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This afternoon I have a real bridal fashion treat for you, as I am delighted to be sharing with you the brand new collection from London based designer Sanyukta Shrestha. Sanyukta is known for her sustainable bridal design, ‘the epitome of Sanyukta Shrestha’s collections is luxurious organic fair-trade fabrics, fused with flattering shapes, elegance, and individuality.’ Her work is exquisite, totally beautiful and full of personality. She really pushes the bridal fashion envelope and takes her designs to a new level. With this new collection she has taken her influence from autumn and worked with new colours, textures and silhouettes. There really are some magnificent pieces in this collection, I just know you are going to love it.
When developing the new collection I was inspired by the English Romantic poet John Keats and his poem titled “TO AUTUMN”. I wanted to embrace the cycle of autumn and compare the changes in the seasons through the Autumn being personified as a model and the leaves being represented as the dresses. It features fashion forward pieces, from full dramatic voluminous gowns to contemporary see-through lace designs, all made out of the most luxurious, sustainable fibres. To me, the young model in the collection depicts Autumnal seeds; adding hope to the falling leaves with ivory, yellow and peach tones in sustainable designs. The daring, yet elegant, silhouettes and colours of the collection portray the ‘Sanyukta Shrestha Bride’; A contemporary muse who doesn’t follow fashion, but rather prefers to make her own statement by embracing her own nature and individuality. Each style within this collection follows ecologically green guidelines, with fabrics from ethical and fair trade certified manufacturers. We have also used beautifully tactile eco fabrics; a mix of ethical & vegan friendly materials such as Upcycled silk & Organic cotton, ethical & organic laces, bamboo, and hemp. Our “Zero waste” philosophy was at the heart of our decision to use upcycling in the new garments. We have incorporated different elements from our strongest eco creations so far; recreating an eclectic mix of innovation and timeless design, while staying true to our ethics and eco-friendly approach that we stand for.‘The collection shoot set was produced with eco-friendly floral installation, cruelty-free beauty products and vintage furniture that has been beautifully aged keeping its old charm alive for more than 100 years.’
The campaign is a love letter to autumn and the poetic atmosphere of nature during my favourite season; entwining the nostalgia of natural beauty with modern fashion. The “AUTUMN DAYDREAM” collection explores the season’s sense of purity, innocence and romanticism and is designed for free spirited brides that believe in living and experiencing life to the fullest. I was smitten at first sight as a nature lover so my new sustainable bridal 2020 collection draws inspiration from the peace I find in my home; a 200 year old Georgian Manor enveloped by acres of dreamy surrounds and uninterrupted country views. The warm tones of autumn leaves alongside pastel skies in the wealthy wildlife of Natural Lincolnshire Wolds (a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) was the backdrop of the fairy-tale that unfolds at my own sanctuary. This is where the peace and serenity that surrounds my own home has spurred the creativity and inspiration to create this collection.“As a nature lover, I am charmed by the tranquillity that surrounds my home. All seasons passed by over the years but I couldn’t stop falling in love with the romanticism of Autumn. I waited until the end of October for leaves to be turning with shades of golden yellow and orange and to naturally fall, to capture the whole beauty of my collection, in which ‘Autumn’ itself is an inspiration.”
A pioneer in sustainable bridal design, the epitome of Sanyukta Shrestha’s collections is luxurious organic fair-trade fabrics, fused with flattering shapes, elegance, and individuality. Recognized by the media, Sanyukta’s work has been featured in leading international magazines, the Nepalese born designer’s sustainable gowns have been worn by several celebrities. Honoured with ‘Best of the Wedding Industry, Leading Specialists on Eco friendly & Sustainable Bridal Wear-2019’ this year, the designer has been recognised with many other prestigious national & international awards since beginning of her journey for the graceful creations and an innovative approach of empowering women in developing countries.
Sanyukta’s decision to use these natural/eco fibres in her collections underlines her commitment to the environment and development focusing on ‘beauty with a conscience’. Through blending sustainability with her ethical believes, she intends to create opportunities for village women in Nepal, by merging and turning their traditional skills into delicate fabrics and designs. Sanyukta Shrestha’s extensive range of innovative fashion forward gowns provides stylish options to all women who care for people as well as the planet. However, the end quality in both the designs and craftsmanship is in no way compromised through this ethical and ecological approach, resulting in an uplifting and luxurious gown.
Currently we are based in London, our store ‘Behuli’ in Fulham has become the go-to destination for international brides who are dreaming of the perfect Eco-Friendly Wedding. The creative studio of the brand is nestled in the inspiring wilderness of Lincolnshire Wolds. Beside bridal designs, my experience in designing extends to nearly 20 years now; spanning from working for international beauty pageants like Miss World and Miss Earth, to working with celebrity clients, to custom designing for the films.
£1500-3000 for made to order and £3000 + for couture gowns.
From our boutique ‘Behuli by Sanyukta Shrestha’ in Fulham, London (59 Walham Grove, SW6 1QR)
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