Fashion Forward: Designer Stores Exclusively For The Wedding Season

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Amidst plethora of ceremonies, echoing voices and sentient shades of nostalgia is time for the bride to choose the wedding ensemble of her dreams. But what could stall the excitement is the absence of a precise plan. Thus considering all the problems you might possibly face this season, we suggest you a solution in the form of a passionately compiled list of unconventional designer stores you can shop from in the city.

Ensemble:
An indubitable trend setter, Ensemble is India’s premier multi-designer store that came into existence in 1989; and today is run by power-siblings Tarun and Tina Tahiliani. It showcases a spectrum of contemporary Indian fashion by proudly hosting works of Monisha Jaisingh, Bhairavi Jaikishan, Lecoanett-Hemant, Pankaj Ahuja and Anamika Khanna to name a few. On entering the store, one can easily get drawn towards the lehengas, saris, indo-western evening wear and Trousseau exhibited in neat lines, making Ensemble your only choice of store for all wedding ceremonies.
Top Picks: Don’t forget to try on garments by Anamika Khanna and Lecoanett-Hemant.
Store location: 130/132, Great Western Building, Kala Ghoda 

Aza:
Aza can be described as heaven on Earth for women with an exquisite taste in festive clothing. Needless to say, the store offers a wide range of couture, diffusion and prêt collections for men and women specialising in ethic and wedding wear that’d melt any bride’s heart. Renowned designers such as Anamika Khanna, Manish Malhotra, Rohit Bal, Sabyasachi Mukherji, Gaurav Gupta and Neeta Lulla are some of the very few who uphold a laudable space in the store.
Top Picks: Sabyasachi Mukherji’s ageless collection of sarees is an every wedding-wardrobe must have! Furthermore, this space is equally shared by Manish Malhotra, Neeta Lulla and Rohit Bal whose garments are handcrafted to perfection with most attention given to elegance and exclusivity.
Store location: 21 Altamount Road and Shishir, 15-A, Near Maneckji Cooper School, Juhu Tara Road

Chamomile:
Owned by NIFT alumni and husband-wife duo, Chamomile boasts collections by some of India’s bridal couture experts. It displays glamorous and youthful garments by Payal Singhal, traditional chikan-kari saris and kurtis by Lucknow based Anju Narain and to top it all, ethnic jewellery by internationally acclaimed designer Peiter Erasmust. The selection of these garments go on to tell tales of the luxuriant taste the store’s curators Kanchan and Vineet Dhingra have embraced. Apart from these designers, the store also sells works of Wendell Rodricks, Rahul Khanna, Malini Ramani and Rocky S.
Top Picks: The must-consider designers would none other than be Malini Ramani for her plush saris, Meera Mahadevia for her ornate clutches and Shaheen Abbas for her passionately designed jewellery.
Store location: First floor, Palladium Mall, Lower Parel, Mumbai-13

Fizaa:
Opened just a few months ago, the store shelters exotic garments from bridal couture to red carpet creations by some of the most noted Indian designers – each of whom is handpicked and invited by the owner, Zarine Khan herself. From Manav Gangwani’s piquant couture, Varun Bahl’s perennial ensembles to Adarsh Gill’s ravishing saris, the store is oozing with verity and elegance. If you’re looking for an opulent look involving mild colours and rich embroidery, then Fizaa is the only place to be.
Top Picks: The store spells luxury; however an extra star undoubtedly goes to Varun Bahl for his classic red-gold lehengas and Adarsh Gill for his traditional bridal saris.
Store location: Sanjay Plaza, AB Nair Road, Juhu, Mumbai-49

Ogaan:
This is where most of the young talent dwells. Ogaan has been a curator of contemporary art since 1989 and throws light on some of the most promising designers this country has seen. Trend setters such as Nupur Kanoi, Abhilasha Dastoor, Arpan Vohra, Pankaj and Nidhi Ahuja are some of the showcasing artists at Ogaan. With an interesting fusion of Indian and contemporary, Ogaan has a wide range of bridal couture that can transform at your whim – traditional when you want it and contemporary on other occasions.
Top Picks: Keep an eye out for jewellery by Ritika Sachdeva and traditional wear by Gaurav Gupta and Anamika Khanna.
Store location: Vaswani House, 1st Floor, 7 Best Marg, Colaba

