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Feature: The House of Valaya 20th Anniversary Collection


 

The House of Valaya's 20th Anniversary Collection

The House of Valaya 20th Anniversary Collection

 

A regal affair collected the city’s fashion and society elite to witness his masterpiece of a collection all in the presence of The Jaipur Royal Family.

 

By: Hina P. Ansari

 

One can never be overdressed when in the presence of The Jaipur Royal Family. 

 

I tweeted.

 

And I was right. Toronto was in the midst of a regal affair when the couturier of royalty (of the palaces as well as the red carpet) showcased his 20th Anniversary collection in Toronto. JJ Valaya the renowned couturier who heads up The House of Valaya, showcased his exclusive collection to Toronto fashionistas and hardcore Valaya followers at the gala event, which also had in attendance Maharaj Narendra Singh and HRH Princess Diya Kumari of the Jaipur Royal Family.

 

That’s right. It was seriously regal.

 

The gala evening was presented by Eventivity Inc., to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of The House of Valaya, the fashion house founded by JJ Valaya and his brother TJ Singh in 1992. The 20th Anniversary Collection was boldly inspired by the unparalleled works of the Ottoman Empire which he brought forth straight from the royal courtyards to the runway.

 

It was an exquisite visual feast of embroidery, incredible cuts and sultry silhouettes, confidently displaying his trademark avant-garde approach to the traditional Indian bridal and formal wear.

 

You can see from his collection that it’s perfectly suited for the real life Maharani and of course, the Maharanis that live inside all of us.

 

 

The House of Valaya 20th Anniversary Collection

The House of Valaya 20th Anniversary Collection

 

Loving the blazer and sari ensemble. The cutwork velvet as seen on the left showcases a rich subdued hue while the gradient effect of the sari as it drapes underneath adds that punch of colour. The maxi with the matching dupatta (scarf) playfully displays the nature motif of leaves with a strong border finish at the bottom.

 

The House of Valaya 20th Anniversary Collection

The House of Valaya 20th Anniversary Collection

 

In keeping with his avant-garde reputation as the “maverick maharaja” Valaya uses grey velvet churidar pajama (traditional tapered pants) topped with a unique draped tunic boasting and empire waist, finishing it off with a crisp burnt orange bolero-esque blazer. On the right, he again mixes east and west’s fashionable ideologies continuing with his blazer overtop a simply sublime Anarkali-cut knee length pleated skirt and finished with a gorgeous eye-popping red churidar pajama.

 

The House of Valaya 20th Anniversary Collection

The House of Valaya 20th Anniversary Collection

 

Valaya ups the maxi-ante here on the left, with this surreal and dreamy-delicious red gown, with gold ruched sleeves, which finishes off the fantastic fitted velvet and gold top. On the right, his deconstructed approach to traditional Indian wear is on full display, where he interprets the sari into a simpler form, hiked up so that the added element of the embroidered cuffs of the green churidar pajama is in full view.

 

And what’s more fabulous than ensuring that every single presentation is finished off with the traditional mojhri shoes. Not one stiletto in sight. And that makes me love this collection even more.

 

Photography courtesy of Arthur von Tyrpa and Fidelis Lobo/Eventivity Inc.

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