There may be a world of difference in their sensibilities, but there’s one point that the country’s leading designers unanimously agree upon: classic pieces trump the season’s trends when investing in one’s trousseau.
“Remember that today’s trend is tomorrow's joke, so avoid the gimmicks and go for the eternally elegant. Less is more, so choose quality. Invest in fabulous saris — from traditional silks to slinky georgettes,” advise designer duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla. Shehla Khan adds, “This is the one time in your life when it’s okay to splurge, so acquire items that you’ll use forever. Invest in classic pieces — durable jewellery that you can pass on to future generations, or a cocktail sari that you can wear dressed up to a wedding and dressed down to an elegant dinner.”
If you must splurge on the flavour of the season, Manish Malhotra suggests investing in a reliable lehenga sari. “It’s an amalgamation of two gorgeous silhouettes. The floor-length anarkali is also a favourite because it’s voluminous and dramatic, modern yet traditional,” he says.
Colour me pretty
“Shocking pink and red are as essentially Indian as white is to a western wedding. Your trousseau will need plenty of them along with yellows and flame oranges, especially for festival wear,” recommend Abu and Sandeep. They add, “If minimalist is your style, then cream, ivory and beige look wonderful with metallic accents and details.” Aparna Badlani of multi-designer store Atosa says that her customers mostly look for largely flared silhouettes; orange, bottle green and ink blue being the preferred colours. Malhotra also has a strong colour palette in mind. “I favour midnight blues and deep English reds with vintage embroidery. A traditional lehenga with a simple blouse creates an interesting balance,” he says.
For the men
According to designer Paresh Lamba, the Indian man is experimenting more than ever — with colours, silhouettes and embellishments. “Red, purple, lime, saffron and maroon are going to be seen this season. The brighter the better,” he says, adding, “Less structure is in, but if you’re slim, you will need layered silhouettes.”
Bling it on
Varuna D Jani says that modular jewellery with the option of interchangeable stones or enhancers, is on top of the modern-day bride’s list, and multi-coloured sapphires are currently in vogue. “A golden rule is to not let jewellery overpower your personality. Face structure, personality and skin tone should all be taken into consideration,” says the jeweller. For those with strong jawlines, picking chandelier earrings is a good move. And for those with double chins, Jani recommends statement danglers over a neckpiece that attracts attention to the chin.
Another important rule, she says, is that “the wedding outfit should be selected first; then the jewellery. Also, you don’t need to be decked from head to toe, even if you’re at the altar.”
For your vanity
With a flood of products from various brands in the market, you may be spoilt for choice more than you’d like. Virginia Holmes of Fat Mu Make-up Company comes to the rescue with a list of 10 products that every bride must stock.
Foundation - M.A.C Studio Fix
Powder – Rimmel Stay Matte Compact
Blush – Colorbar Peachy Rose
Lipstick – M.A.C Ruby Woo
Highlighter – Lakmé Moonlit
Daily use palette – Urban Decay Naked
Festive palette – Lakmé Tanjore Rush
Kajal – M.A.C Smoulder
Gel liner – Maybelline
Lip Pencil – Colorbar Take Me As I Am
Looking to put together your trousseau? Here’s a list of top 10 items you must invest in, say our experts.
A good clutch
Traditional woven saris from your grandmother and mother
Black and nude stilettos
Classic black dress
A lehenga and an anarkali