Bridal trends don’t have the propensity to change significantly and designers tend to remain true to their traditional aesthetics. Experimenting repeatedly with fabrics and embellishments, the Telenor Bridal Couture Week (TBCW) doesn’t usually encompass the penchant to exhibit relevant collections but the platform is striving to transform into a notable entity. This year, they maximised their game with a relatively mellow ramp and some fascinating collections. Talking to Umar Sayeed, Tena Durrani, Faraz Manan, and Ali Xeeshan, The Express Tribune dug deeper into their collections and thoughts on upcoming trends in bridals/luxury prêt.
“Unconventional fabrication will replace heavy embellished surfaces this season and customised ethnic prints are the new embroidery,” says Ali Xeeshan. Guiding further, he adds, “Use solid coloured fabrics to balance your look for weddings and select between chunky earrings or statement necklaces. Wearing them both together can kill the elegant charm.” This new-school fashion icon brought back the old-style charm with his Mughal-e-Azam inspired collection.
“People tend to play safe when it comes to bridals,” comments Faraz Manan, “but I feel that when it comes to making your trousseau, one should get a little experimental.” The designer’s aesthetic and craftsmanship has improved tenfold since last year, swiftly making him one of most sought after designers in the country. “I love to travel and I feel that exposure to international fashion and experiences enhance your design aesthetic. I am a big proponent of separates,” he continues, “my collection at TBCW was more ready to wear with a lot of separates that people could come and pick up and pair with many different things. I love solid colours because they are timeless and can be paired with different hues to create a new look. Chaddars and embellished pants with sheer fabrics is what I foresee in the future, but now is the time to invest in separates.”
Tena Durrani, another prominent designer shares, “I have always believed in a progressive classic look.” She adds, “Our brides are of all shapes and sizes and it is important to design a classic silhouette. If a bride falls in love with a particular outfit or look, it is very hard to change her mind and make her realise that the silhouette is not suitable for her dimension. I think this season is also about separates.” The designer feels it is essential that the bride be practical about her look. “We offer jackets paired with cholis and a double chaddar so that after the wedding day, the outfit can be worn in many different manners and it’s important the attire elements retain their beauty separately as well.”
Umar Sayeed this year brought an interweave to his design aesthetics by showacsing a revamped collection that remained true to his signature style. “I feel this year if you are attending a lot of weddings, jackets and chaddars are essential,” remarks Sayeed. “One must play around with colours but it is crucial to find a balance between them. Embellished pants are the way to go, from capris to palazzos — you can pair them up with a heavily embellished top for a grand look and a simpler top to create a more understated ensemble,” advises the designer.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 26th, 2014.