Pas­sion drives many an ob­ses­sion; none more provoca­tive than the idea

India Today - - SPICE -

of stand­ing out. Even the great In­dian wed­ding phe­nom­e­non seems to have ex­pro­pri­ated the colos­sus of tra­di­tion as cul­tural ref­er­ence. In fact, out­stand­ing seems to have trumped even op­u­lent in the new wed­ding ver­nac­u­lar. Some­where be­tween the grat­i­fi­ca­tion of ex­cess and a sense of sus­tain­abil­ity, the con­ser­va­tive and the pro­gres­sive have learnt to co­ex­ist.

In an epony­mous chase to trail the ephemeral, cap­ture the eter­nal and pre­dict the ever chang­ing trends and styles, we ex­plore the sub­text of each de­tail by salut­ing the whimsy of wed­ding para­pher­na­lia in all its glory.

Of course, jew­ellery is no ca­sual ob­server when it comes to the van­ity ver­nac­u­lar. Spice spans the con­ven­tional as well as con­tem­po­rary styli­sa­tions to sum­mon the sig­na­ture looks of­fered by lead­ing jew­llery houses. If PC Chan­dra’s del­i­cate de­signs in an­tique fili­gree hark back to her­itage, Delhi- based Ha­zoo­ri­lal com­pli­ments the nos­tal­gia with a touch of vin­tage by pay­ing ho­mage to chunky an­cient tribal jew­ellery that spells clas­sic con­tem­po­rary. In­spired by the Mughal minia­ture school of art, Neerav Modi’s two- fin­ger ring is a sparkling son­net stylised in 18 carat white gold and di­a­monds.

Ver­sa­til­ity re­mains the clear win­ner when it comes to defin­ing un­usual this sea­son, whether it’s multi- lay­ered jew­ellery from TBZ that can be de­tached to cre­ate mul­ti­ple ac­ces­sories or jewels from Annu Chadha where bracelets morph into tiaras.

The flood of choices is sec­ond to none since the tra­di­tion of shringar in In­dia is in­ex­tri­ca­bly linked to mar­i­tal felicity. Spice rum­mages through the lat­est wed­ding col­lec­tions of In­dia’s top cou­turi­ers to gauge the sub­tle shifts in tastes, de­signs and styles.

With the mood re­flect­ing deeper hues, with an in­sis­tence on sheer fab­rics, the mo­ment is more trendy than tra­di­tional; play­ful rather than per­nick­ety. If pinks, reds, nudes, yel­lows with sheer shoul­ders, in­spired by vin­tage mon­u­ments, are Rina Dhaka’s call to the con­tem­po­rary bride, J J Valaya projects a med­ley of Span­ish and In­dian influences to con­tour bri­dal cou­ture for the com­ing sea­son. But, it’s not only fab­ric but fit, struc­ture and styli­sa­tions punc­tu­ated with a fu­tur­is­tic ap­peal that de­fine Raghavendra Rathore’s sar­to­rial choices.

To savour the flavour of ex­cel­lence, Spice in­vited in­dus­try ex­perts to com­ment on the bur­geon­ing trend of be­spoke wed­dings. From co- or­di­nat­ing colours, themes, to we­b­cast­ing wed­dings to spe­cial dessert buf­fets, the fervid list of wed­ding es­sen­tials in­cludes more than Ber­luti shoes and cus­tomised de­signer wear. While baubles from Gem Palace and Neerav Modi are de rigueur, so are ex­otic pe­onies, tulips and hy­drangeas.

Another grow­ing trend is wed­ding so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity: ty­ing val­ues with vows, so­cially con­scious cou­ples are dis­cov­er­ing ways to in­cor­po­rate char­i­ta­ble giv­ing in their wed­ding cel­e­bra­tions. Green wed­dings are another pop­u­lar con­cept with cou­ples us­ing re­cy­cled pa­per for in­vi­ta­tions and ba­nana leaves to serve food and clay pots to serve drinks to re­duce the carbon foot print.

Ex­u­ber­ant in the op­ti­mism that ac­com­pa­nies a sated palate, Spice rev­els in the nov­elty of the nou­veau.

( Aroon Purie)

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