Albeli. Her sharara sways lightly, her mulmul kurta offers evocative glimpses of her fiery vitality. The soft, sheer odhni gives her a sunlit glow. Majestic and dauntless, her spirit flies freely, tracing the path of the birds in the dawn sky. She is unconquerable, unique.
Born in the tradition, heritage and art of the magical kingdom of Awadh, or Oudh, Sue Mue’s bridal and couture collection Albeli for Spring-Summer 2017 is an ode to the region’s poetry and passion. Famous the world over for their effortless royal style and social glory, Awadhi queens lived life on their own terms. Inspired by their incredible beauty and freedom, Sue Mue’s Albeli collection is a celebration of style with a purpose.
Wander the indulgent past with traditional Lucknowi thread work on Shazaada cottons and Dhaka mulmuls. Lock arms in intimacy with delicate chikankari, zardozi, zari, mystical mukaish and tukdi work that lifts the fabric without overpowering it. The ancient stitches – tepchi, bakhiya, hool, zanzeera and rhet – weave an enchanting spell of the light grace of birds. The fine organza, net and cotton evoke the gentility of the modern-day princess in a contrast of soft pastels – from icy blue, peach-pink, lavender, ivory, beige and off-white, to jade green and mustard.
Lehengas with kurtis, ghararas, full-length kalidar kurtas, and bias-cut gathered skirts, the Albeli collection is a modern take on traditional values, the marriage of Western silhouettes with cultural motifs – fine, sophisticated, compelling.