Over the last few years, like most people, I've been obsessing over Sabysachi. Art direction and photography aside, their use of colour, motif and embroidery for their men's sherwanis always left me in awe. In addition to this, I had started reading a lot of books around the Mughal Era (more on that later). My fascination of the art, the portraits, architecture, regality and dress grew in-kind and subsequently inspired the idea behind my outfit.
Working with the incredible menswear designer Saran Kohli, we spent a few evenings drafting concepts for my wedding suit. The aim was to make it as regal as possible, all the while avoiding anything ostentatious.
We opted for a soft gold-on-gold sherwani, hand-embroidered and dotted with pearls. The finish ensured it looked elegant yet understated. This base allowed for a little bit of richness - primarily through accessories.
As tradition dictates, bride and groom colours very rarely stray from gold and red. We adapted a light silk cloth to create a rich red oversized shawl with a gold trim. The idea being the shawl would take centre stage and make the entire outfit pop. This was complemented by red velvet loafers with gold embroidery, and gold pleated trousers.
I bought a pair of brushed gold wireframe glasses from Cubitts on Jermyn Street, to complete the look. There was talk of a turban initially, but I felt the outfit would be strong enough without it - plus, what's the point of getting your hair done if no one's going to see it!