The beauty of Malhausi ( Rahul Mishra’s hometown ) and Monaco ( the streets of Monaco were recreated as a set ) came together in yet another ( no surprises there ) stunning runway presentation by Rahul and Divya Mishra.
Detailed embroidery carpeted delicate fabric in many layers. The black / dark blue / dark violet capsule was my favourite, as were the white jackets with embroidery.
Red bridal lehengas, right toward the end of the presentation were a surprise because I spotted Rahul’s signature French Knots on them. Who would have thought that that would work but of course it did.
I was photographing the India Couture Week, 2019 show for Rahul and got to sit up close in the front row to capture all the details ( well most of them anyway ) as the models walked by on a set that reminded me of cobbled European streets. The small cafe and benches set up at the backdrop added to the whole Monaco vibe.
Even though it was a Couture Show, everything was immensely wearable – even by someone like me. The make up was simple, I loved the red lip, and it complemented all the garments. And there were a LOT of garments. Whites, sheer pastel greens and pinks, dark blues / blacks and then the reds. There was even a bicycle that a model rode on the runway. Cute sunglasses added to the modern European feel to what is other wise an Indian wear collection. I guess Rahul ended up making his point that Indian garments are indeed wearable no matter where you are, and for as many occasions as you can style.
I was giddy to learn that some of the embroideries’ scenes were inspired by Monet’s expressionist paintings! ( I love Monet’s paintings and have recently painted a brooch inspired by his Lotus Pond painting. It’s not on my store yet though. )
There was menswear as well, with some Nehru jackets, flared kurtas, shoes etc. Lots of photographs from the show below, scroll away at leisure. And remember that each image can be clicked to see a larger version, if you would like to gawk a bit more at the details.
Don’t miss the photograph of the glowing Divya Mishra, toward the end of this post.
If you want details of each of the garments, I recommend following Rahul Mishra’s Instagram account, which is where their team posts details of the fabric, the embroideries etc. For example, “Intricately hand embroidered ‘Taj Meenakari’ lehenga and blouse paired with a pale yellow organza dupatta with foliage hand embroidered in silk threads.” or “Hand embroidered ‘Bageecha’ trench and the ‘Bageecha’ short dress both made in organza with intricate resham embroidery inspired from bright and organic nature dwellings.”