New Delhi: There was a time when dupatta was a must. Then came an era when it got a makeover and was used as scarf, stole or a veil. Now, dupattas are being replaced by layering by prominent designers.
Designer duo Shantanu and Nikhil Mehra say they focus on trying new patterns, cuts and layering.
"Dupattas are on a way out from the closet as contemporary young women no longer want to carry such ensemble and irritate themselves by tying it around their neck during party or events," Nikhil said.
"Anarkalis in new shapes, structures and patterns are the new entrants in style file. Short and floor length jackets with anarkali underneath are also a big trend. Lot of layering is happening nowadays," he added.
The designers, known to fuse east and west in their creations, showcased a collection titled - To Die For - at the opening day of India Bridal Fashion Week, Tuesday.
Their Collection was an ode to the woman of today.
"`To Die For` is more like a metaphor that I used for my collection. Brides today are very clear and practical. They know what they want. My collection serves those brides. This collection focuses on the soft and beautiful bride, who embraces everything feminine and dotes on chic and contemporary fashion," said Shantanu.
Their show started with models sashaying down on the ramp in soft pristine white ensembles like gowns, lehengas, mermaid dresses, anarkalis in dull gold floral embroidery work especially at the hems and borders.
Some of the pieces that grabbed the attention were the peplum tops over long skirts like lehengas in earthy colours.
The highlight of the ensemble was extensive use of soft flowy fabrics in earthy colours.
Shantanu-Nikhil feels that it`s essential to keep in mind the wearability factor even for important occasion like wedding or festivals and this is the reason why they always opt for "minimalist" designs.
"Shanatnu and Nikhil clothes are for a person who is practical, comfortable and clear about what he or she wants. Minimalism is very strong aspect of our designs. The reference of India as a vintage feel, which is made contemporary, is something that we love to do," said Nikhil.
The duo kept enough options for both men and women.
For men, sherwanis with soft but intricate gold work, dhoti pants teamed with sherwanis, deep red toga (short kurta teamed with similar colour fitted pajamis) were showcased.
Miss Canada, Sehar Biniaz, closed the show for the designer duo. Dressed in floor length evening gown in soft blush pink colour, which had an extensive use of French Chantilly lace in nude colour, she made an impressive style statement.