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HindustanTimes Mon,14 Jul 2014

Don’t be a cookie-cutter bride

Shara Ashraf, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 22, 2013
First Published: 18:32 IST(22/11/2013) | Last Updated: 14:34 IST(23/11/2013)

You are not getting married to please Pammy aunty. (If you are, skip this page and go seek her advice on what suitcases to buy.) If you’re a fearless fashionista who lives by her rules, and dreads looking like every other bride’s clone, here’s some help.


We’ve killed the wedding uniforms (the 25-kilo red lehengas, the uninspiring anarkalis, the overwhelming saris) and put together dressing up ideas for various wedding functions that’ll make you look like the princess you’ve always wanted to be on the most special occasion in your life. So follow your heart and don’t let your individuality get drowned in buffoonish, bling-loaded attires.

Trousseau ‘mast’ haves
Think global and sexy when you go trousseau shopping. Get imaginative, and instead of all head-to-toe reds or pinks, colour block some of the pieces (pink kurti with a seagreen lehenga), include on-trend shades such as ivory, peach, teal, champagne, nudes and creams. Experiment with modern cuts and silhouettes, let there be some skin show, and if you have a tattoo, show it off. Add some drama with outfits that have a trail and have fun with fusion (a corset teamed with a sari, or a sari draped like a gown, teamed with an obi belt). Pick pieces that have some magic about them, and you’ll be the most gorgeous bride  people have ever seen.

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Reception
Let there be some surprise and drama in your look. You could add some quirk to your look with a figure-hugging sari gown with a fishtail, or a lehenga with a twist (such as one paired with a long jacket), or a sari with a jacket.

(Our model is wearing an ombre Gaurav Gupta sari gown that has a net blouse and a dramatic fishtail. Her hair is done in the ’20s style elegant finger-waves, pink lips, a fresh dewy base and a dab of peach on her cheeks complete her look.)    

Engagement
Keep your look fun, subtle and yet impressive for this function. A modern sharara, a corset teamed with lehenga or a sari with an obi belt can be fun. Skimp on the bling and let the look have a
modern feel.

(Our model is wearing a  Manish Malhotra lehenga with a fuchsia kurti. She has done a front poof for a chic, edgy vibe. A neckpiece made of real roses adds an element of fun.)

For your D-Day
Pick up a contemporary lehenga teamed with a sexy, fitted short kurti instead of the usual choli, a sharara with modern cuts or an elegant pishwas with a dramatic trail. 

(Our model is wearing a ruby sharara with a long trail from PFDC, The Boulevard. She contrasts her outfit with green statement earrings from Apala. An edgier version of victory rolls break the monotony of the otherwise traditional look.)

Cocktail
You could wear something western and daring for this function. Make a statement in an off shoulder floor grazing gown, or a sexy drape dress.

(Our model is wearing a Suneet Varma drape skirt teamed with a gold bustier and a stole. A statement armlet by Suneet and a quirky braided hairdo adds a whiff of gypsy to her look.)

Bride’s night out
It’s one of the most unforgettable parties for you and your girls. Your pick depends on what you’ve in store for the night — an exquisite dinner or a visit to your favourite nightclub. Walk into the party in something glam like a sequinned short dress, or a gown in a pop colour.

(Our model is wearing a bright orange Gaurav Gupta gown. Her hair is styled into victory rolls, and the makeup is fresh, peachy and innocent.)   

Concept & styling: Shara Ashraf
Photo: Raajessh Kashyap, Makeup: Puja Taluja
Hair: Shival Ghai
Shot at: The Claridges
Jewellery: Monika Sharma & Apala by Sumit Sawheny
Floral accessories: Meeta Gutgutia, ferns & petals
Model: Stephanie
Agency: Vogati Talent
Shoot coordination: Tanveer Afaque
Design: Puneet Kumar


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