Label - Abhinav Mishra
My most favourite style icon would be the new-age bride
Abhinav Mishra is one of the most sought-after designers, known for his outstanding signature mirror work that is all about adding glitz and glam to wedding functions. With vibrant hues playing a major role in his collection, the styles are exactly what a modern-day bride needs in her bridal trousseau. In an interview with Kiran Sahija, the designer talks about the inspiration behind his collection and shares some style tips for modern brides.
Fibre2Fashion : How would you illustrate your journey in the world of fashion and what motivated you to start your own label?
My journey began for the pure love for design and fashion which originated with my work with Rani Pink Decor. However, ever since childhood I always had an interest in weddings and design and decor as well. So, it was a natural instinct for me to get into designing. I studied fashion design and knew it was a natural step for me to take. What motivated me to start my own label is my design aesthetic. I often had friends asking me to design for them and as a hobby I began designing for friends and family. Its then that I noticed an upward demand in terms of what I would design. So, I decided to do an experimental collection of few silhouettes seven years ago and it picked up. Then the label was officially started in 2015.
Fibre2Fashion : How would you elaborate on your obsession with the craft of mirror work? Are there any other craft techniques utilised, or would you experiment with your collection?
The timelessness and the versatility of mirror work has helped it become a favourite in most millennial wardrobes as I have seen over the years. Mirror work has been a big part of my collections since the beginning. The handcraft has, in many ways, become my signature—I use it in different ways in all my collections. I have used it to create de-constructed motifs with gota and silk threads, and even with prints. It plays a very important role in my brand identity because I always aim to blend mirror work with modern silhouettes.
Fibre2Fashion : What drives you to design today? What inspires you season after season?
Weddings have always fascinated me whether it is a family wedding or a friend’s wedding. I've been drawn towards the institution of marriage, the rituals, and the meaning it holds. The great Indian wedding will always be my first love and the reason I do what I do, whether it is Rani Pink Weddings or Abhinav Mishra Design/Couture label I am still drawn to it. The entire brand is built on the concept of Indian weddings and celebrations.
Fibre2Fashion : How has the pandemic changed the wedding industry and the fashion trends? And what were the challenges faced by your label?
Wedding fashion has surely evolved post crisis as people are more excited and are willing to go all out with their fashion looks. The biggest trends for the upcoming summer wedding season are bright colours with bold patterns creating a bright and festive mood. Experimentation will be key and I’m excited to see the trends play out.
Fibre2Fashion : Which bridal couture and festive wear trends will rule this season?
The biggest trends for the upcoming summer wedding season would be bright as well as traditional colours like red and pink, with bold patterns creating a bright and festive mood that has become Abhinav Mishra’s signature.
Fibre2Fashion : Which is your favourite piece from your overall collection and why?
It’s very hard to choose one favourite piece from the overall collection as all are my favourites and very close to my heart. However, the red bridal lehengas are my personal favourites as these are the first red colour pieces I have made.
Fibre2Fashion : According to you, who is the most stylish celebrity and who is your style icon?
My style icon doesn’t necessarily influence my brand purse since I tend to get inspired by a gamut of different, exciting and creative stimuli. However, I do believe that yesteryear fashion icons such as Audrey Hepburn, Marlyn Monroe, Rekha, Madhubala, Mumtaaz, Meena Kumari, Sridevi and Madhuri Dixit are definitive style icons who I really look up to and often tend to get inspired by them. But my most favourite style icon at this point would be the new-age bride. She definitely motivates a lot of my decisions.
Fibre2Fashion : Any style tip that you would like to share for a bride to slay in her bridal outfit?
The best suggestion for brides while picking up outfits for their functions is to look for comfort; choose silhouettes and colours that are flattering for them also keeping in mind the season of their functions.