By Natalia Ningthoujam
New Delhi, Aug 5: Twirling lehengas and floor-sweeping anarkalis continue to attract would-be brides. But the dhoti skirt, a silhouette that reflects both the traditional and contemporary aesthetics, is also becoming a hot favourite this wedding season in India, especially for pre-wedding celebrations, say designers.
A dhoti is typically worn by Indian men, and over the years, designers have fused it with western silhouettes to bring out the now globally popular dhoti pants. A dhoti skirt, for women, is an interpretation which has found prominence of late.
Designer Anita Dongre has launched her latest bridal collection, ‘The Wedding Diaries’; an album of memories of the modern-day bride. While the bespoke bridal couture looks feature lehengas, gowns and anarkalis, there is also a pink dhoti skirt to be paired with a bandi.
“A dhoti skirt is a fresh approach to classic skirts with its draped silhouette. This traditional yet funky option is extremely versatile and can be worn with a short tunic, crop top, bandi or even a trendy asymmetrical jacket,” Dongre says.
Dongre, who will be presenting the collection at The Vogue Wedding Show in partnership with the Taj Group, to be held from Friday to Sunday at the Taj Palace, New Delhi, also shared that though the trend is versatile and can be carried off by women of any age group, “women between the 22 and 28 age bracket mainly have been seen sporting this trend, more so in Mumbai across all professions”.
According to Modi, any woman with a “confident demeanour would easily slip into the dhoti skirts, irrespective of the region or the profession”.
Anaita Shroff Adajania, fashion director, Vogue India, has also given thumbs up to the trend.
“It’s a fun take on the skirt, works well with a kurta for a light mehendi or lunch. Its streamline silhouette adds length to your look. Add quirky jewellery to keep the boho mood alive,” suggests Adajania.