August is a war-like time in my fashion calendar. A vibrant month which kicks off with an array of festivities – from the Independence day shindigs to lavish fall weddings to other celebrations. The jet-set returns after spending their summer in Europe’s cooler climes and is all set to entertain their friends at home without skipping a style beat. This season is a glittery fury of rich tones like the powerful oxblood, soft blue, deep green and classic ivory. Designers across the board have played with these shades on their inspirational canvas.
The new-age brides and grooms have shown a penchant for streamlined silhouettes and embroideries and embellishments in the form of accents. From the perennially popular velvet and taffeta, there has been a shift towards incorporating regional textiles too. The classic botanical and floral prints have been re imagined this season in form of prints and appliqué embroideries on crop tops, lehenga skirts and sari gowns. There has also been a strong focus on the Islamic art motifs and elements of Persian architecture. Picture dramatic sleeves, off shoulder blouses, structured and statement tops paired with voluminous and kalidar lehenga skirts. Another ‘it’ piece is the cape or the cape-utta (a hybrid of cape and dupatta), which refuses to go out of style. It’s been around for many seasons now and designers have reinterpreted it with pearl embellishments, beaded embroideries and laser cut works. A panoply of Indian labels have flirted with sari gowns, which elegantly juxtapose the Indian and Western silhouettes. Sometimes one-shoulder and other times off-shoulder, and at times presented with a lot of intricate surface texturing – sari gowns have become the synonym for evening glamour over the years. Today the sari is also worn with a bikini conjuring a true metaphor of an Indian woman living it up on a holiday and hanging loose at a destination wedding or a honeymoon. There’s also an anti-bride undercurrent with the new-age brides-to-be and their entourage of bridesmaids showing a penchant for dark Goth florals.
Today’s evolved bride is no fashion ingénue. She accents her all-black ensemble with striking gold jewellery and opts for smudged up smokey eyes, indulges in nail art and even gold foil tattoos.