What Type are You?

Two very popular Indian designers, Sabyasachi and Shyamal and Bhumika, showcased their Bridal collection recently. I have always believed that clothes tell a story and these designers painted two very different pictures of the Bride.

Sabya’s collection reflects a strong regional flavor for the quintessential bride. Sabya’s bride is a "deep-rooted girl" who represents the ethos of global awareness with the traditional pathos of Indian culture. Sabya’s signature patchwork and motif designs stitched into unusual fabrics gives a feeling of going back to ancient and medieval ages.

COLORS – Earthy muted tones of taupe, violet, cyans, multi-facets of vermilions and somber reds dominates this collection.

FABRICS - Blending velvets, silks, brocades with organzas, chiffons and other lighter fabric, Sabya’s collection is an epitome of textile art.


Shyamal & Bhumika’s collection painted a picture of a bride who is fun, eccentric and does not hesitate to experiment. She has an aura of mature woman-like sensibilities with a girl like vividness.

COLORS - The bright oranges with vivid greens and blues create a with Mixing a kaleidoscope of colors that perfectly encapsulates the lively spirit of this bride.

FABRICS - Inspired by the colors and styles of Gujarat and Rajasthan, the lehengas were free flowing with lavish dupattas and the elaborate saris, accessorized with tassels & mirror work.

One look at the pictures and I immediately associated myself with the second collection. The big bright colors are totally my style (I had three different colors in my wedding lehenga).

What about you? What kind of bride you were or want to be? Are there any particular elements of the collection (like colors, fabrics etc) that you associate yourself with?

47 comments:

Tanvi said...

I think I associate with both ... I would wear one for Puja or some function and the other for sangeet or something! I am loving both their collections ... love the colors and the work the most! :) Which is you? What would you choose?

The Mommy said...

I love Sabyasachi, I love those earthy tones and the fabrics seem so interesting.
But in this case I would side with Shyamal and Bhumika's collection. Just because they've used lovely colors and that's what weddings are all about!

bollywoodstylediaries said...

I think Sabyasachi is brilliant and I like his bridal collection, its not me since these are very dark color tones for a wedding. I like the colors Shymal/Bhumika used but I dont like any of the dresses except for the ornage saree..The orange/gold panel skirt is really tacky..I am a JJ Valaya girl, thru and thru:-)

Sovina said...

@tanvi - i like shyamal's collection because of the beautiful colors..i do agree that sabya's collection is a bit dull for the wedding..and eve though i love the concept and detailing in it i can't seem to see myself wearing it ..

Isabel said...

so so beautiful!

Krimly said...

I am with you that bright colours are more beautiful but I think I like more the first one. I like what they want to transmit about transporting to an ancient age. Also I like so much the fabrics, I couldn't understand everything very well (because I am not English speaker), but when I saw that they use velvet I felt in love with it! I love so much that fabric and I haven't seen a lot currently!

Splurgerina said...

I'd always go for the brighter colors so I'm liking Shyamal & Bhumika better too! Oh and you should put your wedding pic up..would love to see your lehenga! :)

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The (un)Common Woman said...

If it is supposed to be bridal...i liked the second one...marriage should always be bright,colorful and vibrant. The clothes itself bring us to smile. :)

Sovina said...

@the mommy - i too just love the bright colors in the second collection :)

@sonali - JJ valaya is class...i have some of his designs also that i will post in a while..i too like the orange saree ...and kind of orange skirt too ;)

@krimly - WOW! you really know what you want and more than that you know why you want it..and all this even when you don't speak english..cool..and i agree the fabric in the first one are super rich ...in fact this designer always uses the richest fabrics ..so velvets, brocades etc are totally his style..these days velvet is totally a hit in Indian dresses :)

@splurgy - yeah i was planning to do that..lot of people have asked me..earlier was saving it for my anniversary but seems that now i would do it soon :))

@mama hen - thank u so much for following..will definitely visit your blog soon :)

@uncommon woman - yup..thumbs up to be the second one..and this is definitely bridal..atleast that's what the designers called it :))

anamika said...

I have so much of red with me that now I want to wear these earthy tone..They look classi and very stylish to me...

Though I like both thedesigner it is always on my mood that i choose who is the best.

Thanks for a wonder full collection Sovina..You some how always bring interesting peace here:)

Ce qui m'inspire said...

I absolutely love the second collection! The first collection is beautiful, and has so many wonderful details, but I love the bright colours of the second one! Especially if you're a bride! You're supposed to be the centre of attention at your wedding, and I feel like the more muted colours in the first collection would just not do justice to a bride! All of it is so beautiful though!

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♦ Crazy Diamond ♦ said...

i'd love to wear sabyasachi stuff...pre-wedding functions. i love the middle on especially... looks beautiful..even the 1st one.

colors in both the collections are so pretty! i'd like to be a colorful bride..not stick to a single shade in my lehnga.

and i love brocades. i love chiffons.

Hippie Holly said...

Sabyasachi all the way, one of the reasons I may want to get married would be to wear a Sabyasachi outfit, the only time my parents won't refuse my demands for designer apparel. Love love Sabyasachi. I recently saw a bright pink lehenga he has designed and fell madly in love!

Katie said...

So beautiful, but I'm drawn to the bright colors! :)

The (un)Common Woman said...

First ones are also good....in fact i love dark colors...but not for bridal.

:)

Naina said...

I love moderns meets traditional so I guess the shyamal. But both collections are gorgeous. For the summer anything bright and bold is great.

Tanveer Parmar said...

I too prefer the second collection over the first one.. Somehow I feel a bride should be colorful.. You have the rest of your 50s & above to be sober. :)

Tanveer Parmar said...

