Celebrity fashion designer Neeta Lulla talks about her latest collections that will give new-age brides a variety of styles and a wide price range to choose from
Gone are the days when there used to be a staple outfit that a bride had to wear for her wedding. Today, new-age brides want something that suits their personality, and more importantly, their budget. Taking all this into consideration, celebrity fashion designer Neeta Lulla, who has designed wedding outfits for Bollywood celebrities like Aishwarya Rai, model Alesia Raut, a couple of TV stars for a shoot, and most recently, comedian Bharti Singh, feels that new-age brides should have more than just one collection and price range to choose their outfits from.
“Every year, the House of Neeta Lulla comes up with these four verticals for various brides. Each vertical makes a certain style statement. I am giving brides four style statements to choose from, and they have to choose outfits that suit their personality the most. They can choose from different verticals for different occasions and ceremonies that lead up to the wedding. You can wear one outfit from one vertical for a sangeet, another one from another line for the mehendi, and pick from another one for the main wedding day, that too depending on what kind of wedding it is,” says Lulla who will be showcasing her Edwardian bridal collection in the city.
“The Pune market is ever growing. Brides from Pune are becoming more and more innovative when it comes to their bridal outfits, and they are moving towards accepting and trying out all kinds of different trends. Earlier, my bridal clients from Pune would want a traditional nauvari saree, but nowadays they prefer a lehenga, or a nauvari saree draped in an innovative way, or an embroidered Paithani,” she says.
The Edwardian collection
This is something new she’s done. The collection is apt for the bride who is looking to break the rules and wear something light for a destination wedding, while not compromising on the glam factor. “This collection is fit for an empress, yet it is within an affordable price range. Considering that a lot of weddings are happening at destinations and resorts, and people choosing to have the wedding with only an intimate crowd and friends, this is also a fun collection that will go with the theme of the wedding,” says Lulla, suggesting, “You can team up a heavy choli with a stylised lehenga for a beach wedding. That’s something affordable, comfortable and looks fun.”
Lulla’s muse for this lightweight fun collection is La Belle Epoque (the Beautiful Era), and the Gilded Age. The colour palette includes pastel shades and earthy tones like wood, rose pink, warm peach, grey, lemon and vintage ivory.
The motifs, mostly florals, are inspired by nature. “The collection features Edwardian necklines, ruffles, frills, tucks and pleats. We have also focussed on sleeves in sheer fabrics like tulle and lace and used pearl embroidery. The collection is a call and response between Edwardian silhouettes, Indian fabrics and embroidery fused together which connects us again to the word ‘Renaissance’, which literally means ‘rebirth’ in French,” she says.
Lulla has come out with another Heritage collection for brides who want to go traditional and opt for something heavier. “This includes a range of rich Kanjivaram Benarasi sarees and outfits made from the gorgeous fabrics,” says Lulla. Another collection, which falls into a slightly expensive price range, is inspired from Persian carpets.
Then there is a collection fit for royalty called the Vrindavan Symphony which features ethereal colours to signify Krishna and Radha’s romance in Vrindavan. She claims that the enchantment of music is the inspiration of this bridal collection which includes flowing skirts in silk and wispy tulle embroidered in floral motifs inspired from the serene Vrindavan gardens and musical instruments like the tabla, sarangi and sitar.