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A song for the summer bride

With so many events at the wedding climaxing with honeymoon fashionistas have come up with umpteen ideas to dress up the bride-to-be th is summer

Two souls with but a single thought; two hearts that beat as one. That’s what weddings are all about. It’s that day of your life when you make the move to involve yourself in the ceremonies which decides the steps you have taken to spend the rest of your life with somebody.

A memorable days of your life—a day when you crave to look your best but the months of May-June play spoilsport given the temperature for you have go through it wearing the gorgeous bridal attire, the jewellery, the make-up etc. journeying through the elaborate wedding rituals.

Don’t wilt for help is at hand as the fashionistas chorus : “Time you stopped looking at the weather app. As long as you opt for the right kind of fabric, colour and style you are unlikely to go wrong.’’

Hyderabad-based designer Shilpa Reddy who presented her collection at New York’s J Spring 2015 in March, says, “Nowadays a lot of brides and grooms are breaking the parody by not going for very heavy outfits but opting for a comfortable smart look. Instead of all over, heavily embroidered outfits they can totally go with well designed comfy garments and to give it a fuller look they can go with print and embroidery.”

Till very recently georgette, chiffons, crepe, tulle, satins, cotton silks, and net continued to be favourite fabrics. What you know as combination fabric was the trend. However, this season, the wedding trends are yielding to change. Brides are likely to experiment with fine blends of silks and woven fabrics, adding to the rich look. It’s no more the ‘colour-me-red’ theme but a fusion of mixing traditional reds with pastel peaches and mint colours. Brides-to-be are ditching heavily embroidered outfits for well-designed comfy garments and preferring a combination of print and embroidery. Additionally the cuts of the dresses have become elaborate at the bottom too. For example one can have chiffon, net or georgette lehnga adorned with Benarasi, Kanjeevaram silk or brocade border or velvet cutouts. Designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee has gone so far as to adorn his brides in huge flared lehengas in fine cottons like mull, linen with broad borders of heavy silks and velvet. These are further embellished with heavy heritage embroidery.

Fusing Indian as well as Indo- western attires including ensemble bridal lehngas, anarkali lehngas, cocktail gown, stitched sari, etc. in classic romantic colours, paired with bright coral and orange in Lalit Dalmia’s Marsala Collection gives the summer bride the innovative look.

According to New-Delhi-based designer Bani Khurana settling for pure Georgette or silks are the best options. “They are not synthetic and give very rich look and feel. Even if you go for contemporary cuts these fabrics works best. Raw silk lehnga gives the look of full flared skirt which is quite a trend this season,” says the designer who retails under her brand, BK.

Designers suggest keeping the wedding clothes elegant and understated. For ritual like haldi and mehendi the bride go with a comfy minimalistic look and provide enough room for the ceremonies and the henna application. For the rituals of saat-phere and reception, the look can be traditional and classy. “With couples opting for the beach destinations for their honeymoon nowadays, the brides can go with maxi dresses and string of beads to add to the look, along with floral tiaras and floral prints,” says Shilpa.

For haldi and mahendi you could go for a small crop top and calf length skirt in muted colors or anarkali suit tailored with georgette; for sangeet a jacket with dhoti to look very chic and modern or dresses of net with the use embroidery of zari and zardozi; for the saat-pheras a nicely draped stitched sari or chandelier lehengas and paneled long cholis; for reception a nice gown or a comfortable lehnga so that bride could easily dance too; and for honeymoon try different cuts in short dresses or maxis depending on your destination. Suggests Dalima, “If you prefer the modern style choose your ritual attires with rich fabrics like crepe, georgette and with heavy use of net.”

The recent Lake Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015 threw up excellent ideas for the bride-to-be, like in the monochromatic clothes of RRISO by Sonu Dharnidharka— a playful mix of barege, cendal, georgette and taffeta fabrics with asymmetrical halter, sheath and drape cuts. Rimi Nayak presented a beautiful array of long resort-wear dresses, draped jackets, summer tunics, trousers and tops along with flared gowns form the heart of the silhouette enthralled the audience. While Neha Agarwal presented bamboo denim jackets with cape collars, circular dresses with hand block printed motifs and flared jumpsuits in pure silk with a denim bodice furthering the idea of a graceful and naughty honeymoon.


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