...Because nobody knows the struggles of being a type A fashion aficionado better!
You know adulthood is upon you when you spent more time attending weddings than binging on Netflix over the summer. Not to complain about having to “adult”, but attending sixteen wedding events back-to-back (including my brother’s) is no easy feat! It was exhausting, but getting dressed in a gorgeous new outfit every day gave me a special kind of endorphin rush. The crazy in me got 8 outfits customized from Disha Patel, the brains behind Soiree Couture. We started working over text about 2 months prior, and talked in detail about color, silhouette, and cut preferences. Every piece of every ensemble turned out incredible! If, like me, the events you’re going to attend are too special for off-the-shelf pieces, here are quick tips on working with a designer:
Learn about key fabrics: If you have a long distance thing going on with your designer, it will be super useful for him/ her when you speak their language. Here’s a good resource on fabrics: https://www.fabric.com/SitePages/Glossary.aspx
Go shopping with your designer: I realized I was a fashion nerd when I tagged along with Disha to shop for fabrics and lehenga borders on my birthday :P I learned so much about intricate details like beading, draping, prints, and the many elements behind Indian design. You can never get too much education, right?
Mix up timeless and trendy: Contemporary Indian fashion is booming, and it is so much more than pink, red, orange, and navy blue brocade lehengas. Subtlety and minimalism are becoming key to emerging trends and designs. Off the top of my head, designers like Anamika Khanna, Arpita Mehta, Payal Singhal, and Monisha Jaising are reinventing Indian fashion, and you can get so many ideas on color palettes, fabrics, and silhouettes by following them on Instagram! I love that the off-the-shoulder trend resurfaced, and I love experimenting with pastel tones, so Disha designed this muted yellow blouse with a grey lehenga for a reception. Since the bodice was all solid, I paired it with these oversized tassel earrings.
Jewelry and accessories: Jewelry is cornerstone to Indian pieces but it could be tricky if your outfit is heavily embellished. You need to make sure you don’t go overboard. Invest in statement pieces that you can repeat with other outfits. Since I was working on Miraya during the summer, I enjoyed mixing up Indian outfits and fusion jewelry and vice versa! You can buy this Kundan nathni here, and the dramatic tassel earrings from above, here.
Hair and makeup: Please give your hair and makeup artist the creative freedom to try out different styles on you. They are the artists here, and will make sure you look your best! For instance, this ended up being one of my fave hairstyles although I'm not into updos and have never done a middle parting. By the way, we made this entire ensemble from scratch. I wanted a powder blue blouse that would double up as a crop top, and a solid chiffon sari with a sequin border to complement the blouse. The box clutch and my earrings are both from Miraya :)
Fun fact #1: I got 8 full ensembles made, two extra blouses and two dupattas. I told Disha that I wanted pieces where I can repeat separates. For example, I paired the powder blue sari blouse with the cream palazzos from the sharara set for an evening reception.
Fun fact #2: For the most part, I went with muted colors, except for the outfit I got for my brother’s ceremony. I wanted a monochromatic look in a bright hue, and used Instagram to get some ideas. I reached out to a bride whose blouse I instantly loved, and learned that her mother designed the blouse. She let me borrow the design and I got it made exactly like hers.
Finally, remember to experiment a little and play around since you're getting outfits made specifically for you. Are you considering going the customization route? Feel free to reach out if you have specific questions!
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Miraya originated as a concept magazine for a Publishing class, but much of it now exists online and has been adapted for this blog. The core remains intact, and that is to explore the changing landscape of contemporary Indian fashion through the international lens, engaging readers in a creative juxtaposition between tradition and modernity. It is spearheaded by the Founder and Creative Director, Namrata Loka.
Namrata R. Loka
Founder & Creative Director