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You can't begrudge JJ Valaya a little self-congratulation when it comes to 'Bolshoi Bazaar': a continuing theme that weaves Indian silhouettes with Russian influence. His showing at BMW India Bridal Fashion Week delivered Valaya decadence and craftsmanship to an audience comprising social and fashion A-list.


It's rare to see the workmanship of couture and contemporary chic in one single collection—and all the more exciting when it's creations inspired by a narrative steeped in the Russian timeline. Inspired by the Onion Domes of Moscow, the czars' jewellery, the ikat of nomadic Russia and the pre-Rebellion architecture, combined with the most flamboyant headgear on occasion, JJ's gift of injecting edgy attitude to counterpoint historical reference was inspiring. As the showing progressed what really caught my eye was the digital prints and appliues juxtaposed with hand embroideries! The result? Alhough the detailing transformed each garment into a heirloom, never once did craft overwhelm its modern character.


In hindsight, this was a classic collection—in eye-catching colours that packed a punch—with opulent styles for all those bridal engagements in the lives of twenty-first-century heiresses.


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