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Bridal beauty beyond borders

As Bridal Asia kicks off in the Capital today, we get a leading Indian and a Pakistani designer to doll up Delhi designer Nikhita Tandon as a bride.

fashion and trends Updated: Oct 21, 2012 00:16 IST

As Bridal Asia kicks off in the Capital today, we get a leading Indian and a Pakistani designer to doll up Delhi designer Nikhita Tandon as a bride

The Indian Bride
Kolkata-based designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee picked up a red silk lehenga with lovely embroidered beadwork, red scalloped dupatta, and a simple red maharani blouse for Nikhita. He insisted on keeping the look simple: “A bride looks her best when she picks up everything simple yet classic,” he said. So, Nikhita’s makeup was kept subtle, with just kohl and gloss and a touch of copper on her cheeks. Her hair was tied back in an elegant bun. She wore a three string polki and gold necklace along with a matching maang tikka.

The Pak Bride
Pakistani designer Honey Waqar chose a stunning brocade ivory lehenga for Nikhita that had gota patti, zardozi and Swarovski work. She teamed it with a long, sheer pishwas that had a beautiful trail. Nikhita wore all the traditional bling that a Pak bride wears — polki and gold jhumar, maang tikka, big nath with rubies and an elaborate neckpiece with polki and emerald. Her hair was tied in a braid and decorated with stones. A dab of peach on her cheeks and a shimmery peach lip gloss completed her look.

Be the bride of your dreams:
While there is bound to be an inclusion of modern clothes in a bride’s trousseau, vintage collections should also be a part of it — heritage pieces passed down over generations. In your quest to become a gorgeous bride, do not overdo the wedding look so that it overshadows your personality totally.

Always remember to remain true to your heritage so that you can uphold traditional values before going over to a new family. Keep smiling and stay calm and relaxed to look your best. Try stressing less, as that will end up making you look haggard on your important day.

(Tips by Sabyasachi Mukherjee)

Think beyond red and think beyond lehenga choli. Try options such as a sharara or gharara, or a pishwas with a lehenga. To add some drama into your attire, go for a long trail if you have the confidence to pull it off. Do not overload yourself with jewellery. Pick up classic pieces that suit your looks.

Keep your body type in mind. While a sharara or a gharara can be pulled off nicely by someone tall and lean, petite brides and those on the heavier side can go for pishwas with lehenga, as it makes one look taller and thinner. Play down your make-up. Use colours on your face in a subtle way.

(Tips by Honey Waqar)

There’s more:
Visit Bridal Asia 2012 and take your pick from the creations of leading Indian and Pakistani designers. Also check out jewellery, chocolates, silver wares, accessories and more.

Up till 23 October at Hotel Ashok, Chanakyapuri

Timings - 10am to 7pm