Alia Bhatt’s simple wedding dress rewrites the rules of wedding attire : The Tribune India
ALIA BHATT and Ranbir Kapoor created a lot of buzz not only with their affair, but also with their wedding attire, especially the bride. Alia Bhatt was dressed in a white and gold saree by designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee and her makeup-free look accentuated her delicate features. The recycled lehenga by Manish Malhotra that she donned for her mehndi ceremony was created from 180 handpicked textile patches from across the country, including Kashmir, Gujarat and Benaras. Other recent Bollywood brides like Katrina Kaif, Anushka Sharma and Yami Gautam had taken the same route for their wedding attire with their unconventional wedding dresses. So, is minimalism the new fashion revolution for brides? Some top fashion designers share the latest trends in bridal wear.
Simplicity is the key
Tamanna Punjabi Kapoor, a Mumbai-based designer, says the minimalist trend started during lockdown. “The trend is here to stay. It’s not just about the outfit anymore. With smaller gatherings and intimate weddings, the focus is on enjoying the moment with your near and dear ones,” she shares.
Bhatt’s wedding brought ace designer Neeta Lulla back in time. It reminded her of the attire worn by her grandmother and mother when white with copper on sarees was the “in” bridal look.
Hyderabad-based designer Archana Jaju believes that minimalism is the latest mantra for Indian brides. “Instead of being overshadowed by dress and jewelry, brides are choosing a more personal and conscious approach to their wedding ensemble. Most brides like to wear a subtle, luxurious outfit with a hint of personalization, rather than a extravagant outfit,” she adds.
Pastels and earthy colors are hot choices
Most brides opt for chanderi silk or lightweight organza lehengas for different ceremonies, Kapoor says. Masumi Mewawala of Mumbai’s Pink Peacock Couture thinks favorite fabrics include satin, silk and velvet. Brides are more inclined towards pastels and bright colors, but many like to experiment with jewel tones or pastels with monochromatic looks, she says, adding that “we do a lot of rose gold and 3D embellishments “.
Supriya Jain of Ludhiana-based Rose Creations believes the trend varies from bride to bride. Earth and sea tones are warm choices. Most brides favor dupion silk while others choose organza, but the fabric is delicate. “Veils adorned with embroidered braids, jhumkas and Baali designs are also in high demand,” says Jain.
According to Rohit Goel of Keshav Creations in Chandni Chowk, Delhi’s mecca for wedding attire, brides are opting for “understated” shades like maroons, mehndi or multicolored hues. Affordability is the common demand.
Is sustainability the new order?
Post-lockdown, brides are influenced by practicality, aesthetic agility, and reusability. This has led to the trend of reusing pieces that have emotional value, Lulla says.
Jaju thinks brides are much more aware of the choices they make. Durability and reusability are key aspects. “A hand-painted piece or any piece of Indian craftsmanship like a sari, ghagra or lehenga is the first choice. These promote slow fashion, are evergreen and can be passed down from generation to generation, making makes a great investment,” she concludes.