Designer Anita Dongre talks about what it takes to create the perfect bridal trousseau, with a fuss-free ensemble and a vintage color palette

Label Anita Dongre is your one-stop destination for all your bridal wear needs. Right from the bespoke experience to a gold and “jadau” jewellery line, the designer is a force to reckon with in the world of Indian fashion. We talked to the designer on what it takes to create the perfect bridal trousseau 

Making of Anita Dongre bride – Anita Dongre bridal collection

What are the three major trends for bridal wear this season | My latest F/W 2015 collection, The Wedding Diaries is an extension of my design philosophy, offering the modern day convention-defying bride elegant, fuss-free, and feminine ensembles. At the Mehendi ceremony, the bride is seen in a tangerine jacket with siege green gottapatti shorts while her regalia is seen in muted, royal shades of gold. For the Sangeet ceremony, the mesmerising handwoven, silk banarasi lehenga makes a perfect fit for the occasion. The vintage cocktail look can frame the bride in a refined, alluring gown with her friends in gentle hues, offering a graceful contrast in their thematic coordinates. For the sacred “pheras”, the bride can wear a vintage colored lehenga with intricate gottapatti embroidery.

Anita Dongre Jaipur bride – Anita Dongre bridal collection Jaipur

For a winter wedding, raw silk lehengas work beautifully 

Bride trousseau – Anita Dongre bridal trousseau collection

Could you suggest a few color combinations a bride should opt for and why |The modern day bride has moved away from the conventional color palette and is willing to experiment with color and styles for her wedding attire. She seeks a blend of functionality and fantasy in her bridal ensemble. Keeping the same in mind, we have worked on a vintage color palette this season that comprises a canvas of colors that smoothly transition from soft apricot, whispering peach, siege green and powder blue to sparkling champagne and rich marsala.

Anita Dongre red lehenga – Anita Dongre bridal couture lehenga

Since it’s a winter wedding a bride could go for ‘More is More’ | What kind of appliques/embroideries would you recommend for the bride | According to me, classic bridal wear is any creature that does not take away from the bride. Bridal makeup needs to compliment the bride and allow her personality to shine through the ensemble. It is best to opt for shades that add an edge to the outfit whilst keeping it light and simple. Depending on the season, choose the fabric of the lehenga with care. For a winter wedding, raw silk lehengas work beautifully.

What will be your ‘look’ for the bride this season | The bride’s comfort and ease is foremost. Stay clear of heavy embellishments and embroideries and instead opt for subtle thread work embroidery, Gota Patti work or light sequins. The color palette and the silhouette should be the focal point for bridal wear.

Anita Dongre Jaipur bride – Anita Dongre Jaipur Bridal Couture

What fabrics are you working with for your bridal wear collections this season 
Raw silk, Banaras brocades, and georgettes offer a weightless volume to the trousseaus. The collection also incorporates a meticulous line of handwoven Banarasi weaves.

Anita Dongre bridal collection 2016 – Bride for Anita Dongre

What are the two classics from your label that would make excellent heirloom investments | A handwoven Baranasi outfit and a gottapatti lehenga.

Anita Dongre Sari – Anita Dongre jewellery label Pinkcity

What accessories should a bride have in her list of essentials to complete the perfect bridal look | Keep one item in your entire look opulent, and let that be a statement piece of jewelry like a jadau choker or a raanihaar. My jewelry line, Pinkcity resonates with the same philosophy of ‘understated elegance’- as my fashion line.

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