Spot the trend: Sari-gown
As Indian couturiers attempted to update traditional bridal wear at the recently-concluded PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2013 and India Bridal Fashion Week, the sari-gown emerged as the most exemplary silhouette.
A paradoxical mix of fluidity and construction, the new silhouette combines the six-yard staple’s classic structure with the practicality of the zipped-up gown. The result? Light-weight saris that won’t come undone when you hit the sangeet dance-floor.
Monisha Jaising embraced the modernity of the style with zero restraint, choosing neon colours and crystal embellishment on the neckline to emphasize her point. Gaurav Gupta’s offerings bordered on the risqué, offering up tantalising peeks of skin between lace and net, while Falguni & Shane Peacock’s version appeared in full bloom.
Masaba Gupta, also a follower of the bold approach to modern bridal wear, replaced the sari blouse with a deconstructed tuxedo jacket.
Varun Bahl and Anamika Khanna took a more conservative, cautious approach to the sari gown.
Bahl transformed the sari-gown into a lace body suit with a pleated skirt and attached pallu. Three-quarter sleeves and a monochromatic colour palette illustrated the silhouette’s timeless appeal.
Tarun Tahiliani, a major proponent of the style for the past few seasons, chose corset cholis to maintain the structure of the bodice.
As for Khanna, the organic nature of the designer’s aesthetic was most apparent in a diaphanous white sari-gown, dramatised by the addition of a royal purple cape.