Bridal Trends 2016-17

2016 was a year of innovation and experimentation for Indian brides. The new-age bride is breaking the typical stereotypes and going for new things. As the wedding season approaches, we scour the runways to give you the best of bridal couture. Get inspired!

Traditional designs, contemporary cuts

New-age brides look for creations that speak of the country’s heritage and crafts and at the same time let their personalities shine through. While they choose traditional designs and fabrics like heavy borders of gota patti work or intricate embroidery and chanderi or Benarasi fabric, when it comes to silhouettes, they opt for classy cuts. Unlike in the past, new-age brides are not all covered up. They love to show-off their toned bodies. More and more brides are opting for tailored silhouettes that flatter their bodies and lend an air of sophistication.

The blouse gets a makeover

From sheer to ornate embroidered blouses, the runways saw a lot of experimentation this year. The off-shoulder trend, which was still now a popular street-style, has made its way to the bridal world. The runways also saw an unusual combination – sharp shirts and flowy lehengas. New brides are also sporting Grecian-inspired one-shoulder blouses, and bold and structured long and short jackets, which they team up with saris or lehengas.

Moving away from the OTT bling

Bridal wear has moved away from the bling and bauble of the past and seeing a return to elegance. The new bride wants to relax and have fun, and that is spilling into fashion. They want to be comfortable and prefer light outfits. And to appeal to the modern Indian bride some of the leading designers are bringing “lightness” to their bridal line using cuts, couching and fine threadwork.

Benarasi weave makes a comeback

While sheer saris with lace detailing, lehengas with textured metallic blouses, royalty inspired jackets, anarkalis and gowns are all big this season, we also see some of the leading designers like Sabyasachi and Ritu Kumar creating wonders in Benarasi weave. And the trend has trickled down to their bridal collection. You will see new generation brides opting for colourful Benarasi saris and vintage zardozi lehengas.

Moving beyond red

Brides are moving beyond red and opening up to non-traditional colours. Many designers showcased their wedding collection this year in creams, Iranian turquoise and deep burgundy. Black is also a popular choice for the sangeet. Pink and orange are also a favourite. Some of the leading designers like Gaurav Gupta are even making bridal wear in fresh, English colours like powder blue and mint green. And Tarun Tahilaini showcased his bridal collection in beige, pink, salmon and ivory. The new generation of brides are lapping them up as they are quite progressive in their outlook and never shy away from experimenting.

It’s all about the classics when it comes to jewellery

When it comes to jewellery bling is out and subtlety is in. It’s all about timeless classic pieces. Brides are gravitating towards a fuss-free style. Traditional uncut sets, solitaire studs and emerald necklaces are the flavour of the season. The layering and stacking trend is still strong. Brides are opting for a choker, followed by a mid-length diamond necklace, and finally a waist length piece. To cater to the modern bride, some of the leading jewellers are making jewellery in unusual shapes like squares, triangles, and hexagons, too. Polki or a fusion of polki and diamonds is still a big trend, especially for cocktails. For the wedding an emerald ring, a pair of chandelier earrings and titanium bangles are must-haves.

Experimenting with hair accessories

Brides are moving beyond the usual and experimenting with hair accessories like paasas, matha pathis and tikkas.