Anika Dhawan has introduced a whole new perspective to the wedding scenario in India. Called the ‘Wedding Décor Couturier’, this Delhiite has been transforming wedding camps into a decorative piece of memorable art since over 5 years now. From theme based décors to the occasion based customised brain storming, Anika’s joint label called ‘Rani Pink’ is behind designing pandals and interior-exterior designs for an impactful one-of-its-kind wedding experience.
If you’ve been following her label Rani Pink on the social circuit, you are very well versed with her kitsch to classic style of wedding décor. But what is her own personal style? Apart from designing the sets for her own wedding, which designer trousseau did she wear to make it extra special? What is her everyday style running through meetings and travelling to channel her wedding décor magic, nationally?
We, for our Locker Style diaries #2 presents to you a sneak peak into her closet. Take a look!
Photographs courtesy – Faizan Patel Photography
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Anika Dhawan in Sabyasachi Lehenga
Tell us something about your knack for creativity.
My occupation as a wedding designer is not just confined to creating props and setting up mandaps for an event, there is a full story that revolves around it.
Something that is close knitted to the lives of the bride and groom , something that forces me to completely engross myself in their lives for a minute and feel their hopes and aspirations of what they would expect from their wedding, so if I’m not creative enough to weave a simplistic story into a fairytale, then Id feel something is definitely missing from the experience I promised them. Also its something I love doing, something that keeps me on my toes and helps me entail a vision that helps me grow as a person each passing day.
Anika Dhawan in a Sabyasachi Saree
What inspired you to become a wedding décor couturier?
The whole concept of your vision turning into reality in a few hours. It was like instant gratification. It was magical. I always loved weddings right from my childhood days. Everything about it excited me – from the clothes, jewellery, flowers and props. I would make small notes after every wedding for my own big day.
‘A’ Keychain from Stella McCartney
What’s the story behind Rani Pink?
Rani Pink is a boutique organisation which we started a few years ago. There was no real plan but after i quit my job in a wedding design company, i got approached within a few days for a solo project. It all happened in a span of 25 days and Rani Pink started in one room with 2 desks and a tailor.
Anika Dhawan wedding ring
What is your most cherished project and why?
My very first project is our most cherished. It was a sangeet for a Delhi client. My clients were so supportive and confident that we never felt under-confident or overwhelmed considering it was our first. We got complete freedom to design and execute the way we wanted. There was a huge task at hand because the hotel had a conference and we had to execute the entire project in 4 hours. It was a huge learning curve.
Anika Dhawan in a Sabyasachi Saree
How important is style in a wedding?
Style is the most important thing in a wedding according to me. There are so many minute details in a wedding so if you style it well, you can weave a beautiful story. The only thing is that you have to keep the clients sense of style in mind while designing. It is their big day.
Rani Pink Decorators & Jootis from NeedleDust
For example this year we broke the mould of doing flowers at mehendis, it was scary to be that experimental but it worked. We used a pop colour like neon pink and fused it with gold gota to give it that traditional touch and yet it was fun and quirky.
Cocktail Clutch by Nathalie Trad
Speaking about style, what is your personal favourite (style/trend)?
I love old vintage glamour – classic and feminine. I also love colour blocking – solids and contrasts.
Peep Toe Heels
Who, as per you are your style icons and why?
Audrey Hepburn, Madhubala and Sonam Kapoor. They’re super chic, classic, feminine and ultra glamorous. Totally my style !
Saint Laurent Bag
What’s your personal wedding trousseau style? Who is your favourite couture designer?
Traditional. I’m not big on fusion. I love Sabyasachi, Anamika Khanna and Manish Malhotra. My wedding trousseau had all three.
Rani Pink – 11B, Shahpur Jat, Delhi
What are your future plans?
We plan to take the Rani Pink store all over the country. So everyone can have a beautiful wedding in a budget that works for them.
Top – CUE, Skirt – Bodice
Share your Top-5 favourites from your fashion locker!
1. My evening Gucci bag
2. A pair of traditional earrings I got from my mother
3. My wedding lehenga by Sabyasachi
Anika Dhawan in a Sabyasachi Lehenga
4. A Disney crop top from London
Disney Crop Top (London)
5. A pair of ghungroo payals – my first piece of jewellery from my husband.
Gifted Golden Payals
We are in awe with Anika Dhawan’s beautiful closet, especially her wedding ensemble line-up. Do you feel the Rani Pink LOVE too?
About Locker Style Diaries
Locker Style Diaries presents to you a sneak-peak into the fashionable wardrobe of India’s fashion influencers. This is an association between Kalapalette and Faizan Patel Photography. The idea is to feature Indian fashionistas, their lifestyle, their personal style and what really clicks for them.