Have you ever seen a cock motif on a lehenga?

by Namrata Nautiyal
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Couture Week is here, and my eyes are growing bigger and bigger looking at all the couture beauty all around. If you are someone who loves wedding fashion, and all things royal opulent then this series of India Couture Week 2017 will definitely bring a smile to your face.

First up. Rohit Bal. The designer showcased his latest collection Shaahaan-E-Khaas at FDCI ICW 2017 and it was all kinds of gorgeous. Think over the top, heavy ensembles with intricate embroideries in deep velvet fabric. It was everything a bride would want to dazzle on her big day.

An ode to the lost craft and tradition, Bal’s couture collection, inspired by the splendid Mughal costumes, aims to ‘revive and reproduce heritage pieces from collections of royal Mughals costumes, which are now only found in museums’. – Source, Yahoo

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I can totally imagine a Mughal princess walking in something like that. It’s exquisite and so different than the usual bridal stuff we get to see. There is something that is so attractive about the darker shades, and velvet for one is perfect to showcase that opulence and grandeur in outfits.

 

But wait, where is this cock motif bit?

Notice a cock on the outfit? I just couldn’t stop smiling the minute I saw it. So original, brilliant in fact…who would have thought to have a beautiful cock on the wedding outfit. I am somewhat in two minds, whether one would really want a cock on their outfit. You tell me?

On a side note, I think the motif on its own looks stunning. I don’t think I have seen a more beautiful depiction of a cock before. The colours, the tail all of it actually looks pretty darn amazing, doesn’t it?

 

All the designs are patented, including the cock motif…

But, wait what does that mean?

Rohit Bal has just had enough of other designers and particularly stores in Chandni Chowk etc ripping off his designs. So he went ahead and patented the whole thing. Every single outfit in his collection. What this basically means that if any bride is seen wearing a Rohit Bal copy from now on, she and the lehenga store will receive a legal notice from team Rohit Bal. Yikkes !

Trust me, you don’t want to be caught up in that.

The patented designs do make me wonder, I know I shouldn’t say it but what if Sabyasachi and the likes follow suit. I can pretty much name 4-5 stores which will be doomed. Plagiarism is a big issue in every field, and I feel for these designers who have given their everything to come up with such brilliance and lose out because of ‘inspired’ copy cats everywhere.

In a way, I think this was a long time coming, and Rohit Bal is the perfect flag bearer for this initiative. His outfits do cost a bomb – think a small hatchback car. But what do you expect. Just look at the work. The outfits look priceless, almost something you’d want to preserve and pass on to your generations.

cock motif

cock motif

cock motif

 

Let me know which outfit was your favourite from the collection.

Image Credits: FDCI

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