Leading couturiers & fashion designer duo, Rimple & Harpreet Narula stepped into 2021 with a spectacular fashion show titled ‘Ode to the Royals’ at the iconic Burj Khalifa in Dubai. The show was attended by the who’s who of the United Arab Emirates and was widely appreciated for its showcase of the finest Indian couture on the ramp.
Held against the backdrop of one of the tallest buildings in the world, the fashion show bedazzled Dubai with its immaculate amalgamation of couture, craft and heritage. The splendor and glory of the erstwhile Days of the Raj which is the raison d’ etre of the collection was being showcased by Rimple and Harpreet. Inspired by the Indian Maharajas and the nobles of that era and their lifestyle, which was heavily influenced by their travels to the West, the collection was an ode to splendor and extravagance of their lives well lived.
Rimple and Harpreet have delved into the vast archives that chronicle the Maharajas and their retinues, their early interactions with western luxury and the collection is reminiscent of the vast and extraordinary commissions that were conferred by these royals on western design houses.
The collection is a celebration of royal opulence tempered in hues of ivory & beige, burnished gold’s, rose tints, and velveteen blacks that harks back to a time when the “Maharajas” and “Maharanees” were the toast of European high society- equally at ease in the royal ballrooms of Calcutta and Kapurthala as well as chic Parisian saloons. Scintillating handcrafted embroideries veritably breathe life onto the surfaces of each ensemble while the theatrical, larger-than-life silhouettes — dramatic lehengas, sheer sarees, regal robes and achkans — are evocative of a bygone majestic magnificence, making the collection a befitting tribute to an opulent era of high fashion, exotic indulgence and rich statements in regal clothing and accessories.
About Rimple & Harpreet
The Rimple and Harpreet Narula label is an interesting meeting ground of couture, craft, and heritage.
Their signature style represents an interesting paradox of rural craft and exalted design. Their take on design and the process of design is intuitive while their approach to color and use of fabric is spontaneous yet exceptional.
The last four years have been extremely intensive and gratifying for Rimple and Harpreet as they took the leap into the realm of Bollywood costume design with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus Padmaavat. Mr. Bhansali, impressed with the designer’s repertoire showcased at the Couture Weeks, approached the label for doing the costumes of the entire lead star-cast. The well-researched and minutely detailed ensembles for the movie garnered a number of accolades for the designers, both from critics and audiences alike. Padmaavat opened the doors of Bollywood costume design for them, making way for Rimple to bag other prestigious projects such as 2019’s Houseful4 and the upcoming Bhool Bhulaiya 2.
Along with running two Flagship stores in Delhi, the designers have showcased critically acclaimed couture collections at the FDCI India Couture Week for three years in a row with Bollywood stalwarts like Shilpa Shetty and Yami Gautam walk the ramp in the creations. Apart from that, the brand is a favorite for many celebrities such as Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor, Karishma Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Bipasha Basu, Kriti Sanon, Huma Qureshi, Neha Sharma, Priety Zinta, Kalki Koechlin amongst others.
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