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Sparkling brides

The great Indian wedding is not just about big reception halls and elaborate menus; it is also about the bride-to-be in her sparkling best. Garima Sharma finds out more...

india Updated: Jan 30, 2009 17:01 IST
Garima Sharma

The great Indian wedding is not just about big reception halls and elaborate menus; it is also about the bride-to-be in her sparkling best. So, if you too are one of those, nervous about your wedding trousseau, then help is at hand as we pick the season’s hottest apparel and jewellery trend for you.

Wedding couture
The trend this season, says Puneet Nanda of Satya Paul, is to experiment with both Indowestern and Indian silhouettes. He explains, “People are gradually experimenting with things like the shape of a lehenga — adding trails for instance or puffing it up like a gown. There is an emphasis on dramatic shapes.”

The colour palette is about pastels like light pink, delicate yellow, light greens etc. He goes on to say that, bling for bling’s sake is out. There is demand for embroidery with a sophisticated touch. People are also finding a liking for graphic designs on garments. In essence, royalty is the ruling theme of the season.

Gold rush
Though recession may be impacting shoppers, says, Ashish Gupta, JMD and vice chairman, Gold Souk, “People are still investing in gold because wedding sentiments override depressing times like these.”

In terms of trends, says jewellery designer Alpana Gujral, “It is traditional craft like polki that is popular right now. Navratna sets too remain favourite for the wedding day.”

Adds Balram Garg, MD, PC Jewellers, “It is the antique look in gold that is popular as wedding day jewellery.” For other occasions, larriets (long necklaces) and sets in gold and pearl that are popular, he adds. Designer sets in white and yellow gold are more popular with brides looking for no-fuss jewellery. Diamond sets with coloured stones too are making quite a splash.