Deep Breathing

Take a deep breath.

You will need it to take in the beauty of this collection.

I gasped out loud at Eina Ahluwalia’s emotionally charged jewellery collection, shown in Mumbai at Lakme Fashion Week in March.

Breathing Space by Eina Ahluwalia Love Protect Respect Earrings on exshoesme.com
Love, respect, protect: the holy trinity (trishul) of marriage as interpreted by Eina Ahluwalia in her SS11 collection.

The collection, entitled Breathing Space, presented an alternate image of the Indian bride.

Breathing Space by Eina Ahluwalia Show Writeup on exshoesme.com
The concept put forth by the designer.

Ahluwalia was aiming to present women as they actually are today: “strong, confident, self-assured, happy and equal.”

Breathing Space by Eina Ahluwalia White and Gold Lainga and Gold Cuffs on exshoesme.com
Modern goddess.
Breathing Space by Eina Ahluwalia Flame Cuffs on exshoesme.com
Somewhere out there, Wonder Woman is tres jealouse!
Breathing Space by Eina Ahluwalia Red and Gold Bride on exshoesme.com
Ahluwalia's contemporary bride. That necklace fits together to form a lovely circle, but should you need it, the sword is at hand.
Breathing Space by Eina Ahluwalia White and Red Sari on exshoesme.com
Symbols speak volumes.
Breathing Space by Eina Ahluwalia Sun Tikka on exshoesme.com
A sun is so appropriate for the tikka, which covers the 'third eye'.
Breathing Space by Eina Ahluwalia Dagger Necklace on exshoesme.com
Daggers, swords and trishuls - all symbols of the power of goddesses - were prominent throughout.
Breathing Space by Eina Ahluwalia Red Letter Sari and Necklace on exshoesme.com
And then there was the power of prose, worn well.
Breathing Space by Eina Ahluwalia Sari Writing on exshoesme.com
I have always loved un-fussed elegance.
Breathing Space by Eina Ahluwalia Skull Necklace on exshoesme.com
Ahluwalia's modern mangalsutra - a very traditional necklace worn by married women. Mother-in-laws in the Motherland all just collectively fainted.
Breathing Space by Eina Ahluwalia Beaded Necklace on exshoesme.com
The tradition of red and green beads, twisted.
Breathing Space by Eina Ahluwalia Green Beads on exshoesme.com
I may not be able to live without this one. Green with envy.
Breathing Space by Eina Ahluwalia Love Protect Respect Necklace on exshoesme.com
Carrie Bradshaw, eat your heart out.
Breathing Space by Eina Ahluwalia Nosering on exshoesme.com
This is my favourite from the collection - delicate yet Don't Mess - all at once.
Breathing Space by Eina Ahluwalia Red White and Gold on exshoesme.com
The best lainga ever?

The above looks like something out of a Raja Ravi Varma painting – it also reminds me of Anamika Khanna.

Breathing Space by Eina Ahluwalia on exshoesme.com
A beautiful canvas of red, black and white clothing perfectly presented the golden jewellery pieces.
Breathing Space by Eina Ahluwalia Hand Jewellery on exshoesme.com
Nothing wrong with marriage, my dears. Just hold on to yourselves, as well.

Images courtesy of Eina Ahluwalia and Lakme Fashion Week.

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