Entrepreneur Dhruv Gurwara is wearing an Indo-western black-and-gold hand-woven silk brocade
and pants. Designed by Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna of Cue, the collection aims to blend Indian sensibilities in wedding wear along with western nuances. The duo wants to design clothes that retain a quintessential Indianness and yet appeal to the global buyer.
“Our main aim was to woo the young and well-travelled prospective groom who prefers fusion. So, if we design a traditional
, we make sure it can be worn with jeans or trousers and look casual or formal,” explains Rohit Gandhi. The duo also has
that are fully embroidered, semi-embroidered, or have applique work on them. These are available in a range of colours like black, brown and antique gold. Velvet is a trendy wedding fabric this season though staples like silk and brocade are also going strong.
A touch of royalty
Jas Arora takes you back to the days of the
with this rich black and red ensemble
Model and actor Jas Arora sports a black textured
with jewelled collar and Banarsi
. “The mood is modern, almost cutting-edge. Yet the soul belongs to the past. That’s why a lot of archival Mughal motifs have been used,” says Arjun Kapoor, of the Anjalee & Arjun designer duo. “The Victorian embellishment techniques of leafing and appliqué in tissue and silk create a very interesting three-dimensional appeal.”
Hand embroidery in burnished gold and silver with studded stones and crystals give the sherwani an antique look. The royal touch has been added through the use of emerald, ruby, turquoise and aquamarine that are are encrusted on the garment. A little bit of grandeur doesn’t hurt, after all, it is the most important day in a man’s life. To add colour to the ensemble, the sherwani is accessorised with a dupatta. Black churidaar and matching juttis complete the look.
Anjalee and Arjun Kapoor
Entrepreneur Peter Punj in a striking velvet sherwani using rich and traditional colours such as maroon
Entrepreneur Peter Punj sports an ivory Irish crepé sherwani with maroon velvet appliqué work worn with a silk kurta and churidaar. The colour palette of designer Siddharth Tytler’s wedding collection includes a lot of ivory and maroon with highlights of copper, silver and gold with emphasis on surfacing, texturing as well as embellishments.
“The sherwani can easily be teamed with a T-shirt and jeans or even jodhpurs for a function like the sangeet. If the ensemble is meant to be worn on the wedding day, then one can just add a heavily embroidered dupatta and perhaps a nice turban to get that royal look,” suggests Siddharth Tytler.
Both velvet as well as appliqué and embroidery are going to be big trends in the coming season and will be used heavily on garments. Even though bling has not been used, those looking for glitter-and-shine can opt for a touch of it either on the collar or anywhere else on the sherwani.
Model Rajneesh Duggal seems all set for the big day in this Arjun Khanna creation
Model and actor Rajneesh Duggal is wearing a copper and off-white ‘pitta’ (a traditional form of embellishment using beaten metal) sherwani teamed with a peach-gold tanchoi kurta with burgundy velvet embroidery.
Titled Sona, designer Arjun Khanna’s wedding collection is grand and celebrates the traditional rajwada style. Sona is a revival of old techniques of embroidery like zardozi and ‘pitta’ and other methods of manipulating metal into embroidery. Arjun Khanna has used shades such as antique gold, metallic copper and beige with flashes of burgundy, pewter and turquoise.
The line uses rich Indian textiles such as brocades, tanchois and blends of silk in traditional silhouettes. “Vintage style sherwanis and kurtas are recreated for the modern man of today. Each piece is beautiful, elegant and timeless and crafted to become an heirloom,” says Arjun Khanna.