Top 5 shows at IIJW 2014 – worth the watch

IIJW 2014 wrapped up with grandeur. Models walked the ramp on the tunes of Bollywood singer Ankit Tiwari who shot to fame with ‘Sun Raha Hai Tu’ from Aashiqui 2 on the last day. Stunning beauty Bipasha Basu, walked the ramp for PC Jewellers and brand ambassador Sonam Kapoor closed the show along with Vipul Shah, Chairman, GJEPC. But there were many other shows which were choreographed with lots of energy and exuberance. Mumbaigloss decided to list top 5 choreographed shows of IIJW 2014 which were worth the watch.

1. Best of Best – Of course, it had to be grand. On the last day, this show presented the best pieces of jewellery from the entire IIJW 2014. Winged angels were perched along the walls of the Ballroom in Hotel Grand Hyatt. Four shimmering columns of crystal streamers glittered from the ceiling to floor. The stage was covered with a giant Zodiac wheel that featured the twelve signs. Sonam Kapoor appeared out of a revolving crystal column and looked like a celestial beauty. The show had everyone spellbound because of live singing by Ankit Tiwari as well as showstopper Bipasha Basu. The show was anchored by handsome Vivan Bathena. The designer for the lovely garments was top Bollywood couturier, Neeta Lulla.

PC Jewellers, IIJW 2014, Bipasha Basu

2. Apala by Sumit Sawhney – Apart from the glamour of Sunny Leone, the show left everyone mesmerized with its beautiful theme and amazing background score. Models dressed like royal tribal prince and princess left the audience absolutely entertained. Showstopper Dipti Gujral arrived in a palanquin.  Armour like gigantic design of the jewelery in addition to rustic, tribal look of the models added to the excitement. The fabulous clothes for the collection were by Atithi Gupta. The show was delayed but was worth a watch.

Apala, Sumit Sawhney, jewellery designer, IIJW 2014,

3. Swarvoski – Swarvoski had everyone swooning like ‘baratis’ as the theme was brides across India. The show was choreographed by Achla Sachdev. The ballroom of the Grand Hyatt was turned into a marriage Mandap with dozens of marigold streamers hanging from the ceiling. The ramp edged with a border of marigolds, set the stage for a mega wedding celebrations which featured brides from around the country. In fact, dholis and Bhangra dancers performed on the ramp before introducing the Punjabi bride. Bollywood showstopper, Zarin Khan stepped out of an ornate palanquin, dressed as a Rajasthani bride decked in an amazing giant neckpiece. The garments were designed by top designer Archana Kochhar. The show was very happy and engaging for the audience.

Swarvoski at IIJW 2014, Achla Sachdev

Swarvoski, Bengali bride, IIJW 2014

4. Bhirdichand Ghanshyamdas – The show transported the audience to the Mughal era where grand sets were put to create an ambience of a palace. The black acrylic ramp shone under the spotlight looked appealing. The backdrop was a glittering palace with ornate pillars. The walls of the ballroom in the Grand Hyatt were replaced with the intricate mosaic arches and the ambience ensured that the audience was transported into an era of beauty and grandeur of the past. The show opened with an intense monologue by theatre actor Rajit Kapur. Super model Ujjwala Raut opened the show. The gorgeous bridal wear and saris encrusted with elaborate embroidery were by top designers Shyamal and Bhumika.

Bhirdichand Ghanshyamdas,IIJW 2014,

5. Farah Khan Ali – The show per se was nothing extraordinary apart from the stunning jewellery by Farah Khan Ali. But the amount of Bollywood celebs present in the show made it one of the best shows in IIJW 2014. Bollywood actors, top models and celebs were seen in the front row. The entire khan family was seen supporting the designer. After the event, there were many celebs who posed for the shutter bugs. The show was delayed due to rains and many special guests not reaching the venue on time. But eventually when it happened, it was received with a lot of excitement. The clothes for the show were by top designer Padmashri Wendell Rodricks.

Farah Ali Khan, Indian Jewellery designer, Sanjay Kothari GJEPC, Lisa Ray, IIJW 2014

Also, it was commendable to hear Shradha Kapoor sing in her sweet voice for the show of Leading Jewellers of the World – Gitanjali Gems while presenting their collection “Viola Italia”. 

Shradha Kapoor, Gitanjali Gems, IIJW 2014

IIJW 2014 came to an end and I am already missing it. Which show did you like? Leave a comment below.

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