This is kind of in continuation to my last post where I had mentioned the Treasury of Trousseau that was held in DLF Emporio the week we were in Delhi. What is the Treasury of Trousseau? In simple words, it’s where you could find three super stylists who were at your disposal (by prior appointment of course) to help you with all trousseau related issues- not all the stress related, hive inducing , lets-just-elope issues that come with wedding planning – just the outfit part. Which, if you ask me, is a HUGE deal and if I had any one of these three stylists helping me out- I might have not greyed prematurely.
Aki Narula, Gautam Kalra and Niharika Khan were all at the DLF Emporio for 5 days and saw quite a few brides and grooms (and extended families) over those days- and helped them decide their various outfits for their weddings . It definitely helped that they had at their disposal outfits of some of the greatest designers’s in the country at Emporio.
Let me tell you some of the names of the designers who the stylists had access to- AM:PM, Abu Jani–Sandeep Khosla, Anju Modi, Ashima Leena, Ashish N Soni, Ensemble, Ganjam, Gaurav Gupta, Indian By Manish Arora, Janavi, Kotwara By Meera&Muzaffar Ali, Malini Ramani, Manav Gangwani, Monisha Jaisingh, Namarata Joshipura, Neeru Kumar, Ogaan, Peacock Bride By Falguni& Shane Peacock, Pashma, Raghavendra Rathore, Ravi Bajaj, Rina Dhaka, Rohit Bal, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Ranna Gill, Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna, Rose, Shantanu&Nikhil, Signature By Satya Paul, Suneet Varma, Surekha Jain, Tarun Tahiliani, Turquoise & Gold, Varun Bahl and more. If that didn’t make you wish you were there too, I don’t know what will.
Between their appointments that lasted any where from two hours to five hours (seriously hard work-all that walking, talking, and deciding!) -the stylists were kind enough to give us some time to answer our questions.
Our first conversation was with Aki Narula- he is an Indian fashion designer and costume designer and wardrobe stylist in Bollywood, who is most known for films like,Bunty Aur Babli , Jhoom Barabar Jhoom and Dostana . His brand label “AKI” was launched in 1996.(Thanks Wikipedia for the info!) It’s his first time styling wedding clothes which gives him a nice raw and fresh outlook.
We really enjoyed our conversation with Aki, he sums up his style and aesthetic sense (which we totally agreed with ) when he says, ‘Keep it honest, true to your personality,and keep it simple.’ Chic and sophisticated- that is the key!
Our questions to him were simple (hopefully not boring) and his answers were so sensible that it almost makes you wonder- if the answers are so clear, why don’t more people see it that way? Anyway, enough babbling- to our ‘interview’-
April & Kismet (A&K hereon-now)- If you could choose a colour aside from the typical red, pinks and oranges for a bride’s wedding outfit , what would it be?
Aki- I don’t really want to propagate any colours or trends because I feel it’s so personal bride to bride . The most important thing is for the bride to feel comfortable and beautiful internally . It’s not fair to say wear a canary yellow or a red because that’s whats in trend these days – a bride needs to choose colours that suits her. A true winner comes out when you choose a silhouette that suits your height and body type with a colour that works with your complexion.
A&K- What , according to you , are the essentials a bride should have in her trousseau?
Aki- A trousseau should consist of things that you are going to use within SIX months of your wedding. Don’t go with the idea that , ‘Maybe I will wear it when my husband’s sister gets married…’. Who knows what will change by then?
The trousseau should be all about yourself . Focus on your honeymoon- whether you are going to a hill station or a beach.It should be about everlasting memories and happiness you had while shopping for your trousseau.
A&K- What is the most common mistake an Indian bride makes?
Aki- When brides consider their outfits as jewellery and their jewellery as more jewellery! Don’t let yourself end up looking like a Christmas tree or an advertisement!
Focus on vintage pieces , minimise your jewellery and let your outfit speak for itself. Most importantly let your personality come through. People should leave saying, ‘ The bride looked gorgeous and she was wearing so & so designer’ instead of ,’The bride was wearing so & so and looked nice.’
A&K- Do you have any suggestions on how grooms can make their outfits more interesting?
Aki- Definitely don’t match your outfits to the brides! Don’t be overtly metrosexual-there is no need to wear a long chain of emeralds or a stole/scarf that just ends up looking like a rats tail!
Dress like our Father’s did- stick to off whites and beiges- bring back the man of the 60’s and 70’s. Stay far away from sky blue sherwanis and minimal embroidery on the collar or the cuff is as much embroidery as you need!
A&K- Our last question is whether you think the bride’s outfit match the decor? We are pretty certain what your answer is going to be but…..
Aki- Do you dress up matching the upholstery in your house?? ( ha! we pretty much LOVED this answer!)
We will end with some wise words from Aki- Keep it classic and keep it beautiful. Clothes are an emotional journey. Channelise your choices!
I hope you enjoyed our little chat with Aki as much as we did- there is some great advice out there- take it- the man knows what he is talking about. Simple, elegant, true to yourself and sensible. That’s what it should be about!
Next stylist… Gautam Kalra!