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For our most recent StyleSpotting feature, we were inspired by the ‘Whisper of Romance’ bridal collection by Anj Kouture which revolutionizes ethnic Indian bridal wear by seamlessly blending vintage fashion and the regal grandeur of Persian heritage. The silhouettes are minimalistic, contemporary, but tastefully embellished with rich Zardozi and Aari embroidery. This is how we styled two bridal lehengas to complement Manubhai Jeweller’s exquisite bridal jewellery from their ‘Utsavi’ collection.

Royal Blue

This midnight blue lehenga with nakshi zardozi and antique katdana embroidery with a quilted blouse is both regal and contemporary. Offset the ensemble with traditional jewellery by Manubhai Jewellers.

We picked two stunning bridal sets that would elevate this Royal Blue look.

Look 1 – the Mughal inspired bridal set

When it comes to wedding jewellery, the more traditional the better. A bridal set that looks like it came out of the ancestral treasure box will gleam beautifully on a day steeped in personal beliefs and religious traditions. This particular bridal set is stunning in its opulence and is guaranteed to make the bride the indisputable belle of the ball. Comprising of great nuggets from the Mughal jewellery atelier, this bridal set also has rare gems from Gujarati and Rajasthani heritage. It is a beautiful blend of time-honoured tradition and evocative of the magnificence of Indian culture.

The centerpiece of this bridal set is called a Sita haar. The style of this necklace is reminiscent of the Mughal era when jewellery was indication of one’s wealth, power, influence and taste. Sumptuous, unapologetically grand, its intricate craftmanship evokes a distant heritage. The necklace comprises of seven rows of golden chains, festooned with gold pendants in different sizes, resplendent with highlights of red and green. It is also adorned with Indian jewellery staples; ambis, ghunghroos, golden beads. The capsule pieces, madaliya and the gold with white stones, heerapada are influenced by Gujarati design.

Look 2: the Kundan and Nakkashi set

This 22K gold necklace set is inspired by the art and architecture of the havelis while incorporating elements of traditional nakshi work and thakkar kundan karigari. The whole set comes together with a collection of beautiful keshi pearls.

Scarlet Sophistication

A traditional colour combination, updated: this red high-waisted lehenga with gold and antique zari pitta work and an appliqué dupatta is eye-catching and memorable.

We picked two exquisite bridal sets that would add to the glamour of this red bridal look.

Look 1: the Maharani set

The eye is naturally drawn to the centre pendant of this 22K Maharani set. With keshi and south-sea pearls, the design defines heritage jewellery. The colours are enhanced with semi-precious stones in traditional jadau karigari.

Look 2: the Kundan Choker set

The floral motifs in this 22K choker draw inspiration from sunflower gardens. Complete with thakkar kundan karigari with semi-precious stones, it has been designed in homage to Mughal jewellery designs.

About Anj Kouture

Anj Kouture is the brainchild of Anjoo Karanjia and her team of dedicated designers. The clothing, classic and elegant with a nod to tradition, befits the quintessential Indian Woman. The store that houses western wear, bridal couture and menswear has achieved peak popularity in Bandra West.

Anj Kouture's Collection is tailor made with a keen eye on minutiae to create an unforgettable silhouette. The bridal line, aptly titled 'Whisper of Romance‘ has been designed by the uber talented Director of Operations of Anj Kouture, Mehvish Majithia. Mehvish has put her heart and soul into this collection that personifies feminine energy. The exquisite collection blends 50’s era glamour with a touch of Persian art. This collection is chic, floral and instantly transports one to a more graceful, gracious time in history.

Photographs byThe Moment by Parag Gopale

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