Brides want clothes that mould their bodies rather than hide them, says designer Suneet Varma
A Suneet Varma bride is sensual, not afraid to love and lives life to the fullest. She takes inspiration from old world etiquette and lives in the present. Here’s the designer in his own words
The essential hallmarks | of my bridal wear would be jewel color attire, delicate embroidery (traditional or contemporary), and attention to the smallest detail. Brides want clothes that mold their bodies rather than hide them and they want to be able to move comfortably in the wedding attire. The bride doesn’t want to look like a “tea cozy” and merge with the tapestry. She wants to stay current with her trousseau, and would rather buy a few things at a time and update their wardrobes every few months.
Youthful, yet traditional | The ideal bride carries herself with grit and grace and honors her tradition. A 30-panel lehenga in red, maroon, orange or gold would be the most flattering to a bride’s wedding night look. Depending on her body type, the drape could be slim fitting, with a “ghera” (flare) or fish-tail. The reception generally has a fuller attendance, but the dress code is strictly formal. The silhouette is kept young and trendy, with undertones of classy chic. A sexy lace saree or a lightweight lehenga can do the trick.
For gatherings like the Mehendi night | or sangeet and cocktails, dress up in flirtatious anarkalis and shararas in the delicate net or sheer chiffon. The look is youthful and fairylike, in colors of coral, mint, lime, blues, and greens. When going out for parties and dinners, the bride can stick to western cuts or draped dresses that enhance the body shape. Accessorize with beautiful pieces of jewelry and cut back on the bling. And, depending on the mood of the function, we use Banarasi silk jacquards, traditional tanchoi and tissue as base fabrics. Subsequently, our embroideries vary from traditional zardozi, badla, and threadwork to exquisite Swarovski crystals and sequin work. While the grammar of bridal design is unique today, what has remained unchanged for me is the use of corsets. The 22-bone idea is versatile and adaptable and a favorite with many brides.
Dress like a princess | Generally, the wedding trousseau could be inspired by various elements. It could be her personal aesthetic or the family’s traditional heirloom jewelry or simply an experiment with colors and texture. Make no mistake, the new age bride has a clear idea of what she wants to look like and is well versed in every detail. She envisions to look like a star and I leave no stone unturned to make her look like one!
Though my signature look will definitely be something that is delicate and feminine, pinks, peaches, nudes and with crystals, ribbon embroideries for the sangeet function, for the wedding day itself, I like the idea of traditional textiles and embroideries, but still in a delicate space. I like small motifs and clothes that feel light on the body. Very heavy embroidery and clothes wear the young bride down and she can’t really enjoy her own wedding!
I always tell my brides to dress up and feel like a princess in whatever you put on, but make sure to be comfortable with the shape and color. Don’t compromise on what you want when deciding your outfit. Remember, you will hold on to these memories for a lifetime! Don’t stress. You are the most important person at the wedding. Dress to please yourself, no one else matters.
(As told to IFM)