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A Thing About Wedding Gowns

By Sanhati Banerjee

Stutter in the most sweeping gowns of the season and get a lowdown on the latest gown collections that are trending in the town.

With wedding couture increasingly tending to be high on Indo-western and looking for the eclectically subtle yet sexy and the romantic ballroom gowns, prom gowns; these classy creations of couture have started featuring in bachelorette parties, cocktails and receptions.
Gowns & The Bride
Cocktails are for cocktail gowns with the perfect combination of fun and femininity. Gowns also have a formal look and formal evening gowns can be perfect for a stylish reception party. The best part about gowns is that these can be adapted to a variety of themes. Floor-length gowns with subtle surface ornamentation and embroidered necklines could be your picks.
Designer Bhumika Grover tells us that an evening or cocktail gown should ideally be in rich jewel tones. She says “From emerald green and rich ruby red to amethyst purples and royal blues…regal jewel tones give the perfect look to an evening gown. Do not go in for too much of stone or bead work on the gowns. These colours in themselves give you the classic feel you look for in a cocktail gown. Team it with a statement neckpiece in tones of silver or gold and a pair of simple ear studs. A classic cuff will complete the look.” Bridal gowns with high neckline, peplum, mermaid gowns, lacy gowns with a bejwelled belt and fabrics like lace and shimmer with golden and subdued colour tones minimally embellished with appliqué work and sprinkled with crystal stones are going to look great this season, says designer Riyaz Gangji who has recently launched a collection of flowy gowns with trails titled ‘Shimmering Sand’.
From a wedding to a party, gowns can look stunning if carried in the right way. So, if you are an urban bride looking for chic options on your wedding, you can turn to gowns. Designer duo Kavita and Meenu recently launched their fall-winter cocktail gown collection for Khwab 2012 comprising of an assortment of trendsetting prom gowns, ball and wedding gowns in a mélange of colours sprinkled with Swarovski crystals and feathers. The duo had picked rich and vibrant colours like fuchsia, fiery red, lime green and cobalt blue with amalgamations of pastels hues like ivory and gold and fabrics namely lace, net, satin, and organza, which the designers see as setting the flavours of the season. The designer duo stresses on silhouettes like sheath, trumpet and empire, which they have also used in their glam gowns.

Know the Hot Styles
While designer Preeti Ghai who recently unveiled her Regal Couture Collection consisting of gowns with long jackets and princess gowns among others vouches for lace gowns, flowing gowns and rich satin gowns, designer Kamaali Mehta of Kamaali Couture singles out the “puffy Barbie doll look” with lots of volume, using meters and meters of net, tulle or lace creating a look that is dreamy and delicate. Designer Bhumika Grover says “While white and ivory will always rule the trends when it comes to wedding gowns, it’s always nice to add a pop of colour. If you are open to experimenting; add a dash of colour with a waist clinching belt. Lace is the to-go-for fabric for a wedding gown. Whether you have lace overlays and accents or the entire gown in lace, this fabric gives you a chic yet classy look.” Designer Jaya Misra votes for bold and passionate shades like smoldering reds, heavenly blues and of course she says requisite bridal blushes will make for the perfect gown glam this season. Speaking on the ultra-feminine look for the bride, designer Pam Mehta says “Ballroom gowns are seen with elaborate layering and with the extensive use of fabrics and can-can or crinoline making the gowns very voluminous. Mermaid gowns are also seen not just at weddings but also the red carpet. A-line gowns are a hit with the bride’s maids.” Shouger Merchant Doshi of Zanaaya Couture picks pleated gowns, one-shoulders and lots of flow or skin fitting silhouettes.
Fabrics & Ornamentation
Fabrics like the luscious satin, the delicate lace and the shimmering nets are the most natural choices. The sensuous silks, gorgeous georgettes, organza and taffeta and the trendy chiffons are also among the most popular choices. Preeti Ghai also points out velvet and imported shimmer lycra among others. These soft fabrics offer versatility to the designer to experiment with drapes and styling. Speaking about drapes Kamaali Mehta says “Delicate drapes are given to enhance the cut of the gown, for instance a veil is draped from the head flowing down till the ankle or from the shoulder to the wrist.” Crystal Swarovski with a touch of pearl or stones and dabka work are the most preferred forms of ornamentation used on gowns, as Kamaali Mehta tells us. Resham work, zari work and crystal beading are the other forms used to beautify gowns.

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