Monday, March 9, 2009

Couple of the Hour(s).

*Update Below* Here's a dekho at Amrita and new hubby Shakeel at their pre-shaadi sangeet, post-wedding bash and at their post-nikaah reception. The duo chose traditional Indian attire for all three events. Amrita's lehngas were all very bridal and trés appropriate for her wedding events. Amrita's lehngas at her sangeet and wedding bash both relied heavily on the creme color on the lehnga with vibrant colored cholis for contrast. Ashely Rebello designed the sangeet outfit, and described it as a "gold brocade lehenga with borders of crepe in maroon red and ink blue." I think the addition of the deep blue border with green elements, was an unusual and lovely spin on traditional bridal-wear. Amu's post-wedding outfit was designed by Vikram Phadnis.Updated photo: front view of Amrita's sangeet lehnga.Photo Source.
My favorite is the tri-color look she wore to her reception - the red crepe and brocade choli is of course expected from a bride, but the deep green lehnga and purple net odhni were beautiful contrasting color choices! The Times of India reported that designer duo Shantanu & Nikhil designed the lehnga for Amrita's nikaah. When asked about the dress, Nikhil Mehra stated that "it’s a pink lehenga with gothic elements and asymmetrical designs, teamed with an off-shoulder blouse in golden net." Based on what we see, I think that report was erroneous. It appears that Mid Day was correct in reporting that Ashely Rebello, the man behind Amrita's vintage-inspired wedding gown and her mehndi lehnga, was also responsible for her nikaah lehnga. Said Rebello, "Amrita’s lehenga in emerald green is made of crepe and brocade with netted dupatta. The lehenga has gota work and dull beautiful old zardozi work all over. The lehenga has an antique look." I have to say, I'm loving the antique zardosi work! If you are interested in taking a dekho at Rebello's sketches for the three outfits he designed for Amrita, take a look here.

We can't forget about the "other" important figure at Amrita's wedding - her groom! I definitely preferred Shakeel's traditional, black sherwani suits to what appears to be a crushed velvet suit worn to his reception. That velvet bug is insidious isn't it?
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