion couture and dressy wear which took time and tried to achieve a newness in the designs. She summarised #HonorTheSmile by saying, “We are lucky to have Huma on the ground. She is an epitome of today’s beautiful woman and fashion is no more about sizing. She is not a skinny girl or size zero. Without any practice, she has walked amazingly. We also have the other heroines of the show, who were the children of Smile Foundation. When you go so far with indulgence, luxury and jewellery, I also wanted to do it for the heart and the conscience. That is the reason why I have collaborated with Smile Foundation.”Read more at:cheap prom dresses