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Velvet is definitely not a new trend for Indians; it has been there since time immemorial. This fabric has always been a favourite with designers, as it can be used for diverse purposes right from making accessories like shoes, handbags, velvet scarves and jackets to the more traditional lehengas, sherwanis, blouses and cholis. But, the fabric had somehow slowly lost its touch with the Indian weddings.
But, dear brides and grooms, make a note, as velvet is back in the trend list for the Indian wedding trousseau. Lately, this fabric has been dominating the runways of some of the most celebrated fashion designers all across the world. Several Indian designers and celebrities too seem to have embraced the material and have welcomed it into their wardrobes.
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Almost everyone these days seems to be opting for velvet for his or her wedding wear. Luxurious, classy and rich, it looks stunning on both men and women. The grooms and brides are styling, combining and wearing this beautiful, classy and elegant fabric in their own personal interpretation.
Designer Barsha Dutta said in her latest interview,
"Velvet has a shine that makes it look interesting. People these days want something new and different. They can also spend a lot of money on grand weddings at big venues like old palaces. Velvet adds that royal feel to weddings. Clothes made of velvet make them stand out in a crowd!"
This sumptuous fabric is more suited for weddings in winter due to their heaviness. Embroidery, patterns and other details can make it look stunning. The sheer versatility of this fabric has made it a preferred option for wedding wear. It can look exotic in several styles, detailing and combinations. The material is available in varying degree of thickness and weight and can be used in a creative manner to provide structure and draping.
Ladies, choosing the right wedding wear is one of the most important decisions you will ever make, and you would want to ensure that you are making the right choice. Velvet has always been known to impart a grandeur and royal appeal that very few other fabrics exude.
As Sujata Assomull Sippy, Editor at Harper's Bazaar India, says,
“Velvet gives a very regal look. There is a lot of harking back to the days of the maharajas and trying to do the new Indian modern maharani, and velvet is a fabric that naturally lends itself regally.”
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Velvet wedding dresses exude an old world charm together with contemporary sophistication. You can opt for a velvet lehenga or a velvet choli, if not both. You can go for velvet gown for pre- or post-wedding ceremonies. You can also choose an embellished velvet jacket to team up with your ethnic or western wear.
As for all you grooms-to-be out there, you can go for velvet base sherwani or for velvet bandhgala jackets. You can opt for velvet jacket or waist coat for your cocktail or sangeet functions. This fabric has a sexy, playful feel and a royal look to offer.
Shades of royal blue, red, yellow and wine are the most celebrated colours this wedding season. Talking about velvet colour trends from ramp, Sujata Assomull Sippy, says,
“Even if you look at the colour palette you see a lot of navy blues, burgundies, and a lot of gold, which are very regal colours. So, velvet is a great base fabric which works really well with the whole look of the season.”
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If you do not want to go for velvet wear, but still want to explore this royal fabric for your affair, there are many options for you as well. While ladies can pick out velvet handbags to match their outfit, men can go for velvet turban or a stole. You can also go for velvet detailing in your shoes. Bride-to-be can also go for a velvet kamarband or dupatta to match their outfit.
Comfort is another factor that you must not ignore. Select something that will not feel too heavy and cumbersome. The time of the year when you plan to get married must also be taken into account while picking the wedding dress. You would not want to be freezing or sweating on your big day.
Opulent and royal, velvet is sure to make you look stunning and resplendent on the most important day in your life.
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