The D-Day Beckons: Groom Trends this 2014

The D-Day Beckons: Groom Trends this 2014

Grooms don’t have it easy with the style choices they have to make for their wedding day. There’s always that extremely fine line between chic and overdone. This is even more true because there’s a sure-fire guarantee that your better half will look like a million bucks. So to make sure you look the second best on your wedding day, here are a few ideas trending this 2014.

Colours

Who says jodhpuris and tuxes need to be boring? This wedding season, adorn yourself in daring whites, beiges, or pastels, and get some for your groomsmen too. However, if you’re old-school and still wish to go the conventional way, have a pop of colour in the form of a shocking bowtie or satin scarf on your chest to break the monotony of your black or grey suit. Liven up your outfit with a splash of color, and show your bride that fun side of you that she fell for in the first place.

Patterns

If you’re looking to go all out on your style quotient, pick a checked or striped suit for your big day. Again, if you’re practicing restraint, yet wish to opt for something trendy, go with a patterned accessory to spice up your ensemble. Some trending patterns are the glen check, windowpane, herringbone, houndstooth, bird’s eye, checked plaid, and nailhead. Pick one as your theme or do a mix and match of several of these patterns for your groomsmen; either way, you’re bound to steal the show!

The Tailcoat

The trend of the decade has been to get back to older trends, and the tailcoat is back with a vengeance. If you’re planning a truly high end affair, you may as well do it right by looking the part too. Ranging from black and navy to grey, this Victorian classic can be incorporated into a wide range of wedding color schemes too.

The Nehru Jacket

Nothing speaks trendy and classy like the Nehru jacket. Most suit jackets or sportscoats follow the same basic cut principals, but the Nehru jacket, made famous by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, can easily be distinguished because of its dignified mandarin collar. Sport this with matching or oddly paired trousers, and create a style statement along your journey down the aisle or to the mandap. This jacket is also a great pick for cocktail receptions, sangeets, or other light-hearted festivities.

Accessories

If you’re the groom or one from his party, the accessories you pair with your wedding suit will be as important as the suit itself. Let your personality shine through with your own customized accessories to enhance your look. Wear a vibrant-coloured pagdi with your sombre jodhpuri, or have your groomsmen wear a distinguishable accessory such as a beret or bowler hat. Whatever you do, do it with style!

So to all the grooms out there, don’t let your breathtaking brides steal all the thunder. Keep some aside for yourself. Show her that you can match her and equal her in every aspect, that you truly are soulmates. Have a good one!

Get Groomed!

Get Groomed!

Wedding talk is often centered around the bride—her dress, her hair, her bridesmaids, her likes, her dislikes, and so on. Planning a wedding, or even participating in one, can be a daunting task, and the groom needs to do much more than just show up and get married! His duties may not be as extensive as the bride’s, but our (often) silent participant might sometimes be able to provide invaluable inputs for the big day. So, let’s take a look at how the groom can contribute to the D-Day effectively, without being a nag.

A little effort goes a long way

While it’s quite easy for the groom to simply let the bride take the reins, it may create an impression of aloofness or indifference towards the wedding preparations, which may not be the case, and this may not be a great first impression for the in-laws. So, get involved! You may not be able to tell which centerpiece fits the wedding theme best, but a little enthusiasm and show of support will earn you a lot of brownie points!

Be independent

Our wedding belle already has a lot going, what with having to select the venue, pick the theme, look like a princess, get her bridesmaids to look like princesses, etc. So don’t take for granted or expect her to pick your wedding suit and those for your groomsmen too. Take her inputs, by all means, but the ultimate decision needs to be your responsibility. Some great quirks such as bowties, socks with crazy patterns, suspenders, mismatched styles, and vibrant pops of colour are currently trending down the aisle, so design your own quirky outfit and give your bride a fun surprise that will truly bowl her over. A word of caution though; it’s quite easy to get carried away with the variety of choices around you, so choose wisely and keep it classy!

Be the punching bag

Your bride’s probably on her way to bridezilla-land for a while, due to the overload of wedding responsibilities. This is a very important, and equally stressful, time for her. That subtle difference between lavender and lilac for the gift wrappers matters. It may seem silly, but while you’re taking it easy, she’s now shuffling between two jobs. So, if she needs to vent or throw tantrums about the mandap decorations—curb the sarcasm—be her own, personalized punching bag. Show her that planning these ridiculous details is worth the effort, because marrying you will be the end result.

And finally, say thank you! Wedding speeches are an integral part of weddings, sangeets, cocktail receptions etc. Be sure to thank the contributors to your wedding and those who make up your wedding party. Especially, thank your bride. That glow of satisfaction and contentedness on her face will be worth all the pre-wedding chaos.

