Indian traditional wear is of several kinds. You have sarees, salwar kameez and the ever favourite, lehenga. In an Indian wedding, the women of the family can even spend months deciding what to wear. However, the most time consuming and difficult decision to make is the bride’s wedding dress. She is the centre of attention and her outfit is what matters the most. For an Indian bride, especially the north Indian bride, the favoured bridal outfit is lehnga – a combination of long skirt (lehenga), blouse (choli) and stole (dupatta).
So what are these latest trends in lehengas? Well, until a few years ago contemporary was in and now traditional lehengas suddenly seem to be in demand. Thanks to movies and television shows, Indian brides are choosing to go all out traditional when it comes to choosing their bridal lehengas.
A lehenga usually is a full pleated skirt in colours like orange, pink, red, maroon, green and yellow. The cut of the blouse (choli) has been modernised and you have everything from tight fighting corsets to bikini patterned tops. The blouse can also be backless or with strings, adding glamour to an otherwise traditional outfit. Halter necklines and strapless blouses are also in trend.
The entire outfit as a whole can be of matching colours or contrasting. For example, you can have an orange skirt with a red blouse and a red and orange stole, or you can have a pink skirt, with a red blouse and an orange stole. The latest trends in bridal lehengas also have the skirt being made up of multicoloured panels, so that there are several colours together. This way, the traditional look is maintained with a modern twist.
The latest trends in bridal lehengas are also to do with the kind of embellishments on the skirt and stole. Today, the traditional style is in and thus heavy borders of gota patti work or intricate embroidery is in huge demand. The patterns too are traditional and using colours contrasting the colour of the cloth on which it is done. Another trend in embellishments is the use of Swarovski crystals. This can be combined with silver embroidery to give quite a striking look to the outfit.
Bridal lehengas can also be of different cloths – cotton, synthetic, chiffon, georgette, silk, brocade etc. The latest trends in bridal lehengas are to have the skirt and blouse in silk with the stole in a flowing fabric (like chiffon) with matching embellishments.
Overall, the latest trends in bridal lehengas is to pick up the traditional designs and add a modern touch to them. The colours are traditional, but the style is modern. The designs and patterns of the embellishments are traditional, but the materials used to embellish them now are modern. The outfit is traditional but the cut is modern.
However, just make sure that you do try your lehenga before deciding to buy one. Sometimes, certain colours or designs do not complement a particular skin colour or shape as well as others would.
Image courtesy- Divasa, Kainaat Fashion House, Maheka Mirpuri