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Fashion in India: Top Bridal Trends

There used to be a time when Indian weddings were humble, no-fuss affairs and when the number on the guest list barely exceeded 50, wedding decorations were kept to a minimum and the bride was simply clad in traditional red and gold attire. And then the 21st century happened!

Now, planning a wedding can take several months up to an year. Choosing the right wedding planner, hiring the right caterers, including and excluding people from the never ending guest list, zeroing down on the right theme for wedding decorations, booking the perfect location are all elements at just the tip of the ice-berg!

The most confusing element for the bride is selecting the right wedding dress for her dream wedding. To make the process simpler, here is a list of some of the top bridal trends for fashion in India, which we hope you enjoy reading!

Blue – The New Red

Although red will always be a classic hue when it comes to Indian bridal dresses, women are also experimenting with shades of blues and greens, which is a fresh and contemporary change, reflective of the modern bride.

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Blue Lehenga

For brides who want to strike a balance between classic red and modern tones, blue tones can be infused with shades of red, maroon and orange to achieve a unique and glamorous look.

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Blue and pink lehenga

Keep it Simple

Amidst the vibrant red, orange and other unconventional shades that are always dominating the wedding season, there is also a simple and seductive gold. Cream coloured lehengas with elegant embroidery work is the latest take when it comes to top Indian bridal trends. The best part about these nude shades is that they give you immense flexibility whilst deciding on the jewellery for your outfit. Kundan jewellery, emeralds, rubies and polki all complement this look beautifully.

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Gold lehenga

Mirror Work and Silver Embroidery

Need some variations from the traditional gold embroideries? Go silver! As brides get more experimental with bold colours and styles, silver zari work is taking centre stage. Inspired from the tribes of Rajasthan, intricate silver zari and mirror work is surely a look to embrace as it is fashionable, fun, flirty and also super light in weight, making it one of the best bridal trends for fashion in India!

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Mirror work bridal lehenga

Embrace Prints 

If you are not a fan of bling, and shy away from the shine of mirror work, printed lehengas are the best choice for you and can make a big impact. Whether bold, floral or subdued, pick your favourite print!

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Narghis Fakhri in a stunning rose-printed lehenga

The Royal Bride

If you decide to go for a regal look for your wedding, anarkali is your calling. This garment surely makes for a royal bride, and can be teamed up with a majestic polki set. Embrace a layered anarkali, as it will give you a voluminous look, yet flatter the feminine figure. There is no doubt you will be the bride to be remembered with this amazing Indian bridal fashion trend.

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Regal outfit with a gold border

Fancy Back

Blouses with fancy backs are the hottest trend in the Indian bridal wear. While it is a good idea to avoid a plunging neckline on your wedding, revealing your back a little with creative blouse designs can add instant glamour to your look.

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Fancy back

Back to the Roots
For all those who cannot think beyond a single colour for your wedding attire, don’t think twice before buying that head-to-toe red anarkali. Single colours with stunning embroidery are one of the most stylish Indian bridal trends today. Despite the numerous new colours and trends in the market, it would be impossible to shy away from the classic red hue; the epitome of bridalwear.

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Red Bridal lehenga

Long-sleeve blouse

A stylish long sleeve blouse is an essential trend that had been missing from the wedding fashion scenario until recently. Thanks to designers like Manish Malhotra and Anju Modi, women can be comfortable during the winter wedding season and still look super glamorous and stylish. From impressive mandarin collars to flattering velvet fabric, there’s a whole range of fashionable blouse designs you can select from that tickle your fashion buds.

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Long sleeve blouse

Jacket-style blouse

The idea of teaming up a saree, suit or lehenga with a jacket might sound a bit out of the box, but this trend is definitely here to stay. Jackets are a top Indian bridal fashion trend that a bride must consider investing in, as they give a chic, contemporary appeal.

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Long red jacket

I hope you were inspired by the selection of these bridal trends for fashion in India! Whether you opt for a fancy back, long jacket style or a printed lehenga for your bridal ensemble, carry it off with much elegance, grace and confidence!

The Unconventional Bridal Lehenga

Gone are the days when women only wore demure red and maroon bridal lehengas for their wedding. This is the era of unconventional, quirky, bold and colourful. From tiny backless cholis to long waistcoats, we have it all! Brides today are the epitome of modern sophistication and vintage elegance. There is no dearth of exceptionally talented designers in India. You can take your pick of bridal lehengas from famous Indian designers like Manish Malhotra, an absolute favourite and even offbeat ones like Khyati Pande. New entries in this bridal lehenga biz are Pakistani designers like Nomi Ansari and Sana Safinaz. With these flourish of designers, we bring to you a compilation of all our favourite bridal lehengas.

