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

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - LIFESTYLE - Ak­shata Shetty ht.cafe@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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?

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