It all started with relationship rumors and suddenly fans could not contain their happiness when wedding cards and invites were made public. Our leading ladies of Bollywood have decided to drop off their single status. Celebrities have set major wedding goals and benchmarks in fashion wear through a collection of beautiful custom made wedding ensembles. Anushka Sharma and Neha Dhupia inspired Indian brides-to-be with their envy induced pastel pink Lehenga.
India is a living example of strong historic cultures and traditions with constantly changing technologies, tastes and fashion. Indian fashion designers have started incorporating western design into our traditional wear and given rise to a myriad of unimaginable designs, styles and silhouettes. Today, a modern day bride does not dream of her wedding dress to be extremely traditional, but something that embodies her personal style.
What trends have Deepika Padukone’s and Priyanka Chopra’s wedding set this year in our ever-evolving fashion industry?
Royal Traditional Indian Wear with a Sabyasachi touch:
On 14th November 2018, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Sign tied the knot in Italy, Lake Como, both wearing Sabyasachi Couture. For her Puja Look, Deepika was dressed in an indigenous plain Orange Sabyasachi suit, with oversized earrings by Shaleena Nathani bagging all the focus. For Mehendi, she wore a royal pastel pink Sabyasachi Lehenga with a maroon shawl to add color to the outfit. Without a doubt, she opted for a South Indian look for her Konkani wedding. The red saree she wore was gifted by her mother Ujjwala, which was further modified by yet again the actor’s favourite designer, Sabyasachi Mukherjee! In most of her functions, Deepika wore traditional outfits, with gold jewellery and very Indian “Gotaa Patties”, but Sabyasachi’s handicraft successfully upturned them into extravagant and elegant bridal costumes.
While Deepika rocked her mother’s saree, Priyanka Chopra wore again, needless to say, a Sabyasachi designed Cranberry Red Lehenga choli for her Hindu Ceremony held in Jodhpur’s Umaid Bhawan Palace. “for the Indian wedding, I wore Sabyasachi. I always knew I wanted a red traditional silhouette for my wedding, but Sabya brought in incredible French Embroidery to the mix and with incredible jewellery and western inspired veil it was such an amalgamation of who I am” said Priyanka Chopra to Hello Magazine.
Pastel, White and Earthy hues:
Celebrity brides also flaunt their peplums and flairs in non-traditional bridal colours and styled them with contemporary jewellery. They have inspired many girls to sport subdued favourite colours, if it weren’t a gold or a red. Priyanka kick-started her wedding parties with a pastel blue outfit itself. Instead of a cliché green, Deepika wore a pastel pink royal Lehenga. Both Priyanka and Deepika wore White Sarees with Jewel toned embellishments in their receptions, looking like royal goddesses. Brides hesitate to opt for white, but it surely won’t be the case anymore.
Tropical, Floral, Loud Summer Prints
Soon after we saw Anushka Sharma in a colourful sangeet outfit, Priyanka Chopra wore a Yellow and Multi-colored Embroidered Blouse and Lehenga for her mehendi, while Deepika took colours to another level, by wearing an entirely floral print lehenga, you guessed it right, by Sabyasachi in her post wedding party. She wore a tiara of roses on her head with black-blue smokey eyes to totally tie it into an unconventional bridal look of the year. Many Designers have come up with tropical floral prints and traditional sharara wedding looks are being replaced by cool printed coutures. Designers like Tarun Tahiliani and Neeta Lulla include elements like nature and butterflies on their embellished bridal couture.
Including Embroidered Lettering as part of Bridal design
This is relatively the freshest piece of trend observed in the two most recent weddings of Deepika and Priyanka. Deepika embraced traditional deep red Lehenga, in her Pheraas ceremony, but to add a personal touch the words “Saubhagyawati Bhava” were woven on the whole border of the Dupatta. Similarly, Priyanka’s Ralph Lauren wasn’t just a gown, but it had eight words holding importance to the bride’s life stitched to the dress, those being her Husband’s name “Nicholas Jonas”, her wedding date and her parent’s name “Ashok and Madhu”.
India’s bridal fashion has constantly been changing thanks to the very adaptive fashion industry. It has become all about bridging the gap between our Indian antiquities and traditions, and modern lifestyle and expressions. Celebrities get their looks designed in exchange of a million bucks, but not everyone can burn a hole into their pockets to stay put with the fashion trends. Still, fashion does not stop right there. There are many debutante designers and fashion markets that curate low budget bridal designs offering the same trends to fulfil needs of people belonging to all sorts of socio-economic background. Just months after these weddings, you can even see clothing markets in small towns offering similar or even at times copied bridal wear designs. Celebrity weddings not only produce fashion trends but also give people the courage to experiment with their bridal fantasies.