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2016 Bridal Trends: India’s Biggest Designers Reveal Their Fashion Tips

Earlier this month we had the pleasure of catching up with some of India’s most highly regarded fashion designers thanks to our friends at Aashni & Co. And because we always love to keep our brides updated with whatever is happening in the world of weddings, we put some very important questions out there to those who are practically ruling the fashion scene – and here’s what they had to say:


 Sabyasachi – ‘Desi is the new cool’


Ok, firstly we just have to say that the mere fact that we got to share the same room as this man was just incredible, so to actually be standing next to him and to have been given the opportunity to ask him questions was a complete privilege (he’s like the Vera Wang of bridal fashion in case you didn’t know). We asked him what the biggest bridal fashion trends in 2016 were going to be and what he said just might surprise you.

“I think tradition is going to be the next big thing in Indian fashion. That’s what the Internet’s done to you; when you get easily connected to the whole world you want to go back to your own roots to identify yourself and say; this is who I am.”

While we could’ve spent hours talking fashion with him, we took away something truly important – don’t be ashamed of who you are, but actually, own it and be proud of your heritage – how’s that for wedding advice?!


Manish Malhotra – ‘Everyone has their own story’

Manish Malhotra

He is without a doubt one of the most celebrated fashion designers in the country. Whether it’s Katrina Kaif or Kareena Kapoor, they’re all fans of his work and rightly so. He’s a designer who’s spent years working in the Bollywood film industry as a stylist prior to launching his own line so he knows exactly what it takes to achieve a full-on glamorous look for your day. We asked him how a bride should decide what to wear.

“Everyone has their own story. Whether it’s a resort wedding, winter wedding or a cross-cultural wedding, every story has it’s own place. I’m interested in the bride’s makeup, hair, jewellery and everything else. It’s not about selling your gown but about being part of one of the most important days of their lives.”

This is perhaps one of the most crucial lessons you can take away when choosing your outfit. You need to take into consideration the setting and style of your event, the time, the country and even your own personality. Everything needs to be in keeping and this is what Manish Malhotra focuses on for his brides – helping them to achieve a gorgeous and complete look.


Anju Modi – ‘Personal characteristics play a strong card’

Anju Modi

Echoing our previous designer, Anju Modi spoke to us in great detail about how you need to focus on your own traits and your own personality when choosing an outfit. This is exactly what she had to do when she created the much talked about, award-winning look for Deepika Padukone in Bajirao Mastani. It’s the look she’s constantly being asked to replicate by her brides, and even though her collection is full of long layers and sharaaras, she spoke about where fashion is heading.

“The beautiful rich heritage fabric of our country is coming forward and we are bringing it back with different combinations. We then have the challenge of finding the right balance, embroidery, layering, flare and so on.”

If there’s one woman who knows how to make historical looks rock it’s this lady! She again reinforces the idea that tradition is here to stay and can look modern and chic so don’t hide away from it. Whether you opt for Banaaras or Gujarat, everywhere has something special to offer – it’s about bringing it together the right way.


Masaba – ‘Brides are taking the unconventional route’


Masaba does unconventional and she does it the best. She is not afraid to experiment and be bold – and actually what happens to be rare for a designer – admit to occasionally making a bad decision. But, this is what makes her so relatable to the modern bride. Having recently got married last year herself, Masaba was able to give us some real-life advice which we can pass on to those of you searching for your perfect look.

“The biggest challenge is to decide what you’re going to finally wear because there is so much stuff coming out all the time. For me, finding jewellery that matched was the biggest challenge, so I would advise the bride to actually pick her jewellery first and then choose the outfit accordingly – that’s my tip.”

We were quite surprised by Masaba’s revelation as we’d never even dreamed of advising a bride to go down this route, but actually, thinking about it – makes so much sense. If you’re spending a lot of money on real jewellery then of course it’s got to be just right – and sometimes even decent artificial jewellery is hard to find. What she also happened to reveal was that British brides happen to take the more conventional, traditional route when shopping for their weddings compared to their Indian counterparts – So girls, take a leaf out of Masaba’s book and don’t be afraid to try something new!


Anamika Khanna – ‘Avoid doing too much’

Anamika Khanna

Anamika Khanna was actually the final designer we caught up with, but by no means the least. This lady has taken the industry by storm and knows what she’s talking about, she was after all the first female Indian designer to display her collections at Paris Fashion Week and was offered an exclusive contract by Harrod’s post her participation in London Fashion Week. Her global experience means she knows exactly what works and what doesn’t. So, if you want to know what to avoid, read on.

