December 2014

Designing Your Bridal Dreams

By Mona Puniani

Wedding bells are ringing yet again as winters set in and mark the arrival of the auspicious season. This is the one time in year that brings with it, the best of indian bridal fashion and the onset of new trends.

Specializing in wedding attire, established designer, Mona Puniani has given many fashionistas, their desired wardrobes. A designer by passion, she has been in the industry for 7 years now. Her designs speak of tremendous craftsmanship and denote the style statements of young brides. Each year, Mona brings out a selected range of garments made in the best color palette, embroideries and gota work for the fashionable bride to be. Speaking of her creations, Mona states, “As a child, I always dreamt of beautiful garments and loved visualizing myself in fancy creations. This passion for designing kept increasing with time and eventually took the shape of profession. I simply love seeing people dressed in my creations. I love to keep my design philosophy simple, neat and structured. My design ethos is a strong reflection of the journey of a modern Indian woman, who embraces tradition with a contemporary outlook.” She further elaborates in a quick chat with Ravishing Wedding.

Bridal ensembles have got a twist as we can see lot of concept lehengas around. So throw some light on the emerging trends of bridal wear for the coming season.

Lehenga as the bridal and ceremonial wear is definitely the best attire. It looks elegant on wedding occasions but at the same time emerging western influences in Indian garment gave origin to ‘concept wear lehenga’. These are easy fun lehengas that are more keeping the taste of modern contemporary diva in mind. One has variety to choose; from different silhouettes like sari lehenga, long jacket with ghaghara etc.

Another trend which is hitting this season is- ‘half-lehenga design sari’ which is a cultural combination of the sari and lehenga. It is a ready-made sari, which is perfect to wear during weddings, parties, and religious functions as it does not take too much time and effort to put on. These come with a lengthy flared outfit with a zip at the side that adjusts to your relevant size and measurements. The half-lehenga style sari is also comfortable and easy for those who are not much acquainted with the handling of traditional pleated sari. The brides simply have to tuck and drape it around once and it is done. Another feature is that you can mix and match it with are contrasting dupattas.

One of the most preferred bridal lehenga is ‘straight cut lehenga;’ that flatters numerous body types. Resembling a wrap around skirt, this lehenga falls straight from the waist to the hemline with slits on sides.

Also, ‘mermaid style lehenga’ is surely in trend these days. This one definitely accentuates those curves – the lehenga fits snugly till the knees and it flares out gracefully.

One can also opt for ‘lehenga gowns’. To make it classy and still easy to wear, the concept of ‘drape lehenga’ got instant emergence and easy acceptance. One can opt for tropical bright colors like yellow, fuchsias, oranges, purple and more in this.

What kind of work will be in vogue for this time around?

This season will be more focused on contemporary fashion. Too much bling is strict no. Fashionistas like to wear Indo-western garments, which are easy to wear. Blending of Indian fashion with fusion wearability is mantra around. Drape sarees, crop tops with skirts and kurtas with palazzo are definitely must haves in each wardrobe.

Which work technique will be hot and hit?

Mirror work is huge hit. It is youthful, modern and evergreen. Gota work is another technique, which is super hit. Perfect for all age groups, gota works looks royal and add the necessary bling to the garment. Prints with velvet borders are instant winners.

What are the interesting tit bits about your new collection?

My new collection is interplay of vibrant colours, delicate embroidery, fabrics and prints; I have created a unique portfolio of Indian, semi formal collections, which portray a global style, accentuating indian traditional craftsmanship with a modern twist. My collection embodies a rich feel with a rhapsody of colours coming alive through the interplay of design, colour, fabric and technique.

Any word of advice or caution for would be brides and their friends?

Wear garments that suit your body type. Don’t dress too much as being minimalistic is the key for this season. If garment is heavy, you can go light on accessories, and if accessories are heavy, you can go light on garments. Believe in creating fashion rather than following it.

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