A full-fledged wedding ceremonial show was what Abu Jani – Sandeep Khosla’s Shaadi by Marriott about, says Mansi Bhansali
The revivalist designer duo of Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, introduced a new colour to the bridal palette — white. The models sashayed down the ramp exploring the dynamic possibilities of intricate white creations demonstrating their use in the bridal party.
An interactive show, Shaadi by Marriott, showcased the wonders of nature which was combined with the elegance of Paris. The collection features a range of fabrics from silk to georgette. The five-part fashion sequence showcased each of the functions related to a wedding — beginning with Haldi.
With classical music playing in the background, the models walked in wearing dresses made of satin, stiff net and organza on which 3D bougainvillaea flowers were stuck. “We have created an eclectic international couture. Mehandi is my favourite as it is colourful and fun. We have kept our focus on zardozi and resham.Mehandi is always followed bysangeet which has pastel colours and jewellery with diamonds and stones. We also have the small ceremony of Kalire where the family offers golden bangles to the bride. Ones this is done we ultimately have Shaadi,” said Khosla.
Talking about the concept Abu Jani said, “Our shared mission has been to create the ultimate wedding experience and to set a new standard of excellence, customisation and celebration. We hope that together we have brought the fantasy wedding alive.”
The sangeet had a mash-up of Bollywood dance numbers while the ramp was set alight by classic ghagra sets, flared shararas and layered sherwanis for boys. Colour is quintessential to any wedding, Khosla said, “We have introduced various concepts of pastel colours which are not usually used with dark colours. Abu and I hate maroon. We do not prefer colours like navy blue as the bridal colour. As a bride, one should wear a colour which lifts her face and not goes shallow. While during the build up, the brides wore more of red, orange and pink, for the finale we ended with our favorite colour, white. There is nothing that we do which doesn’t have white. White has become a synonym for the two of us.”
The silhouettes embraced the entire spectrum from Indian to western, short to slinky to voluminous extravagance. They have used a variety of fabrics and embroideries. “We only use pure fabrics and hand embroidery. There is no computer machines embroidery. Even the machine which we have used is foot hand machine; especially used to design men’s clothes and not for women. It took more than six months to design the same,” Khosla shared.
To up the entertainment quotient of the collection, the duo got 20 dance performers who interpreted these ceremonies. And when Delhi’s famous Jea band came on the stage, a roar went up across the audience and people were soon on their feet — dancing to their beats.
Sonam Kapoor was the show stopper, who wore the Burano bridal lehenga, inspired by the majestic Venice. She wore the most embellished piece of the collection. “I feel privileged to be associated with Abu and Sandeep once again. This wedding white will be the new red for the brides,” she said.
Khosla believes that brides want their lehengas to be classy and light and their brand is known for creating classics. “Jaya Bachan was the first lady who walked into our store which we opened in Matahari. We met her through a common friend and he loved what we did. We were like-minded people at a certain level. And it’s such an honour to be associated with the Bachchan family,” commented Khosla
The cocktail had celebrities like Jaya Bachan, Sarah Ali Khan, Shweta Nanda and Amrita Singh.