When you combine imagination with creativity the outcome will surely be mystical. That’s exactly what Nandita’s collection reflected at Lakme Fashion Week. Drawing her inspiration from a highly successful French play ‘La Tosca’ set in early 1800’s she created her version of costumes that would be used if the same play was to be staged in today’s day and age.
Her collection saw the fusion of present-day fashion with the costumes and designs of the Victorian era but with an Indian influence. Crafted using fabrics like georgette, chiffon and satin in royal colours such as crimson, cobalt blue, black and ivory the clothes ranged from semi-formal to ultra-evening glamour.
The ensemble was embellished with striking designs such as vine, leaf and flowers in Badla, anchor and bullion work. The collection included long maxi skirts, velvet dresses, kalidar kurtas and tube dresses. Shading was used cleverly for velvet dresses on the neckline while embroidered black skirts which were paired with sheer shirts. Circular embroidery in antique gold adorned many garments in the collection. The kimono style shaded tasseled shoulders for a kurta was a perfect touch from Nandita.
She blended the cultures of East and West with ease. The show ended with Zoa Morani walking the ramp in a gorgeous navy blue glittering lehenga and choli with a stunning dupatta.
Not too over the top, the collection can be worn right off the rack and is just perfect for a sangeet or mehendi function. A novel idea perfectly crafted!
Nandita Thirani is one of the most respected names in the Indian fashion circuit and also the CEO and and production in charge of Design Partners. She has been retailing under her own label for over 15 years. Nandita’s forte is designing western wear as well ethnic wear and has created a niche for herself as a versatile designer in India and abroad.
We had a chat with Nandita Thirani, right after her show. Here are a few tips for all you brides to be from the talented Kolkata based designer.
The veteran designer shared some tips on how to select your bridal wear.
According to Nandita, when it comes to selecting your wedding outfit just go with your gut feeling. This is a once in a life time occasion and it’s your day. There will be many people who will suggest and share opinions but only you would know which colours and cuts look best on you. She says don’t choose a colour just because a designer or someone else says it looks good. You need to feel it!
What’s popular with bridal wear right now.
Talking about the latest trends and popular outfits among brides the current fast-moving outfit is the lehenga. Nandita suggests that while selecting a lehenga make sure it’s fitted on the waist and top of the hips and then flares downwards. Do not mistake this for a fish cut though! This style can go with all body types and is always flattering!
How much in advance should you buy your wedding outfit?
Start scouting for your outfit at least four months ahead of the wedding. Four months is a good enough lead time to get your dream outfit and make any alterations if required.
How to get your wedding outfit from Nandita?
Nandita is based out of Kolkata. The best thing would be to make a trip to Kolkata to browse through her entire collection and place your order depending on what you like and then another trip closer to the date for fittings. Once the fittings are done, the finishing and delivery will be done in a week’s time. This may vary depending on where the outfit needs to be shipped, but it won’t take very long. Her creations are also available at various multi designer stores around the country. Stay tuned for more Indian wedding trends from Marry Me – The Wedding Planners.