Bridal couture has a new address
“The brides love coming here and trying out everything, they’re literally here from morning to evening!” says Karishma Swali, one half of the designer duo behind Monica and Karishma Couture, who will be opening their flagship studio on December 18, 2014.
The designers started out with their brand of ethnic wear, Jade which further branched out to Jade Inana (festive cocktail wear), and now Monica and Karishma Couture, which focuses on bespoke bridal ensembles.
The new studio is located in one of Lower Parel’s impressive high-rise towers—the Peninsula Business Park. It’s hard to miss the sharp contrast between the modern floor-to-ceiling glass walls and the restored columns and antiques in the studio. The juxtaposition speaks for the label’s current standing in the urban index. The label may have featured on India’s fashion radar only recently, but it sure is pulling out all guns to catch up with the country’s more established couture labels.
In addition to the painstakingly-detailed lehengas, the label also has its own line of silverware, Italian-made shoes and luggage to offer customers, making it a useful stop for gift shopping. “We make sure our finishing is impeccable. We only want to create craft that can be passed down to generations,” says Swali.
The overriding theme of the current collection is Temples of India—a concept they have been working with over the last few seasons. “The Hoysala temples, which are the focus of this collection, took over 600 years to be completed. There is so much detailing in the architecture to be inspired from. We want to research on other temples for future collections,” Swali reveals.