The exotic variety of bridal attires and accessories on display on Friday at the inaugural show of the three-day ‘Bridal Mantra 2012’ left spectators dazzled amidst an array of beautiful collections.

Coupled with lilting, rustic music, the fashion show featured the wedding necessities of a bride. It was a surprise to see undercurrents of tradition in every one of the collections presented. There were several pavadai-dhavani ensembles, besides the usual lehangas, churidars and saris.   

The richly-embroidered Moghul collection from Studio Virtues, the simple but elegant designs from Ritu Kumar, the extraordinarily glittery outfits from Falguni & Shane Peacock and the luxuriant swathes from Ecru left the women and men in awe of the designers’ creativity and the beauty of Indian weaves.

Actor Asin, who launched the second edition of Bridal Mantra, said she would set store by the element of tradition accompanied by the contemporary if she were to choose her bridal wear.

“My bridal mantra would be traditional, classic, elegant and minimalist,” she said. 

While the exotic garments came from designers, GRT Jewellers presented that touch that no Indian wedding can do without — a stunning array of gold and diamond jewellery. 

The garments and jewellery displayed at the fashion show on Friday will be presented at Hyatt Regency on Anna Salai on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., said Arun Anant, chief executive officer, The Hindu.  

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