By Daniela Degrassi
I’ve been a fan of Sanyukta Shrestha since unveiling her 2018 Entwined Love bridal collection on the blog. Staying true to the designer’s commitment to sustainability and ethics, the new collection The Autumn Daydream will grace 2020 brides with her most poetic creations to date.
The campaign is a love letter to autumn and the poetic atmosphere of nature during the designer’s favorite season. Inspired by English Romantic poet John Keats and his poem titled “To Autumn’ the collection explores the season’s sense of purity, innocence and romanticism and is designed for free spirited brides that believe in living life to the fullest and experiencing as much of it as they can. Smitten at first sight as a nature lover, for her new sustainable bridal 2020 collection, Sanyukta draws inspiration from the peace she finds in her home, a charming 200 years old Georgian Manor surrounded by five acres of enchanting naturesque dreamy surrounds.
“As a nature lover, I am charmed by the tranquility that surrounds my home. All seasons passed by over the years but 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.” – Sanyukta Shrestha
Sanyukta’s “Zero waste” philosophy was a strong influence for up-cycling and incorporating different elements from her strongest creations so far, recreating an eclectic mix of innovation and timeless design while staying true to her ethics and eco friendly approach that the Nepalese designer is widely known for. Without further ado, let’s unveil vegan friendly gowns within The Autumn Daydream collection, made from culmination up-cycling of fair-traded hand-loomed bamboo, organic cotton, and animal-free recycled materials.
The adorable flower girl is also dressed in cruelty-free designs. In fact, Sanyukta included a few flower girl styles in The Autumn Daydream 2020 Collection.
All the hand-loomed organic cotton and bamboo fabrics used in Sanyukta Shrestha’s collections come from the Tulsi Mehar Mahila Ashram which houses homeless and destitute women. The Ashram is the first social non-governmental organization (NGO) that was set up in 1927 dedicated to helping deprived women of challenging backgrounds in Nepal. Sanyukta’s team then turns the handmade and hand spun fabrics created by these skillful women into wearable art. A staggering 50% of Sanyukta Shrestha’s fabric producers are from remote and mountainous areas. All these remarkable women are given the chance to employ their traditional skills in their own homes to generate extra income.
‘I personally feel that supporting these women to become financially independent is the best way to ensure a brighter future for them and their children.’ – Sanyukta Shrestha
The designer’s flagship store ‘Behuli by Sanyukta Shrestha’ in Fulham, has become the go-to destination for international brides, dreaming of the perfect Eco Friendly Wedding. The creative studio of the brand is located in the wilderness of Lincolnshire Wolds. And if you’d like to wear a Sanyukta Shrestha exclusive and customized design on your wedding day, learn more about her bespoke services on her website.
Photo shoot credits:
Creative Direction & Styling: Sanyukta Shrestha Team
Photographer: Kev Elkins
Models: Julia Kinnear and Ameya Shrestha
Makeup Artist: Tina Brocklebank
Florist: Limewood Flowers
Set design Assistance: Wedding Planner Claire Plumb
Props : Mrs Anne Brearley & Designer’s own
Location: Designer’s Sanctuary (home)
An incurable enthusiast and independent spirit since she could remember (her childhood heroines were Pippi Longstockings and Katharine Hepburn) Daniela Degrassi found her creative outlet as a lifestyle photographer, working mainly in Northern California. Currently splitting her time between SF Bay Area and her native Italy to continue to be her autistic sister’s primary caregiver. Vegan since 2014, she found a perfect way to carry her message of compassion while celebrating her love for the wedding industry launching The Kind Bride in February 2018.