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Trousseau Shopping With Esha Deol
FSJ August, 2012

Invaluable Bridal Tips From Neeta Lulla & Rocky S

A vibrant splash of colours, a stylish blend of embroidery, stones and cuts and a healthy mix of contemporary and conservative styles (Hema Malini and Esha even wore the traditional oddiyanam, a thick gold belt around the waist), typified the lavish bridal wear at all the ceremonies when actor Esha Deol wed businessman Bharat Takhtani in the last week of June

Neeta, let’s go backstage to look at the gorgeous mehendi and wedding outfits you created for bride Esha – and groom Bharat Takhtani too!

For the mehendi, we gave Esha a Rajasthani lehenga in yellow, with a kurti and choli in green teamed with a dupatta in orange and saffron. The lehenga had zardosi embroidery, teamed with stone work to give it a contemporary appeal. For the wedding ceremony, Esha’s outfit was a blend of the traditional south Indian pavada (long skirt) and lehenga in Kanjeevaram embroidered with vintage uncut diamond work. Bharat’s kurta comprised resham and zardosi in violet. The look was very regal and vintage.

Who came up with the designs? Was it a collective effort between Esha and you?
The designs were solely my creative effort but the concept of wearing a Kanjeevaram since it was a south Indian wedding, was Hemaji’s and we flew down to Chennai to buy the saris.

How long did you take to get the bridal collection in place?
It took me a month to put the entire bridal wear together.

Was Hema Malini involved in the garment making process?
Totally! Hemaji and I flew down to Chennai to buy the Kanjeevarams. We did some late evening shopping and the shop was opened just for us post 9 pm! Hemaji was like this little child who was suddenly hungry by 10 pm, so food was called for. And then we had a tough time to make her focus on the shopping as she was sleepy. Amidst all the shopping mayhem and prepping for the wedding, she was calm, yet childlike.

What did Hema Malini and Ahana wear?
Hemaji wore sarees for all the functions and ceremonies. She wore a shaded saree with lace and Swarovski edging for the mehendi ceremony. For the wedding she wore a Kanjeevaram saree with a bejewelled blouse of kundan and zardosi. She chose a contemporary saree in crystal work for the reception.

Ahana wore a Nishka Lulla churidar and a gheradar kurta for the mehendi. She went for an asymmetric Anarkali in crystal work for the sangeet and a south Indian pavada in Kanjeevaram for the wedding. Ahana donned a long kurta with a tiered lehenga for the reception.

Have you ever designed Esha Deol’s outfits for a film?
I designed Esha’s clothes for Na Tum Jaano Na Hum and for a few others.

Neeta, any other filmland celebrities for whom you’ve designed the bridal wear?
Aishwarya Rai, Juhi Chawla, Isha Koppikar and Genelia D’Souza to name a few.

Genelia was also a 2012 bride when she wed fellow actor Riteish Deshmukh this Feb. What did you design for Genelia?
I designed the Maharashtrian wedding saree (not the bridal dress for the church wedding). We gave Genelia a traditional saree made with a blend of Banarasi and Paithani work. I combined zardosi and uncut diamond work in red, orange, green with touches of pink. The look was royal and conservative yet contemporary.

Neeta, your Top 3 Tips for new brides will be?

1.Always select a colour that you love wearing
2.Buy your jewellery first and then work your bridal wear around it
3.Select classic styles to ensure further ‘wearability’

While creating the outfits for the sangeet and reception of his client-friend Esha Deol, Rocky preserved the beauty of traditional Indian feel. He took the foundation of couture lehenga sets – all the incredibly time-consuming, numbingly detailed techniques – applied his own curious vision to it and voila, made those stunning outfits.

For Esha Deol’s sangeet
Rocky perfectly mixed a traditional, bright colour palette and trademark eye-catching embroidery while also giving the outfit a delicate, contemporary look. Gold gota work inspired by traditional Rajasthan with a modern touch of crystallised elements, embellished the burnt orange lehenga that had a hint of emerald green. A brilliant blend of bright, deep red hues and an intricately embroidered brocade blouse created an impressive sartorial work.

For the reception
Esha wore an exquisitely designed old rose and nude shaded lehenga that incorporated Rocky’s restrained and clever use of embroidery, crystallised ornamentation and intricate shadow resham thread work, accented with scalloped cord-worked edging, glistening with crystal droplets. The embroidery and silhouettes echoed Indian tradition and luxury, an immensely classic look with a modern twist.

Phew, Rocky, who came up with the designs?
Esha and I had a meeting regarding the various functions. We both drew out what she prefers, her choice in terms of silhouette, cut, fabric, embroidery and embellishment. Esha and I have been friends forever now and I completely understand her style and persona. Hence, with our collective inputs, we could freeze  the final designs and look. Esha and I were equally involved in the process, right from choosing a perfect blend of colour palette for both her outfits. I had to intricately design her outfits to ensure that she got her perfect lehenga for her big days.

How long did you take to get the garments in place?
It took more than a month. It was an eclectic mix of intricate embroidery and fully handcrafted ensembles.

Any film for which you designed for Esha?
I recently did her home production film Tell Me O Khhuda.

Rocky, your Top 3 Tips for new brides will be?

1.The ensemble for a bride should always be a blend of the traditional and a touch of the contemporary. Revolutionize the colours of bridal wear by modifying the same old traditional bridal Indian outfit with contemporary colours, style and silhouette
2.Enhance the bride’s features. Choose shades of the colour that best complement her skin tone and accessorize suitably
3.Accessories play a very important role in a bridal ensemble. Highlight the waistline with ornate belts which accentuate a woman’s body structure

By Celebrity Fashion Editor
Tejaswini Kolhapure

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