India Couture Week 2014: Sabyasachi Mukherjee

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In a recent bridal masterclass video that Sabyasachi Mukherjee did with Vogue India editor, Priya Tanna, the designer talked about brides needing a “visual edit” to bring the focus back to the bride rather than distract with over embellished lehengas, big hair and bling-y jewelry that according to the designer made brides look like “a really bad Christmas tree.”

This season the designer is offering a palette cleanser for what he partly blames himself for creating – the mix and match contrast style that once defined the quintessential “Sabya” look. Now, it’s all about monochromatic colors and understated elegance. Color was clearly not the star of this collection which was earthy and muted but beautifully showcased the kantha, zardozi, and chikankari embroidery work and jeweled embellishments on the garments. Our favorite pieces from the collection were the long coats over full skirts, cinched at the waist with belts, which looked like a lehenga/gown hybrid. For a designer who is so rooted in Indian craft and textiles, these pieces had a decidedly European flair but still felt authentic to the Sabyasachi aesthetic. We definitely like where the designer is heading in his creative journey but take a look at his collection below and let us know what you think!

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Tarun Tahiliani on the Future of Couture in India

Tarun Tahiliani kicked off his annual Couture Bridal Exposition in Mumbai today signaling the start of Couture Week in India. Here is a brief interview I did with the designer at his couture show in Delhi a few years ago where he passionately talked about his mission to modernize Indian fashion while retaining tradition and shared his thoughts about the future of couture in India.

Jacqueline Fernandez Covers Harper’s Bazaar Bride

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This month will see the start of couture week in India, when the country’s best designers will showcase their custom bridal and evening wear. We got a sneak peek yesterday of what we can expect to see this season with Jacqueline Fernandez’s cover for the July/August issue of Harper’s Bazaar Bride. Rather than what one would expect of traditional bridal wear, Jacqueline wore a richly patterned floor length anarkali from designer Manish Arora –  a clear departure from the crimson and gold saris and hot pink lehengas of years past. See the rest of Jacqueline’s editorial below.

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