India Couture Week: 17 hot trends you will want to try (like right now)

  • Akshay Kaushal, Snigdha Ahuja and Aditi Caroli, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 25, 2016 16:28 IST
Mirrorwork remains a bridalwear staple and made it to Manav Gangwani’s couture. Actor Kangana Ranaut turned showstopper for the designer and looked stunning in an off-the-shoulder blouse with mirrorwork. (Instagram)

Some of next season’s biggest trends are already at your fingertips, thanks to India Couture Week 2016. So start wearing them now and you’ll have a major leg up in the style game in 2016.

Takeaway trends from Day 5: Intricate mirrorwork, blacks and flared pants for men

The last day of the fashion week saw an ostentatious display of bridalwear, with couturiers Manav Gangwani and Rohit Bal presenting Mughal and Czar inspired collection, respectively. Gangwani outdid himself with his Begum-e-Jannat bridal creation, featuring majestic lehengas with intricate embroidery and mirrorwork. Bal transcended us to the Czarist regime of Russia with his Kehkashaan collection. Models strutted in elaborate robes with zardozi and Kashmiri kani work. While traditional maroons continued to be a bridal fav, wedding ensembles in black made a daring statement.

Gangwani outdid himself with his Begum-e-Jannat bridal creation, featuring majestic lehengas with intricate embroidery and mirrorwork.

1. Mirror, mirror on the blouse

Mirrorwork remains a bridalwear staple and made it to Manav Gangwani’s couture. Actor Kangana Ranaut turned showstopper for the designer and looked stunning in an off-the-shoulder blouse with mirrorwork.

The crowns, the belts, the tiaras, the sashes, the capes, the bejewelled collars and cuffs, the glittering footwear lent Bal’s collection a distinctive individuality.

2. Black is the new red

It’s time to move over the reds and maroons, and give way to black- which is the hot colour for bridalwear.Look no further than Rohit Bal’s show for inspiration, where models glided down the runway in lehengas with cape jackets, anarkalis with robes and bandhgalas over jodhpuris. The headgears adorned by the models couldn’t be missed.

Gangwani’s Begum-e-Jannat captured the Mughal era effortlessly.

3. Not so straight

Flared pants were the highlight at Gangwani’s show. Ditching the conventional churidars and straight pyjamas, the male models paraded in flared pants. These were teamed with velvet jackets, kurtas and stoles.

Takeaway trends from Day 4: Net, headbands, ruffles and tassels

Redefining resplendence were the two talented couturiers Varun Bahl and Gaurav Gupta on day 4 of the India Couture Week 2016, who presented some awe-inspiring lehengas, gowns and saris for the contemporary bride. Here are the top 5 trends from both the shows.

1. Sheer makes it clear

Net blouses and saris in pastels were seen on the ramp during Varun Bahl’s show. (Amal KS/HT Photo)

Sheer blouses boasting varied degrees of opacity were seen on the runway during Bahl’s show. Floral motifs were seen on net fabric, which was the most dominant fabric in the collection. These motifs added decadence and made the collection look visually delightful.

2. Bejewelled headbands on the go

The embellished headbands that Varun used on all his female models made for an arresting sight. (Amal KS/HT Photo)

Models fluttered on the runway adorning embellished bands during Varun Bahl’s show. This was the perfect finishing touch for an updo that added a touch of sparkle. While the models sported the band on chignons, open tresses would also have given a dressed up look.

3. The high-low hem kurta

The asymmetrical kurta certainly was the highlight for Varun’s show. (Amal KS/HT Photo)

The high-low hem kurta for men caught attention at Varun’s show. The model anchored his asymmetrical kurta with a half-sleeved floral bandhgala and parallel pyjamas, making this contemporary take on the Indian kurta quite upbeat.

4. Ruffles romance

Gaurav Gupta made romantic ruffles look striking on strapless gowns. (Amal KS/HT Photo)

Ruffled ball gowns were a trend at the recently concluded Paris Couture Week and Gaurav Gupta gave an Indian twist by using ruffles in his sari gowns. The collection saw a lot of ruffles and they made the ball gowns look elaborate. The romantic waves gave it a dramatic effect as models sauntered down the ramp.

5. Tassels without hassle

Tassels and fringes made with pearl looked beautiful on the saris and gowns. (Amal KS/HT Photo)

Designer Gaurav Gupta’s Scape Song collection seamlessly fused modern amorphous architectural forms through a vintage rendition of pearls and tassels. The strategic cuts were interesting and added to the look of the one-shouldered outfit.

Takeaway trend from Day 3: Fifty shades of white

Gone are the days of brides swearing by plum reds and maroons for their wedding. Don’t believe us? Well, the Capital runways are a proof. On day 3 of India Couture Week 2016, four designers showcased distinct collections, but, pristine whites, indulgent creams and dewy hues stood out.

Rahul Mishra’s white might coupled with handcrafted detailing is a bridal dream. (Amal KS/ HT Photo)

If you don’t want to go the beaten path with your weddingwear, ivory and gold should be your go-to inspo, as seen on Rahul Mishra’s runway. (Amal KS/ HT Photo)

1. Scarlets are out, ivories are in, Rahul Mishra paves the way

At Rahul Mishra, hand-done embroidery wove a tale of monsoon-inspired motifs including chintz-esque florals and beautifully crafted peacocks. Having never been a big fan of colour, Mishra continued to take his white baton forward with creams, ivories, delicate golds along with indigos and blacks for contrast.

Hot tip From the red carpet to your pre-wedding soirees, an intricately detailed white lehenga can never go wrong. Mix and match or when you’re feeling moody...colour block to change it up.

