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It truly is a would-be brides prerogative to be indulgent when it comes to putting together her trousseau. But it is by no means an easy task,given the choices she has to wade through to make her selection. The Aamby Valley India Bridal Fashion Week 2013 and PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2013 put forth a smorgasbord of bridal wear collections by Indias leading designers. Heres a compilation of the trends that caught our eye.
The soft and warm fabric that has been conspicuous with its absence in couture collections for a few years is back with a vengeance this autumn-winter. It was most noticeable in bridal collections by JJ Valaya,Rohit Bal and Manish Malhotra. Velvet has been one of my favourite fabrics to work with,as it takes to heavy embroideries very well, said Valaya,who also gives the material a thumbs-up for cold,wintry soirees. The colour palette this season runs deep with the likes of rust red and navy blue. The latter was a popular hue with Manish Malhotra as well.
The Cape Blouse
The cape,a winter staple,has found its way into bridal outfits as the cape-blouse. An intrinsic part of her couture collection,designer Anamika Khanna paired fluid cape blouses and sheer long capes with lacy shararas. For Shantanu and Nikhil Mehra,this new silhouette akin to a peplum jacket is their contemporary take on the regular lehenga blouse. Our collection focuses on the soft bride who embraces everything feminine and prefers contemporary styles, said Shantanu.
The traditional nose ring has been a red-carpet favourite this year,having been spotted on actors Sonam Kapoor and Vidya Balan (she wore a Maharastrian nath) at Cannes. It has also made appearances on the ramp designer Manish Arora had models wear large ones for his Indian collection and Sabyasachi Mukherjee presented the traditional nath as well. For brides taking the traditional route for their nuptials,a nath comes highly recommended and there are many styles to choose from.
A brides trousseau would be incomplete without an ensemble thats lacy and delicate. And by that we dont mean lingerie only. Moving away from just trims,the bridal collections put forth saris,gowns and even sheer churidars that were made using the finest of lace,like in the case of designer duo Ashima and Leena Singh. But bringing out spools of Chantilly lace was designer Suneet Varma. We loved Varmas sari-gowns in pastel colours like pale blue and light mint.
Hair accessories such like crowns and headbands have been omnipresent on the ramp this year. Its something brides can take cue from. Wearing flowers in the hair is a traditional Indian ritual but instead of wearing hair up in a bun,how about a floral crown? We really liked Falguni and Shane Peacocks multi-coloured floral crowns as well as Suneet Varmas hair accessories inspired by Roman wreaths. For the more adventurous bride looking to go retro,try a blingy headband as those spotted in Adarsh Gills show.
The Bridal Jacket
From georgette saris and tulle gowns to silk lehengas and dhoti pants,long jackets can be paired with everything,as highlighted by designers such as Raghavendra Rathore,JJ Valaya,Adarsh Gill and Gaurav Gupta. The jackets,in silk and brocade mostly,had a noticeable traditional look with heavy embroideries. These days,the brides are looking for separates that can be worn in different ways later, said Rathore,whose collection included a new take on the Jodhpuri bandhgala for women as well. Embroidered jackets teamed with pencil pants and full skirts were the highlight in both Valayas and Adarsh Gills bridal collections as well.