Sulakshana Monga – The Cultural Cascade
Soltee by Sulakshana Monga ‘s collection The Cultural Cascade was showcased dramatically by creating an aura and backdrop of the holy city Varanasi. The Indian Couture Week 2019, organized by the FDCI, on its fourth day gave an audio visual experience to the viewers of the city of Varanasi. The show started with chants and ringing bells to initially mesmerize the audience and give them an overall feel of the inspiration well instilled in the collection. Inspired by the temple city the collection is seen with hues and work related to the same.
Sulakshana Monga, started her label in the year 2003 and aims to combine the western sensibilities with the Indian culture and heritage. Born in Bikaner she has spent more than 20 years in the fashion world. A renowned name in the fashion industry, she became a part of the FDCI in the year 2008. Apart from this she has participated and showcased at the Lakme Fashion Week, Amazon India Fashion Week and the India Bridal Week. The well appreciated and idealized designer, her prestigious awards- Bharat Gaurav Award in the year 2014 for her creativity in art and culture and the Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Award in the year 2015 for her incredible work in the field of art makes her ace the list of the Indian designers.
The collection ‘ The Cultural Cascade’ instilled the culture and heritage of the ancient city Varanasi of India. With hues ranging from dull pink, red, green to gold, the collection was seen adorned with embroidery native to India – Nakshi and Dabka along with Sequins, swarovski, ghunghroo, feathers, raffia and lace. What you can visualize well after watching the whole show is about the architecture, inscriptions and the colours of the city.
The women’s wear consisted of sarees, lehengas, salwar kurtas and kurta with pants in solid colours of green, yellow, red and pink. Embroideries of jharokas (windows), scenes of women chanting and dancing, Indian calligraphy with minimum jewelry and tied hair do, the models took the audience in a spiritual journey of the city. The men’s wear had sherwanis, churidar and jackets, kurta with salwars or churidars. The main attraction being the heavy embroidery done on the cuffs of the men’s wear outfits. While female models walked to the holy chants the male models took on the ramp with the sounds of shehnai, conch and cymbals.
The show stopper – Malaika Arora, walked in wearing a choli & Lehenga with a train of a net dupatta. Her ensemble with a neckpiece and the emerald drop earrings with a loose bun hairdo sure did enhance her look. The designer’s outfit was in hues of green and yellow depicting the sunset of Varanasi. The sleeve blouse along with intricate zardozi work bringing out the various forms of art in the holy city made it a worthy piece.