Trendy wedding dresses for women!
Bridal wear trend
If every wedding tells a story, the bridal outfit is the protagonist. And when it comes to choosing the wedding outfit, tradition trumps trends (remember Isha Ambani’s wedding lehenga, which featured a piece from her mother’s wedding sari?). “I see many brides opting for more traditional lehengas over modern ones. In fact, even bringing out their heritage outfits, borrowed from their mothers or grandmothers, and reinventing them,” says Mumbai-based designer Arpita Mehta.
And other couturiers seems to agree. Shyamal Shodhan of Shyamal & Bhumika notes, “You’ll see a revival of traditional craft techniques with an element of storytelling.” But are millennial brides only sticking to the age-old traditions when it comes to their wedding day ensembles?
For Mehta, the colour palette that’ll helm the year includes a bottle green. “It is an interesting shade for a bride to wear at her wedding or sangeet,” she says. Shodhan advocates fabrics in warm Indian colours and jewel tones and handwoven eco-friendly silks, while Gupta predicts more muted tones. “Sophisticated pastels or neutral pastels like pale pink, ivory, ecru and silver will rule 2019. Greys and champagnes would make a case for trendy colours because they just have this sense of simplicity. Also, apart from colour, emphasis will be given to silhouette and design for show-stealing ensembles,” he explains.
Bridal jewellery to look out for
No outfit is complete without the right baubles. “For 2019, I see bold, maximalist styles returning,” foretells Vikram Khanna of Khanna Jewellers, the brand that designed Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ neckpiece for her Delhi reception. On the other hand, Jaipur-based designer Sunita Shekhawat, who is famed for her meenakari pieces, advises brides-to-be to “embrace your roots and go back to the period classics on your wedding day.”
Khanna also presses on the power of layering, and mixing and matching. “Wedding jewellery in the coming year will be all about piles of layering and stacking for a vintage, regal allure. Look to mix-and-match gemstones and diamonds for a larger-than-life look.” This is also a great way to upcycle and re-use the pieces post the nuptials.
Shekhawat, who is known for her meenakari pieces, touts a Rajputi ‘Aadh’ choker necklace as the perfect choice for a traditional bride. “Cooler hues are going to [be popular], as more and more brides are opting for meenakari in shades of turquoise, and gemstones such as deep aquamarine tanzanite paired with perfectly graded pearls—a bridal trousseau must have.”