It is no secret that Indians love to celebrate, irrespective of the region we come from or the faith we practise. Traditional Indian wedding celebrations begin at least a week before the wedding day but continue well into the first year of marriage. There’s the first holi, diwali, rakhi, pujo, onam, karwachauth, Eid, Christmas… you get the gist. For a newly married bride the ‘firsts’ after marriage are special occasions to bond with the entire family. For many of you, this festive season will mark the first of many more to come. And it goes without saying that you want to leave a lasting first impression. So it’s crucial that you look your absolute best for the upcoming festivities. Keeping this in mind I’ll focus on three important festivals for married women - Durga Pooja, Karwachauth and Diwali. As the weather begins to cool, now is the perfect time to bring the evergreen silk out of your closet. My favourite pick for these occasions is Sanjukta Dutta’s latest collection ‘Mekhela Chador’. The mekhela chador is a traditional drape from Assam that is usually available in silk or cotton with motifs woven into the fabric. You can drape this gorgeous piece as a sari but if you are up for trying something new then follow this step-by-step guide from Wikipedia: There are two main pieces of cloth that are draped around the body. The bottom portion, draped from the waist downwards is called the mekhela. It is in the form of a sarong that is folded into pleats to fit around the waist and tucked in. The folds are to the right, as opposed to the pleats in the Nivi style of the sari, which are folded to the left. The top portion of the two-piece dress, called the Chador, is a long length of cloth that has one end tucked into the upper portion of the mekhela and the rest draped over and around the rest of the body. Unlike the Pavadai Dhavani, the Chador is tucked in triangular folds.
The mekhela-chador that I have picked from Dutta’s collection is the showstopper piece donned by the bold and beautiful Bipasha Basu. I chose this as it is made of silk and because of its rich colour combination of red and white. Traditionally white symbolises purity while red is an auspicious colour for the Hindu bride. The outfit is decorated with gold and red motifs and is paired with a red silk blouse with similar motifs on its three-fourth sleeves. This gives the new bride a very classy yet traditional look. The modern bride likes to be a perfect blend of the traditional and the contemporary. Since the mekhela-chador is a traditional outfit, you can make it stand out with the accessories that you choose. Complete your look by pairing this exquisite drape with sensuous Christian Louboutin peep toe sandals in python print. These ‘Lady Peeps’ with jaw dropping height and luxurious shape will add the perfect glam quotient to your feet. A substantial platform reduces the plunge of the dramatic heel and allows you to walk with confidence and ease. Celebrations also mean an opportunity for clicking Instagram-worthy selfies. To put on your best smile or pout you’ll need the Rouge Louboutin for your lips. This Christian Louboutin lip colour lends the wearer a very dramatic and sensuous appeal. It is highly pigmented and will perfectly animate the curves of your lips. Its non-sticky texture is exceptionally comfortable for wear and remains impeccable with a high-resolution shine. Bonus: It’s special ingredients will keep your lips moist.