Tej Pratap, son of former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad, wanted an understated and not very formal look on his wedding day, says Azimur Rahman, who has designed the 29-year-old lawmaker’s attire for the ceremony to held Saturday evening.
Tej Pratap is the older son of Lalu Yadav, who is the chief of Bihar’s main opposition party, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD). He will wed Aishwarya Rai, granddaughter of former Bihar chief minister Daroga Prasad Rai, in Patna on Saturday.
Explaining how he used the ‘occasion’ to design something other than a standard cream sherwani, as Tej Pratap favours simple, fuss-free designs over elaborate ethnic Indianwear, Rahman told Hindustan Times in a telephone interview from Patna, “The groom asked to look understated, so I kept it simple and classic.”
The Delhi-based designer says he has been prepping the wedding outfits for the groom and his relatives, including his brother-in-law Vikram Yadav and brother Tejashwi Yadav, for more than a month.
Tej Pratap will wear a simple cream kurta and white pyjama on his wedding. (Photo/ Mohd. Azimur Rahman)
Rahman, a 2001 NIFT-Delhi passout, went for a minimalist approach, when creating a bespoke piece for Tej Pratap. Less is more seem to be the words, when fashion designer Mohd. Azimur Rahman describes the high profile groom’s “classic” wedding day attire.
“By classic I mean a versatile, ever-smart kurta-pyjama in cream that flatters the groom’s complexion as well as his confident, effortless personal style. The colour is summer-friendly and will look fabulous in the photographs too,” adds Rahman.
Born in Motihari, Bihar, Rahman, who runs a design studio in Delhi’s New Friend’s Colony and has been designing for Lalu Yadav and his family for 15 years, says it was tempting to go for a safe sherwani, but actually something like a crisp kurta-pyjama, sans any embroidery and embellishment, makes a statement without screaming ‘look at me.’
Tej Pratap wore this sky blue kurta and white pyjama set for his Mehendi. (Photo/ Mohd. Azimur Rahman)
“It’s the details that matter, like the fit, the setting of the wedding, the weather. Since the wedding will see thousands of guests, it helps to wear something that looks traditional but is still comfortable,” says Rehman, 37, who expects some 15,000 guests to attend Saturday’s celebrations.
When opting for a classic kurta-pyjama, like Tej Pratap has, grooms also have the advantage of being able to reuse their outfits after the wedding and mix and match the elements for different occasions, says Rehman, who also designed a sky blue kurta and white pyjama set for the groom’s Mehendi ceremony on Wednesday.
“Lighter shades of blue look great during summer and is smart/casual personified,” says Rehman. His made-to-order kurta-pyjama sets work just as well if you’re simply a guest, not a groom, and cost Rs 5,000 upwards. His wedding sherwanis have a higher price point, obviously, and start at Rs 50,000.
Tej Pratap’s brother-in-law Vikram Yadav and his son Arjun at a pre-wedding function, wearing a creation from Mohd. Azimur Rahman. (Photo/ Mohd. Azimur Rahman)
When you’re the groom’s brother, there’s nothing better than wearing a well-tailored ethnic Indian attire, and that’s exactly what Tej Pratap’s younger brother Tejashwi has gone for. Without falling into the boring white kurta-pyjama trap, Tejashwi opted to go bold with colours and herald his excitement for the new couple.
Rehman says he made festive attire actually festive for Tejashwi, who will rock a dark blue silk kurta, crisp fitted ivory pyjama and a sleeveless midnight blue velvet jacket for the wedding.
Speaking about the bride’s wedding day look, Rehman says, “She’ll likely pick a timeless lehenga, perhaps something bought from a designer in DLF Mall of India in Noida or DLF Promenade, Vasant Kunj, Delhi.”
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