The recent showcase by leading Indian designers at India Couture Week revamped the face of Indian bridal fashion. From contemporary lehengas to Swarovski-studded embroidery and modern-day silhouettes, it seems bridal wardrobes are set to change stereotypes. Here are three Indian couturiers we loved at the couture week, who will give you some serious "Winter Bride" inspiration.
Manish MalhotraUnlike his larger-than-life Bollywood bride-inspired pieces, which are swathed in embroidered and gilded silks and muslin, the stylist-turned-designer toned down his palette with a more contemporary outlook this time around. He included off-shoulder cholis, re-imagined traditional dupattas, and presented a line-up of lehengas with sheer tops, opulent velvet jackets over cigarette pants, exquisite gowns, and regal sherwanis. Calling his collection "The Persian Story", the designer presented a range of 50 limited edition pieces adorned with hand-woven embroidery on deeper shades of maroon, emerald green and azure blue. In fact, we loved Deepika Padukone's showstopper outfit, which was a dark red embellished with bronze and metallic embroidery.
Tarun TahilianiInspired by the royal courtesans of the Mughal Era, the renowned couturier Tarun Tahiliani showcased a beautiful collection filled with the sheerest of fabrics. Associated with Swarovski Crystals, his collection was dominated by romantic shades of beige, pink-peach, jade and ivory, which he transformed onto silhouettes like paneled jackets, statement lehengas, concept-saris and voluminous skirts. The thought of sporting a sleeveless anarkali with voluminous embellished skirt might not sound like the norm, but he made it work thanks to French embroidered knots, crystals and gemstones studded on them. Trust us when we say this - ditch the neckpieces and wear just statement chandbalis when you walk down the aisle in a Tarun outfit. You won't need a necklace because of his gorgeous embellishments.
Varun BahlFloral embroidery on Indian wear is not exactly a new trend as it made its debut on the ramps some time ago with Sabyasachi and Rohit Bal. However with this season of couture week, designer Varun Bal put his spin on florals by taking inspiration from a vintage rose garden. He presented a collection rich in embroidery using colourful resham threads on soft fabrics in shades of crème and beige. While his show opened with beaded tassels on sheer sleeveless kurtas, tunics with capes and anarkalis, the lehengas stole our hearts thanks to their tulle hemlines.