We love our Indian designers. They are unpredictable and innovative and love challenging themselves.

A stunning bridal lehenga by Suneet Varma
A stunning bridal lehenga by Suneet Varma

Take this Suneet Verma creation for example. The colour combination of this bridal lehenga is so unusual that it may require another look. But that’s the beauty of this bridal lehenga. Notice the intricate mirror work and how each colour is skilfully used in correct proportions. It’s not gaudy or overbearing. As a whole, it’s just right.

If you don’t want your style buds to be restricted with traditional colours, feel free to embrace this! Times have changed and you can wear almost any colour you desire on your wedding.

A sage green bridal lehenga by Ashima Leena
A sage green bridal lehenga by Ashima Leena

Anyone fancy this sage green sherwani lehenga? Designer duo Ashima Leena has created this brilliant bridal lehenga masterpiece in the most underrated colour. This mint green shade creates a sophisticated and elegant look. If you don’t want anything too elaborate with typical colours of white and red, then this subtle colour is for you!

Sometimes, people may choose a bridal lehenga with a lot of embellishment and shimmer. After all, who doesn’t like a bit of bling? What we don’t realise is that sometimes beauty lies in simplicity. Take for example this JJ Valaya lehenga.

A simple and elegant bridal lehenga by JJ Valaya
A simple and elegant bridal lehenga by JJ Valaya

Distinctive and striking colours? Check! Elaborate yet simple and tasteful embroidery? Check! Bound to make a hit bridal lehenga? Double check! This outfit, with its beautiful embroidery work and colours speaks timeless beauty and elegance.

But our ultimate favourite is this powdery blue bridal lehenga below.

A beautiful powdery blue bridal lehenga by Jyotsna Tiwari
A beautiful powdery blue bridal lehenga by Jyotsna Tiwari

This bridal lehenga is going to make you look and feel ethereal, graceful, classy and breathtakingly beautiful all at the same time! Designer Jyotsna Tiwari proves with this creation that blue is definitely an elegant bridal wear option.

Whilst white and ivory are not the top picks for bridal lehengas, we beg to differ!

A rich white and gold bridal lehenga by Meera and Muzaffar Ali
A rich white and gold bridal lehenga by Meera and Muzaffar Ali

Meera and Muzaffar Ali’s white and gold lehenga is rich, royal and ravishing. All eyes are guaranteed to be on you as you flaunt this elegant ensemble in style.

Pakistani bridal lehengas are usually characterized by their extensive use of long sherwanis and detailed lehengas underneath.

Veteran Pakistani designer Nomi Ansari is most famous for his exceptionally beautiful bridal lehengas.

A beautiful pink bridal lehenga with gold embroidery by Nomi Ansari
A beautiful pink bridal lehenga with gold embroidery by Nomi Ansari

This bridal lehenga has all the elements required for an exquisite bride. You can never go wrong with intricate gold embroidery and a beautiful burst of pink!

The most unconventional bridal lehenga on this list is Nomi Ansari floral creation shown below.

A gorgeous floral and mint bridal lehenga by Nomi Ansari
A gorgeous floral and mint bridal lehenga by Nomi Ansari

This bridal lehenga screams diversity and innovation with its big, bold colourful spring flower print juxtaposed on a mint green colour. Simply exquisite!

Like Ashima Leena’s sage green ensemble, peach is a very underrated bridal lehenga colour. However, this Asifa and Nabeel lehenga says otherwise. I love the gorgeous layers and subtle gold embroidery work, which has a very feminine and elegant feel.

A feminine and elegant peach bridal lehenga by Asifa and Nabeel
A feminine and elegant peach bridal lehenga by Asifa and Nabeel

Our final bridal lehenga is this heavy creation by Sana Safinaz.

A bold pink bridal lehenga by Sana Safinaz
A bold pink bridal lehenga by Sana Safinaz

This bridal lehenga has strong colours, pink being the dominant one. What makes this bridal lehenga novel is the cutwork sleeves, which add a touch of rebellion and modernity in this otherwise traditional look.

