At India Couture Week in July this year, Mumbai based designer Monisha Jaising ended her “World Bride” show with Lisa Haydon walking down the ramp in a white button down shirt in a stunning leather lehenga that featured heavy zardosi embroidery. Her long arms were adorned with gold chudas and kalicharis. This whole ensemble looked absolutely breathtaking!
This collection by Monisha Jaising was in honour of the world traveller that is always flitting from one country to another. Focusing on the theme of travel, Monisha Jaising combined this with her bridal collection to depict a bride that is free spirited and spontaneous. A bride who perhaps will have her vows in either Rajasthan or a mosque in Lebanon or a church in Vienna and continues the celebrations and party in St. Tropez. This concept of the travelling bride is becoming increasingly common as the concept of destination weddings is becoming popular.
Dealing with clients from all over the world from places like Africa, England and the United States of America to weddings that take place in the south of France, Thailand and Goa; Jaising is known for her gorgeous bridal trousseau that includes the best resort outfits including luxury sportswear and stylish kurtis. After launching her trousseau collection in 2013, the designer is now busy designing outfits like brocade gowns, bespoke sherwanis and flowing lehengas.
Another designer known for her destination wedding bridal trousseau is Payal Singhal. The designer mentions that when she travelled to New York, a number of brides approached her as they were looking for outfits for destination weddings that they were attending in places like the Maldives and the Bahamas.
The designer credits this to be the reason for designing wedding outfits in the first place.
The burgeoning demand for destination weddings have made other designer like Gaurav Gupta, Nikasha Tawadey and Kiran Uttam Ghosh join the destination wedding trousseau bandwagon as well. Bridal wear consisting of comfortable lehengas and hassle free dupattas have been designed primarily for destination weddings.
Most Indian designers are now changing their bridal designs to cater to the needs of these destination weddings and have highlighted the need for contemporary silhouettes and designers are moving from the 14-kilogram ghaghras to lighter gorgeous skirts for brides who wish to get married on the beautiful beaches of Thailand, Bali or Costa Rica.
Veteran designers Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla also believe that whether these destination weddings take place in Rome, Jaipur or Venice, most Indian brides still stick to the traditional outfits for pheras but when it comes to the pre marriage celebrations like the cocktail party, mehendi or sangeet, brides are willing to experiment with offbeat colours, unique blouses and embroidery.
Monisha Jaising agrees with this and believes that experimentation is the key when designing. The designer uses traditional silks, heavy embroidery, French lace, georgettes, vibrant brocade, featheres and leather. The designer truly believes that traditional wear must be given a twist to keep outfits looking fresh.
Couturiers like Gaurav Gupta, gives his bridal lehengas an edgy look by blending unique fabrics together like lurex and lame. Tarun Tahiliani uses modern fabrics as well like resham, sheer silks and tulle to make his ensembles lighter. Monisha Jaising believes that comfort is a significant factor when selecting bridal trousseau for destination weddings and says that fabrics like jersey and georgette work well with lace and lighter embroideries like sequins, crystals and beads. Payal Singhal agrees too and says that a fusion of western and Indian wear works great for destination weddings, as people prefer outfits that are easier to wear and handle.
Other designers like Gauri and Nainika Karan are incorporating the most of western wear for bridal trousseau that is more western. The designers presenting their gorgeous collection of gowns at India Bridal Week is similar Shiv and Narresh’s neoprene lehenga that was designed particularly for a globetrotting bride.
Wedding trousseau for globetrotting brides is definitely a segment Indian designers are focusing on currently!
Source: A fashionista's Diary