THE PRINCESS DIARIES
Royalty is making its way into contemporary Indian wedding outfits. HT City picks out designs brides to be could opt for this wedding season
Actor Deepika Padukone defined royalty at its best when she graced the poster of her upcoming film Padmavati. Designed by fashion designers Rimple and Harpreet Narula, the duo has worked extensively on various projects with the royal families of Baroda, Rampur, Kishangarh, Jaipur and Mandava, studying and exploring actual old royal costumes and imbibing their nuances in our creations. “The erstwhile Indian maharajas, nobles and their lifestyle, which was heavily influenced by their travels to the West have always been a source of inspiration for our collections,” says Rimple Narula. From clean cut silhouettes, draped skirts to flirty frills and one-shouldered tunics, designers have been experimenting with their creations for young Indian brides. “Every modern Indian bride of today does want a touch or hint of royalty and ethnicity considering the grandeur of Indian weddings,” says fashion designer Anoli Shah. But all of these contemporary cuts and patterns are fused with a hint of royalty. “Keeping the silhouettes contemporary with a right dose of classic nostalgia, our current collection is just the right mix for the bride who is individualistic as well as discerning,” says Harpreet Narula. Recently, actor Nargis Fakhri walked the ramp for fashion designer Anushree Reddy, at Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2017, in a lehenga inspired from the wardrobe of princess of Hyderabad, Niloufer. “The use of signature florals and leaves were infused with vintage drama in this scalloped yellow lehenga, which made me feel like a modern day princess” says Nagris. Who doesn’t like to look like a princess on their wedding day, right?