Wedding bells are around the corner for Bollywood beauty Dia Mirza and beau Sahil Sangha, and the excitement is palpable. With dates for functions set from October 18 in the Capital, interest among fashionistas is mounting to know whose bridal designs will Dia wear for her big day, but the diva is as secretive as ever.
“I can tell you only this much-the ensembles are all in unusual colours, and I am definitely wearing one of Anita Dongre’s garments at one of the functions. But there will definitely be no black lehenga at the do-I wouldn’t want to upset any of the elders in the family,” she shared with MAIL TODAY at the opening of fashion designer Anita Dongre’s swanky new store in Emporio mall on Thursday.
Looking elegant in a hot pink bandhini anarakali and gold-andpearl jhumkis by the designer, Dia admired the new collection while others admired her grace. Taking a cue from traditional Rajasthani techniques used on lehengas, cholis, suits and more, she said, “I have deep respect and regard for our Indian weavers and craftsmen. I think for an Indian bride, there is so much tradition to celebrate. Even if you are modern, independent and have a strong personality, there is so much of culture to celebrate. I feel that any bride who celebrates herself at her wedding is a beautiful bride.”
The store takes inspiration from the spirit of Jaipur and its neighbouring principalities, and has its share of archways, marble inlay and a wooden carved jhula with a bright cushion seat. Speaking about her design aesthetic, Dongre said, “My design philosophy is elegant, fuss-free, feminine and yet comfortable. The Anita Dongre bride is a modern, free-spirited woman who desires modernity with traditional aesthetic.” The evening also marked the launch of her gold jadau and silver jewellery line, Pink City.
Other spotted at the do included former model Sangeeta Bijlani, Bengali actress Arpita Pal and designers Sandeep Khosla, Alpana Gujral, Anupama Dayal, Suneet Varma and Gaurav Gupta.