For designer Monisha Jaising — ‘the princess of Bohemian luxe’ — her bridal collection has always been about the cool laidback bride, aiming to personify luxury on her D-day, but prefers practical and fuss-free ensembles at the same time.
The designer whose creations have been sported by Bollywood divas like Malaika Arora, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma, Ileana D’cruze, among others, owns her multi-dimensional label comprising luxury sportswear, kids wear, resort wear, evening wear, bridal couture and mens wear.
Along with Manish Malhotra, Sabyasachi, Tarun Tahiliani, Anita Dongre, Shantanu & Nikhil, Gaurav Gupta, Rahul Mishra, JADE by Monica & Karishma, Payal Singhal, and Falguni Shane Peacock, Monisha will be a bridal couture designer at the fifth edition of luxury bridal exhibition Vogue Wedding Show 2017 to be held at the Taj Palace, Delhi, from August 4-6. Here, Monisha offers us a peek into her collection:
What do you have in store for us at the show?
Traditional, contemporary lehengas, embellished cocktail sarees and evening gowns will be the highlight of my collection. As Indian brides want an international appeal blended with Indian aesthetics, my collection will be a mixture of contemporary and classic designs. It will be the best of both worlds!
How is your latest collection different from your previous one?
The latest collection of bridal and evening couture has distinct handcrafted embellishments, billowing silhouettes and dramatic drapes for various occasions. The colour palette paints hues of metallics, rose pink, burgundy, ice blue, mint blue, wine and ivory unlike my previous collection which had golds and greys.
What makes a bride look traditional yet contemporary?
Although the modern Indian bride is brought up with traditional values their outlook on bridal wear has advanced to a more contemporary look. This primarily includes choosing distinct colour palettes over the traditional reds. Also, they prefer fabrics that are light and playful allowing them to relax and have fun at their own wedding!
What is your prediction for the upcoming wedding season?
The ‘it’ fabric for the upcoming wedding season is lamé (a type of fabric woven or knit with thin ribbons of metallic fibre — usually gold or silver in colour; sometimes copper lamé is seen), which completely transforms summer days into nights and exudes a futuristic, chic effect. It will be endorsed by brides choosing to glam up one of their wedding functions. On the contrary, men will opt for deep tones of grey, burgundy, black in a combination of suits and tuxedos.
What has been your inspiration behind creating bridal collections so far?
The inspiration so far has been every woman around the globe who does not stay confined to traditional norms and possesses a carefree and enviable personality. She steers her own life and is the hero of her own story. My bridal collection portrays a lifestyle that goes beyond core bridal; driven by artistic, contemporary and luxurious design and style. For the unrestricted rebellious bride, the silhouettes have a perfect balance of glam and subtlety.
With destination weddings becoming a rage now, how have they influenced your designs?
With destination weddings on the rise, in the last few years, both the bride and groom are looking to break the norms and experiment with various colours and intriguing cuts. The auspicious bridal red has given way to blush pinks and mints harmonising with sunny beaches or visioned themes. The groom too has integrated trends and abandoned the age old ‘knight in shining armour’ versions of overused embroidered sherwanis, to subtle and sophisticated ensembles.