Traditional or modern? Heavy embellishment or chic minimalism? Conservative or provocative? The directions your wedding trousseau can take are endless. The pressure to be true to one’s style while also being on trend can make any bride-to-be feel lost and confused. When in doubt, begin your search with the best and most experienced. Here, a look at the bridal collections by Manish Malhotra, Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Tarun Tahiliani. No matter what you end up wearing, understanding where these designers are at this season is the crucial first step:
Bollywood’s go-to man for opulent dressing and extravagant makeovers, Manish Malhotra is a wedding wardrobe staple who continues to reinvent with aplomb. In his words, “Today’s bride has a modern outlook but embodies traditional values. While she may select outfits in trending cuts and silhouettes, she tends to balance this with intricate embroidery and accessories.” His collection reflects the millennial couple’s self-assurance, bold in silhouette while high on trend with muted shades in teal, yellow, ivory, pink and aqua.
One of the most recognisable faces of Indian fashion, Sabyasachi Mukherjee needs no introduction. Known for his design sensibilities rooted in India’s rich heritage of textiles and workmanship, his creative genius lies in making the modern bride feel like a princess. This season’s collection showcases the artsy and bohemian, an unexpected turn from the master of time-honoured classics. In his words, “This is the start of a new and enduring collection called ‘The Curiosity, Art & Antiquity Project’ that will redefine traditional Indian ensembles. The spirit of the collection is one-of-a-kind bohemian bridal lehengas using antique textiles and obsolete craft techniques. The silhouettes are traditional and the colours, rich and earthy.” His collection channels the huge wave for artisanal and folk-inspired designs with quirky additions like a lehenga pouch for your cell phone!
TarunTahiliani pioneered the fusion of Indian craftsmanship with European tailoring. Catering to connoisseurs who exude “lightness, poise, romance and beauty,” his designs are always driven by mood. This season’s ‘In Elysium’ is shaped by the theme of “lightness” and includes flowy silhouettes that let you enjoy your wedding minus sartorial restrictions! For Tahiliani, “The silhouette of the season is the weightless, seemingly ethereal lehenga with a long trail.” His collections show a movement away from the classic red to pastel hues. The one idea he strictly adheres to? Elegance, elegance and more elegance.