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To the electrifying tune of ali maula ali dum mast kalandar... performed by the formidable Manganiars of Barmer, on a particularly chilly night in New Delhi's historical precinct, Mehrauli, two kindred creative souls came together and created an ornate 'mehfil' made of bridal dreams. Parisian shoe maverick Christian Louboutin and the undisputed king of Indian ethnic wear, Sabyasachi presented their AW16 collection 'Firdaus' earlier this month. The Persian world literally translates to English as, paradise; a heavenly garden filled with mystic beauty of nature; which reflected in the array of artfully embroidered couture pieces, masterfully amalgamating Parisian nonchalance and Indian style craftsmanship. A striking contrast from the two maestros’ first collaboration in 2015, this second edition is rich in sumptuous velvets, organic dyes and classic silhouettes which are painstakingly hand-stitched and teamed with sensually embellished accessories. Sabyasachi employed the, “finest vintage needle crafts to explore the sophistication of tilla and super refined zardozi”, to exude modern heirloom that is brought to life in the form of a floor-sweeping signature coat, featuring a hand rendering of an antique textile of the Qajar dynasty of Persia. Louboutin, on the other hand, created a collection of iconic handbags in suede pony with intricate floral designs and heightened embellishment and hardware to complement the couture pieces of the evening; creating the sexiest set of bridal stilettos and evening wear we’ve seen this season.