Indian Couture and Indian Jewelry have always been my favorites when it comes to dressing up for an occasion . And I usually love to capture these beautiful moments which I can cherish and always remember.
So now let me share my experience of a beautiful ensemble which I bought From House Of Kotwara, An Indian Fashion House and its beautiful story .
So It all started with a beautiful vintage dupatta in black and gold which I loved . It was heavily embellished with zardozi work and black sequins . I told Sama Ali who is the creative head of House of Kotwara founded by Meera and Muzaffar Ali .
‘’ Can you design a beautiful Lehanga in black velvet to go with this dupatta. Kindly make me a sketch with a few details, if I like it we go ahead with it.
Sama Ali sketched a beautiful ensemble. She gave me delicate booties in white pearl and gold thread all over the black velvet skirt. A heavily floral scallop border at the helm of the skirt with all heavy metallic zardozi work . A full sleeved embroidered blouse in black georgette.
I was very sure from day one, the highlight of this ensemble would be the beautiful dupatta which looked like a heirloom piece. And finally the ensemble of my dreams was created which looked regal and a stunning vintage piece . In fact , it reminded me so much of the beautiful ensemble worn in the blockbuster classic movie Umrao Jaan which was directed by the legend director , producer Muzaffar Ali who is the founder of this brand and Sama ‘s father whom I really admire .
The next thing which came to my mind on the completion of the outfit was how to shoot this beautiful ensemble. I always like to capture the beautiful moments when I wear an outfit which is close to my heart .The ambience had to be grand and opulent. The styling had to be classy , maybe a retro style which was characteristic of the Nawabs of Lucknow. So I decided to do the shoot at the Leela Palace Hotel in Delhi, India . The reason being the hotel has stunning decors and interiors which looked so regal and matched the grandeur of my ensemble.
I decided to style my hair in a neat bun with red roses on the side and wore a red bindi to complement this look . My hands were decorated with the beautiful Mehendi ( henna ) to enhance the royal look of my couture and the exquisite jewelry I wore . The handcrafted jewelry pieces were designed by Birdhichand Jewelers of Jaipur and was a part of their exclusive Nawab collection called “ The Delhi Durbaar “
The highlight of the shoot was the beautiful red rose dropping on the black and gold vintage duppatta . Many years back I had watched a music video which had a similar sequence which I loved watching and left a lasting impression on me . I incorporated that beautiful shot in my music videos . Do let me know how you like my styling , my final look and the concept of my shoot .