Through this article, my sole motive was to familiarise you with the extensive variety of bridal lehengas that exist. You don’t have to settle with just anything. Carefully handpick a desired bridal lehenga that reflects your personality, because you can. Be bold, be different!

Top Designer Dresses from Lakme Fashion Week Winter 2014

From the recently concluded Lakme Fashion Week’s Winter Festive 2014 edition, here are my top picks of beautiful Lakme Fashion Week Designer Dresses. These designer dresses created by some of the best Indian designers. I have picked each style because I liked the colour, styling, detailing or the look presented on the ramp. You have my comments in the caption for most of the dresses.

I initially started creating a post to pick out the top 10 dresses only, but soon realised that with so many amazing dresses that this is not going to be possible! Ive classified the photos by the day on which they were presented to make it easier for you to look for specific designers, in case you are interested.

Days 0 – 2 at Lakme Fashion Week

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Opening Show by Amit Aggarwal – Lakme Fashion Week
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Opening Show by Amit Aggarwal – Lakme Fashion Week
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Opening Show by Amit Aggarwal – Lakme Fashion Week
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Opening Show by Masaba Gupta – Lakme Fashion Week
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Day 1 at Lakme Fashion Week from the INIFD Gent Next show
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Day 1 at Lakme Fashion Week from the INIFD Gent Next show
Day 1 - Show 5- Rizwan Byeg + Zara Shahjahan + Sania Maskatiya - Facebook4
At Lakme Fashion Week – Show by Rizwan Byeg + Zara Shahjahan + Sania Maskatiya
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At Lakme Fashion Week – Show by Rizwan Byeg + Zara Shahjahan + Sania Maskatiya
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At Lakme Fashion Week – Show by Debashri Samanta + Divya Sheth + Sayantan Sarkar
Day 2 - Show 2- Anavila+ Purvi Doshi + Sashikant Naidu - Facebook38
Anavila+ Purvi Doshi + Sashikant Naidu show at Lakme Fashion Week
Day 2- Show 5- Marg by Soumitra + Vaishali S - Facebook12
Marg by Soumitra + Vaishali S show at Lakme Fashion Week
Day 2-Show 3- Prama by Pratima Pandey + Pinnacle by Shruti Sanche - Facebook40
Prama by Pratima Pandey + Pinnacle by Shruti Sancheti show at Lakme Fashion Week

Days 3-4 at Lakme Fashion Week

Day 3-Show 1- Papa Don't Preach + Ikai + Quirk Box - Facebook 2
Papa Don’t Preach at the Lakme Fashion Week
Day 3-Show 2- Aartivijay Gupta + ILK + Tanya Sharma - Facebook3
Aartivijay Gupta at the Lakme Fashion Week
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ILK at the Lakme Fashion Week
Day 3-Show 3- GAURANG + EKRU - Facebook28
Indian Designers Ekru at the Lakme Fashion Week
Day 3-Show 3- GAURANG + EKRU - Facebook37
Ekru at the Lakme Fashion Week
Day 3-Show 8- Taj Mahal Tea presents Anita Dongre - Facebook21
Anita Dongre’s Collection at the Lakme Fashion Week
Day 4-Show 1- Mrinalini Chandra + Anushree Reddy + SOUP by Sougat - Facebook51
Sougat Paul’s Collection at the Lakme Fashion Week
Day 4- Show 4- Lovebirds + POCO & JACKY - Facebook19
Lovebirds + POCO & JACKY show at the Lakme Fashion Week
Day 4-Show 2- DRVV + HUEMN + JADE - Facebook44
Collection by Jade at the Lakme Fashion Week
Day 4-Show 3- Nupur Kanoi + Payal Singhal - Facebook39
Nupur Kanoi + Payal Singhal show at the Lakme Fashion Week
Day 4-Show 6- Himalayan presents Shantanu & Nikhil - Facebook1
Shantanu & Nikhil show at the Lakme Fashion Week
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Shantanu & Nikhil show at the Lakme Fashion Week

 

Day 5 at Lakme Fashion Week (Grand Finale day)

