When you think of Indian bridal wear, the first thing that comes to mind is a vibrant red saree lavished with embellishments. A true blue fashionista will swear by a traditional red saree and call it an evergreen classic that can weather many a fashion cycles and yet remain in style.
But with changing times, the Indian fashion industry has undergone a metamorphosis and has embraced styles that are more contemporary and in line with the bride’s modern outlook.
Designers like Varun Bahl, Shantanu and Nikhil and even a staunch loyalist of traditional design like Tarun Tahiliani have presented their Indian bridal wear 2015 collections with a modern twist. So what’s the verdict on the Indian bridal wear 2015 trends? Should you go traditional or contemporary? Read on to find out!
A saree or a lehenga in traditional colours like red, green or pink is a safe bet when it comes to picking your bridal attire. They are tried and tested for generations and you can be certain about what the final look will turn out to be. While most designers are leaning towards fusion wear this season, there are still some rooting for traditional Indian attire.
Silk sarees with traditional Indian motifs like paisleys, flowers and rangoli designs woven with fine gold or silver threadwork are a rage this season. We saw Sanjay Garg’s label Raw Mango bring back ‘traditional’ to the fore with his bridal collection. Sarees and lehengas encompassing the beauty of the silk fabric in traditional colours and designs were the highlight of his collection.
Sanjay Garg works with over 450 craftsmen to revive handwoven textiles and traditional crafts through his label. Soha Ali Khan wore his fuchsia lehenga for her wedding and was a sight to behold. If it is traditional wear that you want to opt for, do it in a unique way – by supporting a cause and flaunting a rare craft on your saree or lehenga.
Traditional Indian bridal wear 2015 is all about being proud of your roots and wearing them proudly on your sleeve. Sarees, lehengas and shararas in silk, georgette and brocade with ancient Indian crafts like zardosi, gota patti and zari work are timeless outfits to consider for they will be treasured by generations to come.
While on one hand you have traditional Indian wear with their aesthetic value, on the other are the contemporary creations in dizzying designs that are flooding the bridal market. Contemporary Indian bridal wear 2015 is all about clean lines, flattering silhouettes and understated elegance. That means bidding goodbye to embellishments that weigh you down and wearing outfits that are chic, comfortable and a mix of traditional and modern.
This bright pink Jyotsna Tiwari dress worn by Jacqueline Fernandes reflects just that – modern silhouette with simple traditional embellishments resulting in a breathtakingly beautiful outfit! Compare this with Soha's lehenga and you have two outfits of the same colour, made from the same fabric, but the treatment and silhouette makes them polar opposites, each beautiful in its own way!
So you have flowy lehengas being paired with crop tops, strappy blouses teamed with dhoti style sarees or pre-draped numbers that cling to your hips and let you flaunt your toned body. The year also saw many new-age brides opting for contemporary ‘Indian’ gowns for cocktail parties and wedding reception ceremonies. Traditionalists may scream sacrilege at such outfits, but Indian bridal wear 2015 is all about pushing the envelope with your wedding ensemble and wearing an outfit that reflects your personal style.
If you like subtle colours, then go ahead and wear them with aplomb since the Indian bridal wear 2015 trends are totally in favour of limes, greens, pinks and yellows. Wear these colours in lightweight fabrics that enhance the fluidic silhouette and keep the embellishments minimal so that the colour and the fabric can shine through in the outfit.
Coming back to the original question of whether you should go for traditional or modern bridal attire, we’d say that it depends on your personal style. Both looks have a lot going in their favour. What you pick depends on how willing you are to experiment and what kind of style statement you want to make at your wedding. But whatever you pick, remember to not just blindly follow trends when putting together your wedding ensemble – mix in some personal flavour for a heady cocktail of style that will be the talk of the town!
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