Red has a legacy as an auspicious bridal colour in India. And while the colour lexicon for Indian brides has evolved over the years, the love affair with this crimson hue continues to be an enduring one. Some designers are inspired by its cultural inheritance and others bringing something new to the classic, but the fact remains that red continues to be the choicest pick for a majority of Indian brides. Aashni + Co brings you a closer look at the best reds of the season.
Sabyasachi has embraced the richness of hue in his DNA with his signature Sabyasachi Red, used across traditional lehengas as well as his heritage bridal collection featuring kurta sets and saris; all of which are enriched with metallic thread embroidery.
For India Couture Week this season, Manish Malhotra‘s collection was teeming with head-to-toe reds in their traditional glory. Volume and dramatic trails and dupattas doubling as statement veils were enriched with indigenous badla work, zardozi and sequins.
Anamika Khanna — who is typically famous for her pastel bridal looks — made a case for this sindoori colour with her lehengas dressed in rich surface ornamentation in muted colours instead of OTT metallics.
Tarun Tahiliani stayed true to his artisanal India Modern aesthetic with birdal looks in mirch and sindoori red bridal couture in a melange of ornate time-honoured embroidery techniques.
Anita Dongre culturally rooted take on the colour imbibed the feeling of nostalgia and yesteryear royalty, using traditional gota patti work to ensure the pieces are fitting for the princess bride of today.
Shantanu & Nikhil decided to take the modern route, reimagining the traditional colour with statement blouses, contemporary styling and fuss-free flair. Gaurav Gupta has also transformed the colour with a mix of sculpted tailoring and fluid drapes. The result? Reds that don’t need to be saved for the wedding day along, but are just as fitting for the sangeet or cocktail party.
Shantanu & Nikhil
Seema Gujral caters to the bold choices of the modern bride with a contemporary rendition that favours tonal sequins.
Abhinav Mishra’s mirror work take is one that you can easily reuse beyond the wedding day. Aisha Rao enhances the decadence of red with elaborate multicoloured applique work—a winning choice for post-wedding festivities.
Shop the curation of bridal red ensembles here.