2015/16 Indian Bridal Trend 3 - Regal Heritage

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Sonia Bhuta

Sonia Bhuta

Contributor at The Crimson Bride. Food, fashion and film enthusiast; in that order. 

After a busy month of basking in the glory of couture and enchanting designer ensembles, The Crimson Bride looks ahead at the upcoming 2015/16 wedding season with our four-part Top 4 Bridal Trends series. Our first two trends indulged in the dominant DRAMATICALLY SENSUOUS and RUSTIC ROMANTIC themes. 

Now, let us journey back to our REGAL HERITAGE: Opulent. Plush. Royal.

This year, we have been spoilt for choice. While on one end, we have the soft, the feminine and the dainty, the other end of the spectrum boasts of opulent royalty. As we move on to our third Top Bridal Trend of 2015, we explore Regal Heritage – most certainly my favourite trend of them all.

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Manish Malhotra – 'THE EMPRESS STORY'

He needs no introduction. A reputed designer with an astounding fashionography. Manish Malhotra has been a trendsetter; his work has inspired us to aspire to luxury and world class fashion choices.

About the Collection 

Grandeur, Elegance and All That Jazz. The Empress Story enthuses old world charm of the 1950s. We were transported to a time where fashion was eponymous with intimate luxury experiences – thereby bringing Indian history to life.

Malhotra’s silhouettes boasted of royalty, with his elaborate and voluminous shapes. From flared Victorian high waisted skirts paired with short cholis and open capes, to plunging necklines and dramatic gowns; his designs are sure to evoke a sense of regality by those who wear them. Owning any couture piece from The Empress Story is sure to make you feel like all you’re missing is your very own throne.

Malhotra has used rich colours like burgundy, marsala, antique gold, rose pink and deep browns. His flamboyant designs boast of posh simplicity, fit for a Queen. Models sported the 'wet' look when it came to their slicked back hair. Soft, smokey eyes were the perfect match for contoured cheeks and baby pink lips. 

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This year saw a distinct change in his style of work. One to always use heavy embroidery and threadwork, Malhotra’s focus on regality with zardosi embellishments was a distinct shift from his signature style. The silhouettes on the coveted runway were simple yet exuberant and rich in style. There was a common trend for bare, Victorian high waisted skirts and embellished blouses – remaining true to the saying that "less is more". The minimal work on each piece was limited to iconic mushroom floral motifs and birds, in line with the nature themed trend for this season.

What a spectacular way to end the week. Malhotra was not only elated to be the closing show for AICW, he was celebrating 10 years of ‘Manish Malhotra London Label.’ Here’s to the many more years of Manish Malhotra that lie ahead.

View the full collection here.

Tips for the Bride 

Less is More
Gone are the days of the heavily embellished outfits with the excessive bling. Testament to the saying, ‘less is more’, the understated garments will minimal work speak for themselves. Its simplicity adds a certain regal and elegant look to those who wear it.

Defy the norm
Opt for unusual geometrics that defy the usual. Aspire for a sophisticated, unique silhouette - like off shoulder blouses, capes or long jackets.  

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Rimple and Harpreet Narula – 'MAHARAJAH & CO'

Husband and wife, Rimple and Harpreet Narula, believe that their marriage is not only a union of two souls but also, their aesthetic sense. Their combined creative sensibilities flaunt refined, imperial fashion.

 

About the Collection 

Nothing bellows royalty like the way it was presented on the runway by Rimple and Harpreet Narula. The designer duo captured authentic, old world Indian nobility fabulously. Reminiscent of traditional royal families of India, the show unravelled a story where a ‘commissioned photographer’, photographed her highness, actress and showstopper Ms. Shilpa Shetty, in her regal attire. Rimple and Harpreet effortlessly recreated the days of Maharajah’s rule, where a photographer would be summoned to the palace to capture images of them in their royal costumes.

Overall, the designs incorporated a mixture of rural craft along with intricate embroideries. Inspired by history and the way Maharaja’s lived and dressed, Rimple and Harpreet combined these elements with facets of contemporary fashion from the West.

Saris, lehengas and salwar suits were presented on ivory, beige, gold, blush pink and royal red palettes with intricate zardosi detailing and embroidery. Shilpa Shetty, who donned a heavily embellished golden lehenga, looked the part as she took to the throne at the end of the show.

View the full collection here.

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Tips for the Bride 

Unleash the Queen Within
Go the maximalist route and indulge yourself. If you've always dreamt of a royal wedding theme or simply wish to look like a Queen on your big day, be inspired by the regality of this designer duo's sophisticated creations. Opt for outfits that are rich in zari embellishments and regal hues; the moment you enter a room, you will command presence - exactly like royalty should. 

