Shantanu & Nikhil

Shantanu & Nikhil FW Bridal collection “Passage to India”Fine fabrics, exquisite embroideries and complex drapery with sumptuous, jewel-like bedazzlements—all the elements of traditional Indian bridalwear are there. But take a close look at Shantanu & Nikhil’s Fall/Winter 2018 Bridal Collection. We believe you’re in for a sparkling surprise.

Invoking the rich culture of their country, Shantanu & Nikhil’s Fall/Winter 2018 Bridal Collection aims to take us on a Passage to India. That’s what the show notes say. Looking at the runway, that is certainly true: timeless, graceful and dramatic silhouettes in emerald green, ruby red, ivory, antique gold and dusky rose hark back to an age of famous gemstones and majestic grandeur that is the county’s proud heritage. Looking a little closer, though, a sophisticated modern edge insinuates itself in subtle yet exquisite ways. Among the beautiful cutting, drapery and pleating, the talented duo have scattered, encrusted and dotted Swarovski crystals in a variety of contemporary cuts. Among them the iconic Edelweiss crystal and the punky Spike bead. The effect is one of striking beauty: a deep hymn to a great culture, one rich in art and textiles, but with a resonant high note that looks towards an exciting future. Exceptional.