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    Free spirited
    Those with a casual outlook can ditch
    the traditional blouse usually paired with a lehenga and take notes from designer Monisha Jaisingh’s ingenious approach to pairing heavy, ornate long skirts with a simple tank top or even a crisp white shirt. Jaising’s The Sailing Bride collection showcased bottoms with heavy handwork and plain blouses. The colour palette was easy on the eye too, with grey, powder blue and off white. Rohit Bal reinforced the trend with his selection of hand-embroidered footwear, that complemented his Husn E Taairaat line.

    The pant suit
    Quite an adventurous option, the pant suit was also seen on the runway and we think it could spark off a bridal fashion revolution. Varun Bahl wowed the audience with Song of the Flower, the highlight being his pant suits. We particularly liked the look of a pair of heavily embellished black trousers with a simple black chiffon top with a pleated, asymmetric hemline that gently grazed the floor. The show also marked the launch of ‘Aurum by Varun Bahl,’ his luxury wedding design venture, which incidentally also designed the setting of the show which was held in a colonial bungalow.

    Going asymmetric
    The asymmetric hemline would be an interesting way to go for 2015 brides and we spotted the trend in Rahul Mishra’s Tree Of Life collection. He also included a number of sharara pants and sheer panels in a mix of off-white, aubergine and black.

    Jacket friendly
    Lehengas teamed with long jackets running the length of the body were also frequently spotted on the runways during the Couture Week. Rimple and Harpreet’s Maharadjah & Co included off-white skirts with jackets featuring contrasting dull gold work, while Varun Bahl teamed his lehengas with simple, light coloured hip length jackets but with dramatic flowy sleeves.

    Minty fresh
    The soft mint hue, an unusual wedding colour, could make for an interesting bridal trend this season with Anju Modi lighting up the ramp with her collection entitled Kashish. The colour was used on shararas, lehengas and cholis with a noticeable trend being multiple dupattas worn with a single outfit. The mint greens were well-complemented by pale beige skirts and wispy mustard yellow dupattas, signalling a departure from the
    regular reds and maroons.

    Dark florals
    If Manish Malhotra’s collection, The Empress Story, is anything to go by, the wedding season this year will see a lot of dark hues with matching florals and chunky embellishments. Malhotra went sophisticated and understated with chocolate browns, burgundy and dull forest green on classic Western silhouettes with floral motifs rendered in coppery shades. Sabyasachi Mukherjee who collaborated with Christian Louboutin for Banter, too had a dark palette with shades like ox blood, bottle green and midnight blue.

    White canvas
    Not normally associated with the Indian bride, the colour white is a great option, especially when used as a canvas for intricate hand work and contrasting embellishments. Rohit Bal took the experimental route with virginal white, using it as a background to showcase hand embroidery work in myriad hues ranging from pinks to blues and greens, and some with golden accents. Called Husn E Taairaat, Bal paid tribute to the beauty of nature with motifs including birds, flowers and wildlife. Gaurav Gupta’s Silt and Cipher too had a white palette with gold, silver and
    midnight blue accents.

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