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Dilbar & Tara Sitara: A Captivating Celebration of Love and Joy

Shweta Kulkarni Darpan, 26 May, 2023
  • Dilbar & Tara Sitara: A Captivating Celebration of Love and Joy

Abhinav Mishra’s Spring/Summer Couture 2023 collections — Dilbar and Tara Sitara, are a stunning tribute to Indian weddings and the love and joy that surrounds them.

Abhinav Mishra is a name synonymous with all things dreamy, ethereal, and elegant. With a strong focus on intricate craftsmanship and exquisite silhouettes, the eponymous label has become a favourite among discerning fashion enthusiasts ever since its inception in 2014.

Renowned for its ability to seamlessly blend traditional artistry with contemporary sensibilities, Abhinav Mishra’s designs exude a sense of regal charm and sophistication. The designer’s latest collections — Dilbar and Tara Sitara, are no exception. A part of Abhinav Mishra Spring/Summer Couture 2023, Dilbar and Tara Sitara beautifully capture the essence of Indian weddings and the love and joy that surrounds these special occasions.

Framing his thoughts behind the latest collection, designer Abhinav Mishra says, “I wanted to capture the joy of summer weddings. I love that Indian weddings bring together the bride and groom's large group of friends and family to celebrate the beginning of a special journey. My collection captures some of that anticipation and promises an experience that encourages you – whether you are the couple, the wedding party, or a long-lost friend – to hug a little tighter and love a little more as you raise a toast to the people who make your world go round. Our main goal is to capture the love and unforgettable aspects of Indian celebrations, whether big or small.”

The couturier, who is a favourite among fashion mavens and Bollywood celebrities such as Sonam Kapoor, Ananya Pandey, Genelia D’Souza, Janhvi Kapoor, Disha Patani, and many others, further gives an insight into his scintillating Spring/Summer edit and the inspiration behind it. He says, “Dilbar is inspired by Marrakech, which is a sensory overload for someone with an inclination towards design. It was a definitive memory, one that revolved around stark stucco walls, intricate mosaics, and the signature chevron pattern that I couldn’t get out of my mind. All these elements juxtaposed with the vibrance of colour were something I retained and reimagined with this collection. I haven’t visited; however, it remains on the bucket list and will happen sooner or later.”

 

Mishra continues, “Tara Sitara is a homage to its namesake in the night sky and the secrets of passion they guard. It is inspired by the Sufi reading of love and its ability to bring tranquillity to the world. The collection celebrates love's transformative power and its ability to build worlds of its own. We also have an exciting collection solely focussing on saris and a resort wear line coming very soon.” He excitedly adds, “We have several more surprises lined up this year, so would love to keep the excitement going and welcome everyone to our whimsical and magical world.”

Timeless, celebratory, and indulgent — Abhinav Mishra’s Spring/summer 2023 edit blends international sensibilities of fashion and style while staying true to Indian ethnic aesthetics. “This year’s collections have unique patterns, embroidery and styles which you haven’t seen in my older designs,” says Mishra.

Crafted with meticulous attention to the smallest detail; the regal collection is full of beguiling designs and is a rendezvous of culture and modernity. The collection is an immersive experience of riotous mirrorwork, hypnotic patterns, and flirty thread work, featuring sweeping panelled lehengas, intricate blouses, floor-gazing shararas, and tulle dupattas for women, and stunning kurtas with mirrorwork, for men. Each piece uses a combination of elegant handwork including traditional zari, chawal dana, cutwork resham, and of course showcases, the couturiers’ signature mirror work. While Dilbar has a lot of colour-play and hypnotic patterns in rich shades of aquamarines and riotous pops of colour paired against pastel shades, Tara Sitara enthrals with its neutral tones.

Interestingly, despite the difference between the two edits, there are signature elements that flow through both collections. “Dilbar aims to evoke a sense of joy, vibrancy, and celebration, while Tara Sitara focuses on creating a dreamy, ethereal atmosphere that evokes a sense of romance and enchantment. Additionally, both collections feature unique and innovative designs that reflect my style and creativity in my signature mirror-work embroidery. While the two campaigns have different themes and aesthetics, they still share some common signature elements which reflect the style and approach and of course, both honour the spirit of LOVE”, enlightens Mishra.

He further adds, “In both Tara Sitara and Dilbar we have used gota and larger-sized mirrors. You can see multiple hand techniques and embroideries like French knots, but the gota work is definitely the highlight of this collection. The blouses have been handled very intricately with some fun twists here and there, the colours are also very striking this time!”

With unique design sensibilities and impeccable craftsmanship, the Abhinav Mishra label celebrates the complex relationship that fashion and the country’s rich crafts share, creating clothes for the young, globally inclined Indian women, who appreciate the international sensibilities of fashion and style while staying true to their ethnic aesthetic. And Dilbar and Tara Sitara both resonate with the brand’s philosophy.

Abhinav Mishra’s Spring/Summer Couture 2023 is a true testament to the designer’s mastery of the craft and is sure to captivate fashion enthusiasts looking for a fresh take on traditional Indian fashion.

Both collections — Dilbar and Tara Sitara, are available for purchase on AbhinavMishraOfficial.com and at the brand’s new flagship store in Delhi, India. Furthermore, the Abhinav Mishra label is now also accessible across various online portals, and the brand supplies across the world to over 45 countries. Additionally, the brand is strategically placed in the best multi-designer physical stores worldwide, making it readily available to fashion enthusiasts everywhere.

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