The city is alive again – with people and places. Within a week we discovered four destinations for bridal and Native American fashion. New product launches, glamorous openings and the influx of Delhi’s chic set are testimonies that the city is the ultimate destination for wedding shopping.
Shopping for Indian clothing in Delhi
Our first stop was the Delhi outpost JADE by Monica & Karishma at DLF Emporio. Tucked away in a corner on the third floor, the store was packed with brides and wedding shoppers lured by the large display of their Bani Thani collection on the mall’s ground floor.
While researching the handicrafts of Rajasthan, the designer came across a beautiful painting called “Bani Thani” by Nihal Chand It’s part of the National Museum that inspired the collection.” Later, the Princess of Krisangarh introduced me to the history of the painting as it was then commissioned by the King of Krisangarh,” Shah shares. The beautiful painting led the designers to discover various craft techniques, such as Leheriya, which is made from turmeric, madder root and onion skin in sustainable natural colors in JADE’s new collection. They also recruited National Award-winning Leheriya artist Mohd. Saquib for helping to create this edit. Around the store we also spotted muted pastel colored lehengas with JADE’s intricate monochromatic embroidery. The store solidifies the Mumbai-based label’s presence in the city and attracts brides
Next on the agenda was the flagship store for Shanti Banaras that has found its way from the City of Ghats to the glamorous lanes of Mehrauli. Located on the One Style Mile, it is in good company with the stairs adjoining and leading to Sabyasachi’s store. The majestic stairs lead to a beautiful open-plan boutique that is a modernist ode to Varanasi’s splendor – craftsmanship and people. The label has a rich history as a 70-year-old family business as a wholesaler and manufacturer of Indian ethnic clothing. Shanti Banaras is committed to preserving the traditional craftsmanship of handwoven Banarsi fabrics and they do so with panache. Slowly becoming a dying art, gold zari work is the highlight of their Banarsi sarees, dupattas and lehengas.
Designed by Rama Mehra Studio, the store is a mix of old-world elements with a clean, minimalist layout. It is roughly divided into three sections – a section of beautifully embroidered bridal lehengas, a section of traditional shawls, brocades and golden zari saris, and finally a gallery. The art gallery area is adorned with beautiful Pichwai paintings and a spinning silver and gold circular artwork depicting Ganga and Yamuna. The premise of Shanti Banaras is simple – traditional at heart but with an avant-garde aesthetic that immerses us in the spirit of Varanasi from afar.
Our next stop was just a stone’s throw away Payal Singhal‘s shop-in-a-shop outpost in Aza, Ambawatta One. Payal Singhal’s presence in the city isn’t new, her unique prints are easy to spot in most multi-designer stores, but a space dedicated to the designer was definitely in order. Covered in a beautifully printed PS wallpaper, the area is dedicated to the designer’s burgeoning collections. “We have everything from bridal to pret, athleisure to resort plus accessories,” shares the designer, who felt compelled to find a cohesive space to showcase her fusion and Indianwear in Delhi. The showstopper in the store right now is their Winter Festive ’21 collection, Suroor, which is a great mix of Indian and Western silhouettes. Hybrid lehengas, back tie cholis, sharara sets, kaftan kurtas and anarkalis are enhanced with intricate mukaish, zardozi, gota, nakshi, pitta and mirror work in signature PS prints. Basically it is a Payal Singhal pressure party that is sure to make many ladies in Delhi happy.
Finally, we returned to the Olive site to indulge at our final Indianwear destination in Delhi for the launch of Shantnu & Nikhils flagship store. The minimalist space is spectacular and decorated in tones of black, white, and gray along with gold details. The designer duo’s signature touches can be seen throughout the store. From leather that’s all over the ceiling to pieces of furniture with their classic brooches and laser-cut placemats. The store is a testament to their minimalist, military aesthetic. The opening ceremonies were rounded off with an evening of opera that really added a dose of glamor to a foggy evening in Delhi.
Let us know about your experiences as you stop by these places for bridal and Indian fashion in Delhi.
Cover Photo: Courtesy of JADE by Monica & Karishma. Featured Image: Courtesy of Shantanu & Nikhil.
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