One of the most-awaited fashion events of the year, Vogue Wedding Show, will be hosted in Delhi in the first week of August. Curated by Vogue India, in partnership with Taj Hotels Palaces Resorts Safaris, the fifth edition will feature some of the most personalised category leaders and services from the Indian wedding circuit.
Poised to be grander and bigger this season, it promises to offer guests the opportunity to make selections for their dream wedding. India’s topmost bridal couture designers like Manish Malhotra, Sabyasachi, Tarun Tahiliani, Anita Dongre, Shantanu & Nikhil, Gaurav Gupta, Rahul Mishra, JADE by Monica & Karishma, Monisha Jaisingh, Payal Singhal, and Falguni Shane Peacock will be participating in the the Vogue Wedding Show 2017 providing guests the exclusive opportunity to meet with wedding specialists, India’s finest jewellers, trousseau gifting brands, décor experts, and wedding planners.
To know more about the luxury events, Guardian 20 speaks to some of the top-notch designers.
Famous designer Gaurav Gupta thinks that unconventional colours like dove grey, ice blue, mint green is now more in vogue now. He says, “The bride has evolved over the years and so has the definition of bridal wear. She prefers softer/pastel colors which are here to stay and are more classic. These unconventional colours are extremely subtle, sophisticated and understated. It is all in the richness and quietness of the colors with newer silhouettes and a lot of experimentation within that. Today the brides only wear bridal on their wedding day, for the rest of the days it is new global couture for them.”
What do you keep in mind while designing a wedding outfit? Gupta says, “They should have a lot of fun experimenting with newer shapes and forms of fashion, and should avoid following the norm.”
For designer Gupta, Today’s bride wants to stand out and wear statement pieces. She is well travelled and fashion forward, yet at the same wants to look like a classic beauty in those outfits. “She knows the right balance between edge and elegance, and is now open to more offbeat looks with more exciting options for Sangeet and other functions of her wedding day. She’s more aware of the world of fashion and likes hints of Indian garments of saris and lehengas, where future and primitive merge together,” says Gupta.
“The bride has evolved over the years and so has the definition of bridal wear. She prefers softer/pastel colors which are here to stay and are more classic. These unconventional colours are extremely subtle, sophisticated and understated. It is all in the richness and quietness of the colors with newer silhouettes.”
Another ace designer, Anita Dongre is known for her larger than life wedding outfits. Her idea of a wedding outfit is something that a bride would cherish all her life. She says, “The wedding day is one day in every woman’s life that she wants to look and feel her most beautiful. All eyes are on her; cameras too! The outfit should not only make her look fabulous but also feel comfortable and confident.”
According to Dongre, contemporary elements like belts and drills adding a little fun to bridal outfits are trending now. The designer says, “Flattering, modern silhouettes in traditional textiles look stunning. My favourite bridal colours are Bougainville pink and fiery orange.”
Known for her trademark Jaipur-inspired ensembles embroidered with gotapatti, it has always been the designer’s forte. Why it always works? Dongre says, “The core of my inspiration comes from Rajasthan. It is amazing how that place can keep inspiring me with each visit. Every time I am there, I see something and feel something new which rejuvenates my creativity. Gotapatti, which originated in Rajasthan, is our signature embroidery—the motifs adorn our different ensembles like tunics, kaftans, lehengas, bandis and jackets. Gotapatti as a design creates a luxe look fit for royal occasions, and yet is surprisingly light and easy to wear—which is our uniqueness.”
Another well-known fashion designer, Payal Singhal has chosen designs and patterns influenced from Turkey, Persia and Mughal dynasty defining a modern wedding outfit.
She says, “To me the influences of Islam on the ancient cultures of Persia Turkey and the Moghuls were an intriguing subject to study and as I studied them, I saw similar patterns take different forms when treated differently in each area and that’s why I wanted to explore that with the new collection. We have used some of these ancient patterns and motifs to create embroidery and print in a modern day context and the result is contemporary Indian bridal wear.”
But what are the things that a bride and a bridegroom should consider while choosing the attires for their wedding? The designer says, “I think they should think about bringing their own personality to the forefront and be true to themselves. Pick colours fabrics and silhouettes that work with your skin tone and body type and enhance your asserts versus making something g that is in fashion and doesn’t work for you.”
She adds, “Also, think about how and where your wedding event is and work with that if your having a destination wedding and it’s on the beach wearing a mul kurta andlehenga would look great but maybe that wouldn’t work for a reception at an elegant ball room. Finally pick outfits that are easy to move in and don’t restrict you as it’s your wedding and you want to be comfortable and have fun and you must wear the outfit for a couple of hours.”
Today’s wedding outfits are miles aways from the flashy and overwrought lehengas of yore. And Singhal agrees. She says, “I don’t think people care about heavy, over-done outfits anymore. They want outfits that are unique cool and easy to wear for hours on end.”
Vogue Wedding Show 2017 will be held from 4-6 August 2017 at the Taj Palace hotel, New Delhi