Having launched her label, Élan, nine years ago, the thoroughly diverse Pakistani designer, Khadija Shah, stands as one of the most popular young designers in the country today. With intricate embellishments, and a great eye for detail, Khadija’s couture and bridal creations are the most sought-after outfits for women looking for beautiful silhouettes, feminine hues and delicate embroideries and motifs. This year, Khadija maps out what works for Mehndi-wear and what doesn’t – from cuts to colours and accessories!
What’s your latest bridal collection about?
Le Bijou is a bejeweled couture collection which showcases dramatic ensembles elaborately draped in shades of silver, gold, ivory, lavender, and dove grey. The line is artistically conceived and adorned with gem-encrusted embellishments.
What’s the latest trend in Mehndi-wear?
Lehanga cholis are the latest trend in Mehndi bridals. Belting the dupatta and experimenting with the hemline and drapery of the lehanga adds further oomph to this traditional look.
What cut should a bride opt for?
What works is the cut that suits your body. Every new trend may not work across the board and brides should be careful while ordering. Having said that, lehanga cholis look great for Mehndis and are a fun alternative to longer shirts paired with ghararars and lehangas.
How should she best accessorize her Mehndi outfit? What type of jewelry should the bride be wearing?
I love traditional jewelry on a Mehndi bride. Tikkas, ballas and jhoomars look beautiful and if they are crafted in flowers, all the better. Khussas or kula puris are the footwear I’d recommend and a heavily embellished, traditional pouch in a bright, dazzling colour would complete the look!
What colours are in fashion right now for the Mehndi function?
Cyan pink and parrot green with hints of neon such as lime, orange and electric blue are my personal favourites this season. Mehndi brides should look festive and bright colours always exude an energetic, youthful vibe. Marsala is a hue I might experiment with this season.
What fabrics should a bride go for?
I love working with organza, tissue, velvet, net and our custom-printed silks. Embellishment on these fabrics really stands out and they have an inherent luxurious feel.
How should a bride make her look stand out?
A bride should always know what colours look best on her and what silhouettes flatter her body. Other than that, a natural face, rosy cheeks and maybe a lip tint along with a bright smile always does the trick, and, most importantly, an Élan bridal!
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