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Saying no to traditional reds and adding pockets to lehenga,  Architha Narayanam tweaks bridal wear

Architha Narayanam is all set to give bridal lehengas a makeover. “When I was getting married, I thought it would be useful if I had pockets in my lehenga to keep my phone,” says the designer, adding that, after all, brides need it to click selfies. Which is why when she was coming up with the concept for the new collection for brides-to-be, she added pockets. Fair enough, after all why should men have all the pockets? This Hyderabad designer zoomed into the city’s fashion landscape with a successful show at Lakme Fashion Week, where Karisma Kapoor sashayed the ramp in her lush red embroidered anarkali. Her new collection that is set to hit her Banjara Hills boutique from October 1 is titled Orb of Night . She spoke to us about the minute details of design that she is employing in by taking out some time amidst dealing with a bunch of excited young women who want their perfect dream ensemble and have already lined up at the store to tell her what they need.

Moon love
“The inspiration for this collection comes from the moon, rather jewellery inspired by it, the chand baali,” explains the designer. It’s an interesting case, where an accessory motif will adorn your ensemble rather than you wearing it. “The crescent-moon shaped designs have been embroidered using mirror, zari work, gota and zardosi,” she adds. The fabrics used to make the lehengas and dupattas are raw silk and net respectively. To accentuate the ornate embroidery, this young designer prefers to work with a pastel colour palette; the buyers can opt for powder blue, yellow, mint green, peaches and pink. That would be the dream come true for a trend-driven bride. “I make sure the cut-works are in U-shape to enhance the overall look of the lehenga,” says Architha. The blouses are usually of the crop top variety, unless of course the bride-to-be has something else on her mind. “We work with our cuts and colours to make it as close to our client’s wishes as we can,” she says. The cuts are free-flowing and ooze old world charm that Hyderabadi brides are synonymous with.

Sheer elegance
Apart from the lehengas, the collection has anarkalis that might come in handy for the bride’s best friends. The evening wears with a traditional twist have elegant creeper work starting from the hemline and making its way to the top in gold zardosi thread. The pieces are voluminous and grand. Good additions to your wardrobe just in time before the festive season. They have been designed specifically keeping in mind the opulent taste of the city folks.
Lehengas: From `48,500 onwards. Anarkalis From : `28,5000 onwards
Details: 9866011444

— Paulami Sen

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