Why investing in this article of clothing makes sense now, for everything from weddings to a night out
Screaming confidence, the corset has been ruling the wedding circuit this season – a fashion choice backed by celebrity showstoppers like Prachi Desai who flaunted a sheer number teamed with a moulded draped sari for Sonakshi Raaj at the recent Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014. “A corset makes your waist smaller, lifts and supports your bosom, and improves your posture. It gives your body an aesthetically pleasing shape. A bride will want to look slim on her wedding day, which makes the corset a perfect pick for weddings,” explains the Mumbai-based designer, Monisha Jaising, whose wedding ‘Baroque’ corsets are in high demand.
This versatile confidence-booster promises shape and posture and transforms everything from a heavy lehenga to a draped six-yarder to a pair of trousers. Chennai-based designer, Rehane, explains, “It is almost like wearing a well-fitted top which is comfortable. So what happens is the bustier not only looks interesting and trendy but also covers up areas that a short blouse can’t.” Anju Modi, the veteran designer who was behind Deepika Padukone’s gorgeous outfits in Ram-Leela, has more to add, ‘‘With a corset, one can do an off-shoulder, a halter-neck, full sleeves and what not.”
Inspired by the exuberant style of the 17th century, Jaising uses luxe fabrics such as silk jersey, leather and velvets. “The magnificence and richness of this era is depicted through intricate 3-D embroidery in gold on our corsets,” she says. One of the first Indian designers to make corsets popular, Bangalore-based Deepika Govind prefer silks and brocades for this garment.For celebrity designer Rocky S, fabrics like sheer, net, chiffons and georgettes work best. And he believes in bling. “Heavy embellishment is in and in accessories it can be clubbed with a heavy neckpiece or elegant hand cuffs,” he says.
Rocky S suggests white, ivory and peach as hot colours for corsets. Though Chennai-based designer Vivek Karunakaran feels corsets have nothing to do with seasons and more to do with functionality, he says, “Pastel shades like ivory and cream colours are popular. But these days people definitely want to look unique and hence go for offbeat colours too.” Like black. “Black is quite the rule breaker in today’s weddings for a more Gothic approach,” concludes Jaising.
1.The Mahal Gown from Jaising’s latest collection is recommended for all those brides-to-be. “The gown’s upper part is a fitted velvet corset with intricate zardozi embroidery inspired by the Baroque era. The lower part of the gown is a printed voluminous skirt which has images of a palace. It is my favorite piece as it’s edgy and will definitely make the bride feel like a princess,” she says.
2.Govind’s favourite is a rose corset with tiny sleeves and wide neck that she liked so much that she has kept it for herself! It’s got little pleats and brocade with a bit of silver zari work and semi precious stones.
3.Anju Modi chooses her red lehenga from her Draupadi collection that has
a corset blouse with a high-neck collar but one can still wear a neck piece along with it, says the designer.
4.Vivek Karunakaran’s pick for the season is a bustier corset ombre dyed at the hem in earth brown. There is metallic sequin embroidery on the corset towards the hem which slowly scatters at the bust. It can be teamed with both casual pants and layered skirts.
5.Made of tussar silk and Swarovski, Rocky S recommends his corset for a traditional occasion as well as western wear. The panels will help shape your body shape perfectly making you look curvy and
6.For Tarun Tahiliani, his structured silk velvet corset adorned with an embroidered necklace with Swarovski crystals works best. Pair it with a shaded foil chiffon drape sari.
♦ You can wear a cropped bustier with bare shoulders only if you have a flat stomach and to attain that, Arathi Sundaresan, a pilates specialist, says the following:
♦ No slouch, no pooch – better posture can make a world of difference. Ears over shoulders, shoulders over hips, hips over knees, knees over ankles, belly button drawn into the spine, in everything you do.
♦ Plank it out – add plank holds to any workout routine. These blast the Transverse abdominis, a.k.a the ‘inner abs’ to naturally compress the girth of your stomach.
♦ You must also add in the right kind of body makeup if you are showing off some skin. Chennai-based professional makeup artist, Noor, who has worked with a lot of actresses, magazines and brands, says:
♦ Highlight the centre of your stomach and shoulder bones with bronze glitter (on dark skin) and silver or gold glitter (on fair skin) for parties after dark.
♦ You can also surprise everybody by sporting an embellished corset with a black leather skirt or a moulded drape sari.