Beguiling, sophisticated, and a cloying colour palette were the offerings in this, the latest collection from JJ Valaya. Curious and wanting more, is what I felt, after viewing this collection. Each piece delicate and light, you could see them practically float down the runway, the colours looking like they were made of water and light on a riverbank some summer evening. I don't like to sound phony or over-the-top in describing this show, but it really is poetry in fabric. You know immediately that Valaya designed this collection with a bride who has the soul of an artist, and dresses to be remembered, not because it is her wedding, but because she loves to make her clothes part of her art.
The silhouette is a careful construction of structured with flowing and diaphanous, combining tailored jackets and boleros with chiffon sarees, and the juxtaposition of the two makes for visual interest and a style fit for a princess of both east and west. Stories are told in friezes captured in the panels of a lehenga or the bodice of a choli. And the absolute star of the evening, a lovely lehenga in pretty pinks and corals and a touch of mint bedecked with stonework and badla embroidery, and a beautiful maroon dupatta, fit for a queen of any court.