After a few interesting and mostly lukewarm collections on the first two days, the crowd buzzed with excitement as the arena filled up with throngs of people awaiting Elan’s show on Day 3 of the PFDC L’oreal Paris Bridal Week.
‘The Queens Jewels’
Layla Chatoor’s collection was inspired by Queen Elizabeth’s jewelry. As the first outfit emerged onto the runway, people sat up in their seats to see Layla’s comeback collection. The first outfit, an ivory and gold lehenga, was a typically valima bride look but was paired with a puffy white veil that took away from the jora’s splendour.
Layla’s bridal look is slim, long silhouettes, with some in sheer fabrics that allow a flash of skin. Hues of turquoise, emerald green, sapphire blue and various shades of red were used in keeping with her collection’s title, along with golden gloves worn by the models to add yet another touch of royalty.
While this collection had some fabulous elements, certain aspects that made it fall flat. While we loved the lace trimmings and see-through chiffon pants, there was too much going on in terms of embellishments. On its own, a turquoise inner jacket with silver embroidery was beautiful but when put paired with a metallic outfit that had multiple layers all embellished differently, it did not work.
The magic conjured by Khadija Shah set a bench mark for romance and elegance that sadly no one was able to match during the rest of the evening. The collection was light and ethereal; fit to make any girl look like a princess on her wedding day.
The embellished cut out and structured backline’s added a flare to evening wear that many fail to accomplish. While the longer flowing silhouette still ruled the ramp, it was refreshing to see Elan put out a structured short angarkha styled flared shirt paired with cigarette pants.