OUR FAVOURITE INDIAN DESIGNERS FOR TRADITIONAL WEDDING ENSEMBLES

From experimental to classic Indian wedding outfit designers, these are the most celebrated couturiers in the country

By Pallavi Mehra

May, 2021

Sabyasachi’s exclusive new collection

Presently, as large weddings are on hold, couples are opting for small, intimate weddings with their family and close friends. Now more than ever, these weddings are an extension of the bride and grooms’ personalities. This year, Indian brides are choosing to wear lightweight lehengas, shararas, peplum blouses, concept saris, newly structured drapes and anarkalis for their intimate wedding celebrations. Indian designers have also pivoted their new collections to include outfits for the modern bride and groom. Keeping this in mind, here are our five favourite luxury Indian designers for traditional wedding outfits.

Sabyasachi’s collections showcase India’s rich heritage

 

SABYASACHI MUKHERJEE

During the summer of 1999, somewhere in Calcutta’s bylanes, a man was doing more than supervising the work of his three tailors. He was slowly and quietly piecing together a vision to resurrect pride in India’s painstakingly meticulous heritage through textiles and artisanal workmanship. Today, with five flagship stores across India, formidable national and global collaborations, a strong foothold in the Indian film and television industry and debut as an admired jeweller, Sabyasachi's vision is a reality. He is one of the most influential voices from India. The brand is revered and celebrated in both the fashion and design fraternity and credited with refreshing memories of India’s halcyon past through his signature products and profoundly vivid brand imagery.

Numerous celebrities have worn Sabyasachi’s designs on their wedding day

Some of the prominent brides who have embraced Sabyasachi’s designs on their wedding day include Anushka Sharma, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone among others. Sabyasachi is one of the brands that is showcasing their latest collections at the Vogue Wedding Show—a virtual exhibition that is live from 31st March to 30th June 2021.

Anita Dongre’s latest collection is called Love Song

 

ANITA DONGRE

From an early age, Anita Dongre knew she wanted to helm her own fashion house. Having spent her summer holidays growing up in Jaipur, and later armed with a degree in Fashion Design, Anita’s influences were apparent right from her first collection. Her signature style showed an affinity for indigenous craft tradition, coupled with a modern aesthetic that soon made Anita Dongre one of India’s leading fashion designers. Katrina Kaif, Karisma Kapoor, Dia Mirza, Shraddha Kapoor and Ananya Pandey have frequently donned Anita Dongre’s ensembles. This luxury label’s latest collection is called Love Song, which is an ode to the splendour of intimate weddings of yesteryears.

Love Song is an ode to intimate weddings of yesteryears

 

Love Song features elegant ensembles

 

Love Song by Anita Dongre features elegant lehengas and sarees in reds, pinks, yellows and creams set amidst lush green vistas characteristic of backyard weddings. “Love Song is an ode to my childhood days when weddings were small, close-knit family affairs. The preparations that began weeks earlier, cosying up in circles, the accompanying tunes and melodies, and the never-ending chatter of loved ones laughing and bonding. Something fresh yet familiar, new yet nostalgic,” states Anita Dongre.

Tarun Tahiliani’s latest collection—Timeless

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TARUN TAHILIANI

Founded in 1995, the Tarun Tahiliani Design Studio juxtaposes modern sartorial prowess and the intricacies of Indian technique with skill. These extravagant, structured drapes are crafted to lend an edge to Tahiliani’s modern, Indian woman. The studio’s latest luxury collection —Timeless reflects the endlessness of a marriage celebration and the immutability of sharing the moment with those one loves most dearly. Using playful pastels and metallics and reds, the latest Tarun Tahiliani collection is full of hand-embroidered pieces. While the traditional red lehengas have a fine tulle base with silks and bandhani adorned with the use of kundan with handloom textures in intricate Benarasi brocades. For the day wedding and other functions, the Tarun Tahiliani atelier presents a fun range of pastels and metallics.

Tarun Tahiliani’s latest collection features outfits in pastels and metallic

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Pieces from Tarun Tahiliani’s latest collection

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Speaking on the collection, Tarun says, “Persian jaali in monuments has always been of great inspiration to me and I love to find ways to incorporate it in my design work. This season, I have used laser-cut jaalis in 3-4 tones on light silk, accentuated with kasab and kundan and the use of precisely cut gota, not only to ensure the sumptuousness of these techniques but also to maintain lightness in the final garment.”

Manish Malhotra’s latest bridal collection is known as Nooraniyat

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MANISH MALHOTRA

Couturier, costume stylist, entrepreneur, and revivalist; Manish Malhotra’s prolific career spanning over 30 years has seen him redefine fashion. Manish started his career as a model but soon his passion and love for movies and fashion, drew him towards costume designing. Founder of the eponymous label, Manish Malhotra’s design aesthetic is an ode to traditional Indian fabrics, styles of embroidery and is inspired by the colours of India. Manish Malhotra frequently dresses Bollywood celebrities such as Karisma Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Alia Bhatt and many more.

The colours of India inspire Malhotra’s design aesthetic

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Manish Malhotra’s latest bridal collection showcases the ethos of tradition

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“I wanted to bring together a new composition that is balanced in its heterogeneous elements. Where everything exists. The collection is developed on the ethos of tradition, but influenced by the present, the new world. A collection that sits firmly with the pandemic-induced preferences but also relatable to our aesthetics and our loyalists. We need to re-write the idea of design, which is not bound to a similar thread of uniformity. Each garment proposes a new and individual visual expression and explores a possibility of a free monologue, thus establishing a discerning connection with the wearer,” says Manish Malhotra about his new collection Nooraniyat.

ANAMIKA KHANNA

An experimental and adventurous designer, Anamika Khanna is revered as a trailblazer for her inimitable reimagination of traditional Indian silhouettes. Her collections showcase India’s rich crafts encapsulated in global contours. Khanna has modernised Indian craft through her collections featuring the usage of zardosi, dhoti-pants, shararas, and lehengas. Her collections can be described as Indian but bohemian at the same time. She has set forth a new trend in draping saris through three different drapes—the tulip drape, the wavy drape and the two-pallu in dhoti-style drape.

Anamika’s philosophy is about innovation with regards to the Indian style, while also keeping it extremely relevant to the modern world. For instance, the dhoti pant, commonly accredited to the brand, is now accepted as a modern high waist trouser worn with a dupatta or the Indian skirt. Anamika Khanna is all about finding your own personal style and having the vision to express it to the world around you. Bollywood actors such as Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit and Katrina Kaif frequently wear this label’s outfits. Anamika Khanna’s latest collection called ‘Timeless The World’ features silhouettes and looks that are unconventional and inventive.