Katrina Kaif in Sabyasachi
A year brings a new direction for weddings. The brides of 2022 are looking to stand, and become even more personalised and individualistic in their approach than their predecessors. And when it comes to their wardrobes, couturiers are giving them sartorial options to do just that. Whether the bride is seeking a dramatic flair or tapping into unconventional inspirations, here’s our ultimate vision board for 2022.
Double Dupattas & Veils
Veils are not new to bridal wear, but when paired with a feminine lehenga or a sari, it promises whimsical charm. Sabyasachi’s trailing veil with Katrina Kaif’s wedding sari brought the dreaminess of a white wedding look to it. His double dupattas, on the other hand, are reminiscent of regal palatial weddings. Anamika Khanna proposes a pearl veil for brides with a penchant for something innovative.
Whether you seek to enhance your bridal glow or add a theatrical element, yellow shades will prove to be a winsome choice well beyond the haldi. Bhumika Sharma adds an easy flair to her classic lehengas, making them a fit for any kind of wedding, be they intimate or destination. Manish Malhotra reaffirms the status of gilded gold to make a remarkable entry. The citrus flavour on Anushree Reddy’s lehengas serves a refreshing summer wedding look. To keep it dressy for pre-ceremony affairs, take inspiration from the laidback cool look by Itrh or Ritika Mirchandani’s sharara cape set.
A bold alternative to blush tones, purple shades can suit a range of moods. The tones in Anita Dongre‘s lehenga offer the perfect canvas for traditional bandhani work. Similarly, Weaver Story handcrafts a sari for the bride seeking the elegance of a bygone era.
Aisha Rao borrows the colour to express the edginess of a trendsetter bride. Aneesh Agarwal points out that the pastel tints of lilac are here to stay this year, Siddhartha Bansal splashes it with complementing colours in a more-is-more aesthetic.
Craftsmanship at its core
Honouring Indian craftsmanship is the core of wedding wear. Abhinav Mishra, for example, imagines mirror work speckled from top to toe for brides. Similarly, Abhishek Gupta Benaras reinstates the heirloom worth of classic weaves.
But brides of this year can also champion innovative drapes. While 431-88 by Shweta Kapur endorses pre-pleated fabrics in her trousseau essentials, Rajdeep Ranawat digitalises traditional art. Amit Aggarwal’s metallic polymer and Gaurav Gupta’s recycled plastic woven gowns can not only speak to an experimental bride but also a conscientious one.
Yes, brides do want immaculate embroideries on their lehengas but served with a side of standout elements. Both Vvani by Vani Vats and Seema Gujral render blingy embellishments on unconventional hues so that you can transition an outfit from the pheras to the reception. Sabyasachi promises a multi-faceted impact with his lehengas that can be easily worn after the big day.
Shriya Som merges drama with an embroidered skirt adding feathers on the top while Siddhartha Tytler envisions a casual attitude with his golden crop top.
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