“A lot of brides in their quest to look their best for their wedding day tend to look so full on. They forget that on the day they’ll have excessive jewellery, perhaps a nose ring, which they haven’t worn before, or something like a tika on their head. With their var-mala and often excessive makeup you sometimes end up looking at everything but the face of the bride.”

It may sound harsh to begin with, but we love Anamika’s openness and blunt honesty. Please take note of what she has to say because it’s so very true. Remember you don’t need to be full on bling on your wedding day to look your best. Sometimes, a simple chic outfit can look just as good. It’s all about finding the right balance. If you feel uncomfortable, then trust us, you’ll probably look it on the day too.

And there you have it, expert advice from India’s very best. If you’ve got any tips of your own that you’d love to share with us then leave a message below or send an email to enquiries@carriagesevents.co.uk

photo credits: Adnan Qazi


10 Shades Of Red: Find Your Bridal Lipstick Match

Every girl needs a classic shade of red in her makeup bag – especially during shaadi season! Whether your beauty icon is Marilyn Monroe or Madhuri Dixit, Adele or Aishwariya Rai Bachchan, we’ve got it covered. We’ve handpicked 10 of the best red lipsticks on the market that will instantly transform you from girl next door to glamorous diva.

What you need to look out for:

Darker skin tones – Look for deep, rich colours like burgundy or warmer brick tones. Tip: Avoid coral reds with blue undertones

Medium skin tones – Pink reds will work well with your complexion and go perfectly with those golden undertones. Tip: Don’t go too dark

Lighter skin tones – Look for coral reds to add a shot of colour to your face. Tip: Stay clear of orange-based tones.

10. Revlon – Fire & Ice

Our list kicks off with an easily accessible and equally affordable lipstick which is suitable for most skin tones. Giving off a truly classic vibe, this range by Revlon also boasts SPF 15 protection and a nourishing vitamin E and avocado oil complex. Ticks most of the boxes we say.

9. Burberry – Military Red

This is lightweight, buildable and so comfortable to wear, but yet so very bold and beautifully British. This shade would work great for brides looking for a slightly quirkier look, who are not afraid to experiment and step away from the norm.

8. Dior – Trafalgar

Again for those girls who aren’t afraid to be bold. This punchy, powerful and actually, all-round brilliant shade of red comes with a hint of orange. Works best for those looking to create a stylish statement alongside a simple, sequin-free outfit.

7. Lancôme – Rose Boudoir

Promising to last 6 hours, this pink-y-coral shade is perfect for those with lighter skin. It would work well for a cocktail party or pre-wedding sangeet and has such a feel-good summery vibe, that you’re sure to fall in love with it instantly. Match with lighter outfit shades and minimalist eyes.

6. Nars – Heat Wave

While lots of people are still coming around to the idea of Nars, we are big fans. This bright orange-red hue comes with a modern matte finish that is sure to create a striking look. Will look great on those with darker skin and is best paired with soft, natural-looking eyes.

5. Rimmel – Deep Scarlet

Kate Moss is the nation’s ultimate stylish diva and boy does she wear lipstick well (ok she wears anything well but you know what we mean!). Her own range of colours for Rimmel are fabulous. Not only do they look great on, but they won’t break the bank either. Shade 1 is so old school Hollywood.

4. Bobbi Brown – Red Carpet

Bobbi Brown

This creamy matte lip colour will feel effortlessly light on your lips all day. The bright red is great for a more subtle look during the day and can be layered on to give you a more glitzy look for the evening.

3. Estée Lauder – Red Ego

Estee Lauder
Definitely one of the most underrated brands out there. Whenever you’re unsure just go to Estée Lauder we say. This hydrating formula will not only transform your lips, but your whole look. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of attitude – you go girl!

2. Chanel – Pirate

We love Chanel. We just love everything about the brand and this lipstick is no different. This classic blue-toned red is great for those with golden skin tones. This chic colour will look great on any snaps and is sure to give you a shot of added confidence.

1. MAC – Ruby Woo


Of course this comes in at number 1 – it’s practically perfect! This lipstick has a fan following of its own and rightly so as it’s great for any skin tone. It’s extra matte, extra red and will last the entire day. If you’re looking for a red for your wedding day or any other day for that matter – this is the ONE.


If you’ve got a favourite shade of your own that we haven’t mentioned, leave a comment below or get in touch with us at enquiries@carriagesevents.co.uk