Dreaming of a fairytale bride look? Get it right with Shyamal & Bhumika’s latest collection ‘Muse of Mirrors’!
Ace designer duo Shyamal & Bhumika launched their ‘Muse of Mirrors’ collection recently with Bollywood star ‘Kiara Advani’ as their showstopper at the India Couture Week ramps. And this time again, Shyamal & Bhumika’s latest collection is going to leave you mesmerized!
Shyamal & Bhumika’s latest collection at The India Couture Week!
Shyamal & Bhumika’s latest collection celebrates their princess muse, using tiers of eco-friendly matka silks, raw silks, fine crepes, and georgettes; with diaphanous tulle and organza to dress her for flamboyant operas and picturesque weddings.
Fragile embroidery in age-old techniques of aari, zardozi and pitta entwine into elaborate drapes and structured sleeves with tumbling vines, floating bouquet, delicate petals and vintage crests adding fragility to eccentric Versallian costumes.
Vintage rose gold zari threads and silk threads are intricately embroidered into exaggerated floral and scalloped hems, over layered with sequins, giving a painterly effect and softness to the romance-inspired collection that makes costume couture relevant to their young muse.
The Colors to Look at…
A mélange of unique vintage colors of English rose pink, ochre, moon grey, dusty mint, muted ivory, champagne complimented with vivid shades of midnight blue, emerald green and crimson reds create a sight to behold.
The Inspiration behind this Collection…
The collection is inspired by the regality and romance of ancient palaces, with their ornate archways, painted ceilings, silk upholstery and baroque carpets. Dreams fashioned by the royals; envisaged by Shyamal & Bhumika for their muse who loves to paint while exotic rubies dangle from her charmed wrist- a woman that embodies the complexities of contemporary Indian romanticism.
What’s Unique about this Bridal Collection?
Speaking about their collection, Shyamal & Bhumika said “This collection is very special to us, we have used some of the most elaborate techniques in couture. Our vision as designers has always been to take ‘India to the World’, using fashion as a medium to connect global audiences to the rich and glorious crafts and artisan techniques of India.”
Bollywood star Kiara Advani made her debut on couture runway as a muse for the designer duo. “This is my first ever appearance on the couture runway and I couldn’t have imagined anybody better than Shyamal & Bhumika to make this debut with!”
“Their designs truly capture the essence of Indian romanticism, like no other. I resonate with their utopian vision and the way their clothes embody the modern Indian woman” says Kiara.
The Shyamal Bhumika woman is someone who is full of complexities while being strong and in touch with her femininity. She confidently takes on life with a deep-rooted pride in her heritage and culture, seamlessly adapting to contemporary times.”
Shyamal & Bhumika’s Story!
Established in the year 2003, Shyamal Bhumika, today, is one of India’s leading fashion houses. Bhumika’s passion for textiles and fashion led her to study fashion design at the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT).
Globetrotting and powerful, feminine and sophisticated, immensely proud of their roots is how Shyamal and Bhumika describe their muse.
A loyal & growing client base in India & international markets stand as a testimony to their distinguished style, impeccable intricate detailing, an eye for perfection & methodical approach. Many celebrities like Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone, Esha Gupta, Jacqueline Fernandez, Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sonam Kapoor have been spotted in outfits from Shyamal and Bhumika.
And earlier this August, our favourite designer duo also showcased at the grand Vogue Wedding Show in Delhi. So we got talking to them, and here’s what they have to say to to-be brides & grooms!
Every Bride is wondering… What’s Shyamal & Bhumika’s latest collection all about?
Crafted for the adventurous, well-traveled yet firmly rooted modern bride and her sophisticated tastes, this year’s collection features vibrantly hued ensembles, gilded with ancient embroidery techniques of zardozi and pitta, sparkling with crystals and sequins.
Brides who dream of weddings in palettes of precious jewel tones as well as muted shades of blossoming flowers find their dream ensemble in this collection.
Dramatic contemporary silhouettes in flared lehengas and gowns with exquisite details, inspired by carpets, upholstery, carved wood, gilded frames and huge archways, in diaphanous fabrics have been made, keeping in mind a bride’s wedding trousseau, formal dinner parties or even the grand operas.
The colors of the season for brides?
This season is about an amazing mix of unusual vintage and jewel colours such as ink blues, midnight blue, mint, ochre, salmon, crimson, storm grey, black and even ivory and gold!
What prints or style of work to look out for?
At Shyamal & Bhumika, our intricate embroideries give a painterly effect. The look and feel of these embroideries is light and gives a shimmering printed look when worn.
