Drape Fantasia

By Shantanu and Nikhil

With the Indian wedding emerging from dusty, sepia-tinted photo albums and slipping into a slick and decadent modern avatar, wedding couture has time-travelled into what seems like an analogue of a beautiful costume drama. Sartorial experimentation has given the conservative Indian groom a dramatic makeover. And the new-age groom is totally geared up for it. Political stalwart Vilasrao Deshmukh’s son Dhiraj Deshmukh opted for harem pants with a cropped velvet jacket to infuse drama into his traditional ensemble for his wedding to Honey Bhagnani. Ergo, drapes with their vintage grandeur, such as the dhoti have re emerged in the realm of wedding couture with stitched dhoti pants. Bandhgalas have taken on subtle tones: cowl in front and embellished with brooches, metal chains and antique jewelled buttons to complete the perfect sangeet or cocktail look. Draped jerseys in malmal with short brocaded jackets are providing stiff competition to that ethnic staple - the kurta. Jodhpuri and drop-crotch pants have replaced churidars – the gathering and pleating giving them a voluminous quality and conveying a sense of understated luxury.

The designer duo of Shantanu & Nikhil epitomise the blend of vintage and contemporary in their work. Their sophisticated design aesthetic has won them many fans including Amitabh Bachchan whose look and wardrobe they reinvented for that classic game show – Kaun Banega Crorepati.

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