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New Age & Personalise Twist to Your Wedding Attire

By Sonam Poddar Hissaria

Need that perfect bridal dress? One that is grand enough to evoke bridal aura, expressive enough to communicate your personality and unique enough to be the centre of attention. Let’s see if we can help you with that…

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Weddings are once a lifetime affair, but Bridal Fashion is always changing, meaning innovative ideas — and new takes on old ideas—are forever renewing. Bridal attire is not something that any bride-to-be selects overnight. Bridal lehengas are mostly dreamy and pretty, but many times, monotonous and similar! It’s wonderful to see how new age brides are adding an edge to their wedding attire - with a little twist on the regular!

What’s the mantra for this season?

It’s always amazing to see couples inject their own sense of personality into their wedding day, but adding it to the wedding attire is the mantra for this season. One of the biggest trends for 2017 is definitely personalising your bridal outfit. It started with Kresha Bajaj's exquisite lehenga and Samantha Prabhu's pretty 'Love Story' saree.


First came in Kresha, the owner of the label, Koesch who wanted a fairytale lehenga that showcased the couple's journey pictorially. And she made a beautiful piece. In gold and white, this ensemble was a treat for the eyes. When Indian designer Kresha took on the mammoth task of stitching her love story on to her bridal lehenga, she didn’t realise that she was setting in motion the next big Indian wedding trend for the year. It was packed with beautiful moments where the couple celebrated special days, milestones, their loves and their likes. “As I knew my wedding lehenga would be something I would only wear once, I decided to make it a piece of artwork that I would later frame,” says Bajaj. “In order to make it into a special piece of art I decided to embroider my entire lehenga with Vanraj and my story—our milestones, the proposal, and all our important moments up until the wedding. I used traditional embroidery techniques and materials, and all around the lehenga you will see hidden elements sewn into the garment. Our names are embroidered into the garments, pictures of our story framed with embroidery and finished with a hem of jumping dolphins, which was the beginning of our story as we worked together on a protest against cetacean captivity.” says Kresha about her lehenga in an interview.

The saree Samantha Ruth Prabhu wore for her engagement with Naga Chaitanya became the talk of the town. Kresha, who believes in giving a voice to the outfits she designs, weaved magic on Samantha's off-white saree that came with intricate, gold embroidery. Yes, their love story is embroidered on her saree. It had all the special moments from their wedding, intricately embroidered on the saree! It was not only her saree that had her love story, even a little flower girl from Samantha’s family was wearing a customised frock with Samantha and Chaitanya embroidered on the hem.


What’s the next big thing in bridal fashion?

It is the three-dimensional detail. Three-dimensional details/embroidery have the ability to transform a wedding dress into a work of art. This season especially, saw an explosion of texture by way of beading, appliqués, feathers, and more that seemed to reach right off the runways and into the hearts-- next stop: your closet!

Floral motifs and bridal fashion obviously go hand in hand but for the year ahead designers are taking this idea to the next level. We’re talking about 3D floral appliqués that are just exploding off dresses and really transforming the outfits into textural works of art. It amazing to see how designers have used flowers to make the bridal attire look so different yet so elegant.

Some Designers chose to go all out with this 2017 wedding dress trend by adding the blooms to skirts and necklines, while others opted for more minimal eye-catching floral embellishments. Runway has seen tightly sewn together blooms on a long-sleeve gown or the wispy petals on an off-the-shoulder neckline, each of these delicate embellishments breathed fresh air into these designs.

Designer Romona Keveza strayed from traditional white in favour of a beautiful purple ombré ball gown. In keeping with the 3D floral trend, she artfully placed beautiful textured blooms throughout the bottom of the skirt. Known for her romantic wedding dresses, Monique Lhuillier stayed true to her classic aesthetic with this gorgeous A-line frock adorned with peach, pink and white blossoms. For his take on this 2017 wedding dress trend, Indian-American designer Naeem Khan combined floral embroidery and 3D floral appliques.


Kuch Rang Pyaar ke Aise Bhi…

This bridal season even saw use of bright and soft pastel colours together which made it look unique.  Brides are getting more adventurous and not only trying out new lehenga hues, but even pairing the unlikeliest of colours for what actually turns out to be an awesomely unique combination! Using red in unexpected ways is the style mantra for this wedding season! Purple is the colour of royalty but was hardly seen before this season in weddings. Purple itself looks so pretty, and when paired with pastels or bright colours like red, is an awesome combination for the bride to wear on the mehendi or Sangeet.

Light grey is going to be super big this year as a bridal hue, and subtle combinations like with peach, light pink or lilac look so dreamy and gorgeous!  I love this sabyasachi lehenga worn by the bride at her engagement.

Let’s Get Inspired!

There's something about a Benarasi lehenga- it's timeless, looks effortless and lightweight, yet super duper glam! More and more brides these days are willing to experiment with a Benarasi lehenga- not just in the traditional way with the traditional fabric, but combining it in cool new ways and new silhouettes and fabrics for an amazing contemporary lehenga! It’s also perfect for the winter wedding.

Playing with the traditional dupatta is also in vogue this season. Change the dupatta into a cape or adding an edge to it by ruffling it up is what says its ‘pristine.’ Looking unique is playing top on their list hence the brides are ready to experiment and add different silhouettes to their traditional lehengas. Another addition to the traditional lehenga is high-low lehenga or lehenga with a tail. It looks very classy and elegant.


Tisha Saksena

When we talk about Kanjeeveram sarees the main colours that pop into our head are red, green, pink and blue. What we do not think about is the whole other palette of colours that are waiting to be explored and we are sure each of these colours will make you look as beautiful as the main colours you choose. One such colour is royal purple. Purple Kanjeevarams are a royal treat to wear. And like I have already mentioned purple is huge this season. Grey Kanjeevaram sarees are a rarity but when teamed with the right contrast they work beautifully. In fact, the darker shades bordering on colour like cement can be paired with rich contrast borders like deep green and even maroon. These make both the colours stand out and looks elegant when worn. I am very partial to contrasting grey with hot pink and feel that it is an awesome combination that can be worn. Yet another great combination for grey Kanjeevaram sarees would be deep grey and bright orange.

So whether you are a north-Indian bride-to-be or a south Indian bride-to-be, you are now equipped with this year's bridal fashion to chose/design your known wedding outfit. Happy Shopping!

About the Author(s): Sonam Poddar Hissaria owner of and author of "The Great Indian Wedding Planner"

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