It was a spectacle of nostalgia on Day Two of the BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2014, being held at DLF Emporio mall, with styles ranging from the days of the Raj to Independent India. The first presentation was ‘Jashn’ by designer duo Ashima Leena, who transformed the stage into a desert pathway with the use of real sand in keeping with the Rajasthani mood of the collection.Set to live music by Gaurav Raina of Midival Punditz, mystic sufi vocals by Kutle Khan and Pandit Ajay Prasanna on the flute, models walked down the runway in delicate rose-hued cocktail wear. Shades like old gold, shimmering pastel pink and antique silver made up the collection palette while the ensembles included a variety of sharara pants, georgette saris and lehenga sets. Designer duo Ashima and Leena recently launched their flagship store at the DLF Emporio Mall in New DelhiEmbroidered English roses in soft pink with leaves in pale pistachio green were the recurring motifs, giving the collection a period/classic feel of sepia-toned memories. Supermodel Ujjwala Raut made a comeback on the ramp as the showstopper for Ashima-Leena. Decked up in a blue and silver plunging choli with a multi-hued lehenga and red dupatta, the diva sizzled on the catwalk. The jewellery by designer Alpana Gujral was sophisticated and elegant and added that final touch to the looks.The second show of the evening was by Raghavendra Rathore, who started off his heritageinspired collection on the charming French song C’est si bon by Eartha Kitt. While the stage set-up wasn’t as grand as last year’s show, Rathore managed to stay true to his inspiration and created a royal enclosure with crestbearing crestbearing flags. It was heartening to see the show beginning with the men’s collection that continued with his trademark use of royal Jodhpurs, bandhgalas and achkans, long kurtas and embroidered long jackets. advertisementDegigner Raghavendra Rathore’s collection altogether re-invented the look of the modern brideThe highlights of the menswear were the use of bright colours such as rani pink and bright orange alongside traditional tones for the groom like aubergine, cream, black and blue. Rathore even laid emphasis on reviving the classic dhoti, the topic of a recent controversy. “I know there is a political debate going on on this. But I want dhoti to be in trend. I want the relics from our ancestral wardrobes to become wearable. I somehow want to revive India. Dhoti is generally seen as something that can be worn only during puja or such functions, but I want it to be worn by men on other occasions too,” Rathore said.Meanwhile, the women’s range of the Re-incarnating Relics collection that comprised chic bandhgalas with trousers, sherwanis and organza asymmetric skirts and lehengas, which altogether re-invented the look of the modern bride. The showstoppers for the show were actress Aditi Rao Hydari who sported a cream-coloured sari with a fullsleeved bandhgala jacket and Bobby Jasoos star Ali Fazal who looked dashing in a pink kurta with an open achkan and cream dhoti with sandals. Talking on the occasion, Aditi said, “I am so glad that Raghavendra is reviving Indian heritage while keeping modern sensibilities in mind. It’s so heartening to see the Jodhpur pants and bandhgala combinations because it reminds me of my grandfather, who I’ve grown up seeing wearing the same combination.” Spotted at the show were Jyotiraditya Scindia, Amaan and Ayaan Ali Khan, Priya Sachdev and Sanjay Kapur.