When we talk about Asian weddings, a vibrant scene, right out of a Bollywood movie, with lots of zest and music, pops up in our mind.
Unlike Western weddings and bridal wear, Asian weddings are known for their display of latest trends, heavy embellishments and lots of colours.
With many events making up a wedding, the bride, groom and the guests are required to keep a few outfits prepared.
Where Arabs and Western brides prefer white, Asian brides opt for different shades of reds and golds for their big day. Nowadays, at times, brides are also seen wearing white.
I asked Reshma Gangji from Libas and Farhat Khan from Ethnic to tell us a bit about the winter fashion and bridal trends with the Asian communities in view.
“Asian fashion is showing a blend of the traditional and the western styles. While traditional dresses are predominant in bridal wear, gowns are increasingly becoming a popular trend. Western silhouettes are enhanced with traditional embroideries.” Said Reshma, owner of Libas, a boutique with many branches all over India and Dubai.
Just a few months ago we saw women making fashion statements with tulip trousers, flappers and culottes. These soon became passé, and there emerged an entirely new winter trend of sharara and gharara pants that took over the fashion scene by storm.
“Gharara pants is a trend you just cannot ignore. From cotton to silk and net they are seen everywhere in all colours and styles” said Farhat Khan of Ethnic, An Abu Dhabi based Pakistani designer.
When it comes to bridal dresses, we see a plethora of heavy embellishments on silks and nets. However, many new materials have been introduced by designers, spoiling the brides for choice today.
When asked about winter bridal wear Reshma said, “The fabrics that are coming back into the spotlights are silk and lace for all traditional dressing. Lace is being used to add delicate touches of embroidery instead of net. Winter brides will be warm in silks.”
“The silhouettes trending are voluminous skirts with peekaboo cuts. Where décolletage is used, it is easy to have a lace wrap or shrug handy for the chilly minutes. Putting inserts of lace close to your best feature is a certain way to get it noticed.” She further elaborated.
According to Farhat Khan, “In bridal wear, the emphasis is on the cuts. My personal favourite fabrics are jamawar and velvet. Both the materials give a very regal look to the bride and are warm for winters.”
Asian weddings give the bride’s relatives and friends and an excuse to shop. With lots of events lasting almost a week, sometimes even more, it’s important to stock up on a few wardrobe essentials, like shrugs and wraps, specifically for winter weddings.
On looking trendy yet weather appropriate in winters, Farhat Khan replied, “Even though winters bring out warm colours, pastels are in trend this year. Formal wear can be enhanced with contrast shawls. Dark or bright jamawar and velvet shawls can add glamour and bring out the pastel outfit.”
THE RED CARPET
Designing for Bollywood celebrities, Libas has mastered the red carpet and evening wear look, “The same rules apply to brides and the red carpet. Except that perhaps the red carpet allows you to be more adventurous. Layers of silk, voluminous skirts, thigh high slits and deep necklines, à la JLo, that’s the stuff couture dresses are made of this season,” Explained Reshma.
“Keeping warm would mean a shrug or throw with some silk. Go for a high slit instead of the deep neckline if you would rather have your arms free. The slit can be used for effect while in reality keeping less skin exposed to the cold.” Reshma detailed.
Libas has been around for two decades now specialising in couture and bridal trousseaus. It has Riyaz and Reshma Gangji on board heading the designs. Libas makes contemporary and traditional outfits for men and women. It has seven stores India and one in Dubai. The couture lines are available at all stores and can also be viewed online on their website.
Ethnic was started in 2010 by Farhat Khan in Abu Dhabi. In a short span of time, the brand, gained widespread recognition. Ethnic focuses not only on designs but the finishing as well. With no compromise on fabric quality, Ethnic, due to popular demand has recently launched their Arabic and western wear collection.