The year 2014 surely went by in a flash! With the mark of this new year, I bring to you a recap of the best designer Indian bridal wear outfits from famous fashion shows that took place and which trends shone the most on the ramp.
Indian Bridal Fashion Week is a significant event to showcase the best of designer Indian bridal wear, and 2014 was no exception. Suneet Varma's collection at India Bridal Fashion Week took inspiration from the rich hand-painted architecture of Rajasthan, more specifically, a place known as Shekhawati. Showstopper Kangana Ranaut made a stunning impact in a red and burgundy saree. The glamorous and royal highlight of the outfit was the gold embroidered bustier and a contrasting deep velvet pallu. This style strikes a perfect balance between traditional colours and embroidery in a contemporary silhouette.
Mirror work was also a big trend for designer Indian bridal wear in 2014. Suneet Varma presented a brilliant red colour palette of outfits in different styles, sprinkled with stunning mirror work and colourful embroidery. Mirror work is a perfect trend for brides wanting to revisit traditional techniques in their bridal wardrobe.
Manish Malhotra's designer Indian Bridal wear outfits at India Couture Fashion Week 2014 were stunning, and the lehenga that made a mark in my mind was the one worn by showstopper Alia Bhatt, featuring an elegantly embellished long-sleeve red blouse with a stunning gold embroidered lehenga, finished off with a sheer gold dupatta with a shimmering border.
The year 2014 also welcomed new, fresh hues for bridal wear. One such rich hue that stood out in particular is the colour gold. It is simple, yet creates a stunning impact. Designer Tarun Tahiliani loves infusing his collections with the colour gold and he makes the colour absolutely come alive. Further, the flowing silhouettes will make you feel like a gold goddess and ensure all eyes are set on you as you enter a room.
Manish Malhotra presented the colour gold beautifully at India Couture Week 2014. Manish brought out the simplicity, sophistication and sheer elegance in his collection through the use of vintage, matte to bold gold, juxtaposed skilfully against one another. The collection was a shimmering mosaic of mirror-work, embroidery
Another unique hue that dominated the ramp was the unusual blue tone. Ashima Leena's Bridal collection was a brilliant sea of blues from powdery hues - rich turquoise - to a royal navy blue. The ensembles were infused with pops of red, orange, gold and burgundy, giving the outfits an overall regal appeal. What especially caught my eye from the collection was the all blue lehengas with a beautiful red dupatta.
For those brides looking for contemporary outfits to wear at a wedding reception or cocktail party, Gauri and Nainika's collection is perfect. Their collection is all about creating a unique and bold impact in monochrome colours, infused with red. Ruffles, flowing gowns, interesting cuts, and rose-like patterns ruled the ramp.
For those brides wanting to strike a balance between traditional and contemporary elements, the saree gown trend by Jyotsna Tiwari set the ramp on fire. Presented in a creamy colour palette of pinks, peaches, salmon and gold, this collection of saree gowns is every bride's dream. Esha Gupta made a beautiful showstopper in a flowing cream and peach coloured gown.
Think back to a classic Bollywood movie, teemed with beautiful printed sarees, conservative blouses, a bright lip colour, and a sleek updo. Indeed, this was the theme behind Sabyasachi Mukherjee's collection at India Couture Fashion Week 2014. Sabyasachi took it a notch further and set the stage out with various train cars, and the models acting like passengers.
For those brides wanting an understated, yet sophisticated look for their Indian bridal wear, look no further than Varun Bahl's stunning smokey pastel collection at India Couture Fashion Week. The collection reminded me of a brilliant rainbow emerging from the clouds after a storm, with a palette or blacks, teal, grey and silver being welcomed by pinks, whites, cream, watermelon and a rich mustard yellow. Indeed, these outfits are stunning for a Sangeet party or Wedding Reception.
Anju Modi's Bridal collection at India Couture Fashion Week 2014, called Manikarnika, can be seen as a fusion of rich reds and embroidery, with subdued elegance. Kangana Ranaut was the showstopper and I absolutely loved her rebellious outfit! She was seen wearing a black choli and flared gown ensemble with rich Kashmiri embroidery. Above all, what was fascinating in this collection was the absolutely gorgeous jewellery pieces worn by the models, adorned with pearls, delicate gold chains and deep red stones. Indeed, it would be every woman's dream, including mine, to own every piece of the collection!
These designer Indian bridal wear collections are some of my top picks from the India Bridal Fashion Week and India Couture Fashion Week 2014. I look forward to seeing which trends emerge for 2015! With wedding season fast approaching again before you know it, watch out for more bridal reviews for this year!