Bridal Wear Trends

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The yearend signals the start of the wedding season and this is when you need to watch out for the new trends in bridal wear. Well, after all your wedding day is the most important day of your life and looking trendy is something you do not want to grudge yourself. So let’s take a look at the trends that will make a bride’s day and others turn heads!


Do The New

Designers are moving beyond the age old trend of cohesion in a collection, now every outfit has a different story to tell. This gives ample of space for the designer to experiment with the collection and so does the audience get more variety. The most innovative and new thing in bridal wear collection is that the outfits are handcrafted by a team of creative artisans that have played with hues like playful pastels, mutated grays, rose gold, ivory, burgundy and teal that blooms in a vibrant gold that the usual bridal colors. KALKI’s Bride and Baraat collection also improves on a classic. Catering to the bridal-wear needs, the brand hosts a wide range of glamorous lehengas, heavenly sarees styles, elegant anarkali suits and magnificent gown designs amongst a myriad of new styles. 2017 brings in easy experimentation with silhouettes and colour pallet. Brides are shifting their preferences from the staple reds and oranges to more colours explorations and surface technique play. Brides nowadays do not opt for the standard heaving embroidered and gaudy ensembles to make them stand out from the crowd; they are opting for more statement pieces which speak on its own and add to their personality as the bride of today. Vrushali Satre, Owner & Designer at Vrushali Satre avers, “the off shoulders with long fitted sleeves are so stunning to look at. This style accentuated the feminity of the bride and softens her features. Another trend that is the modern interpretations of Kamarbandh, which are the broad or narrow, Plain or embellished, printed or contrasted belt worn under right under the blouse. This helps define the waist and elongates the structure of the woman hence it creates a slimming effect one can say.”


Now Trending

This wedding season, the regular lehengas have gotten a major upgrade in terms of style and silhouette. The uber fashionable cape lehengas are the most stylish accessory to hit bridal trends since the dupattas are last year. There are long capes, half cape sleeves, front short long back capes and many more that accentuate your style. Capes might be sheer and stylish, but it manages to block out the cold and should make it as a must have goal for every to-be brides. Women are now going for different silhouettes for various different functions. “For the sangeet, floor length anarkalis or an anarkali lehenga with the in-vogue jackets teamed up are the rage. An embellished or embroidered net gown with lacy full sleeves on a cocktail party is also in.  Picking up something in this season’s hot colors, like toasted almond, strawberry ice, scuba blue, peachy pinks is trending. For the cocktail, throw on a Victorian Cape gown which is elegant and regal at the same time, in shades like dusty green, royal blue, corals or even an orange cape as a mood-changer. The bride’s reception outfit could be a sari inspired gown which is very much in style this wedding season,” says Nishit Gupta, Director, Kalki Fashions. The Naina Jain Bridal Collection reminisces the quintessential moment of the big day in the life of the bride. “These days, more and more brides are going the traditional way, when it comes to their attire- traditional sarees which boasts high on weaves and hand tie and dye technique. Our collection  is a celebration of timeless pieces of art which every bride would like to preserve and continue to wear during any time of her life, without ever getting bored of it. Moreover, our bridal wear incorporates experimental colour schemes like browns and beiges, which were not ever considered for bridal regalia,” says Naina Jain, Owner & Chief Designer, Label Naina Jain.


Material Matters

Materials like silk velvets, duppions, heavy satins, shear nets, organza’s, embroidered nets, printed cotton lycra and tassels to beautify it are all trending. Being the winter, go for velvet that gives a regnant look in colors like maroon, blue or purple shades and also the fabric promises you some warmth to the body. Also full sleeved blouses in raw silks are the latest fashion cry. Nothing could be more elegant than a sweetheart neckline and little motifs intricately designed along the arm. Fringes, floral embroideries, heavy drapes, high low lehengas, dupatta with tails, long power sleeves, jacket lehengas are few patterns trending this season. Use of zari, tissue and chanderi silks are back this season, evergreen silk brocades and blends have always been a favourite with bridal wear. Olipriya Dhar and Srijani Sen, Fashion Designers & Partners, SrijaniOlipriya says, “this season is all about experiments so mix and match of materials like jacquard, silk, net, brocade, velvet are mostly being used for bridal wear, because of the richness of these fabrics. Lots of matka work, sari work, heavy sequence, Swarovski and other stone work are common this season. The main attractions are the embroideries; the Resham work on the fabrics is making the bride and groom look a lot more dramatic and nothing less than royals. Our sequence high low lehenga and our velvet crimson bridal lehenga are made with this idea.”


