When it comes to Indian weddings, it goes without saying that the lehenga could easily be termed as the quintessential go-to for brides. With its intricate handiwork, volume and opulence, its easy to see why. But what really should one be looking for when on the search for that just-perfect bridal lehenga? The answers may vary as per preferences, but there are certain elements that you cannot overlook. To make things seamless for brides-to-be who may be mulling over what to choose and how, we asked ace designer Ridhi Mehra to dish out some sartorial advice with respect to the lehenga and all things surrounding it.
The designer—whose label launched in 2012 and specialises in contemporary and occasion wear—is known for her statement pieces that celebrities like Kriti Sanon, Shilpa Shetty, Diana Penty and several others have vouched for. From discussing the elements would-be-brides should take into account to whether or not trends ought to be considered, here’s a lowdown on all you need to know before selecting your bridal lehenga.
It’s effortlessly grand and complete in itself. It’s a silhouette that has celebration etched all over it!
It’s crucial to pay as much attention to the blouse of your lehenga. Don’t be afraid to experiment with colours as long as you are opting for one that fully complements you. And don’t forget to give thought to the dupatta that will round off your look.
Rich flattering silk, organza and chiffon are the ones gaining more popularity in this domain. As for styles—solids, florals and timeless art pieces with a blend of new techniques are a hit among modern brides. On the other hand, beautiful layers, dramatic sleeves, versatile and classic styles are forever favourites.
More than trends, I think it’s the vision of the client that plays a major role in making a selection. Essentially, bridal wear, irrespective of trends and the season, revolves around grand, elaborate work and stunning silhouettes that can make heads turn.
Apart from the traditional vibrant hues like reds and yellows, a lot of nude hues and pastel palettes of ice blue, pink petal and lilac seem to have gained quite the acceptance.
Other than the much-discussed and loved pantsuit bride in recent times, grand silhouettes like kurtis with ghararas, long anarkali styles or straight kurtis with pants can be a few of the off-route options for those looking for something other than a lehenga. Sarees with a contemporary twist like ruffled trim, or accentuated with embellished belts are also some styles a bride can experiment with.
Since the winter chill is still in, picking two dupattas is an equal parts striking and sensible option, in my opinion. Other than that, the whole layering your ensemble with capes and jackets is also something that catches the eye because chic quirk takes the centre stage.
Most brides get carried away with the trends. They’re blinded by the lights and miss the bigger picture. In the long run, that unique look goes for a toss. It’s important for a bride-to-be to envision her dream dress based on a few inspirations and then let the expert take charge after that.
Pick a lighter attire because comfort goes a long way. Opt for a colour palette that complements you. And accessorise sensibly!
Anushka Sharma’s wedding look will be one of my favourites. It’s a simple, delicate and classic bridal look for me. You just can’t go wrong when you’re in a classic Sabyasachi lehenga, traditional Indian jewellery and minimal makeup.
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