Sonam Kapoor came to cheer Anamika Khanna, and she too opted for a muted hue from the designer’s collection. (Amal KS/ HT Photo)

Anamika Khanna also loves her whites with a hint of pastels, and the effect is surely ethereal. (Amal KS/ HT Photo)

2. Anamika Khanna paints creamy skies

At Anamika Khanna, the ivories came in in quick succession along with romantic rose hues and sneaky shades of yellow. Considering she wanted to add a fantastical mood to her collection, the choice of muted hues seemed apt.

Hot tip Like Sonam Kapoor, amp up your makeup game whenever you are going with soft, satiny colours. That red lip popped like a boss!

This pearly white lehenga with heavu dull gold embellishments emanates some monochrome inspo off Rimple & Harpreet Narula’s runway. (Amal KS/ HT Photo)

White and gold can’t ever go wrong. Here’s a bit of inspiration from Rimple & Harpreet NArula’s runway. (Amal KS/ HT Photo)

3. Scared of whites? Reynu Taandon and Rimple & Harpreet Narula have a way out

Sometimes, it’s hard to break out of the colour mould. So, if you are afraid of ditching bright shades completely, go for versions of gold. Taandon and the Narulas picked the classic combination of white and gold, along with tan beiges and dull creams for not only their brides, but, for the grooms too.

Hot tip Jewellery can play a big part in how you complete a look. Why not go for gilded pieces to offset the whites and mild ochres of your weddingwear. Time to experiment, guys!

Takeaway trends from Day 2: Fringes, pastels or pop hues, capes, layers and boxer braids

A high-voltage drama of style and opulence, Day 2 at the ongoing India Couture Week 2016 set the stage for the contemporary bridal trends of the season. While designer Anita Dongre marked her couture debut with the opening show of the day, designer Tarun Tahiliani presented the concluding show. Here’re some trends you must pin up in your style file to be the modern-age bride:

Left to right: Fringe-finished sari by Anita Dongre. Fringe dupatta over a lehenga by Tarun Tahiliani. Fringe blouse on Anita Dongre’s runway. (Amal KS/ HT Photo)

1. Fringe frenzy

After skirts, dresses, bags and shoes, fringes have made their way to the traditional Indian garments. From fringe blouses to fringe-finished saris and dupattas, there was no dearth of fringe inspiration on the runways of Anita Dongre and Tarun Tahiliani. This Indo-Western fusion is a must try for the bride of today.

Bright blue lehenga by Anita Dongre (left). Pop orange lehenga by Anita Dongre (right). (Amal KS/ HT Photo)

2. Pastels or pop hues

Ditch the traditional reds and maroons, and go for pop oranges, pinks and blues, as seen on Anita Dongre’s runway. Classic muted hues more your thing? Go for pastels in beige, pink or ivory, as showcased by designer Tarun Tahiliani. Just move over red!

See: Anita Dongre + Tarun Tahiliani + Bhumi Pednekar = Couture amazingness on day 2

Cape blouse found its way to Tarun Tahiliani’s (left) and Anita Dongre’s (right) runways. (Amal KS/ HT Photo)

3. Cape chic

You must have stocked your wardrobes with cape tops and jackets, with the style being a hit on the fashion block. Now, cape blouse over lehenga and sharara is the next big thing. Just make sure to not clutter your look with a dupatta.

Grooms should layer up to make a statement, as seen on designer Tarun Tahiliani’s runway. (Amal KS/ HT Photo)

4. Layer game

Grooms should play the layering game. Throw over an embroidered waistcoat over your dhoti-kurta, or finish off with a long jacket over your sherwani, to make a style statement. And, if we may add, beiges and ivories will make for a perfect colour choice.

Boxer braids at Anita Dongre’s show. (Amal KS/ HT Photo (left) and Instagram)

5. Boxer braids

Don’t believe in following the conventions? Ditch the regular buns and go for boxer braids on your D-Day. Just like a bun, this will not only keep your hair in place, but also make you an edgy, quirky bride. You can jewel up with a maangtika or mathapatti.

Takeaway trend from Day 1: Bardot blouses

Validating the fact that there’s nothing hotter than showing off your shoulders this season, designer Manish Malhotra presented the Bardot version of blouses on his couture runway in the Capital.

Deepika pulled out all the stops in her crimson off-shoulder lehenga at Manish Malhotra’s opening show, The Persian Story, at India Couture Week 2016 in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Raajessh Kashyap/ HT Photo)

The first day of India Couture Week saw the models carrying off the comeback trend of Bardot blouses, which are primarily those that fall off the shoulders to expose some skin.

See: Deepika, Fawad burn it up at Manish Malhotra’s day 1 show at couture week

Even Deepika Padukone, who closed the presentation, The Persian Story, wore a burgundy lehenga (which took all of three months to create!), topped with an off-shoulder blouse.

The showing of the shoulders was a trend we loved at the Manish Malhotra show! (Raajessh Kashyap/ HT Photo)

Other models too were seen sporting the trend as they strutted down the runway with romantically exposed shoulders that were paired with heavily embellished lehenga skirts.

So, if you are still not sliding your sleeves off them shoulders, now’s the time to re-style your wardrobe.

Style tip: Why not try the Bardot blouse with a sari? Ditch the staple tailored versions and go for the retro Bollywood inspiration for a fun monsoon wedding.

For your BFF’s wedding, pick a Bardot blouse to go with your embroidered lehenga skirt. (Raajessh Kashyap/ HT Photo)

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