Stylist Aki Narula talks cholis, wedding essentials and more ahead of DLF Emporio’s trousseau edition
AKI NARULA is a genius with researching a look, as seen in movies like Bunty Aur Babli, Rocksar and Highway, and he can be brutally honest. For the latter, recall his comments on TLC’s reality show, What Not To Wear, a couple of years ago. Together with actress Soha Ali Khan, he helped women address shape issues and wrong fashion choices. So if you have a big wedding coming up, this is the man you want in your corner. One of the celebrity stylists at the five-day wedding show, The Treasury of Trousseau, at the capital’s luxe retail address, DLF Emporio (the others being Gautam Kalra and Niharika Khan), Narula will offer consultations on wedding clothes and jewellery and destination essentials. Admitting to the influence of Bollywood on wedding trends, he says kitsch and over the top features are on their way out. ‘‘What works now is less bling,’’ he shares. While the bulk of his clientele belongs to the upper middle class, Narula is looking forward to meeting working women at the venue. ‘‘These are women who have saved up over the years and want to spend judiciously,’’ he observes, adding that everything, from the colour to the designer and the vintage jewellery must have a story. ‘‘People are getting a lot more personal with their choices,’’ he reveals. Currently working on Shaad Ali’s Kill Dil and Imtiaz Ali’s Tamasha, Narula suggests a trousseau featuring ‘‘embroidered kaftans from Malini Ramani, Rohit and Rahul Khanna for day errands.’’ A big advocate of what he calls ‘‘normal saris, not pre-pleated, sari suits, sari gowns and what have you,’’ he says a French Chantilly lace sari is a good investment,as are the elegant weaves by Sanjay Garg’s Raw Mango. Shirt-style cholis and the traditional Kamasutra blouses are popular too, while the neckline remains a personal choice, he shrugs.
DLF Emporio, Vasant Kunj, New Delhi. Till August 31.Appointments: 011 46116666
— Team Indulge