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Wow Winter Bridal 7 Couturepicks

By Sanhati Banerjee

Plan your wedding reports on the seven hottest ideas this autumn-winter making this the must-read fashion bulletin with all the style snippets from top designer collections that can help you get the prettiest looks. By Sanhati Banerjee

 Gowns can make a sensational statement on your winter wedding; from princess gowns to add glam to your cocktail ceremony to regal gowns with velvet details that can make you look like a diva bride, the options galore. Similarly, layering can both be fun and sexy for the bride-to-be this season. Think layering up with bling long jackets, long kurtas for your wedding and bling shrugs for a cocktail party. Hand drawn motifs from the world of indigenous and classic craft schools, the fusing of kalamkari with Renaissance motifs and the fluidity in bridal ensembles suggesting deconstruction are all hands down winners this season egging you on for some mind boggling sartorial stuff! Let’s find out the various themes and moods in details that you would love to lap up.
Gown it up
Watch out for intense colour palettes to glam up the evenings. Brides looking for Western-style wedding gowns can pick from a variety of fusion looks and those who are looking for the Indian feel, traditional embroideries and stitch work can make the day for them. Elisha W offers gowns for both for the modern as well as the traditional bride. For the contemporary bride, she is offering a very Western silhouette embellished with the fusion look of appliqué and crystals and “for the Indian bride there are vibrant colours embellished with traditional thread work infused with French laces and highlighted with diamontes,” she says. These gowns are largely for the cocktail ceremony of the bride and her family. And for that one winter highlight look out for velvets on your gowns and jackets to slip into the princess look.
Layer Up
Brides-to-be can add up to their bridal garments with jackets, long kurtas and scarves this winter-festive season. When it comes to add-ons for bridal outfits, sky is the limit and the guiding factor here will be the values and personality of the bride. We give a thumbs up to the bride-to-be who stands up for what she believes will make her look beautiful and cares for innovation. “A bride may want to appear in a long coat – sleeveless or quilted, lined or sheer depending on the time of the year. The coat can have embellishments of the kind she prefers, super glitzy, moderately glitzy, heritage ornamentation or organically sensual. Little pouches, stoles and layers of silk chiffon or silk block printed using traditional booties, geometrics or even figurines in festive colours such as hot pink, gold or emerald can add drama to the whole look,” says Andree Pouliot, creative director, Soma Blockprints.
The idea is to put together an image which is well-coordinated and yet portrays a sense of free will.
Keep it Understated & Fusion-istic
Contemporary bridal wear which is not too heavy and uses light fabrics finds favour with most brides. Keeping this in mind, designer Shilpa Reddy offers her latest Thai-warrior-queen-inspired bridal collection in light fabrics like net and crepe to create a subtle and sexy look. The embroidery and stone work has been inspired by Thai jewellery in real gold along with precious and semi-precious stones giving a realistic jewellery look to the ensembles. “I have used Indian motifs in bold hues on rich and colourful ensembles with typical warrior type curled up sleeves to give a very unique look,” she says. Low waists and small cholis give a sensuous touch to the garments. Thai structure and silhouettes have huge influence on her designs “with strong shoulder structures and fluid elements blending with each other and the application of innovative techniques to cultural forms, reinventing cultural embellishment and embroideries bringing in a new dimension to Indian bridal and trousseau wear,” she says.
Go the Hand Drawn Way
Like the way organic fabrics can work for bridal wear, so can hand drawn motifs if they are complemented by the right kind of embroidery. Kalamkari art is all hand-painted and once adorned they look like a million dollar outfit. “It is like a complete package, says Prasansha Saha, one of the co-owners of Aharin and “if done in the right form and with the right motifs with the right colours these can make any bride look majestic. These can be fused with traditional gold embroidery and antique gold zardozi, mixed up with thread work and highlighted with mukaish work.” That would complete the look and make it look festive and bold.
She says ‘no’ to “regular crystal bling” and ‘yes’ to organic and antique subtleness. “No one wants to look like a shining crystal tree, everyone wants to look subtle yet pretty, a 100 panelled voile flare lehanga looks much prettier and can be worn with an embroidered corset for any of the pre-bridal events!” Prasansha adds.
Look out for Kalamkari-Renaissance Fusion
t’s a form of power dressing for brides wherein the costumes can very well be incorporated in a working wardrobe post the wedding, which is very much in vogue. Neeta Lulla has launched her festive/bridal collection offers a range of kalamkari designs on Kanjeevarams fusing the same with a range of Renaissance inspirations like lacaes and velvet cutwork. The kalidar floor-length kurtas teamed with printed bodices and sleeves, mermaid-style lehengas, printed skirts and velvet cholis can be suitable for wedding and pre-wedding ceremonies.
Fly along the Fluid Lines
Fluidity breaks the rigid construction in garments and deconstructs them to reinterpret glamour for you. There is freedom in such style! So vintage can be reinterpreted to exude contemporary chic effortlessly and this is what Ritu Kumar means when she says that the look of “anything classic is by definition chic”. Her collection for modern brides makes this statement ample in its process of creating a look which uses organic textures with authentic embroideries with edgy cuts making sure it remains chic yet contemporary. The fluidity that defines the garments also comes “from the history of older costumes which needed the use of many yards of fabric, which in a crinkled form gives an amazing richness to festive wear” says the veteran.
Watch out for Indo-western
And, finally a modern Indian wedding can never be far from Indo-western bridal wear. Structured drapes and dresses are part of this range of fashion which fuses Indian embroidery techniques and fabrics with Western silhouettes. Georgette and chiffon mixed gota and mirror work go do really well in this genre.
Fashion designer Poonam Bajaj offers a lot of these creations in her latest bridal wear range. She says “Mixing jackets and shrugs with Anarkali or tunic dresses with churidar is truly becoming popular. You can try contrasts and earthy colours or with tones of red or any other festive colour. You will get a lot of saree-gowns, a practical approach this season. You can accessorise with statement jewellery which always does the trick or jewelled belts can also make an outfit lively. Low-cut blouses with fabrics like velvet will be hot this season.”
A lot of layering can be done in terms of silhouettes also. Drapes and layers; warm fabrics, mixed garments are all practical ideas for this season. “A sexy choli can be worn over a full sleeved blouse adding to the look. Fabrics like velvet and pashminas can be used for the dupatta that wraps around the body. One very important change that can be done is the addition of embroidered overcoats, jackets and waistcoats that can be worn on top of outfits. These of course keep the body warm during the winters and yet add to the overall style,” adds Prasansha Saha.
Now you know how to get a capital wedding this season, so unleash a million dollar smile and look every bit the rockstar bride that you deserve to be!

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