Wedding is an important event during one’s existence and brides want themselves to be completely ready for that singular occasion in their lives. One of the fundamentals for the bride is her dress. Indian bridal dresses are well-known the world over for their traditional and contemporary styles. The current trend is of modern style blends with traditionalism as explained by women wear designer Nidhi Malhotra of Golden Weaves.
Self-motivated designer Nidhi advocates the confluence of tradition and modernism in her designs.
Flowing and Sensuous Cuts: Asked what the current trends are in bridal wear in the North of India, she replies, “The Current trend is all about flares in terms of styling, be it an Anarkali suit or a flared lehnga or even flared pants or a gown with embroidered long kurtas. The cuts are sensuous and the fabric is velvet and satin. Less is in as far as the work is concerned and it’s more of gota patti and subtle embroidered patterns in dull gold or silver.”
Choice of Fabrics and Colours: For the wedding day, brides prefer to wear traditional outfit and lehnga rules over saree and salwar suits. According to Nidhi, “For reception, cocktails and even for engagement, women are opting for western wear – flowy, sensuous gowns with handwork in colours like peaches and even going in for whites, etc. and not just limiting to reds and bright pinks. Nets, brocades and satins are the preferable fabrics for gowns.”
Customization: Often customization is the key-word. Nidhi says, “Yes, they do insist on customization at times and most of it is related to Bollywood. As you know Indians are smitten by the Bollywood bug and follow the stars in every respect. The same goes for fashion. They like to wear what the stars are wearing and so they come up with pictures of them wearing certain styles.”