“Passage To India”: Collection designed by brother’s duo of the fashion world, Shantanu And Nikhil

Invoking the rich culture of the country, Shantanu & Nikhil’s Fall/Winter 2018 Bridal Collection aims to take us on a “Passage to India”. That’s what the show notes say. Looking at the runway, that is certainly true: timeless, graceful and dramatic silhouettes in emerald green, ruby red, ivory, antique gold and dusky rose to hark back to an age of famous gemstones and majestic grandeur that is the county’s proud heritage. Looking a little closer, though, a sophisticated modern edge insinuates itself in subtle yet exquisite ways. Diva Dia Mirza was the show-stopper for their show.

It is a brand for strong men & women who represent a mentality of fighting for what they believe in, a sentiment which is relevant to both India and the world. As the brand owners both the designers believe in nostalgically re-inventing Indian history through the art of the cloth by constantly breaking the myriad stereotypical notions of tradition & fashion and instead of breeding a new minimalistic culture of refined and progressive design depicting gender equality and cross-cultural expression.

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After following our #IndiaStory emphatically the S&N Passage To India ushers you to an exclusive celebration of the values of Indian weddings! In association with @jwmarriottpune Shantanu & Nikhil commemorate #ShaadiByMarriott through our Ceremonial Couture presentation with a refreshed and renewed outlook on Indian Occasion wear . Watch the unveiling of Shantanu & Nikhil Anti-trend Cocktail Bridal and Grooms wear Couture Collection with our eclectic resonances! . . . #SNXJWMarriott #ShantanuNikhilXJWMarriott #SNForShaadiByMarriott #SNInPune #CeremonialCouture #JWMarriottPune #ShaadiByMarriott #JWPuneXShantanu&Nikhil #OccassionsAtJWPune #Couture2018 #OccasionWear #SNCouture #PassageToIndia #SNBride #SNGroom #AntiTrendCocktailBride #AntiTrendCocktailGroom #CocktailEnsemble #SNBride #SNGroom #SNWorld #Couturier #ShantanuNikhil

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After following our #IndiaStory emphatically the S&N Passage To India ushers you to an exclusive celebration of the values of Indian weddings! In association with @jwmarriottpune Shantanu & Nikhil commemorate #ShaadiByMarriott through our Ceremonial Couture presentation with a refreshed and renewed outlook on Indian Occasion wear . Watch the unveiling of Shantanu & Nikhil Anti-trend Cocktail Bridal and Grooms wear Couture Collection with our eclectic resonances! . . . #SNXJWMarriott #ShantanuNikhilXJWMarriott #SNForShaadiByMarriott #SNInPune #CeremonialCouture #JWMarriottPune #ShaadiByMarriott #JWPuneXShantanu&Nikhil #OccassionsAtJWPune #Couture2018 #OccasionWear #SNCouture #PassageToIndia #SNBride #SNGroom #AntiTrendCocktailBride #AntiTrendCocktailGroom #CocktailEnsemble #SNBride #SNGroom #SNWorld #Couturier #ShantanuNikhil

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After following our #IndiaStory emphatically the S&N Passage To India ushers you to an exclusive celebration of the values of Indian weddings! In association with @jwmarriottpune Shantanu & Nikhil commemorate #ShaadiByMarriott through our Ceremonial Couture presentation with a refreshed and renewed outlook on Indian Occasion wear . Watch the unveiling of Shantanu & Nikhil Anti-trend Cocktail Bridal and Grooms wear Couture Collection with our eclectic resonances! . . . #SNXJWMarriott #ShantanuNikhilXJWMarriott #SNForShaadiByMarriott #SNInPune #CeremonialCouture #JWMarriottPune #ShaadiByMarriott #JWPuneXShantanu&Nikhil #OccassionsAtJWPune #Couture2018 #OccasionWear #SNCouture #PassageToIndia #SNBride #SNGroom #AntiTrendCocktailBride #AntiTrendCocktailGroom #CocktailEnsemble #SNBride #SNGroom #SNWorld #Couturier #ShantanuNikhil

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Among the beautiful cutting, drapery and pleating, the talented duo has scattered, encrusted and dotted Swarovski crystals in a variety of contemporary cuts. Among them the iconic Edelweiss crystal and the punky Spike bead. The effect is one of striking beauty: a deep hymn to a great culture, one rich in art and textiles, but with a resonant high note that looks towards an exciting future.

Dia Mirza walked down the ramp for the designer duo. The actress surprised us again with the versatility that she has when it comes to the ramp shows. Dia brought alive the spirit of the collection. She walked down the ramp with a lot of defiances but that was subtly contrasted by a feminine charm. She wore a dark green number- the colour in itself was a departure from the stereotypical reds and pinks. Dia’s gown featured an intricately embellished corset bodice but that took a flared and layered turn. Her skirt mirrored the sea waves and formed a ruffled pattern. The designers also added a flared shrug detail to the outfit. It was definitely a royal addition with a bow-like collar and distinctively pleated angel sleeves.
There needs to be a balance between couture, occasion wear and casual pieces. Invest in silhouettes like draped saris, kurtas with structured jackets and minimalistic cocktail gowns so you have ensembles for a wide range of events. Replace bright colours with richer, sophisticated hues.
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