Get the Look

Today, bridal wear has a very broad spectrum, it not only includes those heavily embroidered lehengas and embellished sarees but it has a good mix. “Rich Anarkalis with Ethnic Skirts, subtle yet rich Crop Tops with Lehengas paired with beautiful capes, Statement Pieces like dhoti sarees and obviously a wide variety of customised Punjabi jutties to go with every ensemble for different ceremonies. Definitely, the new Indian bride has stepped out of that traditional way of dressing and has adopted what is called contemporary and comfortable dressing .They want to have multi-purpose pieces in their wardrobe which are not occasion specific but are more of a day-to-day wear pieces translated into a Bridal Trousseau which can be worn in their wedding ceremonies which are spread over a couple of days like Mehendi, Haldi, Sangeet, Pre-wedding cocktail, Post-wedding party and the numerous amount of family dinners which happen post-wedding. Obviously, they cannot skip work so their fashion has to be convertible and comfortable,” says Nidhi Yadav, Fashion Designer & Creative Head, AKS. Brides today are more experimental and practical in choosing their bridal outfits. They are splurging on something that they can wear again post their wedding. “Banarsi Lehengas with a cape/shirt for the sangeet, a nice draped formal gown for the sangeet, traditional embroideries for the pheras and a lehenga saree for the reception is working well. Dhoti sarees and palazzo sarees are going on since a few years and is working well as it is very convenient to wear it even at destination weddings,” opines Disha Doshi, Designer at Disha Doshi Gandhi.


Colour Coordinates

“Bridal lehengas in off-beat colours are becoming popular and this ranges on one end from dark colours like olive and deep greens, burgundy and wine and mustards to the other end of pastels colours, such as light green and pink are increasingly favoured. Brides are looking for customized bridal outfits and experimenting with blouses and sleeves are very big this year too from ne-shouldered, cold-shouldered, capes, bell-sleeves and more,” says Sanna Vohra, CEO, The Wedding Brigade. Sana Karim, Designer, House of Zardoze adds, “we are recently seeing brides breaking the norms of deep red colours for their bridals and be more experimental with colours for their big day. Also the embroidery and cuts have seen visible shift in design and look. Girls nowadays are choosing abstract designs for their embroidery on their lehangas, 3D embroidery, layered lehangas all that look like gowns as well as heavily embroidered jackets. Metal wire to create 3D draped looks, fabric manipulation, mirror work and machine applique work on the embroidery is a favourable trend. We can see a lot of feather work as well.” Ruchi Roongta & Rashi Agarwal, Founders, Ruceru advice, “for the mehandi go for something fun and pastel colours, Asymmetrical hemline, easy and lightweight, we have a pastel pink jacket cut blouse and sunshine yellow can be teamed with floral accessories and dewy makeup. Cocktails can be a fresh change from black and gold, the bride of 2017 can try the unconventional neutral colours with a pop of shimmer, we have a powder blue cocktail gown with shimmer white sequin embroidery and a flattering neckline to accentuate the collar bone giving enough room for wavy hairdo. Offbeat colour combinations yet keeping the ethnic flavour intact, our bird lehenga has a lateral colour block of vibrant blues ranging from powder to Prussian tones and having a contrasting heavily embroidered blouse and dupatta. It touches the playful side of the event yet keeps it rooted traditionally. Layered and immensely flared up sheer lehenga gowns are trending this year, our tonal peach orange organza lehenga with intricate hand embroidery throughout the layers. Weddings are corely rooted to traditional rituals and we feel the ensemble should also compliment the same; greens have been a major highlight for 2017 and a dark olive lehenga with intricate zardozi work and contrasting high neck blouse with dainty dupatta with a cascading veil will bring out the goddess bride look. A high bun with deep khol eyes and traditional jewellery will add to the grandeur of the look. Reception can be experimented with English tones like butter and old rose, our raw silk flap organza gown with small floral bunch detail is sure to look very classy and chic for the final event of the ceremonies. Hair with white roses and diamonds on the neck will complete the look.” So, dress up and shine on, after all it’s a say that comes once in a lifetime!

This story appeared in the Dec-17 issue of Apparel here: Bridal Wear

All pics in this post are courtesy Kalki 

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