Apr 7, 2017 2:58:19 AM
By Amandeep Singh
An Indian bride ought to look like a princess at her wedding. Therefore a wedding dress is more like a dream incarnated for a bride to be. Even though different trends rule the scene, we see the scales oscillate between new and old. Where we see blacks and blues entering Indian bridal wear scene, traditional is just as alluring as always. Noteworthy here is the use of Mughal era designs and styles by Manish Malhotra in his Indian bridal clothes collection.
Mughal era spells grandeur and extravagance. So is reflected in the designs that pertain to this period. From carvings on monuments to embroidery on lehengas, everything is exquisite. Manish Malhotra’s collections, hence stays true to the basics. Everything grand and everything traditional is how we can sum up this collection in one line.
Some of the highlights of this exhibit are:
Extensive zari work
Gold is the color of royals. It’s thus no surprise when we see zari embroidery in the bridal lehengas and sarees. Heavy zari and gota work for just the right amount of glitter and sparkle is what made this collection so special. They say that one seldom goes wrong with zari but that’s not always so. A zari overdose can be quite an eyesore if one’s not careful. Manish understands this quite aptly and shows us how to do zari the right way.
Zari paired with gota borders further added to the charm. Apart from lehengas, Mughal influence was extended to sarees as well. Complex zari work completed with a gota border on silk made for a rare collection.
Use of royal fabrics
Use of the finest fabrics like silk, georgette and velvet really gave the dresses a royal touch. Maroon velvet lehenga with beautiful, heavy zari work was royalty epitomized. Men’s collection saw use of maroon and blue velvet, and golden silk. Silk in its natural off-white glory was no less attractive and regal.
Sticking to traditional colors
Reds and its hues ruled the ramp. Maroons, reds, and oranges were nicely complemented with gold. Even though most of the collection focused on staying true to tradition, unorthodox colors were not far away. Electric blue, fuscia, mustard and straw color were present in glimpses and truly complimenting the reds and browns.
Same goes for sherwanis. As a steady craftsman, he knows how to tweak the trends in order to create something new.
Ample use of sequins
What’s a bridal wear without glitter? Sequins can never go wrong when it comes to Indian party wear and bridal dresses. Sequins were utilized in his collection to brighten up an already sparkling dress.
Jacketed lehenga and the trend of double dupatta
We’re seeing jacketed lehengas for quite some time on runway and in celebrity weddings. What’s new is the trend of double dupatta. It’s often difficult for a bride to carry a heavy bordered and embroidered dupatta over the crown. So the heavy one is draped nicely on the shoulder and a lighter version of it is used to cover the head.
You can complete your grand wedding with a custom made Mughal era styled Indian bridal dress by Atelier Closet, Toronto.