(Firstly I would like to apologise for so much delay in putting up this post. August was nothing short of a festival month for me with too much happening at the same time. But now I am back and posting this much awaited post for all of you. And as a bonus lets just post two posts on Vogue Wedding Show, specially for you.)
This year’s Vogue Wedding Show was a 3-day bridal extravaganza getting bigger and grander in its fourth season. It was hosted at Taj Palace Hotel from 5-7th August, 2016.
So for all of you out there this show is basically a platform where brides get to choose their wedding trousseau in their very own bridal space in a very relaxed environment. The brides-to-be wear some of the garments from the latest collection of the designers. All thanks to this one-on-one consultations by the masters of the craft who help the brides in understanding what bridal wear is all about and what suits them. Not so easy brides! You have to have a pre-booked appointment with these designers and only then you get this privilege.
If you have been there in the previous seasons you are already aware of the couture designers Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Manish Malhotra, Anita Dongre who always attract the brides through their beautifully coloured, traditional yet modern bridal wear. Designers and fashion experts like Indian by Manish Arora, Falguni and Shane Peacock, Jade by Monica and Karishma, Shantanu and Nikhil, Gaurav Gupta, Varun Bahl and Tarun Tahiliani were among others present in this luxury affair. If you are a saree style woman, then there was a dedicated “Saree Pavilion” for all you ladies.
This year Vogue handpicked jewellers like Amrapali, Hazoorilal by Sandeep Narang, Khanna Jewellers, Kishandas & Co. for Sabyasachi, Bespoke Vintage Jewels by Shweta Gupta, Raj Mahatani Couture Jewels, Sunita Shekhawat from Jaipur among many others.
Masterclasses by industry experts gave an extra edge as the means to learn all about your hair, skin, beauty and health regimes. Anaita Shroff Adajania, Vogue India Fashion Director, shared some amazing contemporary tips for brides and grooms to be. The celebrity hairstylist Avan Contractor helped in identifying different hair textures and how you need to do personal and professional haircare. The highlight was when he gave a on-stage demonstration of the latest bridal hairstyles. While Namrata Soni, the celebrity makeup artist, took us through the newest that’s happening around in the makeup world like how to get that classic red lips, contouring techniques and how one can find the right makeup products as per their skin types.
Magical Manish Malhotra
His collection “Persian Story” was all about florals.
Scintillating Sabyasachi Mukherjee
You enter the space and you fall in love immediately with the setting that displayed royalty & grandeur. His collection constantly reminds us of that Mughal Era.
The royal drapes of Sabyasachi emoted that its all in the details. You would want to keep looking at his collection that was yet again breathtaking. The man himself was low on words and his work said it all. His bridal wear showed touch of heritage & heirlooms with his brocades, embellishments, jacquard in all its finery.
He designs were all traditional and his couture consisted of high quality fabric and had rich embroidery with perfect finishing details. His collection showed that even though its too easy for market to copy his designs and sell them at way lesser prices the original stands out. His collection displayed three very strong themes of bohemian, whimsical & artsy in every possible manner.
Sabyasachi never fails to amaze with his unusual fabrics and embroidery.
The Regal Route that he takes with his “Firdaus Couture”
Aesthetic Anita Dongre
She is known as “Queen of Gotta Patti” not without any reason. Anita mesmerised everyone with her bright, gota patti infused raw silk creations for the new age spirited brides. Her colour palette generally consists of soothing colours and pastel hues. Her collection was ethnic, rustic and all soothing. All I can say is that her ensemble was elegance wrapped in tradition with a lot of dabka & phulkari work, yet having a casual edge. Her stall was just a pop of colours from hot pinks to bright oranges to deep purples. If you are that bride who prefers gotta patti and bright colours Anita Dongre should be your choice. Let her add that oomph! factor with her gorgeous and intricate designs to your wedding wardrobe without much effort.
Pretty hot pinks add some beautiful colour to your weddings and are a hot favourite.
Beautiful Jadau jewellery add that traditional touch to this beautiful bridal colour red.
This “Epic Love” collection by Anita Dongre is great for all you colour loving divas who like to keep it light, traditional and yet modern. It is built on the fantasy of the mythical gypsy bride Nayantra meeting her true love.
Great Gaurav Gupta
He is the man who made saree gown and saree practical & sexier and at the same time flattering. He is known as the Layering Man and one can see his gowns that were inspired from soft vintage English pastels and Game of Thrones, which I think fits either your special days of cocktail or reception. His fantastical ball gowns were pretty classy & rich but you would not see too much traditional work. The colour palette included English green or blue, apple green, scarlet reds, ink blues as well with pearl embroideries.
Soft ruffles and details give that eccentric display to this graceful gown.
Jade by Monica & Karishma
The designers went for all gold proving that the graceful gold could be your wedding day colour if you are bored of the traditional reds.
Falguni and Shane Peacock
The garments with hot pinks, sea greens, yellow, parrot greens, aqua blue, bright reds with beautiful golden makes him stand apart from others.
The scene at Manish’s stall was nothing short of a colour riot. The man is known for his edgy garments with varied colour palette including neon-coloured motifs inspired by street art. This man gets his inspiration from the mystery of space & Indian kitsch. His experimental nature is flawless wherein he allows different fabrics and textures to merge very smoothly. You could actually see great amalgamation of traditional and modern with a hint of western ideas. There were lot of elements that defined the coming trends of the season.
Shantanu & Nikhil
This designer gave all the brides-to-be alternative hues for the upcoming wedding season. This green coloured one piece was the showstopper for them and surely attracted the women.
Varun Bahl displayed his collection with a floral punch scene all over his stall. The setup did complete justice to his “Vintage Garden” collection. His collection was a fusion of floral hues and nuanced colour palette. His collection consisted of both bridal and non-bridal wear.
Looking closely one would find extended display of tropical motifs like flowers, exotic birds, insects and insects, provided in beautiful embroideries and silken thread work that is trending. The colour palette included pale pinks, duck-egg blues and pastel pistachio, and mustard shades, mixed in with fuchsias, strong reds, navy and also black. As for the cuts, the luxury of the embellishments and the abundant colours are paired with simpler and classic styles.
The magic of his collection “Last Song Of The Courtesan” is a tribute and acknowledgement of the highest bastions of culture, poetry, dance and finesse as practiced by the courtesans till a little over a century ago, says Tahiliani, explaining his inspiration behind the collection. This collection was inspired by the nautch girls or tawaifs from the royal times. His collection was never erotic but actually very refined and seductive.
His garments were lightweight chiffons with resham embroidery and Swarovski crystals on them. Rich saffrons and red dominated his collection.
Well! They say that all good things come to an end but this post has not come to an end. If a bride wants beautiful, trendy and comfortable garment with the help of the designers, jewellery forms an essential part to get that dream look for the day. Yes, we talk about the jewellery trends and some of the gifting options Vogue showcased this year.
(To be continued)