Before I get started on my Day 4 selection for the brides, a quick recap about Day 3.
For me, it was all about the men. There were 11 designers showcasing a range of looks from fluid, breezy wear to sharp, tailored suits. As much as I wanted to share my top picks for the Groom from Day 3, due to lack of better pictures available, I’ve gone ahead and created an album on Facebook, which I will continue to update as I get access to more images. Do check it out! I did also fall madly, deeply, and crazily in love with the Mine of Design jewellery, and Pankaj and Nidhi’s strong military inspired collection. Swoon.
But now, its time for your Day 4 update.Women, you’re in for a treat. There were beautifully traditional pieces with the modern drapes we are fast becoming used to alongside stunningly simple cuts and silhouettes. péro by Aneeth Arora took everyone back to school through her storytelling and poppy motifs, while Bodice by Ruchika Sachdeva gave us a collection that would be at home in any independent woman’s wardrobe. These however, were not for the Bride’s trousseau. Read on to find out what I think you should add to your trousseau shopping list. Stat.
Last season, Anavila stole our hearts with sustainable fashion and monochrome, casual sarees. I wondered, how can she up the benchmark? And here’s how she did it: With the cropped saree, trousers and sneakers. Never in any parallel universe did I think these would meet, but here we are. Anavila is part of a conversation that wants to bring back the saree into mainstream, casual wear for the fashionably favoured, and this is a conversation I love having. I loved not just that look which looks like it could be denim, or the printed, colourful fabrics that we craved last time, but also the styling, which solved the age-old problem of combining sweaters with sarees by simply incorporating cropped sweaters into the ensemble. Genius.
Ideal for: That close knit mehendi you’ve been wanting to do, or the first day back at work as a married woman
Rich brocades, prints and embroidery, as usual, took centre stage at the bridal favourite’s show. The palette was very earthy and rustic, however the clothes were anything but. The rusts and blacks were perfect foils to the opulence that Ashima-Leena are known for, which was great because the looks were not OTT. I love me a bit of quirk and experimental styling so the obi belts, shoes and sunglasses were a big win IMHO.
Ideal for: the sangeet, or a traditional reception
This is what happens when you need to design a trousseau for a Greek goddess marrying an Indian prince – and that’s not necessarily a bad thing! Initially, when I looked at this collection, I wasn’t a big fan. But after going through it several times, I was convinced. Mandira Wirk has created a collection for the bride who loves her Gaurav Guptas at the reception and doesn’t want to go all-out traditional on her other functions. I therefore see its appeal to the modern, eclectic bride. The collection encompassed all big trends of the moment right from bare shoulders to draped pants which is sure to make it a hot favourite this wedding season. I love my throws and sleeveless vests which put that floral one in peach right at the top of my wishlist.
Ideal for: your best friend’s wedding
Niki Mahajan is my new bridal favourite. I’ll tell you why. Because every single girl, (ok, almost every single girl), has that romantic, princess fantasy, and Niki Mahajan has captured that in the most beautiful and modern way. The lace, oh my god, the lace. And the net! Those roses in the hair – I can’t even!!! As you can see, this collection left me speechless, so instead of putting together random, incoherent words, I’ll let you fill in the blanks of your must-have list with these gorgeous flirty looks.
Ideal for: A romantic, close knit, day wedding
What was this collection? The biggest party that we weren’t invited to! An ultra-glamourous ode to NYC, this collection was that marriage between street and red carpet which you never expected to happen. And boy, does it work.
Jumpsuits, separates, sheer gowns and bodysuits were the stars in this collection where models actually walked through a concrete jungle of blocks on the ramp. You gettit? You gettit?! Not sure how well these looks will translate off-the-ramp for us mere mortals, but that’s not going to stop me from putting this right on top of my trousseau must-have list.
Ideal for: that crazy, crazy bachelorette
I hope you’ve been enjoying the series so far! I’ve definitely been enjoying putting it together and can’t wait for THE final surprises in store for all of us on Day 5. What about you?
Love you too ♥
(Image Courtesy: Vogue.in/Sagar Ahuja)