About the collarbone-baring trend in bridal wear and keeping that heavy choker out of the equation
WITH the likes of Deepika Padukone, in a Manish Malhotra Persian-inspired lehenga, and Kangana Ranaut, in a Manav Gangwani, flaunting their collarbones on the ramp at the recently-concluded India Couture Week, the clavicle is now officially a bridal fashion statement! Top couturiers urge brides to ditch the choker and neck pieces this wedding season, go minimal and show off those bones. From Tarun Tahiliani to Gaurav Gupta, here is our pick of designs to keep your clavicle in the spotlight.
Spill the champagne
Delhi-based designer Gaurav Gupta’s silt champagne godet lehenga—with an organza pallu and embroidered blouse with a wide V-neck—will help you flaunt those beauty bones. This sari style lehenga needs no accessory; just a radiant smile will suffice. `2.5 lakh. Available at gauravguptastudio.com.
Padukone’s maroon lehenga from the India Couture Week 2016 channels designer Manish Malhotra’s latest theme, The Persian Story. Inspired by Persian architecture, fables, flora and fauna, it gives us bridal-wear pointers this season. The deep-cut top not only flaunts your collarbones but also your shoulders, with just the perfect amount of shimmer for a wedding day. Opt for darkly kohled eyes and berry lips to complete the look. Wedding lehengas from Rs 5.5 lakh upwards. At the Manish Malhotra store, New Delhi.
Bold and beige
Delhi-based Tarun Tahiliani introduces this glittery beige one-piece lehenga with zardozi work. It comes with a tulle dupatta and churidar. With a deep V-neck, it is perfect for the bold bride who loves a touch of ethnic. Priced at `1,80,000. Available at Collage, Greams Road. Details: 42013662
Keep it simple
This off-shoulder, full-sleeved outfit in royal maroon, by Mumbai-based designer Nikhil Thampi, not only draws the eye to the clavicle but also helps you ditch the blingy
bangles. Paired with a flared skirt with floral gold embroidery, it comes with a nude net dupatta. `70,000 at perniaspopupshop.com
Delhi-based designer Manav Gangwani’s onion pink lehenga with a flared tulle skirt (and pink threadwork) is definitely bride worthy. The round-necked choli, embellished with crystal sequins, is a veritable accessory by itself. Pair it with solitaires and you are ready for your big day. At `1,20,000. Available at perniaspopupshop.com
Touch of sleek
Weddings are not all about the lehenga. Don’t forget the cocktail night, ladies. This white organza gown by Delhi-based designer Gauri and Nainika, with a corseted bodice and bougainvillea textured flowers will make the bride look ethereal. Tie back your hair and let the exquisite off-shoulder gown do the talking. `2.5 lakh. Available at Evoluzione, Nungambakkam. Details: 28333627
Make a statement
Anita Dongre brings back the red wedding lehenga-choli at the India Couture Week. The silk set is embellished with intricate gota patti embroidery and sequin work, and comes with a georgette dupatta. The V-neck is best complemented with a pair of vintage gold jhumkas for your special day. `2 lakh upwards. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Delhi-based Rimple and Harpreet Narula’s midnight blue lehenga is perfect for a no-jewellery evening. The silk lehenga features zardozi work and is paired with an embroidered choli with a deep round neck. Team it with a tulle veil to pull the look together. `1 lakh upwards. Available at the Rimple and Harpreet Narula store, Defence Colony, New Delhi. Details: 011 41572919
Text: Saloni Sinha