Kimaya:
If you have a taste for heavily embellished lehengas and always dream of shining in it on your D-day, you know this store is for you. From heavily traditional couture by designers Falguni & Shane Peacock, Rohit Bal and Tarun Tahiliani to fresh contemporary designs by Pankaj & Nidhi, Abraham and Thakore and Pam Mehta, Kimiya has a vast variety for its every customer. It’s a place where you simply can’t say no.
Top Picks: The only lavish way we know is the Falguni & Shane Peacock way.
Store location: 2, Asha Colony, Opp Hotel Sea Princess, Juhu Tara Road

Mogra Botique:
Still searching for ethnic kalamkari, kanchipuram or georgette saris? Fret not because Mogra boutique is known for its rich taste in hand-woven, ageless Indian saris that are otherwise difficult to find in other multi-designer stores. With over 65 designer labels sprawling under one roof, Mogra maintains its excellence by specialising in traditional and indo-western wear. Aneesh Agarwaal, Shalini Shahni and Abhijeet Khanna are some of the labels that can be found at the Mogra Botique.
Top Picks: Never say no to Kalamkari saris when you’re shopping at Mogra.
Store location: Shop No. 25, Sky Zone, Level one, High Street, Phoenix, Lower Parel 

Melange:
Melange possibly has the widest range of designer labels, from less known to a bevy of reputed ones like Kallol Dutta, Anuradha Vakil and Ranji. Most garments are carefully designed to appeal to the global market. Apart from clothes, the store also stocks accessories such as bags and jewellery made with sequins, precious stones and scarves that are said to be woven to perfection. Melange is a place where you can experiment with dozens of looks without getting disappointed.
Top Picks: Accessories to go with your ensemble are a must-consider when at Melange.
Store location: Melange, 33 Altamount Road

Fuel:
With over 65 designers labels sheltered in the store, Fuel is known for its spacious atmosphere. Apart from an in-house collection of lehengas, fashion jewellery, hand bags, bridal wear; the store has also housed some of the best designer labels in the industry. From Neeta Lulla’s timeless bridal couture to Masaba Gupta’s quirky designs, there’s possibly a garment for your every mood. Walking into the store is all it takes, and once in, there is simply no way you can leave soon.
Top Picks: Undoubtedly Masaba Gupta’s unconventional saris and Neeta Lulla’s elegantly designed lehengas.
Store location: No. 539, Ground floor, Chowpatty, View Building

Attic
If you’re looking for the much needed quirk in your wedding outfit, Attic is the answer. Started in 2008 by four fashion enthusiasts and budding designers, Attic boasts a vast collection of diligently picked saris and gowns best suited for your wedding. While it might not be the conventional garments most women prefer, Attic doesn’t fail to give you something totally outside the box.
Top Picks: We recommend unprecedented labels like Sabbah Sharma, Gaga by Tanya Sharma, Camiz for clothing and Ruchika Sachdeva for her timeless jewellery.
Store location: Bir Sagar 396/20, flat #1, end of 17th road, Santacruz (W) 

Weddings are an expensive affair, but if planned well, nothing could seem more lucrative. So what are you waiting for? Get planning!

Photo credits: All photographs are sourced from designers’ websites and/or Facebook pages.


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Loves to write about fashion. Besides all the serious stuff, she loves admiring cantankerous women talk in local trains, making mix tapes for friends and clicking photos of her gorgeous cats in free time.

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Saloni Dahake

Saloni Dahake
Loves to write about fashion. Besides all the serious stuff, she loves admiring cantankerous women talk in local trains, making mix tapes for friends and clicking photos of her gorgeous cats in free time.
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