It is an ethereal tonal gradation in deep shades of blue, sheathed with crystals arranged in mathematical precision across the entire silhouette of the encrusted lehenga. Add to that the delicate rendition of the bustier that brings in the movement of the ocean waves in the skilfully strewn embellishments —- simply a leaf that fashion designer Kresha Bajaj has pulled out of her oceanic logbook. With oceans and sea life as her muse, you will find all her creations studded with jewelled sting rays, delicate seahorses as well as a rich sprinkling of shells and oysters darting across in planned precision.
“This particular creation took almost seven months to come to life, with over six shapes in crystals ranging from teardrop to marquise, tiny tikis, and a multitude of the glistening picks brought in for stunning rendition. The colour palette has been inspired by the surreal blue of the thermocline—the bone-searing cold band of water that I experienced when I dived into the deep blue recently,” she explains as we settle down for a conversation in the ‘bridal boudoir’ section of her swish store in suburban Mumbai.
Shilpi Madan for Sunday Standard