Rimi Gill is not your ordinary Indian bride, she is a veteran fashion industry professional that understands the impact of a fabulous ensemble. Fabric, embellishment, color, and design are not just adornment in her eyes, but they tell a story. That’s why she’s our first ever, “Best Dressed Bride” feature. The former Ms. Gill shares her inspiration, and straight up strategy, to getting the bridal look of your dreams.
How many different looks did you select for your wedding?
Rimi: I had 6 different events in 1 week, and had 7 different looks.
What was your overall inspiration (or inspiration for each look)?
Rimi: I love all Indian fashion. It is just amazing, and I couldn’t just pick one specific look, so I had both traditional and modern [outfits]. I also wore different styles (lenghas, anarkalis, straight suits), but the common theme amongst all my outfits was color. I love color and I also felt like it would look great in pics. My mom is my fashion inspiration and I wore her wedding lengha for one of my events and it was one of my favorite outfits!
You don’t have to give away all your secrets, but where did you get each look? Were you able to find everything ready-made or did you design them specifically?
Rimi: I dont mind! I love sharing! I had 2 outfits which were my moms that were custom made for her during her wedding. The remaining outfits were designer but were custom made for me. The designers were Harpreet & Rimple Narula for Mendhi, Sabyasachi for ceremony, Suneet Verma for cocktail hour and Neeta Lulla for Reception
What was your golden rule for matching jewelry, shoes, make up, and hair to your fashion selections?
Rimi: I love jewelry and am really inspired by the Patiala maharani’s, my mom actually knew the rani of Patiala and I had a vision in my mind from all the stories she used to tell us, so I wanted to have that Indian royalty look for my jewelry and I wanted it to be colorful. For most of my events my jewelry was Kundan with precious stones and I wore a diamond and sapphire set for the reception.
Shoes! I love shoes, as I was a shoe buyer. I wore bright blue Badgley Mischka shoes for my sangeet and nude Valentinos for the wedding day.
Make up: I matched [my make up] back to my outfits and the emotions I wanted to exude: somber for morning with light make up, dewy/glowy for the reception, fun and bright for sangeet.
What did you learn from the bridal shopping experience?
Rimi: Its so much pressure, I was like OMG this is my wedding outfit that I will forever be remembered by! Everyone is different and has different time frames for shopping, luckily I was in India for 2 months. But I would recommend checking out designers online and having some sort of inspiration before heading out for wedding shopping. Also try to visit the high end designers first because every shop in India says they carry designer, but they really don’t. So check out the real designers to get a feel for quality of work and style, and even if those styles are not in your budget at least you will get inspiration or ideas!
INTERVIEW BY NATASHA KHAN