Traditionally, Indian wedding ensembles go heavy on colour, fabric and embroidery. Reds, oranges and magentas dominate the palette, with little scope for paler shades. But this wedding season, pastel shades are quite the rage.
Dusty rose, a shade popular in the west has made its presence felt over the last few years on Indian ramps. Lehengas with tonal sequined embroidery look opulent yet quiet. Having no contrast is a clever way of using heavy embellishment without looking like a Christmas tree.
White metal jewellery goes better with paler shades, with complementary coloured stones or pearls to tone down the effect. With makeup, the trend this season is emphasis on the eyes with greys and taupes instead of strong black. The ideal lip colour is nude or pale pinks.
Softer fabrics too are a great way to lighten the effect of your outfit. Chiffons, organzas and organdies along with net and tulle lend a waif like appeal to any garment.
White is another colour that is less explored on Indian bridal wear. But a western twist to sarees can be quite inter esting, with the blouse showing off a traditional western neckline with an off shoulder silhouette in ruched net.
Putting together a pale lahenga with traditional maroon choli and odhni also achieves a balance in the shades and creates a heavy look without really laying it on.
In accessories, the trick is to use waist chains and brooches and even hair ornaments creatively. Brooches can be incorporated quite nicely in hairdos.
Less is more
Wearing earrings, necklace and bangles all at once can dilute the whole impact of fine jewellery. Wear a beautiful ring with a large stone instead of bracelets.
Victorian embroidery and jewellery are a great change from the usual Indian designs. Pearls and western motifs are very popular and look elegant and chic.
This east west mélange affords a style that is unique yet very Indian in its cut and contours. Definitely worth a try this wedding season.