Samanth Chauhan has recited a dramatic wedding tale in typical Rajput style with men clad in bandhgala and red turban as the enchanting music and chanting of mantras evokes you spiritually. The designer has drawn his inspiration from the Victorian nude, beige, brown and white – a clear shift from the usual bright colours that define ethnic Indian influence on Rajputana gharanas during the colonial rule. He has instead used Rajputana zardozi hand embroidery fused with Victorian motifs, which are predominantly found in the collection.
While the small skit that revisited the Rajasthani gharanas put the show high on drama, the garments were immensely luxurious in muted tones of garments. Hand woven golden zari-wrapped-silk was fused and textured to offer the opulence. Bhagalpur tussar silk remained the core fabric of Samant Chauhan’s collection smartly combined with sheer fabrics. Zardozi hand embroideries combined with Victorian motifs was predominant in see-through fabrics. Not only was the structured cap sleeves were seen occasionally in dresses, there were segments where the fabric was crinkled and washed. Victorian cuts were clearly evident in a brown dress with pleated bodice and see-through back. The drama level reached its maximum as Tom Alter clad in red military uniform walked in as a colonial officer blessing the bride and groom. The show was dramatic and Rajput!