New Delhi: For her youthful and fresh bridal collection, Rina Dhaka has invited newcomer Akshara Haasan to be the showstopper as the designer feels the actress symbolises her innocence-infused line.
Dhaka said she was a bit torn between Alia Bhatt and Akshara, but finally zeroed down upon the "Shamitabh" actress to walk the ramp during her show at the upcoming BMW India Bridal Fashion Week.
"Keeping in mind the the image of youth and innocence I have requested Akshara Haasan to come. I have seen her work, and between her and Alia, I felt Akshara still has that newness to her... She is very fresh and is exactly what we are trying to emphasise in our story," Dhaka told PTI in an interview.
The designer, who will be presenting her line during the five-day event to be held here from August 9, said this time her collection is all about romance with a dose of flora and fauna.
"Our theme is inspired from Ferns and Petals. Our collection is propelled by freshness, youth, beauty of flowers when innocence was everything. I have done a selection of occasional bridal wear using floral influences in the literal sense almost.
"I have used a lot of three dimensional flowers, actual petals using flora and fauna. It is kind of a fruity collection. I have also developed special motifs for the line," she said.
Keeping in tune with the floral collection, the designer has decided to stick to colours like lilacs, pinks with a hint of gold as well to give it a bridal appeal.
Dhaka said it was during her summer holidays in London this year and her visit to Columbia Road Flower Market that she chanced upon the idea of working on a floral clothing line.
"The flowers and the whole ambiance there has an overwhelming effect on you and you makes you wonder why the poets wrote about it. It is all there and I tries to pick it up and put it in a wearability module without losing its literalness," Dhaka said.
The designer said her outfits will also have embroideries from Lucknow and Austrian crystals and she has used traditional elements and given it a modern twist.
"I want to bring in happiness. I have used many traditional elements but in the form of a floral design. I have kept in mind the wearability factor so I have kept the garments light. There are skirt sarees, which give a sense of fluidity to the line," Dhaka said.