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Summer is almost here and that means, destination weddings are around the corner. Known for her inimitable style, rich fabrics and stunning bridal silhouettes, Anju Modi and her bridal outfits have always stayed timeless and classic and they are perfect for destination wedding.

With stunning locations like Maldives, Seychelles, Lake Como and Vietnam in the mix these days, packing and living light has become the name of the bridal game. In 2019, Anju’s collection is a take on destination weddings, of comfortable brides and easy-to-wear fresh new looks. Silhouettes are a contemporary take on Indian wear, floral embroidery is juxtaposed with versatile textures, smock detailing and trims of crochet are used beautifully in this collection. As for the fabrics, they are breathable but luxe, ranging from Benarasi, Chanderi, khadi, cotton and linen that consists of kurtis, capes, palazzos and skirts. Anju modi has been playing a vital role in the revival of traditional crafts and textiles for almost 20 years now and this year, we asked the designer to decipher the quintessential destination bride look.

Anju Modi

Summer weddings and destination wedding essentials in your collection

The minute the weather changes, the fabrics and your choices must change. My own collection looks at simpler, wearable silhouettes, my Lucknowi collection is about beautiful Chanderi fabric in the shape of shararas, anarkalis and more with Taj-inspired bhuttis. I’m a big fan of Lucknowi and Nizam designs and influences alongside yester era love, but this collection is moulded to suit contemporary needs. I have even used the Japanese technique, Shibori – that’s about breezy designs. Perfect for summer, the fabrics go from khadi and muslin to organza. Think light, wearable skirts with well-cut out crop tops, light-coloured blush-pink lehengas – traditional but contemporary ideas for the modern bride and bridesmaids.

Fabrics one should look for at destination weddings

Muslin, khadi and organza are great breathable fabrics for the summer. Bulky Benarasi lehengas and velvet additions are avoidable. Comfortable, breezy and breathable fabrics are the best bet. Colours are getting more lighter, cuts more effortless and more simpler embroideries- they go well with pictures and decor too.

Anju Modi

Colours destination brides are looking for

Colours are getting lighter and more sheer. I vote for hues like aqua blue, sunflower yellow, flesh or nude tones, blush pinks and one in particular from my new collection – Ash grey. You could also look at silver and muted metallics and even, whites and ivory. Fresh tomato summer red is another shade I love. For destination wedding functions, stick to mint green, apple green, blush pink, teal blue. Global hues that are not too heavy or rich.

Style tips for destination brides

Number one rule? They should be themselves – comfortable and effortless. Read up and understand fabrics first. Find a fabric that suits your body, something that is lightweight,  fresh, comfy and easy to walk around in. Discomfort should not reflect on their face. Look for colours that add to the glow – yellows, tomato reds and pastel pinks give out that happy vibe.

Anju Modi

A mantra destination brides should live by

As a bride, there is a style you need to look for – something that is closer to who you are. Find it, develop it, hone it and pour it into your outfits. Heavy, rich textures are out. Fabrics and colours that give you a spring in your step is what you should move towards.

Trousseau picks for destination brides

I highly recommend a muslin gota patti work skirt in a pale yellow or dusty blue that every bride must have in her trousseau – it’s perfect for a lunch or a get-together. Something you can throw on in the last minute and go. I also think crop tops are great – they go on lehengas, dhoti pants and even saris. Such a versatile piece to have in one’s trousseau. After the wedding, you need to find outfits that can be worn easily – simple silhouettes, maximum style. Attend lunches in breathable fabrics. And not just traditional, ethnic wear – find a neat muslin khadi long dress that can be worn on a night out. Natural fibers work well in a trousseau and also, buy a few Lucknowi outfits, they are so easy to wear and flaunt and are so very Indian.

Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.