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Yes – we’re back at it again! After a delightful exploration of the new collection of Sabyasachi lehengas, we explore the second facet from his dreamy ‘Endless summer’ collection – his variants in sarees and salwar suits. Sabyasachi is a name we're all too familiar with. This ace designer has designed clothes for an enormous list of leading ladies from Hollywood and Bollywood both. His designs have his name written all over it and it is not hard for even a regular non-connoisseur of Sabyasachi's designs, to identify the regality in prints and other works in the attires. Many a time we hear ourselves scream "Oh that's a Sabyasachi!" or asking "Oh is that a Sabyasachi?" and all that because almost one-third of the brides who have their D-day dates coming close have a booklet of cutouts from magazines and newspapers or even a folder of screenshots on their phones for deciding the decor and the bridal attire and the Mehndi ceremony dress or the sangeet look. 

Almost more than half of these attires and collections of bridal clothing flaunted in the photos and cutouts belong to Sabyasachi and this name runs in all our minds when we imagine ourselves walking down the aisle. His collections are all about imperial glamour and gorgeous precision of technicalities in designing works.

What we found is a 'romance' in prints – be it his persuasive passion of floral handmade prints on bright colours, light ivory sarees with floral motifs or even an odd striped print (be it on a dupatta or a saree). We explore it all and the kind of cues that a bride-to-be should take for her own choices in bridal trousseau.

Sabyasachi sarees in ‘Endless Summer’

Image courtesy: Sabyasachi Mukherjee's Facebook Page

Like his Lehenga collection, designer Sabyasachi found his inspiration in a multitude of places - from the Shikargarh style etchings and paintings to minimalist embroidery, from organza and silk tulle drapes to Cheent. And he showered his love for it all through hand-painted fabrics, courtesy the artists from the Sabyasachi Art Foundation. As with the Lehengas, these breezy, light sarees go well with a day-time wedding, a Mehndi ceremony, a Haldi function, Sangeet or even a day-time engagement. The combinations of colours included in the collection of these Sabyasachi sarees are a treat to the eyes.

Here are the distinct styles that we were able to spot:

1. Shikargarh-inspired prints

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A Banarasi inspiration, these 29 printed Sabyasachi sarees evoke vivid depictions of the regional flora, using the traditional silk screen printing style from West Bengal. The designer chose to create these on Organza silks and paired them with conservative, south Indian style blouses in pop colours. The sarees are finished with elaborate, embellished borders, to add a hint of sophistication. The tassels in the borders for detailing add to the aura of glam that the saree is supposed to spread, when worn.

2. Striped sarees

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Next, in line with his inspiration of striped white and colour dupattas to go with bright lehengas, we see the emergence of striped sarees. The range varies from thin strips to thick ones, largely in a horizontal print. Vibrant shades of purple, green, red and magenta complete the look. Did you notice how the bygone era of the stripes from the glorious '70s and '80s are brought back to revival and yet, so fashionably fine?

3. Pop inspiration

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The next inspirational style heralds to the sixties with its pop elements. The star print saree, neatly tucked into an ivory, military belt is one such piece. Finished with a threadwork border and black beads, it's a simple style statement which would work well for any casual day event.

4. The Power sarees

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Plain ivory tulle or jet black, these Sabyasachi sarees effectively make for power dressing in all circumstances. 

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5. Ivory with florals

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The last part of the collection segments from their theme for ivory as a wedding colour. Flowing khadi-silk ivory sarees, either with floral prints or embroidered embellishments work well in all cases. We have even spotted these in real life. The work of the classic gold coloured studs and embellishments on an ivory background makes an unforgettable combination that the brides can sport for their engagement and even for the sangeet nights.

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Florals and Sabyasachi have always been a combination that broke hearts and burned the ramps with the vigour and aura of the designs and the light base of the sarees with the minimalistic prints and a heavy border that keeps the flowy material tucked in place, is a great addition to this collection of the Sabyasachi sarees.

Notes from Sabyasachi Sarees:

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Fabrics: Organza, Khadi silk, Cheent

Wedding Saree Colours: Pop Tones, Colour blocking with separate, bright tones for the blouse

Price Range: Rs 50,000 onwards (custom orders are priced separately)

Bridal Blouses: Vintage, high-collared, conservative cuts in pop tones, floral prints, minimal embroidery

Bridal makeup: Nude and natural, with shimmery highlights to the eyes

Bridal accessories: Heavy, heritage look jewellery from the Sabyasachi 

From Ramp to Real Life:

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We spotted Karishma Kapoor in an ivory saree from the Sabyasachi saree collection recently.

We hope that our in-depth look into the range of Sabyasachi sarees from the 'Endless Summer' collection have given you ideas on what you want for your own bridal trousseau.

If yes, do connect with some of our Bridal Lehenga vendors, who also have a formidable saree collection.