Lehengas, kurtas and saris are the safest picks for most functions in the Indian wedding line-up. While the silhouettes will never lose its charm, often they come doused in heavy embellishments and embroidery, making them cumbersome for events where you would prefer more freedom of movement. But pick an ensemble in a rich brocade, and you’re guaranteed to stand out and be comfortable at the same time. Not convinced? Check out Rashmika Mandanna’s recent Payal Khandwala outfit for inspiration. In August 2022, the south star opted for a black silk shirt and brocade pants for the promotions of her upcoming film, Sita Ramam. Ahead, the designer gives us a download on the statement look.
Rashmika Mandanna’s brocade pants can be styled multiple ways
Rashmika Mandanna has been out and about to promote her upcoming period romance film, Sita Ramam, for which she has been serving one eye-catching look after another. She showcased the timelessness of brocades with her Payal Khandwala look. Speaking of the details of her set, the designer revealed, “Rashmi is wearing our black and vintage gold engineered silk brocade trouser woven entirely by hand. It took our artisans seven hours to weave the textile and at the studio another 10 hours to pattern and sew it. The pants are paired with our relaxed black twill silk, making it quiet luxury at its best. A modern silhouette married with an age old craft, her outfit makes for the perfect ensemble that is both chic yet comfortable.”
Mandanna accessorised the look with a stack of bangles, neck chain, earrings and rings with a vintage gold finihsh from Misho, Roma Narsinghani and Curio Cottage. The actor’s makeup was done in tones of gold and copper to complement the zari threads on her brocade pants. “The best part about trousers, like Rashmika’s, is that they can be worn to any formal event, be it a dinner or a cocktail party. The look can be dressed up or down. Throw on a black blazer, team it pleated poncho or a gold shirt. Or wear it with your mother’s heritage jewellery for a friend’s destination wedding. It is stylish but also endlessly versatile,” explains Khandwala. If you’re on the lookout for an outfit that will ensure you get the most out of your investment, this set is one you need to consider.