This year, it’s all about rethinking one’s fashion choices, while simultaneously living in the moment. Here is a list of designers whose advice can come in handy for the winter bride. By Anupam Dabral
8 Designers’ Advice For The Perfect Winter Bridal Outfit:
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Intricate mirror-work over a spectrum of bright colours defines Abhinav Mishra’s take on bridal couture. Picture tones of yellow, orange, greens, and blues. “My sole advice to all brides is to not wear something just because other brides are also wearing it. Try to be understated rather than going over the top. Subtlety speaks volumes,” advises Mishra.
Think of decadent drapes and the first name to come to mind is Tarun Tahiliani. When it comes to his rendition of bridal couture, think lightweight, yet exquisitely crafted lehengas. “Love and re-love is a constant theme of our campaign. Choose clothes that you can repurpose. Use the most beautiful clothes again and again, and have a wardrobe of exquisiteness rather than numbers that have no meaning.”
Comfort is something that designer Seema Gujral seeks to imbibe in everything she creates. With her gorgeous saris and exquisite lehengas, modern brides can feel relaxed and elegant. “I believe in going bold and picking bold colours because it breaks the stereotypical cycle of reds and pinks for bridal couture. I suggest all my brides be themselves, pick clothes they feel comfortable in, and not simply go with what others are wearing,” says Gujral.
A seamless confluence of varied hand techniques and striking contrasts is how one can best describe designer-duo Shyamal and Bhumika’s work. Nothing is off limits: elegance and extravagance come packed together. “[Opt for] traditional wedding lehengas and saris embroidered with age-old techniques of aari, zardozi, and pitta in tumbling vines, floating flower bouquets, delicately appliquéd petals, and gilded, vintage-crest motifs,” suggests Shyamal.
If you are looking to move away from traditional couture choices on your big day, then Arpita Mehta may just have what you are seeking. Think glamorous pieces that make heads turn. While confidence and charm are two important aspects for any bride, Mehta also suggests, “[Choose] a lehenga that makes you feel special and like a princess; do not settle for anything lesser!”
When it comes to bridal handlooms, one name that resonates with excellence is Ekaya. If you’re looking to veer away from lehengas, their repository of saris won’t disappoint. Palak Shah, CEO of Ekaya, says, “Think of functional, comfortable separates. The idea is to build a timeless trousseau that’ll hold your wardrobe in good stead through many winters to come. I suggest pairing a traditional drape with a relatively contemporary outerwear piece.”
It is impossible to imagine bridal couture without floral patterns, embellishments, and embroideries. And that’s where Varun Bahl finds his inspiration. “My advice for winter brides is to go for subtle colours and fabrics with good embroidered work on them. I would suggest going for high necks and lehengas, rather than going for the conventional styles,” says Bahl.
The Czar of Indian maximalism needs no introduction. His signature spectrum of bright hues, embellished with a variety of surface techniques, makes his creations truly special. Malhotra suggests, “Winters are beautiful and it’s the best time to work with materials that not only keep you warm, but [also] exude regality. Some of my favourite fabrics to work with during this weather are velvets, raw silk, Dupion, and satin. You can add a finishing touch with an intricately embroidered shawl that translates into a treasured part of your trousseau.” manishmalhotra.in