Reasons beyond the typical runway shenanigans brought this years second bridal week, India Bridal Fashion Week ’13, to the spotlight. Several fashion editors unabashedly tweeted how hard it’s become to keep track of the unending fashion weeks taking place these days. While we agree it may be overkill and that gimmicks and celebrity show stoppers take away from the real focus, the fashion — we still can’t help but pay attention when bridal wear is involved (no surprises there). And this round up of our favorite looks from ‘the week that was’ will make curating your trousseau and nuptial looks simpler!
Structured drama at Gaurav Gupta
The coming-of-age of the gen-next Indian bride can be credited to Gaurav Gupta to a large extent. His love affair with structured silhouettes and western cuts continued with this collection too — perfect for a cocktail party or intimate reception.
Draped saris at Tarun Tahiliani
Tarun Tahiliani’s signature pre-draped saris stole the show this bridal week. We absolutely love their effortless drama. Just throw on statement earrings, pull back your hair and you are sangeet-ready.
White meets gold at Rohit Bal
Goodbye sindoor red bridal wear and hello white + gold! The past year has been all about white traditional wear (previously considered an inauspicious color for brides) and Bal dedicated ample runway time to this color combination. We heart!
Layered salwars at Falguni & Shane Peacock
There is a certain degree of flamboyance and opulence associated with Falguni & Shane Peacock designs and their bridal line was no different. We are lusting over the layered salwars with sheer overlays — a welcome break from the ubiquitous zari-gota anarkalis. We’re also digging the Senorita vibe of the updo!
Androgynous silhouettes at Raghavendra Rathore
Raghavendra Rathore is India’s final authority on jodhpuris and bandhgalas. He extended his revered mastery to androgynous women’s traditional wear with sherwanis, bandhgalas and gowns this time. We can’t wait to slip into these styles for an engagement party!
So there you have it — update your desi wardrobe with our handy guide. It’s all about mixing tradition with a sprinkle of irreverence this season!
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