The Lakme Fashion Week is the biggest fashion extravaganza that happens in India. The Lakme Fashion Week is the starting point for many trends that emerge through the year, be it in casual or bridal wear. This year was no different with the runway bearing testimony of the wealth of talent that India has, with 84 designers showcasing their collections.
Notable among the creations on display were the bridal ensembles that took the onlookers breath away. If you are shopping for your wedding outfit, then the bridal lehengas and sarees showcased during the Lakme Fashion Week would be a good starting point to draw inspiration and ideas for a memorable bridal outfit.
To make your job simpler, we have put together a quick recap of some of the scintillating bridal outfits on display at the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015.
Some of the season’s collections brought to fore the beauty of Indian textiles with Gaurang Shah and Soumitra Mondal using indigenous textiles that wove magic on the runway. Gaurang Shah’s collection called ‘Kalpavriksha’ incorporated the khadi fabric with jamdani weaves of Andhra Pradesh and cleverly juxtaposed them with phulkari, chikankari and kalamkari work – proof enough that bridal wear does not have to be always about silks and zardosi.
The collection featured exquisite sarees and voluminous bridal lehengas and floor sweeping anarkalis in unconventional colours – your cue that it is time to give the regular reds and fuchsias a pass while picking your bridal outfit.
Soumitra Mondal surprised us with his contemporary line called ‘English Garden’ – a royal line that was seamlessly adorned with Indian design elements. It was heartening to see peaches and beiges in Indian bridal outfits proving that they can give stiff competition to vibrant colours. Known for his unwavering love for Khadi, Mondal cleverly wove Khadi with silk and cotton silk to produce rich fabrics fit for a bridal. His bridal lehengas and sarees were pleasing to the eye, what with their soothing colours and subtle embellishments.
Classic bridal lehengas, swirling anarkalis, gorgeous sarees with smart blouses and embellished waistcoats were a part of this collection. We spied a lot of pearl work; crystal embroidery and 3D work on the outfits and are sure that it will look astounding on your bridal wear.
Among all the bridal collections on display at the Lakme Fashion Week, Suneet Verma’s bridal wear collection impressed us the most. Called ‘Decorative Arts of India’, presented in association with Reliance Jewels, the collection was inspired by the traditional arts and motifs of Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab and South India. Suneet showcased gorgeous feminine outfits that romanticise the beauty of the Indian women.
The runway was splashed with vibrant colours like fuchsia, vermillion, red, pink and magenta with gold, copper and white touches. Stunning sarees in tulle, jacquard and georgette, opulent silk, velvet and chiffon bridal lehengas and breezy anarkalis were a part of the collection. He added a hint of quirkiness by teaming luxurious sarees with smart jackets and crop tops with lehengas and jodhpuris. Nargis Fakhri, the showstopper for his bridal collection dazzled in a red crystal encrusted bridal lehenga with precious baubles to match.
The common thread that we observed in the bridal outfits on display during the Lakme Fashion Week was that designers are now experimenting a lot more with bridal outfits – be it with colours or fabrics. When it comes to design, a fusion of Indian and contemporary silhouettes makes for an interesting bridal outfit – it is a surefire way to set yourself apart from the crowd and to leave a lasting impression.
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