The show kicked off with an elaborate display of chikankari, zari, zardozi, gota work and liberal use of kamdani. From tones of ivory to pastels like dreamy greens and elegant greys to bold mustards and hot pink ensembles, intricately embroidered to fully embellished work, each piece was adorned gracefully by the models. Ensembles were created from organza, silk and flamboyant embellishments. Traditional khussas and ghungroos on the end of pants put a soulful touch to the show. Jhoomars, knotted braids, shalwars, all made fashion statements – fusing vintage with the modern, flattering silhouettes.
Lucknow’s distinct style, a 400-year-old story – one which has not only survived but continues to flourish today – was brought to life on the runway. In this city, performing arts and literature thrived, Zara’s collection portrayed why Lakhnavi women have helped the city become ‘The Golden City of the East’. The craftsmanship is dominated by women, and how they dress till present day with their old world charm and an effortless statement of grace and poise is what made this collection an ode to the modern Lakhnavi woman. It is she, who carries her story and heritage through the growing metropolis.