NEW DELHI

Wedding ensembles at one place

THE SHOW IS BACK: Designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee's collection to be displayed at Bridal Asia 2005 to be held from October 8.

THE SHOW IS BACK: Designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee's collection to be displayed at Bridal Asia 2005 to be held from October 8.  

Bridal Asia 2005 will be showcasing apparels, accessories, jewellery designers and florists

Lakshmi B. Ghosh

NEW DELHI: The season of nuptial ties is here. And with it, the country's best wedding planners too. And while not everyone may want to make use of paid services to ensure that D-Day passes off without hiccups, for those wanting to make it perfect, this could perhaps be the best place to begin.

A three-day event that will help bride-to-be find that dream wedding attire, this is where the search for the right look ends for most women. Continuing a six-year-old tradition, Bridal Asia 2005 will be back with a three-day event showcasing everything from apparels and accessories to jewellery designers and florists.

To be held at Hotel Taj Palace, "Bridal Asia 2005" will have 85 participants showing off the best of wedding ensembles from leading names like Satya Paul, Mandira Wirk, Rina Dhaka, Kiran Uttam Ghosh, Rocky S and Sabyasachi Mukherjee. Presenting their collection for the first time at the event will be Pakistani designers such as Nilofer Shahid, Soniya Battla, Hina Waquar, Saadia Mirza and Zara Shahjahan and Aneela Haque from Bangladesh.

Right from attire to jewellery and accessories such as bags, the exhibition will also have flowers, table sittings and even watches and chocolates. But then, much before the event takes off on October 8, three fashion shows will be held on October 4, 5 and 6 to unveil the bridal look for the year.

From Swarovsky crystals in plush velvets to silks, metallic nets, lycra and crinkled crepes, there will be much on offer. One of the hottest designers on the Indian fashion block today, for Kolkata boy Sabyasachi Mukherjee, the look is once again the best of fusion, with the traditional look being his main focus.

"The brides of today are no longer coy; rather they are not afraid to speak in front of their parents, for that matter even their in-laws. I like to push my creations through the rigid historical boundaries and still be within the parameters of fashion. My culture means a lot to me, especially if I am designing bridal attire," says the designer.

Launching her new couture line at Bridal Asia 2005 will be Kiran Uttam Ghosh, who will be presenting a luxurious and sensuous collection this year.

Having specialised in bridal trousseau and occasion wear, designer Shantanu Goenka will present a Moroccan line with a colour palette of ivory, black and red embellished in silk threads and metallic shimmer.

Among the first few designers to make a mark in the Indian designing segment nearly two decades ago, Monapali will present "multifarious embellishment techniques" in ceramics, cord, terracota, mouli, ropes, wood and also Japanese stitch dye techniques like shibori.

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