From contemporary designs to glamorous silhouettes, edgy cuts to statement pieces, fashion forward Indian brides are going the distance ahead of their wedding day!
Every bride wants to be remembered for her timeless elegance with a memorable modernity. Are you the girl who wants to stand out and thinks outside the trousseau chest? Well, this is our roundup of the 10 essential shopping stops in Mumbai for you!
1. Sabyasachi Mukherjee
He’s the first word in bridal wear. The master of bridal lehengas, Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s creations feature unusual fabrics, texturing and detailing. His fusion of styles, use of patchwork with gorgeous embellishments, across a vibrant and diverse color palette evokes images of ancient and medieval ages. Subtle, stand-out and unforgettable, the ‘Sabya bride’ is a modern woman who wants to hints of the traditional in her bridal ensemble.
2. JADE Couture
An eclectic diffusion, the Bridal Heirlooms line features contemporary cuts and intricate craftsmanship. JADE by Monica and Karishma offers brides opulent, designs in dramatic evening wear and options of organza skirts with capes and crop tops for more minimalist tastes. They have recently also launched their bridal couture collection ‘Videha’s Siya’ inspired by the celebrated love story of Ram and Sita depicted in the form of Mithila art.
The most well established multi-designer network of stores in Mumbai and Delhi, AZA is a curated collection of the country’s most highly acclaimed and celebrated designers. AZA caters to a wide range of couture, diffusion and prêt collections brides-to-be with an emphasis on ‘occasion-wear’. The collection features more than 200 designers including stars of the industry; Anamika Khanna, Manish Malhotra, Rohit Bal, Sabyasachi Mukherji, Varun Bahl, Anushree Reddy, Gaurav Gupta, SVA, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Pankaj and Nidhi and more. AZA gives every bride a kaleidoscopic look at trousseau potential.
4. Manish Malhotra
With one of his most recent brides being none other than Mira Rajput at her wedding to actor Shahid Kapoor, Bollywood’s favorite designer Manish Malhotra is known for his eclectic fusion appeal – glamorous ensembles in traditional Indian colours, textures, embroideries and with exquisite craftsmanship. His collections include bridal and diffused categories to inspire the new-age bride.
5. Gaurav Gupta
Gaurav Gupta’s reputation as a master of motion fabric and three-dimensional silhouettes precedes him. The modern Indian wedding roster of events makes room for Gupta’s contemporary, couture gowns that can be shown off at pre-wedding cocktail parties and non-traditional wedding receptions. Must “be seen to be believed”, the true impact of his creations are best experienced in person, at his whimsical, Greek inspired store in Mumbai!
6. Jean Claude Biguine India
This international chain of beauty experts have just launched the Biguine Makeup Service offering brides to be with three key packages: The Traditional Bride, The Modern Bride and The 18K Gold Bride. Whether you choose a traditional look, or a modern one with smokey eyes, nude or firecracker red lips or the sun-kissed bronzed day look or illuminated evening look, the packages are customized to enhance facial structure and include hairdressing.
7. Forest Essentials
Forest Essentials takes a leaf out of the sixteen ancient Indian ‘shringars’ or ceremonial rituals of beauty and adornment that have been performed on brides for thousands of years. Vedic scriptures list the details of a beauty regimen for brides in the three weeks that precede her big day – including caring for the hair, polishing the skin and applying nourishing masques before elaborate bathing rituals. Forest Essentials takes those traditionally formulated oils, pastes and makes them readily available to you to provide pure, natural glowing skin for your big day.
Gehna marries concept to design with bridal pieces crafted with precious stones that make a bold statement. The attention to detail and meticulous architecture of the jewellery is what makes Gehna the preferred choice for every bride and her family. With a range that includes exquisite Azva gold jewellery and delicate platinum jewellery, Gehna is a must-visit.
9. Lakmé Pro Stylist Studio
Founded in 1952, Lakmé is designed for and has remained the most beloved beauty brand for contemporary Indian women across the ages. True to form, with the launch of Lakmé Pro-Stylist Studio – a flagship retail store nestled in Grand Galleria, High Street Phoenix in Lower Parel, Mumbai – the brand once again shows why it knows the heart of Indian bride.
The store is a unique confluence of retail and salon, offering one-stop access to the latest products, quick salon services and Lakmé’s unique backstage and runway expertise through makeup experts. Discuss your wedding day looks or learn makeup secrets from Lakmé Fashion Week backstage experts here.
10. Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin
Once you’ve settled on the most beautiful lehenga, the jewellery and make up, it’s time to take your feet fashion forward in a stunning pair of heels. Say ‘I Do in Choo’ with exquisite styles ranging from timeless satin heels to glamorous embellished pumps or make an ‘uber glam’ statement with Christian Louboutin’s signature glittery red soles. Get ready to be spoilt for choice between the edgy heels at the Jimmy Choo store at Trident, Mumbai and the Christian Louboutin Wedding suite in South Mumbai. Louboutin offers customization of shoes to match the wedding clothes and will discuss the perfect height of heel to maximize the bride’s comfort. The shoes are then handcrafted at their atelier in Paris!
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