Here’s wishing all the grooms-to-be luck in implementing their pre-wedding game plan. Show your bride that you can be an active participant, and not just a bystander, in the biggest day of your lives! Game on!

Amaze with Anita Dongre

Amaze with Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre started her journey in high fashion in 1998, and her unique, sincere designs have made her a strong presence within the Indian fashion circuit, especially when it comes to wedding and bridal couture. Her signature style represents the modern Indian woman who is stylish, yet true to her roots. This shows in the contemporary-cum-traditional craftsmanship of her designs. Her lehengas and anarkalis are to die for, so let’s take a look at this craftsman’s creations from 2013-2014.

The year that was: 2013

Anita’s designs are strongly inspired by her native roots, and this was quite apparent in her exquisite collection for the Lakme Fashion Week 2013 Winter/Festive, titled ‘The Jaipur Bride’. It showcased the modern Indian bride in a chic, yet traditional avatar. The theme of the collection was the use of authentic, intricate Jaipuri ‘gotta patti’ embroidery, which adorned the regal anarkalis, exquisite lehengas, and even the chic cocktail gowns. There were ensembles in white and gold, pastel greens, neon pinks and oranges, vibrant blues, and they were all blended into this one collection symbolic of Anita’s interpretation of the modern Indian wedding, which is colourful, yet classy and tasteful. Palazzo pants, stylized lungi pants and loosely draped maxi dresses provided a fun element and are sure to be eye-catchers in the coming wedding seasons.

 

Wedding Reception Dress by Anita Dongre. Blog by The Wedding Co.

 

 

Wedding Reception Dress by Anita Dongre. Blog by The Wedding Co.

 

 

Wedding Dress by Anita Dongre. Blog by The Wedding Co.

 

Another highlight of the show was the music by artist Sona Mahapatra. Her beautiful renditions of thumri, sufi and other folk music fused with a rock, contemporary edge complimented the theme of the show perfectly. This one truly was a crowd pleaser.

Looking ahead: 2014

Anita’s brand is expanding on a global level everyday, and she has surely kept busy this 2014 as well. Her Spring/Summer collection keeps true to what is normally relatable to the summer, such as pastels; whites; loose, flowy lines; and so forth.Celebrating the season, her ‘Sonnets of Spring’ collection is characterised by gorgeous digital and geometric prints in soft, pastel hues. You will also find kaftans, anarkalis, tunics, shift dresses, fitted trousers and elegant eveningwear in this collection, in summer-friendly fabrics such as mal, georgette, chiffon, linen and cotton. Along with this, she has also come up with a line of menswear, which includes classic linen shirts, shirts with digital prints, bandis, deconstructed and half-lined linen blazers, casual linen jodhpuris dipped in hues of aqua, coral, light pink, white and blue. So you can look forward to some clean cuts, patterns and colours for a truly spectacular summer/spring wedding.

Anita’s fashion brands, AND and Global Desi, are two of the most popular ones currently trending the nation. The brands aim at striking a balance between designer wear that is priced exorbitantly and mass market produce that is cheap and commonplace, and creating good-quality, high-fashion clothes that are affordable, yet stylish and unique. This concept has been so well received that expansion plans for her brands are already underway. She successfully launched Global Desi in Mauritius just last year. Well, we hope she launches many more stores this 2014 and wows the rest of the world with her designs as well!

Achievements:

Along with being an ace designer, Anita is also a conscious and responsible public figure. She has contributed to different areas of Indian society with her influence and reach. She is a vegan and an active member of PETA, where she has been in the forefront in the fight for animal rights.

Women empowerment is a cause she truly believes in and has done a great deal for. She is known for employing artisans in Rajasthan to create handcrafted materials for her creations, which is helping to revive and preserve several dying art forms in India. This is also helping to generate employment for a sector that has been fading out since the Industrial revolution. Mijwan is a village in UP that specializes in Chikankari; in association with actor Shabana Azmi, Anita supports the women of this village by commissioning Chikankari work from them, which she uses in her designs. She also contributes to a social organization run by Mana Shetty that provides livelihood to economically backward women with the help of the waste material provided by fashion designers.

While all these achievements are already medals on her chest, Anita was also presented with an award for ‘Excellence in Fashion Design’ by The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry Ladies Organization, Bombay Chapter in 2013. We could go on about the honors and recognitions that she has received, but what is remarkable is that in whichever contribution she has made to Indian society, be it through her designs, charity or philanthropy, it’s her heart and sincerity that really shine through. We applaud this maestro and look forward to her innovations in future as well.