Shivan And Narresh’s New Collection Is Bridal Couture For The Modern Millennial Bride. We Are In Love
This is that time of the year when fashion ramps worldwide are swamped with the new season’s designer collections. While the international runways are preparing for the summer spring next year, Indian runways are showcasing bridal and festive wear for the season around the corner. The FDCI couture week just wrapped up leaving us with some really gorgeous and mesmerising bridal outfits to swoon over. The top on our wishlist, though, is the bridal wear collection by Shivan Bhatia and Narresh Kukreja which they launched recently on their social media account.
The designer duo’s signature style includes eccentric prints and patterns, interesting fabric play and a melange of vibrant colours. Plus, reinventing the existing fashion aesthetics for the millennials comes naturally to them. Be it the cape style tops, vintage swimsuits, belted sarees or bikini sarees, the designer duo has always brought something new to the fashion table for the Gen Z. In case you forgot, they were the first one to bring the concept of designer beachwear to the Indian fashion industry.
Their latest bridal wear collection has us dreaming about our wedding. One look at the collection and you can tell the designers have decoded what a millennial bride needs. I’ll explain. Elaborate lehengas and expansively embroidered sarees do not necessarily make the cut these days when it comes to a millennial bride’s outfit options. They think more practical and comfortable bridal attire that reflects their personal style and comfort that doesn’t compromise on their fashion statement as well. Maybe Shivan and Narresh read their mind. Because, their collection mirrors these thoughts perfectly.
The couture collection features a belted jumpsuit, a sharara sans dupatta, an embroidered lace saree, mermaid skirt with a bustier among other millennial-esque ensembles that meet the visual and functional aspects of modern bridal wear beautifully. Honestly, I’ll get married just to wear one of these gorgeous pieces.
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Gone are the days when brides used to stick to the heavily embellished bridal wear and sarees that probably weigh more than them. They are experimenting with styles and silhouettes that are high on creative aesthetics and meets fashion and functionality at the same time. Plus, they spend a bomb on these designer wears so they want something that works year-round.
If the latest bridal wear pattern is some indication, it is clear that brides today are trying to break the fashion norms. The groom is not the only one who wears pants in the relationship today. Brides are also ditching bulky lehenga skirts for more contemporary and practical sartorial choices, even for the big day. A few days ago, an Indian bride Sanjana smashed the traditional norms and opted a pantsuit instead of lehenga for her wedding. She teamed the powder blue pantsuit set with a sheer dupatta over her head to play the part of veil and minimal bridal jewellery. Now one can say it’s a rebellious choice but we see it as a self-expression of a 21st century bride and an incredible fashion statement.
Plus, high fashion couture and designer wear doesn’t top the list anymore. Brides of today don’t mind going for wedding attire custom made from a local artisan as long as it ticks all the boxes of visual aesthetics and practicality for them. They are moving towards ethical fashion and sustainable brands. Millennials make for a large part of consumer base and this poses a threat to the designers and thus we are seeing more contemporary and functional choices in bridal couture.
The bridal collection by Shivan and Narresh fits the bill when it comes to what a millennial bride needs—and that is, put forward her own personal, carefree style that doesn’t weight her down and make her weep at the end of her wedding. Take a look at some of our favourite pieces from the collection.
Vintage Rose Sharara
This embellished sharara in gorgeous rose pink that comes with tiered sharara pants with tuft of ostrich feathers on the hemline teamed with a cropped blouse with a halter neckline. The cumbersome dupatta is swapped with a fuss-free sheer organza cape, again with plume of feathers scattered over.
Vermillion Botanique Embroidered Jumpsuit
The fire red jumpsuit with a form-fitting waist belt if you are one of those brides who don’t want to be weighed down by the heavy skirt on D-day and would rather dance the night away in a comfy bridal wear. Note, the wide-legged pants!
Rose Ivy Gardenia Mermaid Skirt with Baroque Daisy Bustier
If you didn’t get the memo, mermaid skirts are back and how! This lehenga and a bustier set, in the same gorgeous pink as the sharara from the collection, is for brides who want bridal wear with a feminine fashion factor for their wedding. Look at the squared neckline—love!
Ivory Pearl Embroidered Lace Sari with Plissage Blouse
This saree could make you look and feel like you are walking on the clouds. The pearl embroidery, floral lace, serene ivory fabric that looks light as a feather—what’s not to love? And, oh, did you see the belted plissage blouse?
Vintage Rose Lehenga with Rosh Glory Skein
Your bridal lehenga doesn’t have be gaudy and bright and still could fetch the attention. Take this artistic take on the traditional red bridal lehenga. The toned-down red, semi sheer blouse (sexy!), subtly lustrous glass beads work over the skirt and floral scalloped border on the dupatta and skirt makes it perfect dream lehenga for a millennial bride.
Although the pieces come in the same traditional bridal wear colour palette (red, pink, gold and ivory), the design features like chantilly lace, pearl embroidery, ostrich feathers and fresh styles like mermaid skirts, bustiers, jumpsuit, halter neck cropped blouse and tiered sharara make the collection a pure work of art by Shivan and Narresh. If this isn’t what bridal dreams are made of in the 21st century, we don’t know what is.