What are the latest trends you are seeing in Indian bridal wear? Any particular colours, styles, designers? Any personal favourites?
Hmm, its been a year of pastel and softer colors. A lot of the contrasts that Sabyasachi used to do (yellow with pink, red with green etc) is now slowly fading and more classic, monochrome lehengas are coming back - which you would have seen in his Opium collection as well as Tarun Tahiliani's latest collection.
There is a whole lot of colors like mint, peach, softer pinks that brides are going for along with just all-gold outfits as well versus the very bright colors and of course red will always stand the test of time.
Apart from that the silhouette itself from being very stiff and structured is changing to more light, flowy with georgettes and silks.
In some ways this year is a year of minimalistic brides. Plain tops layered with heavy jewellery and monochromatic lehenga skirts. Shararas and Pakistani silhouettes are also having a huge influence on Indian fashion, there is a big emphasis on intricacy and craftsmenship along with modest silhouettes in full sleeves and high necks. If I had to put it in one word, this is the modern, vintage bride if that makes any sense. The embroideries etc are all vintage, but the silhouettes are modern.
Favourites - I mean, Sabyasachi, Anamika Khanna and Tarun Tahiliani are eternal favourites for me. I also love how fun Dolly J’s clothing is and Anushree Reddy had my heart at those floral print pieces and Ridhi Mehra is fab as well.
Final piece of advice for overseas brides travelling to India for their wedding shopping? What makes for a good shopping trip?
One rule for all brides - don’t have a set mindset. So many times I see brides coming in with colors, outfits, and what they want exactly etched out in their mind and then they get totally confused because the variety here is mind numbing!! Keep your options open, and don’t have set ideas of what you want.
Did you recently do your wedding shopping in India? How was your experience? Are there must visit stores that you would recommend?