With the wedding season knocking on the door, soon-to-be brides are keeping a lookout for the latest trends that they can indulge in on their big day. Fashion designer Payal Singhal promises to leave these ladies mind-blown with her latest wedding collection which is being showcased at the ongoing Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2018 in Mumbai. Aptly titled The Show Stopping Bride collection, Singhal shares that she seeks inspiration from ‘Mu’asir’ meaning modern or contemporary in Persian.
“The silhouettes stay true to the Payal Singhal Signature new-age Indian mantra with tiered shararas, embroidered skirts with tops, sari dhotis and layered jackets,” says the designer, adding that the focus is on the smooth blend of East-meets-West and new-meets-old.
“The result has been an amalgamation of thread work with zardozi, applique and bead work with fray embroidery and accents of various kinds including tassels and edging. Fabrics create flow and structure with silks, Georgettes and crepes along with accents of net and organza,” she shares.
Colours in vogue
Talking about her colour palette, Singhal says, “The collection comes together in an extensive colour palette of neutral tones like grey, ivory along with pastels like rose blush, mint, sage, cantaloupe, powder blue, bright shades of yellows, corals and pinks; deeper shades like emerald green, navy blue and deep purple.”
Complementing the apparel, the make-up is kept simple and neat — neutral dewy skin, glossy lips with hints of glitter, and black in the eyes should do the trick. Heena Dalvi, national creative director at Lakmé Salon, steps in to explain, “In terms of make-up, a lot of traditional looks have been given contemporary twist. The traditional eyeliner and basic black lashes are given a glamorous makeover with glitter. The basic matte lip is transformed to an ombre colour scheme. The colour tones and inspiration have been picked up from the yesteryear brides — nudes with glitter and pops of colour.”
Light and easy
The new-age bride, explains Singhal, is not necessarily keen on heavy clothes. “She is looking for something unique instead. She wants to look and feel beautiful on her wedding day without feeling weighed down by a heavy lehenga. She wants to be able to enjoy her own wedding, so she looks for pieces that are beautiful yet wearable and practical.”
Sharing tips for brides who are contemplating what to wear, she says, “Let the destination and scale of the function dictate the outfit. Lehengas or shararas are ideal for the mehendi and sangeet while the pheras warrant a traditional sari or lehenga with a nod to your cultural background. Gowns, sari gowns, and ankle length anarkalis are perfect for the reception. Experiment with cropped pants, choli and dupatta sets or trendy sari pants at your destination wedding. Your wedding is not really the most opportune time to experiment. You already know what works for you, so stick to those silhouettes. Try multiple outfits to narrow down on one.”
Many couples choose to get away from the city they live in and celebrate their matrimony with a destination wedding. “We make a lot of lightweight lehengas in light breathable fabrics for destination wedding. The must-haves include practically wearable outfits like ankle length skirts and lehengas with tie up cholis sans dupattas, low crotch pants and short palazzos with sheer, straight or trapeze kurtas. Delicate fabrics like organza, Chanderi mul, tulle, chiffons and crepes and in pastel shades like ice blue, misty lilacs, blush tones, dusty rose and ethereal mint are wedding essentials,” says Singhal.
Dalvi believes that it is essential for every bride-to-be to test all her hair and make-up looks before the big day to ensure that her vision is on track with her hair and makeup artist’s vision. “Another essential to keep in mind is waterproof make up, to avoid black mascara running down your face during the vidaayi. Colour your hair at least two-three weeks before the wedding festivities begin so that the colour has settled. Choose a colour that you usually get done instead of experimenting with a colour you have never tried before,” she says.
Even for the make-up, Dalvi has noticed that modern brides tend to opt for either a bold eye or a bold lip, and refrain to highlight all their features simultaneously. “The trend now is to balance a bold element out with an overall subtle look. A lot of attention to detail is given to the hair styles — intertwining matting technique, pull through braid, textured fish mohawk with twisted rope braid, beehive with pin curls are few hair trends,” she says.