Heritage. Handcrafted. Heirlooms.
When it comes to celebrating, valuing and preserving the beauty of fading crafts, there are a handful of designers in India that I can think of. But in a very short period of time the label- “House of Kotwara” has become a favourite. With an unapologetic take on traditional Indian wear, their creations quite literally redefine royal grandeur to feel almost dream-like.
Designers Meera and Muzzafar Ali behind this International Couture label incorporate unusual embroideries, embellishment and colours which is truly their signature. And ever since I’ve laid my eyes on their pieces, I’m smitten and how! Which is why I was rather anxious to feature them on my blog. So recently, I got my hands on a couple of their lehenga’s and dressed them up in a way to make these my own. Speaking of their floor glazing silhouettes, the elegance of each one is undoubtedly unsurpassed. While I paired a net lehenga with their
staple, a scalloped applique dupatta, it was the one with a zardozi hem, a sparkling attached pajama and lace blouse which was also nothing short of being distinctive. Even the outfit which had a twist on traditional chikan with a cold shoulder blouse and layers of lace peeping out had a life of its own. Moving on, pastels reign supreme in their current collection. Not only do the shades of gold and dusky pastels like ice blue, teal and so on enhance the old
world charm and glamour of the designs but these also happen to make a statement without going overboard. And I for one have always had a soft spot for such a colour palette as these subtle, feminine hues somehow never seem to fail. Apart from that, I’ve styled every lehenga set with ethereal Polki jewels from Mahesh Notandas Fine Jewellery which adds a traditional feel to each of my looks.
Winding up, I’ve got say that wearing their creations is quite an experience in itself. From the textures to needlework along with other intricate details, all breathe romance into the designs, such that every piece turns out to be a work of art. Apart from that, what grabbed my attention the most was their fit and unfussy aesthetic which is perfect for weddings. Because, you know, serious dancing and twirls call for lightweight, comfortable yet rich outfits. And, if you’re anything like me, then you too will easily be able to relate to such sure shot winning outfits.
Written by Amaira Chhabria
Shot by Neha Chandrakant
Beauty by Afreen Shaikh