Weddings in India is not just some random occasion, instead, it is a unique season of love and celebration. Other than the rich rituals, the ornaments and the lavish ensembles remain one of the most significant topics of discussion. The brides-to-be spend months if not years in deciding their looks for the most important days of her life. Then why allow it to be anything less than regal? Since we know you are already hunting for those perfects elements that can give life to your vision, we are here with details of Manish Malhotra’s latest bridal collection, Ruhaaniyat.
The gorgeous Janhvi Kapoor turned the show stopper for the breath-taking bridal wear collection. She looked nothing less than a dream in the traditional couture by the ace designer. He took almost a year and a half to complete his unique collection, which has been put together after taking cultural inspiration from Awadh and Punjab. Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) on its official IG page described Ruhaaniyat as “a tribute to our diverse heritage and soulful artistry of the Indian craftsmen. The Nazakat of Awadh and the vibrance of Punjab.” This was FDCI's first-ever digital India Couture Week, which aired at 9:30 PM IST on FDCI’s official social media handles.
Ruhaaniyat has been garnering much appreciation for exuding whole unique vibes for the upcoming wedding season. The fabric, heavy jewellery, glossy makeup and everything about the mesmerising bridal collection is making us want more! If you’re feeling the same, tag along with us on this ‘ruhaani’ journey to explore some of the biggest bridal fashion trends of the year!
Captivating Bridal Lehenga-Choli
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A bridal lehenga should be three things, gorgeous, comfortable and most importantly unique in its own way. While some brides like to get a customised garment, others try to look distinct by playing with colours, designs or the fabric. Manish Malhotra’s collection is unique is every possible way. The hues, the rich zardozi work and the design is striking a balance between contemporary and traditional bridal joda.
Janhvi Kapoor’s Showstopper Lehenga
The actress can be seen looking fascinating in a pistachio bridal lehenga. The choli of the joda has a dipped neckline with intricate gold zari work. The sequins and the beads on it is making her dazzle in the most amazing way. She carried a sheer matching dupatta with glittering borders. The heavy work on all three pieces has been crafted carefully on a very fine net fabric called Tulle. Long trails are mostly seen in western bridal gowns, but the noted designer broke all the stereotypes and made his showstopper dress far more magnificent with an elongated trail, which we absolutely love!
Shades & Embroidery
In India, bridal wears are generally bold and bright. Anything less is taken as too simple. However, after going through Manish Malhotra’s designs, we don’t feel the same anymore. He used a series of neutral pastel shades, such as, baby pink, mauve, baby blue, light mint, peach, periwinkle, and lavender, etc, that seems to be allowing the brides to sparkle along with the attire. And this is something brides should look for, an outfit that does not overpower her, but compliments her.
Be it sharara, lehenga or an Anarkali suit, the designer used various types of gotta patti to enhance the beauty of each piece. Most of them are embroidered using resham threads. Some of our favourite gota patti includes seekhi gota, mothda gota, bakhandi gota, etc. They are generally made using a silver and gold ribbon.
Heirloom Pieces Of Jewellery
The ornaments seemed far more captivating than the couture. Manish Malhotra designed all the pieces by bringing in elements from various cultures of India. You can see the touch of rich Rajputana work, and there is also the charm of jadau kundan sets from royal courts of Gujrat.
Janhvi Kapoor can be seen decked in heavy necklaces. She tried creating a multi-layered look, which seems to be complimenting her small frame. Generally, brides are suggested to go with just a long chain or a choker neckpiece, but due to her V-neck neckline, she created an extra room for her chunky jewellery pieces. Janhvi’s choker necklace is kundan set, made with polkis and other precious emerald stones embedded on the pendants. Her other layered chains have fine minakri work with diamond, pearl and gold studs. Pearls and kundan were something that was used back in times, however, the traditional trend seems to be making a comeback with a royal touch!
We also fell in love with a few other ornaments that were sported by other models. Instead of going with different pieces, these look uniform and a little bit more subtle. Ideal for girls who like to go with a minimalistic look. For these raani haars the designer went with traditional bridal colours, such as red and maroon. The minakari work on these is also admirable, something that one can wear on her wedding day or at other pre-wedding functions.
Janhvi Kapoor’s maang tikka is shining brighter than any other element in her entire look. The borla is the highlight of the whole piece, which seems to be inspired by heavy Punjabi tikkas. On the other hand, the paati that is crossing from her head is something that is mainly worn by Rajasthani brides. We love the hint of sapphire blue in it in the borla, along with pearl beading.
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that these earrings are marvellous on its own. You hardly need anything else to stand out along with it! Attached to the matha patti, the chandelier styled earrings are something we say is a must-have for your wedding day. This again seems to have a touch of Rajasthan, with a slight impact of Mughal jhumar or passa pieces.
Kadas & Haath Phool
Traditionally brides in India don simple red choda, since it has cultural relevance. But if you feel like breaking the monotony and going with something jadau, take cues from Janhvi. She donned the most precious looking beaded kadas, along with haath phool. The haath phool has matching work as her maatha paati and necklace.
Janhvi Kapoor's Inspired Bridal Makeup
Makeup is significant to make all the other elements speak for you. Anything less than wow may end up ruining things for you. And we don’t want that happening under any circumstances. Janhvi always puts her best foot forward when it comes to makeup. She is often has been seen sharing gharelu nuskhas and makeup tips on her IG page. It’s time that we take some bridal makeup inspiration from the star!
First things first, your brows need to be well-defined. Repeat after me, do not compromise on your brows. Just like the actress, you need not go angular, let it be natural, but the key is to fill it well. Coming to the eyes, Janhvi opted to keep the hues on the eyelids neutral, whereas, the waterline and lash line extremely sharp. While she has used cedar brown shade on her eyes, you need not shy away from experimenting with the colours. For your eyelashes, just go overboard with mascara. After all, there is no such thing like too much mascara!
Glow is something which can be regarded as vital when it comes to the bridal look. Along with her nude makeup, she kept the base dewy to allow her skin to reflect that natural shine. If your skin looks healthy, everything else will complement each other on its own. Use moisturiser and light foundation with yellow undertone on your wedding day to achieve this look. If you don’t want to use too many highlighting products, go with light-reflecting moisturiser. These are light and suits almost all skin types.
Highlight & Conture
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Defining the high points of your face is extremely significant. It will allow your features to look great in pictures. The most important parts are your cheekbones, bridge of the nose and brow bone. Use a bronzer to highlight all these areas in the best possible way you could.
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