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Anju Modi – 'KASHISH'

Witnessing designs by Anju Modi saunter down the runway is a feast for your senses. The talented designer is known for pushing the envelope with her designs and revolutionising fashion, with no exceptions this year. Kashish showcased her version of bespoke regality, with a cultured twist.

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About the Collection 

Kashish was heavily inspired by Persian culture and its ancient civilisations. Known for its miniature handwork, the passion of philosopher and poet Rumi and its royal architectural influences; the undertones of rich Persian culture command your attention.

Modi states that Persian poetry accentuates the importance of the bride; there is a strong “kashish”, a yearning to be happy in the arms of your beloved. It is this very feeling upon which the artist has created each of her ensembles.

The use of vibrant colours was a step away from the conventional aesthetics of royalty; however, Modi still managed to create a sense of regal heritage with her unique craftsmanship and vision. Kashish had an extensive colour palette, inclusive of, rose pinks, mint greens, yellows, oranges, reds and royal blues.

The grandiose of Persia was perfectly captured by her magnificent collection - filled with the beauty of Islam and intricately entwined Mughal motifs. Modi’s voluminous textures, with full flared skirts and beautiful layering were achieved using rich textiles; from chanderi, khadi, georgette, velvet and handloom silk. Her signature look was ruled by a bold blouse to complement a net sari, that flaunted a striking printed ghagra as the undergarment to shine through - an interesting tweak to the sari as of late. What stood out even more however, was her concept of the double dupatta. By using more than one dupatta in some of her designs, one to drape across the garment and another to use as a veil (a draping technique amongst brides), Modi showcased her penchant for mixing textures and creating a unique look overall.  

Her show leaves you wanting more – a kashish for such beauty to never cease.

View the full collection here.

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Tips for the Bride 

The Minimalist Bride  
Let the simplicity of the garment speak for itself. Focus more on the texture, fabrics and silhouette of the garments you wear. For the bride who does enjoy the extra bling - infuse the use of dull gold work with your deep, richly coloured fabrics in order to create a vintage look oozing with sophistication. 

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Naina.co, Shantanu & Nikhil

*Be on the lookout for her costume designs and styling in upcoming Bollywood film, Bajirao Mastani. Produced and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali - Starring Ranveer Singh, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone, Modi is stylising old world charm for Chopra and Padukone who play Persian princesses. Her work will be sure to extend the wish list of that dream wardrobe. (Modi has previously collaborated with Bhansali in Ram-Leela).

 

Tips for the Bride 

The Power of Colour
If there is one thing you can take away from Modi's Kashish, it's the power of colour. Play with your colour palette. The use of bright and playful colours are highlighted in this collection, beautifully accentuated with accessories and handwork that is reminiscent of the Persian era. Infuse bright and playful colours into your bridal trousseau, this will be great for photographs and creating an atmosphere of celebration. Modi's collection reinforces the fact that you don't need dark shades to create a rich, royal look. Pastels mixed with brighter hues will not only achieve a sense of regality, but also allow you to be playful with your overall style - especially with your hair and makeup.  

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Shantanu and Nikhil – 'THE MAHAL'

Inspired by their travels, designer duo Shantanu and Nikhil, have always infused cultural learnings from their escapades across the nation into their creations. This was brought the fore in their Bridal collection of 2015 - The Mahal.

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Naina.co, Shantanu & Nikhil

About the collection 

The Mahal pays tribute to the architectural designs of Rajasthan. With symbolic influences from Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur to Jaipur’s Sheesh Mahal, the collection showcases their love for historic architectural designs. For the bold, carefree bride who knows no bounds - The Mahal boasts of aristocracy, opulence and finesse.

The combination of restrained embroidery and bold shades aspired to create the perfect marriage between contemporary and vintage. Another breathtaking incongruity, Shantanu and Nikhil’s Mahal was bold and powerful yet delicate and soft. Their ostentatious collection reflected the dominant Rajasthani influence - with angular and intelligent geometric cuts, reminiscent of the architecture of India’s historical mahals (palaces), ruling the structure of each of their royal garments. The colour palette, inspired by the Mehrangarh Fort and the internal ambience of the Sheesh Mahal, the designers pay tribute to the land of royals.

There was a  prominent use of gold on ethereal reds to give reference to the power of the Kings and Queens of the of Rajasthani Raj as well as touches of beige, chocolate, teal, royal blues with gold nuances. Delicate mirror work on each of the pieces provided reference to the Sheesh Mahal - the Palace of Mirrors. However, the impeccable craftsmanship didn’t stop there. We were spoilt with leather crops tops and their love affair with dupattas - which were all draped in a unique way; around the neck or wrapped around the arm as a sleeve.

The graphic textures and decadent hues weren’t the only facets that elevated the royalty of their line. Another favourite collection of mine this season, Shantanu and Nikhil went the extra mile and included headgear as well as footwear, with delicate gold detailing in order to add a majestic touch to their creation of couture royalty.

View the full collection here.

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