What kind of outfits do you suggest for brides on their mehendi?
The mehendi is a joyous occasion. Playful colours, simple and comfortable silhouettes work best.
What’s the latest cocktail gown trend?
The floor length gown with a classic flared skirt is still a favorite among brides. Dramatic ruffled flares and asymmetric hems work magic and are in trend.
For a western look, a contoured gown with a fishtail trail is highly recommended.
The trending cuts and drapes for gowns?
Classic gowns with trails are trending this season. Corsets are also making a comeback to give gowns and lehengas a modern makeover.
What’s that one piece of accessory that a bride must have on her cocktail?
A clutch that compliments the outfit is an important accessory.
I have a pool party and I don’t know what to wear!
For a bride, we suggest easy-to-get-out-of and fun, light clothes like cowl gowns and jumpsuits in bright colours and bold prints.
Monotone embroidery with light shimmer will go with the party setting.
How should a bride’s Sangeet look differ from her Wedding day?
The Sangeet calls for an ensemble that will let the bride sparkle and twirl. We recommend an embellished lehenga with a belted dupatta or a gown with a voluminous flare.
She can then go traditional for her wedding and choose a fiery-red or emerald lehenga with gold embellishments.
Should a bride select a color palette for her outfits first or her wedding theme?
The colours and theme are complimenting elements and should be considered together. The colour of the outfit should suit the bride and groom and the setting and lighting plays an important factor for the overall look to be perfect.
What more does a bride need in terms of outfits if it’s a destination wedding?
A light lehenga with intricate embroidery in muted pastel tones works well for a destination wedding. Our signature painterly sequined embroidered ensembles, drawing inspiration from still life oil paintings, work very well in an outdoor setting; in the day time as well as in the evening.
The embroidery is done in an unique technique with multiple layers of sequins sewn in the traditional techniques of zardozi and aari.
What is that one silhouette that every bride must invest in this season?
Classic lehengas, sarees and flared gowns never go out of trend. We suggest investing in these while also looking for design details in ruffled or asymmetry to enhance the trousseau.
What is your take on destination weddings and how have you changed your collection to cater to destination weddings.
Destination weddings give brides a chance to explore their personality and diverse choices. They now choose clothes that have design details, embellishments and colors that go with the setting of the wedding.
The diversity of ideas that we get to work with is a welcome change. For convenience, since the brides are also looking for ensembles that are light in weight and easy to carry and maintain, we have developed design details blending the traditional handcraft techniques with modern aesthetics.
Online shopping – yay or nay?
Yay! Through online shopping Shyamal & Bhumika has been able to cater to brides all over the world. We are immensely proud of our impeccable and timely online shopping experience.
We have a dedicated team who gets onto video calls with our global brides, customizing their requirements and guiding them on measurements to achieve bespoke bridal ensembles. The Shyamal & Bhumika online experience has enabled many Indian brides to dress for their special day in clothes that epitomize their culture bringing them close to their roots.
What’s your take on Wedding Planning Websites & Bloggers?
Wedding planners and bloggers are added resources for brides and their families. Wedding planners take away the operational stress of organizing the wedding away from the family that helps them enjoy the special day and focus on relationships and making memories.
Current trends, innovative décor ideas, vendor recommendations and helpful tips are all accessible online through the bloggers.
One thing that’s here to stay?
Handcraft has been a part of our culture for thousands of years and we would like it to stay forever. We are working towards solidifying handcraft in India and are building a foundation to make our future generation aware of and preserve this priceless heritage.
Outfit suggestions for sister of the bride?
Pretty Sisters!The sister has to stand by the bride and help her with everything. We recommend hassle free drapes for her. She should choose an embellished lehenga that compliments the bride’s, something light and fun, and clinch the dupatta to the waist.
Alternately she can also opt for a gown with intricate embellishments.
What are your thoughts on Diet Sabya?
We believe it is an important platform to curb plagiarism in the industry!
How much of an influence do you think celebrities & bloggers have on today’s youth?
Celebrities play an important role as trendsetters for today’s youth. They create aspiration and act as role models too. Bloggers are a great source of information. They gather information from all walks of life and put them in one place that helps brides and their families with innovative ideas and best practices.
What would be that one piece of advice for upcoming designers?
Be original and let your roots and culture inspire you.
We are simply in awe of the pastel, shiny, glittery subdued love that oozes from Shyamal & Bhumika’s latest collection – isn’t that what makes your fairytale romantic bride look!
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