Day 5-Show 1- Megha Garg + VERB by Pallavi Singhee + Sonaakshi Ra - Facebook16
Megha Garg + VERB by Pallavi Singhee + Sonaakshi Raaj show at the Lakme Fashion Week
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Megha Garg + VERB by Pallavi Singhee + Sonaakshi Raaj show at the Lakme Fashion Week
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Megha Garg + VERB by Pallavi Singhee + Sonaakshi Raaj show at the Lakme Fashion Week
Day 5-Show 2- Nakkashi presents Vikam Phadnis - Facebook2
Vikram Phadnis show at the Lakme Fashion Week
Day 5-Show 3- Priyadarshini Rao - Facebook25
Priyadarshini Rao show at the Lakme Fashion Week
Day 5-Show 4- Armaan & Aiman + Farah Sanjana - Facebook5
Armaan & Aiman + Farah Sanjana show at the Lakme Fashion Week
Day 5-Show 5- Reliance Trends presents Varun Bahl - Facebook6
Varun Bahl show at the Lakme Fashion Week
Day 5-Show 7- Arpita Mehta + Ridhi Mehra - Facebook46
Arpita Mehta + Ridhi Mehra show at the Lakme Fashion Week
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Arpita Mehta + Ridhi Mehra show at the Lakme Fashion Week
Day 5-Show 8- Lakme Absolute Grand Finale by Manish Malhotra - Facebook16
Manish Malhotra show at the Lakme Fashion Week

 

Phew! What an amazingly fascinating journey and to live it again through these pictures is fascinating. Like my selection? don’t like it? Tell me – send me a note or put down a comment!

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Review of UK Bridal Stores (Sponsored by Strand of Silk)

In my previous posts, Part 1 and Part 2 of ‘Find Your Wedding Dress in UK’ I tried to convince Asian brides in the UK that they can find their perfect Asian wedding lehenga or saree without having to travel to India or Pakistan! As promised, here is a review of the most popular UK bridal stores for Asians.

Strand of Silk is an online retailer offering the latest indian wedding wear collections for women and men, from some of the best Indian designers, such as Anita Dongre, Raakesh Agarvwal and Siddartha Tytler.

Strand of Silk offers such stunning collections (Indian bridal sarees and lehengas) and special services which are definitely worth checking out. Their special services include a custom made service ‘Made for You’, where brides have the option to personalise their dresses to suit their requirements. With this special service they provide you with very detailed measurement instructions (pictures and video) to ensure perfect fitting. Additionally, if you are looking for just a size alteration, they offer one free alteration service for Bridal orders!

Other Strand of Silk bridal services include ‘Experience The Dress’ with which you can have your outfit ordered to your home to see the embroidery and style, try it on and show family members and friends. They also offer expert styling assistance, such as different combinations of an Indian bridal lehenga, saree and accessories, what styles can be worn at different ceremonies, as well as styling tips for guests!

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Onitaa – When I walked into this store I felt like I was entering a princess walk-in-wardrobe as it gives such a luxurious feel, and filled with  stunning Asian Bridal sarees and lehengas. The first half of the shop offers stunning collections by Pakistani designers (for women and men) such as Deepak Perwani and Zainab Chottani, whilst the far end displays Indian fashion by designers such as Mansi Malhotra and Arnab Sengupta.

However, I was more impressed with the Pakistani collection than Indian – the Indian bridal dresses were either too gaudy or too simple! On the other hand, I loved some of their in-house creations which are definitely worth checking out! They also offer some pretty contemporary clutches and jewellery by Amishi.

Phulkari London – Phulkari’s store is located on Ilford Lane (East London), conveniently situated for Indian wedding shopping. They offer a great range of Asian fashion designers from India and Pakistan, including Sabyasachi and Satya Paul. They also offer their own in-house collections Phulkari Bespoke which are eye-catching with starting prices from £700.

RDC London – Another store located on Ilford Lane, the heart of Asian fashion shopping, offers gorgeous Indian and Pakistani inspired fashion and bridalwear. This is a great store if you are not interested in a designers name but rather a pretty and affordable wedding dress. Their special bridal service offer includes creating a wedding dress from scratch to fulfil your requirements!

Aashni + Co – This gorgeous store definitely lives up to its high-end location Notting Hill, offering Indian wedding outfits from some popular Indian bridal designers such as Rohit Bal and Manish Malhotra. If you have a high budget and want to be seen in specific designer’s creation, then this could be the place for you.

Personally, Strand of Silk is my favourite of the UK bridal stores for Asians since they offer such a beautiful bridal collection suitable for a range of budgets. They are also extremely helpful, by giving the option to have the garment ordered home to try on and show others before committing yourself. You can simply sit back, relax, order your dream dress at home and let them do the rest for you.  They will advise you and handle the garment with so much care – they truly understand the importance of a wedding dress for a bride!