THE BRIDAL AFFAIR INDIA BLOG

The options for wedding and festive attire are truly endless. With the vast number of options available in the market, one can really face a dilemma on what to wear. While traditional lehengas are truly a classic and there is nothing more sentimental than wearing your mother’s bridal outfit, there are a plethora of trends sweeping the markets – tassels, feathers, asymmetrical hemlines to name a few.. With a modern take on traditional outfits, here is a selection of five trends that are currently a hot favorite and Bridal Asia tells you exactly which designer is doing what.

TIE AND DYE:

Designer Akanksha Gajria is well known for her tie and dye lehengas with mirror work embroidery. A very bold and playful alternative to the classic lehenga, this look is inspired by the colors and crafts of India and portrays them in a modern and urban style. Very youthful and exuberant, tie-dyed lehengas offer an ethnic and detailed look, a perfect addition to a bride’s trousseau collection and ideal for a day time function  or destination wedding.

Outfit by: Akanksha Gajria
Image by: Bridal Asia

Outfit by: Akanksha Gajria
Image by: Bridal Asia

PEPLUM TOPS:

Known for making peppy bridal couture, Jaipur based designer Swati Ubroi offers an interesting take on womenswear blouses by introducing peplum embroidered tops on lehenga skirts. A modern day twist to a traditional Rajasthani outfit, it exemplifies Indian traditional craft in a cosmopolitan style with elaborate color, embroideries and a peplum silhouette that gives a more structured look to the waist. Peplum tops are also a rage with designer Sonali Gupta, known for crafting luxurious and timeless designs with exquisite hand embroidery. Available in a variety of styles such as asymmetric hemlines, long, short and jacket style, they are a great pair with shararas or lehengas.

Outfit by: Swati Ubroi
Image by: Bridal Asia

Outfit by: Sonali Gupta
Image by: Bridal Asia

BANARASI SAREE:

Nothing defines regality and richness more than a banarasi sari. Detailed with gold and silver brocades, or intricate zari work, they are a piece of art and a statement in themselves. Known for reviving traditional Banarasi weaves, Abha Dalmia uses a blend of fabrics in the form of silk organza, brocade, georgette or tanchoi to weave ancient patterns in a colorful palette with a stylistic twist. A banarasi sari is classic and timeless and ideal for any festival or occasion and exudes femininity and elegance.

Outfit by: Abha Dalmia
Image by: Bridal Asia

Outfit by: Abha Dalmia
Image by: Bridal Asia

TASSELS:

After conquering the western world, fringes and tassels have taken the bridal world by storm. This style can be showcased in multiple ways such as tassel tops, tassel hemlines, layered tassel skirts, fringed sleeves etc. A number of celebrities have also been spotted sporting tassels on the choli and lehenga. Veteran designer Ridhi Mehra who is known for blending western and Indian styles, has introduced jeweled or embellished tassels and fringes with embroidered crop tops for a innovative and chic trend. Akansha Gajria too creates ethnic design pieces by combing sequins and tassels that look extremely stylish.

Outfit by: Ridhi Mehra
Image by: Bridal Asia

Outfit by: Akanksha Gajria
Image by: Bridal Asia

DHOTIS:

One of the most innovative bridal trends is the dhoti style lehenga, skirts and pants. A perfect blend of traditional and contemporary, the dhoti trend has made its space in the bridal market. For the modern day bride, dhoti skirts are a versatile option and can be paired with peplum tops, crop tops, asymmetric tops and capes. Fashion is constantly breaking barriers between different sexes and the dhoti is a fun example of this. Designer labels Nupur Kanoi and Rose Room Couture have experimented with this silhouette in a number of fabrics and cuts and played with the cowl effect making it an extremely contemporary trend.

Outfit by:  Nupur Kanoi
Image by: Bridal Asia

Outfit by: Rose Room Couture
Image by: Bridal Asia

MIRROR WORK:

There is something so elegant and regal about mirror work embroidery, that one is instantly drawn to these patterns.Designers Akanksha Gajria and Arpita Mehta have used this age-old trend in a variety of patterns to give it a contemporary look. This embroidery instantly gives a very festive feel and exemplifies India’s rich cultural heritage and craftsmanship because of the finesse and intricacy that goes into using these mirrors of different shapes and sizes, stitched with colorful embroidery.

Outfit by: Arpita Mehta
Image by: Bridal Asia

Image by: Bridal Asia

For more inspiration, log on to www.bridalasia.com