The Lakmé Fashion Week is a premier fashion event in India that showcases the best talent from all around the country. The Winter-Festive 2014 edition that concluded in Mumbai in August saw some breathtaking collections that are now making heads turn off the runway too. The event saw some reputed names rubbing shoulders with new designers with great potential.
While the collections at the event had something on offer to every woman for every occasion, the highlight was on festive wear and Indian bridal wear. If you are a bride-to-be, looking to build your trousseau, then the Indian bridal wear at the Lakmé Fashion Week is where you should look for inspiration. In case you missed it, we’ve picked the best of the Indian bridal wear showcased at this ultimate fashion event, just for you.
Anju Modi’s ‘Mahikarnika’ collection showcased Indian bridal wear inspired by Khajuraho and the Ajanta and Ellora cave paintings. The colours of the bridal outfits ranged from earthy tones of sepia and sand to rich hues of burgundy and emerald. Tulle sarees with borders embroidered with sculptures, floor skimming embroidered kurtas, dhoti pants, kalidaar kurtas and scintillating lehenga-cholis were a part of the collection.
Long-sleeved cholis with intricate resham embroidery were the highlight of her collection. Actress and model Jacqueline Fernandez ended the show on a high note in a spectacular burgundy lehenga paired with an embroidered choli and a white net dupatta. All the outfits showcased were paired with stunning pieces of jewellery from Reliance Jewels, creating a lasting impact on the audience.
Another fascinating display of Indian bridal wear was by Anavila Sindhu, in her collection called Mohenjo Daro. She showcased sarees in hand-woven textiles with block prints, ikat work and hand embroidery. The outfits featured motifs of the bygone era and sported a rustic yet rich look. Colours like mehendi green, deep maroon and gold dominated the runway. Konkona Sen Sharma walked the ramp as the showstopper for this collection in a graceful metallic saree and blouse.
Shruthi Sancheti presented her collection titled “Strands of Silk” that included bridal wear made of hand woven silk from Benaras and Pochampalli. The garments were embellished with rich resham embroidery, cutwork, zardosi and kasab work that made them opulent and fit for a queen. Shruthi’s outfits fitted the description of ‘festive wear’ to the T with outfits in warm hues of burnt orange, vermillion, fuchsia and indigo.
She presented an interesting collection of traditional Indian fabric and detailing on outfits with contemporary silhouettes. One got to see palazzos paired with asymmetric tunics, sarees with trench coats, shirt-kurtas with pencil fit pants alongside the lehengas and anarkalis. The outfits in the Strand of Silk collection were perfect for the modern Indian bride.
Anita Dongre, in association with Taj Mahal Tea, presented her collection called “India Modern” that featured traditional Indian bridal wear with a modern twist. The lavish and breathtaking outfits were beautifully embellished with ornate dori, gota patti and hand embroidery. Rich hues like peacock blue, pink and red ruled the ramp and added a regal touch to the outfits. The show started with a display of edgy jumpsuits, kurtas and jackets with festive embellishments.
What followed was nothing short of a royal affair – floor skimming kurtas with pencil trousers, elaborate lehengas with white or gold cholis, striking skirts paired with jackets, teamed with bandhani dupattas. If you are enthralled by the Indian bridal wear by Anita Dongre, here are some of the outfits handpicked by us, just for you.
Sougat Paul, under his label “Soup”, presented feminine outfits in lace, organza and faux leather in his collection called “Blower’s daughter”, inspired by the song of the same name. Colour blocking, asymmetric drapes and delicate fabrics were the highlights of the Indian bridal wear in this collection. The collection featured rompers, pre-draped sarees, gowns and jackets with beautiful faux leather embellishments.
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Adding more glitz to the event was the Indian bridal wear collection by Vikram Phadnis. He used fabrics in earthy hues lavished with zardosi and gota work. The beauty of the collection was that it was not just about sarees and lehengas but also featured kurtis, palazzos and half sarees with both western and Indian influences. Models sashayed down the ramp in enchanting floor length anarkalis with sequins and gota work that left the onlookers spellbound.
The clothes were a wonderful play between rich fabrics and intricate designs on them. Adding to the glamour quotient of the evening were showstoppers Dia Mirza and Bipasha Basu. Dia wore an alluring kurta with a net lehenga teamed with a velvet jacket while Bipasha looked stunning in an 18-kali oxblood lehenga with a velvet choli and a two toned dupatta.
Last but not the least, the dream designer of Bollywood, Manish Malhotra presented his “Gloss” inspired Indian cocktail collection for the Grand Finale of the Lakmé India Fashion Week 2014. The Indian bridal wear featured in the collection was all things that Manish Malhotra is known for – glamour, glitter and gloss. Elaborate lehengas teamed with racer back cholis, classy and stunning gowns and pre-draped sarees in rich tones enthralled the audience.
The vibrant outfits in brilliant designs would certainly be dream come true for every bride. The showstopper of the night was Kareena Kapoor in a sparkling kurta with a panelled lehenga and a grey tulle cape with embroidery on it. In signature Manish Malhotra style, all the outfits looked right out of a Bollywood movie, making the model wearing the ensemble look nothing less than a dazzling diva.
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