DILBAR by Abhinav Mishra
There’s a sense of magic in summer weddings. Twirling lehengas that catch the sun in a thousand winks, there’s laughter against sparkling flutes of Champagne, and always a friend or cousin trying to get the bride’s mother to perfect her choreography in the mashup of the year. In the misty breeze of a summer day against the sparkle of celebration, toasts are made, promises are forged, fierce friendships are born, and new romance blossoms. There’s nothing quite like an Indian summer wedding and Abhinav Mishra’s Spring-Summer Collection of occasion wear ‘Dilbar’ brings every emotion to life.
‘Dilbar’ encapsulates the lighthearted whimsy of a summer wedding. It’s a riotous mirror work, hypnotic patterns, and a flirty threadwork experience. The collection is inspired by Marrakech’s bright colours, informed by the unmistakable joy of a wedding party, and handcrafted with the brand’s signature – intricate Indian mirror work. This is a collection that honours the heart that goes into occasions and celebrations, from a Roka to a wedding, whether parent or bff; big and small, OTT and low key, from the destination venue of Marrakech to the neighbourhood garden. ‘Dilbar,’ by Abhinav Mishra, is a grand celebration of love itself—mischievous, flirtatious, and indulgent.
For women, the collection includes sweeping panelled lehengas, intricate blouses, floor-gazing shararas, and tulle dupattas, and for men, stunning kurtas with signature mirror-work. These are silhouettes for the many things that an Indian shaadi is: a long-overdue reunion, an epic party, and the merging of old and new stories. Each piece incorporates traditional zari, chawal dana, cutwork resham, and Abhinav Mishra’s signature mirror-work, for which the eponymous brand is known. The palette draws inspiration from the season, just as love blooms in spring. Rich aquamarines and riotous pops of colour contrast with pastel shades, which represent hope, love, and affection.