Payal-Khandwala

Saturday, 27th August saw the unveiling of designer Payal Khandwala’s latest collection – Lakme Salon bridal show at Lakme Fashion Week 2016. A modern take on the new-age Bride, Khandwala brought together unique contemporary elements of fashion, makeup and hair style to represent the bride, who’s tired of playing a princess and is ready to take on the world as a king.

Khandwala’s latest collection ‘The New Emperor’ had a principal use of lion (as a motif) to symbolise the power and spirit of the new woman, depicted with the help of hand-woven Benarasi cloth, with silhouettes reminiscent of men’s tailoring.

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“I’m not a believer in trends in general. I think you should stick with what works for you, size, shape and personality wise,” quipped Payal while sharing the metaphors of her novel bride.

“Our bride is not meek. She has a voice. She makes decisions. She has a career. She will be a mother, a caretaker, or all of the above. And as she battles to be treated as an equal, she is also charting the future across disciplines, be it politics, sport, business or at home. Sitting pretty in fussy Clothes, looking like a doll is just not enough. She has a refined sense of Luxury and will not sacrifice her comfort for it,” answered the designer.

Payal-Khandwala

When asked, what’s the importance of make-up for a modern bride, who’s not coy but exuberant and lacks inhibitions, Payal said, “Make-up and hair styling can really finish and elevate a great look. The perfect combination can be reached by maintaining a fine line between a woman’s fierce yet feminine looks. Picking the right hair and make-up reference that works for your hair type, your skin, the shape of your face and your personality is integral. For example a tom-boy bride, who never wore make up will look and feel awkward if she goes with heavy make-up. Hair too, must be an extension of the outfit – go with something conventional if the outfit demands it or an updo if it’s a little more western.”

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The designer signed off after revealing the must-have ensemble from her much-talked-about bridal collection – A brocade lehenga with a men’s sherwani. “Both are timeless and haul a fine line between feminine and masculine!”

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