'Dupatta has become like an ornamental add on'

'Dupatta has become like an ornamental add on'

Wedding collection

'Dupatta has become like an ornamental add on'

For her Summer Resort Bride 2016 collection, designer Payal Singhal has tried to create individualistic looks by mixing and matching pieces from different collections.

From replacing cholis with jackets to no-‘dupatta lehengas’, she has created chic and elegant pieces that resonate with the modern-day Indian bride.

Keeping in mind that brides don’t want to wear heavy ‘lehengas’ anymore, she has tried to create a collection where they can feel at ease during their wedding functions.

In a candid conversation with Metrolife, Singhal tells more about her collection that she will be showcasing soon.

What is your collection all about?

Titled ‘Sitara’, the collection is inspired by the enigmatic elegance of Indian royalty and has been given a modern-day ‘maharani’ touch. Alongside, we’ve also created a special collection of unique bridal pieces that are unexpected, unconventional and fun while still being wearable. We have worked on a lot of interesting silhouettes like off-the-shoulder blouses, crop tops, easy separates and brocade ensembles while experimenting with unusual bridal colours.

What have you replaced ‘cholis’ with?

The ‘choli’ is more modern and versatile now and can be worn in more ways than the conventional one. It can be worn as a short crop jacket or a cape or a tank top. I experimented with the ‘choli’ and made it into something that can be worn with other silhouettes even after the wedding.

How did you come across the idea of ‘lehengas’ without ‘dupattas’?

‘Lehengas’ are now worn more like skirts with tops rather than with a ‘lehenga-choli’ feel. So with the skirts getting more high-waist and tops becoming more like tunics, the ‘dupatta’ has become like an ornamental add-on and can be done away with if the bride
wants to be more hands free.

How did you decide the colour combination?

We have worked on three key colour stories for our collection. The ‘red story’ that includes shades like pomegranate, marsala, deep red, crimson red and maroon; the ‘jewelled tone story’ with tones like emerald green, navy blue and black; and the ‘pastel theme’ with shades like nude, pale grey, blush, powder blue and mint.

What is the USP of your collection?

We want to give a bride an outfit that makes her feel beautiful and traditional in a modern contemporary and relatable way. Also, our collection is less ornate and more light and easy than most other collections.

Tell us the latest wedding wear trends.

We give great emphasis to shoulders with styles like off-shoulders and shoulder cut-outs. The focus has shifted to interesting trousers this year with styles like ‘shararas’, palazzos and ‘dhotis’. With the introduction of capes and drapes, the ‘dupatta’ has also become redundant. The trend of heavy and matching bridal sets is also a trend of the past. Focussing on just one statement piece is the way to go today.

What are your upcoming projects?

We are also working on our new kids line for the upcoming festive season. It has lots of comfortable and affordable options in Indian occasion wear for boys and girls and we are also working on our line of separates like tunics and pants called ‘PS’.

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