Bridal Asia just ended a 3 day whirlwind exhibition at Delhi recently and Rule number 84, section 2 of being a Delhi bride says “Thou Must attend every bridal exhibition you can find ” . Now i am no longer a Delhi Bride , but a sister in law of the Bride…but Rule #1 of being in the Bridal Shopping space says “Thou must attend every bridal exhibition you can find, and thou must not be tempted to purchase anything as everything is too expensive for being a sister of the bride”.

Here is what was going on at Bridal Asia 2013.

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As soon as you enter, this giant montague by Wedding Decor India Pvt Ltd will greet you. Crystals, Soft Pinks and Pastel Green in a pretty, pretty setting. This was most used for- brides to be telling fiances to click their photo against the flowers.

As soon as you enter the main area, Honey Waqar from Pakistan has taken the first two slots to show off her collection. If you are looking for layered, kind of pakistani silhouettes which are different than what we usually find in India , you will probably like Honey Waqar. Price Tag is VERY expensive , but she is one of the top Pakistani Designers so i guess the name comes with a tag !

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Then, as you navigate amongst all the hyper girls trying to reach the next stall, you will see Mandira Wirk, whose stall if full of gowns in Nude colors. If you are planning to go indo-western on your reception, and you like a bit of stone work you may fancy some of her stuff. The price tag was not cheap but it was not unaffordable either. Lots of lace, net, and detailing on top.

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Right next to Mandira Wirk are a designer duo i have been following for a while now in Delhi- Radhika and Rahul. I saw them at their very first exhibition years ago and really liked their work and they have grown since. Ofcourse the prices have increased as well, their anarkalis range from a starting of about 35K and go upto about 70K- but may make some nice Sangeet options as they do a lot of lovely colors. You may not think you have heard of them but a lot of their gorgeous work is available at Aza and leading stores around the country.

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The stall of the show for me was Anushree Reddy. I am a huge fan of her fun, girly, floral aesthetic and i absolutely love the sorbet colors!!!!!!! Only thing- she uses a lot of Net, which i am not a big fan of at all and thats what stopped me from buyign something. Her anarkalis are priced at 25000, and i think they are just super fun outfits for a friends sangeet or a mehendi function or anything girly and in the day!

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BHumika Grover was in attendance with her signature line of bright, anarkalis!

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Peppermint Diva had some light lehengas to showcase.

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Frontier Bazar was in attendance, but somehow i felt they didnt display their best pieces . The stock on display felt a bit dated and i have been to their store before (There is a new one opened as well), and a lot of their lehengas are totally gorgeous!

 

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PFDC Bouolevard was there too, and if you go to the PFDC store in Delhi you will be FLOORED by the gorgeous Pakistani Designer stuff. The prices there range from 1 lakh for a simple anarkali to 5 Lakhs for an elaborate outfit, but at Bridal Asia they had a lot more of their pret line showcased.

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Radhika Gupta’s cute little collection of accessories called Element 9 was on display!! I love the jewelled hairbands- so cute !!!bridal-asia-radhika-gupta-001

 

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One designer i look forward to seeing every year is Swati Ubroi from Jaipur, but this year she was a tad bit dissapointing for me. While usually she is big on Gota Patti and a whole lot of pink-orangey sort of colors..this year the aesthetic changed a bit and while it was still one of the more popular stalls at Bridal Asia 2013, it didnt appeal as much to me as it usually does !! I still do this you must check her out in Jaipur- she isnt cheap, (no one at Bridal Asia is) but her work is lovely!

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Psst: Sabyasachi, Varun Bahl and Vikram Phadnis were the big name designers at Bridal Asia but most of the stuff was what we have already seen at the recently concluded Couture Week and Fashion Week so i skipped those!

 

Key Trends & Favourite Pieces:

  • Neons and Brights are continuing their hot run on the Indian Ramp with everyone from Nikasha to Shimmer (Bangalore Based) to Anushree doing Neons!
  • Gota Patti is still pretty hot and a lot of pastels with gota patti were seen specially in Ndihi Tholia and Swati Ubroi stalls
  • The silhouette is fun and flowy- everything has a softer feel and flow to it and structured stiff garments are totally out !!
  • There is a definite focus on a little bit of glitz, sequins , pipe and zari were most commonly seen and in the past where the work has been really dull golds and very understated kind of bronze- this time around there was a definitely pick up in the tasteful shimmer bracket.
  • Embroidered headbands, potlis, belts with kundan work embroidery were everywhere!
  • Draped gowns, indo western outfits and just plain western gown were quite a popular option as well!

And thats a wrap folks!!!! Tommorow, you will learn about how i helped my makeup ignorant friend shop for her makeup trousseau-what she bought, how much we spent, and how we did everything in half an hour !! Must Read for makeup trousseau shopping!!!

PS: If you are an NRI and wondering how to get in touch with these designers and  order their outfits from India check out  www.bridesbypb.com

 

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