Friday, November 19, 2010

Bridal Style

Wondering what your bridal trousseau should look like? Fret not, as we have all the answers. Fashion designer FALGUNI SHANE PEACOCK gives a lowdown on this season’s bridal trends, emphasising to stay away from the conventional

The bridal hues
As opposed to the clichéd reds and maroons, shades of peach, coral, mauve and pink are really picking up. A bride these days is ready to nix the obvious and predictable crimson. Other classy and sophisticated colours like beige, white and off-white with embellishments and work in a brighter colour like red, maroon and green look really different and bridal at the same time. 

Also, people now have an evolved sense of fashion and aesthetics. It’s no longer just about what the bride and the groom wear at the wedding. The ensembles often complement the décor, ambience and season as well. It’s also important to underplay the groom’s ensemble, if the bride is wearing statement couture.

The bridal trends
Access to world fashion has enabled the Indian bride to have a developed sense of fashion. Instead of sticking to the regular silhouettes and cuts, the bride does not mind experimenting with different styles. Sari blouses are becoming more detailed and bold, the combination of fabrics in one garment has become more experimental and influence of western silhouettes on Indian styles is also accepted. For example, the fish-cut lehenga opted for the reception or a cocktail is a fine influence from elaborate red-carpet gowns.

The bridal dress
Most brides worry about buying something very expensive for the main wedding function and then locking the garment in the attic because it is too heavy to wear otherwise. However, she also wants to look and feel special at the same time. The key lies in striking a balance. For me, it is okay to splurge on the wedding garment because it is once-in-a-lifetime occasion and you have to feel special about it. If you want to reuse the garment, you can team the choli with a lighter sari or a lehenga; or wear the lehenga with a simple blouse. 

Also, discerning taste and fashion conscious brides know how to choose garments for different functions. A sexy number for the cocktail, a fuss-free anarkali for the mehendi and something very chic for the reception is the mantra they go by.  

The bridal trousseau 
When you’re going trousseau shopping, it’s pertinent to be practical. More often than not, a lot of brides-to-be end up buying a lot of heavy, traditional outfits and you hardly end up wearing them. Having a few key pieces which can be worn to special occasions is enough to carry in the trousseau. Buy simple dresses and saris which can be played up with jewellery and toned down if worn as is. Also, it’s a good idea to have some scarves in silk and chiffon which can add a spin to your regular kurta. A few heirloom saris, fabrics and jewellery is always welcome!

Image and Article from: Idiva 

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