The wedding season is only a few months away and I am inundated with trousseau enquiries already. Gone are the days of last-minute rushing to the designer, today’s brides want to know what’s trending and set about their trousseau well before time, in as organized a manner as they go about filing their reports at work!
Only a bride knows how much work there is to be finished — despite office deadlines, spending time with family, trousseau shopping, gifting, sister bonding, exercising and of course spending time with the fiancée. I’m sure every bride secretly hopes for a fairy godmother to just appear and give her a magical dress for the big night. Err…just in case that doesn’t happen, let us help you with some of the hottest bridal trends to look out for this year!
The ‘Royal Bride’ look is back – While last year the brides were more minimalistic and contemporary in their outfit and jewellery, this year is all about being classic and Mughal in your look. This does not necessarily mean too much or too big. On the contrary, this look is all about intricate detailing and an old world charm. This is the perfect time to raid your mother’s wardrobe and take a peek into your grandmother’s jewellery box to find the khazana!
Colours to look out for – The usual blushing pinks and reds are done to eternity. This year make some space for off-beat colours for the Sangeet and Cocktail night. Lavender makes for a feminine, vintage choice for a Lehenga complemented with a powder-pink choli and dupatta with delicate 3D flower embroidery on it. While Marsala (a deep red-brown) or Wine are great choices for the evening with lace work and sequin embroidery.
Embellishments – Look out for the best and most intricate work in the embroidery. This year’s fashion weeks saw the models strutting down the runway in beautiful intricate Zardosi embellishment, Resham embroidery, Floral 3D embroidery, Vintage prints, and Sequin embroidery. The look is delicate and feminine with great attention to detail; no big stones and garish gold embroidery please!
Accessories – Diamonds are now passé. Nothing spells “bride” louder than gold jewellery and it sits perfectly with the classic Mughal look of the 2015 bride. Another look that’s very in-trend is a giant Naath (nose-ring). While some traditions actually require a bride to wear a nath, it’s suddenly a very cool accessory that brides are opting for.
The Cool Stuff- Headpieces — This might take some rehearsals before you can decide to don it. It looks spectacular if you have the right look in place and can transform a simple bride into a Zeenat Aman-esque looker!
Dhoti Salwars – If you are anticipating smaller functions in-between your main big days and don’t want to do the simple salwar-kameez ritual, a dhoti salwar is a fantastic option. Keep it simple by wearing it with a short kurta/ jacket or jazz it up by a custom-designed ganji style embroidered tunic.
Footwear – Footwear is gaining ground as being as important a part of the look as the outfit itself. But the brides are smart and don’t want to strut around in heels that’ll give them a foot ache later. The trend in footwear is combining style and comfort. Wear pretty flats and wedges for the day functions, and dressy heels to rock the evening parties.
The Eco-chic Bride – 2015 is the year of sustainable living and saving our precious environment. So, brides I’m sure you want to be an active participant as a host by being environment friendly and using metal utensils and plate-ware instead of plastic. A lot of couples this year are inspired to set an example and are doing things like, donating to charities, creating e-invites to save paper, going vegan/ vegetarian for the meals served at the wedding, and even planning an eco-honeymoon! Nothing cooler than that!!