If you have appreciated the subtle elegance of Sridevi in ‘Chandni’ and ‘Lamhe’, been in awe of the majestic look of Aishwarya as ‘Paro’ in ‘Devdas’ or ‘Jodha’ in ‘Jodha Akbar’ and secretly wished your wedding trousseau could be as grand and elegant as those of the silver screen divas, then its time to make your wish come true. The lady responsible for the look of many national and international celebrities, enhancing both their on screen and off screen glamour quotient is acclaimed fashion designer Neeta Lulla.

National award winner and an authority on bridal trousseau, Neeta shares her views with BigIndianwedding.com about the current bridal fashion, her inspirations, and her style of work. She believes the glamour quotient of the Bollywood brides was and will always be appealing to Indian brides. In her creations Ms. Lulla translates this glamour into their trousseau by means of different drapes, silhouettes and more sophisticated and elegant designs which are inspired by the movies, provided the bride herself has requested for such a look. She says, “As a designer, I create outfits for today’s Indian bride who is fashion forward, opinionated, someone who is inspired by the west but still very Indian at heart.”

Excerpts from her interview with bigindianwedding.com:

Q. What are the new range of colours and styles that the neo bride is ready to experiment with? How would that reflect on the ever popular tones of red favoured by the Indian bride?

A. I think brides are more willing to experiment with their look now. They are more willing to experiment with the silhouettes, adorning well thought out outfits with elegant embroidery and trendy designs. The neo bride is ready to incorporate soft pastel shades of pink, peach, lime green & sky blue with jewel tones like aqua blue, orchid, teal & emerald green in her wedding trousseau. She would also prefer to go in for different and subdued shades of red instead of the jarring red that was popular previously.

Q. How would you define the Neeta Lulla bridal collection?

A. The Neeta Lulla bridal collection is grand and royal. This exquisite collection of sarees, lehengas and churidar kurtas is inspired by the ‘nawabi look’ that is very trendy this bridal season. This bridal collection is magnanimous in terms of the embroidery, embellishments, silhouettes, fabrics and colours used.

Q. What are the various elements that influence your creations for the bride?

A. According to me, there are 3 very important aspects to be kept in mind when creating a bridal trousseau. Firstly, I take into account the bride’s complexion, height, body structure, etc and try to create an outfit that would best suit her body and skin. The key is to highlight her best features. Secondly, it is also very important to consider the jewellery the bride intends to wear with the outfit so that the entire look is well coordinated. And lastly, it is essential to keep in mind what the bride herself wants from the trousseau and this makes it a collective effort.

Q. Which materials/fabrics/colours/styles are ‘in’ and form an essential part of your wedding collection?

A. In terms of fabrics – soft flowing fabrics such as georgette and chiffon, nets as well as brocades are very trendy this season. Laces, especially Chantilly lace, too are going to be a big trend the coming festive/wedding season.

Styles – in silhouettes, stitched sarees are very chic, especially for destination wedding. In terms of styles and designs details on the back of blouses look beautiful and stylish. Embroidery, resham work, kundan work fusion of Indian and western styles and silhouettes, Swarovski stone work, zardozi, cutdana, cut work are ever green in bridal trousseau.

Colours – soft pastel shades of red, pink, peach, lime green & sky blue with jewel tones like aqua blue, orchid, teal & emerald green are very ‘in’ this bridal season.

Q. What is your approach to designing a bridal trousseau?

A. While designing a bridal trousseau I make sure that, at the end of the day, the bride is well equipped with the right kind of outfits – sarees, churidar kurtas, and dresses that she can wear at different occasions, be it a family function or a party. The main factor to be considered here is requirement of the bride. I take into account, what she will be more comfortable in, as well as her skin and body type while designing her trousseau. I try and ensure that the outfits can be worn more than just once thereby increasing their repeat value.