06 August 2013
Day-2 at IIJW saw the Hyderabad’s celebrated designer Moni Agarwal made her debut in Mumbai as she showcased her finest pieces at the India International Jewelry Week 2013 (IIJW) at the Grand Hyatt hotel. South Superstars Kajal Aggarwal, Rana Daggubati and Taapsee Pannu turned showstoppers for Moni Agarwal, who is on a mission to revive the Hyderabad heritage. ‘Satlada’ is a 7-string pearl necklace from the 19th Century, which was popularized by Maharani Bhagmati. Taapsee sashayed down the ramp dressed as Queen Bhagmati; she looked simply stunning in Moni’s jewelry, and she made way for the others.
Kajal Aggarwal looked like Cinderella in a beautiful diamond necklace designed by Moni, which was complimented by a blue ballroom gown. Moni has married the traditional with contemporary, and has created a jewelry collection, which is simply a ‘classic masterpiece’. Moni is one of the few leading designers, who creates ethnic jewelry for men, and this time too, Moni was right on the mark; royalty arrived as Rana Daggubati walked the ramp in a ‘Satlada’. Moni Agarwal received applause by the audiences as she walked the ramp with the three showstoppers; and the modest designer took a humble bow as the crowds cheered. After the show, an ecstatic Moni addressed the media. “This is my way and an opportunity for me to share Hyderabad’s treasures with the entire world. My friends Kajal Aggarwal, Rana Daggubati and Taapsee Pannu have added glitter and glamour to the collection,” Moni expressed.
About Moni Agarwal:
Moni Agarwal is the young, prolific jewelry designer from the historic city of Hyderabad, who has gained substantial notoriety and patronage for her modern yet traditional jewelery.
In her young career, Moni has created a strong, and much sought after aesthetic for her brand of ‘classic but with a avant-garde streak’ jewels. Showing at personal as well as group shows at some of high-fashion’s widely acknowledged venues – Moni’s collections of jewelry has found patronage among society’s best. Her jewelry has been adorned by the likes of actors Rana Daggubati, Shriya Saran, Tapsee, Amala Paul, Diana Hayden among others; all of who have walked the ramp for Moni. Other celebrity endorsers of Moni’s designs have been Shaina NC, Vasuki Sunkavalli, Lakshmi Manchu, Catherine Tresa and many others. Moni has retailed at leading stores and venues across Hyderabad and the rest of India. Like any of her jewelry creations, the designer is light hearted, fun loving, modest, and has an endearing effervescence that is like a breath of fresh air.
Ask her about her journey and philosophy surrounding jewelry design, and her passion and excitement are evident. Says the gemology-trained designer, “anything and everything can unknowingly serve as my muse.” Her love for jewelry though does not limit itself to her own designs. Moni has designs on everyone out there, who want to be fashionable.