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You can't begrudge JJ Valaya a little self-congratulation for 'Tabriz' in collaboration with Swarovski Crystals — a theme that weaves Indian silhouettes with sixteenth- nineteenth century Persian influence. The inspiration manifests into three unique collections that deliver Valaya decadence and craftsmanship to the Capital's social and fashion A-list.


As the first looks glinting with Swarovski came out, it brought to mind a past conversation with the couturier where he had explained, "India has a strong indigenous couture market, one that primarily revolves around The Great Indian Wedding and the essential spirit of celebration that the nation is renowned for. However, our evening jackets and signature Alika jackets are testimony that Indian couture is widely accepted worldwide for its workmanship and attention to detail. Our amalgamation of heritage crafts, such as weaves and vintage embroideries, is combined with modern styling. If you invest in the label today, you invest in an heirloom, tweaked, but an heirloom nevertheless."


Divided into three segments, the first was inspired by Persian hunting design carpets, one of the oldest and most elusive carpet styles, intricately embellished with aged gold metalwork, gota and multi-colored threadwork. Crafted with silks, velvets and tulle, exotic flowers lifted the finest metallic threads and beads, antiquated crystals and pearls, forms the second segment. Khayyam, the renowned royal tent makers of Persia, forms the inspiration of the last segment as blacks, greys and b burgundy create a dramatic montage lifted with antique mirrorwork, resham and unusual appliqué techniques on the unique prints of Valaya.The highlight piece of the show, however, was a burgundy lehenga encrusted with 12,000 Swarovski crystals!!


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