Having been a part of the Indian fashion industry for over two decades, Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla are a household name. Best known for their incomparable chikankari work, and the reinvention of stunning ethnic embroideries, the designers have focused on not only preserving and restoring heritage, but also creating an appreciation and love for it in the world of contemporary fashion.
Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla have stayed true to their art and their roots, and perhaps this is what has made them one of the most respected and eminent couture houses in India.
What’s your latest bridal collection about?
Our core design philosophy is centred on creating classics that will always remain current and are therefore, timeless. The focus is always on the finest and it is our mission and endeavour to always raise the bar. Not merely for the industry, but more importantly, for our own creativity. Constant reinvention. More detail, finer embroideries, fabulous fabrics and textiles. We love breaking rules - whether it’s silhouettes from voluminous panelled outfits and lehengas, and employing unusual fabrics like khadi, to making whites and beiges bridal colours and chikankari wedding wear.
The latest collection carries forth our sensibilities and our philosophy, our love for embroideries from chikan and zardozi to gota and crystals, and above all, our passion for layering and detail.
What’s the latest trend for bridal wear?
The latest trend is to ditch trends and to focus on eternal style. We don't believe in transient fashion, but in style that is and will always be in vogue. It’s about breaking the shackles of what's in or out and wearing something fabulous that embodies ‘you,’ mind, body and soul. Style isn't about following the rules. It’s about writing and living by your own.
What cut should a bride opt for on her big day?
Once again there is no single universal answer. The choice of ensemble depends on which silhouette serves you best and flatters your shape and style. It could be a sari or a lehenga or a floor length anarkali. Even in lehengas and saris and anarkalis there are so many different cuts and drapes to choose from. It’s about choosing right for you, and the occasion.
How should she best accessorise her outfit? What type of jewellery should the bride be wearing?
Fabulous jewels, great hair and make-up, divine footwear and ATTITUDE. Work it like the goddess you are. There are no shoulds. The wonderful thing about an Indian wedding are the multiple events, which allows one to choose from an entire spectrum of beauty. We love antique jadau, polki as well as art deco and contemporary diamonds. Make sure your outfit complements your jewellery. Neither the outfit nor the jewellery should overwhelm or compete with each other. They should come together and create the perfect union.
What colours are in fashion right now for bridal wear?
The perennial reds, fuchsias and oranges always work. We love coral this year, and whites, creams and beiges every year.
What fabrics should a bride go for?
The choice of fabric depends on the season, the location and mood of the ceremony/event and the ensemble's silhouette and embroidery. Khadi, georgette, cotton, and silk - there are a whole host of fabrics. It’s about choosing the perfect one for your big day.
How should a bride make her look stand out?
Never forget that you are the star. Confidence, joy, personality…let those shine. A fabulous outfit accessorised with exquisite jewellery and custom footwear go a long way but at the end of the day, it is you who will carry them to perfection. There's nothing as beautiful as the bride. Know it. Own it.
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