I too prefer the second collection over the first one.. Somehow I feel a bride should be colorful.. You have the rest of your 50s & above to be sober. :)

Dressing Up For Me said...

I love the second set of designers because I love colors and the designs have that modern twist which is so innovative.

Those are fab collections by the way! :)

Tamanna A. Shaikh said...

I think I can do either with a little subtractions in both! :) Can't wear anything likethis here! :|

Oh so you had fun in LA huh? Sounds good honey!! I was prettyy much here, watching movies and loitering around during the long weekend! :)

Leia said...

I love all these collections! As for what kind of bride I want to be... well I'm planning on wearing the gold lehenga my mum wore on her wedding day :)

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Kiran Bajaj Sawhney said...

My personal style, Sovina, you know me through my blog by now- It is simple, classic, rich, timeless, sans embroideries etc. More focussed on weaves and textiles than heavy embroideries.

Sovina said...

@anamika - thank u so much dear..:)

@charlotte - totally with you on bright colors..a bride needs to shine :)

@crazy diamond - brocades are my favorite too..they are available in most amazing patterns and colors...and i agree sabya definitely has a way with fabrics.

@un common woman - yeah i think they would be nice for some fancy party or dinner event :)

@naina - glad you like the collection :)

@tanveer - yeah...but i do like sabsachi sarees that aishwarya wore for premiers but i don't like vidya balan types sabyasachi...they make you look old :)

Taj Acosta said...

wow these pics are stunning! I wore an american bridal gown for my wedding with gorgeous Indian jewelry! It was perfect for me! I had to have that element to be myself!

Sovina said...

@dressing up for me - thanks :)

@tamanna - i am sure whatever you would wear with your individual style would totally rock..may be even more than this..LA was fun..

Leia - wow! gold is gorgeous..i have done few posts in the past on gold color..will send you the link..may be you would be able to find some helpful hints

@kiran - i know..and you know i have few pics that i would put up in a few days that totally reflect your style :)

@taj - wow! i can just imagine how beautiful it would have been..was it some kundan jewelry ?just curious..:)

beingzaraandzidan said...

Hey Sovina, Thanx for the lovely comment on my blog. Will def put the kala tikka on Zara. Btw, i had mentioned few weeks back that in Nov is my brothers wedding. U know i wore sabyasachi for his enagagment & this time also planning to go for sabyasachi. i too love his collection.
Hey, I am in Mumbai at present helping my mum wedding shopping. I needed to ask u do u know any one here who prints wedding cards?? we are definetly looking for summing unique.
Btw, we bought a lovely dress for the bride. will send u the pic soon.
Will wait for ur reply. if possible plz reply on my blog. thanx!!

CutePriya said...

Indeed a very nice collection...While I love Sabyasachi for his choice of deep colors and dingy fabrics, Shyamal & Bhumika color sense and combination is exceptional...thanks for showcasing the wonderful work gurl...you rock...

Love,
Priya

Pooja said...

There's something earthly and subtle about the Sabyasachi collection.. Though, i love them but for a marriage, it wud b Shyamal and Bhumika IMO. Colorful n vibrant! Isn't that Indian wedding are all about?

Vivarjitha said...

OMG...the orange sari looks fabulous...luv the color

Sovina said...

@ priya, pooja and vivs - thanks :)..glad you like it :)

ash89 said...

sabyasachi's first outfit..sigh...i think LOVE is the only word that can describe how I feel about it. :P

Nadalyn Margaret said...

LOVE. love the colors

Vogue Vibes said...

Hey!!!....love both d collections ...both are diff n very nicely done:-)

Claire said...

i love the details on the first set of pictures. so rich in color and textures.

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Spardha Malik said...

absolutely gorgeous... i love sabya... but he's just SO done these days. you shud check out atsu... lovely collection. lemme know wat u think!

Sherin said...

I love the Shyamal & Bhumika collection. The colours are so fantastic and vibrant.

knk said...

wow really great Indian wedding collection usually we will see in function

great post



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suruchi said...

Hi Sovi...
I liked them both...
They are quintessential grand and indulgent!
While a riot of colours as in the Shyamal n Bhumika collection is great to pep things up...I’d so love to be in a Sabyasachi to return to naturals n subdued!
Kind of relaxing for the eyes and so very chic without much effort from the wearer!
:-)

Sovina said...

to everyone -hey guys..thank you so so much for sharing your opinions. you really make my blog so lively and entertaining..thank u to everyone :)

XOXO
Sovina

Persis Shah said...

i love sabysachi....shyamal and bhumika have a gorgeous palette of colors too....however i wasnt lucky enough to find anything i liked at their store when i was shopping for my wedding last year :)

Noble Beeyotch said...

Even though I love to be decked out in bright colors, when it comes to my wedding I'd rather be the traditional bride. So, it would be Sabya for me (I wish!)

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Komal Bajaj Diggi said...

The second collection, to me, looks also to be 'Indian folk dance' inspired. And contrary to that, the first one is more like "classical dance" (like Kathak dresses, very Moghul culture) inspired (that's from a dancer's eyes:)
Both are nice collections but I can't picture myself in either for wedding. Yes, I may wear it to someone else's party or function.
Nice job on the description of each style

Sovina said...

thanks komal..i guess what you wore for your wedding was perfect..you have your unique style and it is fab :))

Art meets Fashion said...

Love love love Sabyasachi!!!

~Undercover Diva said...

sabyasachi is definitely one of my top designer -- his stuff is so regal and refined, never over the the top! but i liked shyamal and bhumika for their bright color combos! but if could choose, it would be sabya all the way!! :)