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    Popular designers put a contemporary spin on the wedding dress

    GONE are the days when the wedding trousseau in Chennai had just Kanjeevaram saris and golda��the wardrobe of brides and grooms to be is getting a makeover. The Madras Bridal Fashion show is all set to test the waters of this shift with a one day showcase in the city. A precursor to the Madras Bridal Fashion Week, it will featureA� four leading designersa��Nupur Kanoi, Dev R Nil, Rehane and Jenjum Gadi. Working with Chennai as a base, one of the organisers Shanmugapriya Dinesh says, a�?a�?Ten years ago, people had no problem flocking to Man Mandir for their wedding sarees and suits. But wea��re starting to get the hang of sangeets and pre-wedding bashes a lot more, which means more variety, and definitely more designer and custom-made options.a�?
    For duo Dev R Nil, the show marks a homecoming of sorts, having started their retailing from the city and they have actor Nadiya as their showstopper. a�?Turmerics and yellows are the hottest bridal colours this season, and a Chennai favourite,a�? says Nil. Meanwhile, Jenjum Gadia��s line, My Best Frienda��s Wedding caters to the friends of the bride and groom.a�?If you dona��t want to upstage the bride, pick something that you can wear again and keep it contemporary,a�? says Gadi, who works with soft pastels to contrast the intricate work on his pieces.
    At Le Royal Meridien, this Sunday 7 pm onwards. Entry by invitation only. Details: 8870089812

    Divya Karthikeyan


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