The couturier rewrites the codes of modern-day couture with this poetic and soul-stirring outing.

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Inspiration: Koroshini, which means to illuminate.

Ambience: The light work was the real hero and St Xavier's College's heritage facade proved to be a stunning backdrop for the show.




Rohit Bal has been eclipsing the world of Indian fashion for decades now. His style vocabulary is endless and his wanderlust for beauty and its transformative power puts him ahead of the style curve. It takes barely seconds to osmose the Rohit Bal aesthetic because its appeal is universal; something that transcends the boundaries of fashion, art, architecture and theatre. The enfant terrible of India's style landscape time and again transports one to a zone of unbridled elegance and timeless glamour from which there's no point of return.

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As told us in this interview prior to fashion week, Mr Bal's seminal collection was his interpretation of illumination.

Springtime hibiscus, chrysanthemum and poppies stunningly accented the ensembles in signature white, ivory, black and gold.

Subtlety and grace have always been the core of Mr Bal's aesthetic and this collection was a potent cocktail of both glamorous and minimal.

Handmade cut work and lattice, intertwined with organic fabrics made some of the ensembles museum-worthy. Luscious jewel tones flirted with hand embroidery and block printing, making every piece lust-worthy. The couturier also employed techniques like Shibori.

Fluid garments made of fabrics like mulmuls, chanderi, pure hand spun silks and velvets, all radiated the illuminate vibe of the collection.

What we loved: A black and red voluminous skirt seen on Lakshmi Rana, who also twirled and did a jig, which added a hint of drama to the proceedings.

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Beauty: Models opted for centre-parted hair which was loosely tied into a ponytail. Make-up was natural and fresh because the garments were quite statement-making. Read more about our beauty decode here.

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Showstopper: Kareena Kapoor Khan played the gorgeous showstopper to the hilt as Rohit's boys and girls sprinkled fragrant flowers on the audience. She sported smokey eyes and centre-parted wavy hair.