Brides: Would You Dare to Wear Black On Your Wedding Day?

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The modern Indian bride is breaking all traditions. She wants to ‘arrest all attention’ on her D-Day, and what better way of doing this than wearing unique Indian wedding colors that no one has dared to before?


DCW showcases India’s Changing Tastes

It is no wonder that the Delhi Couture Week 2012 has seen top designers like Varun Bahl enthrall audiences with never-before-seen, chic-meets-retro Indian wedding colors.


In fact; Bahl’s wedding line collection of Fall 2012-13 is an attempt to bring together the classics with a ‘modern twist’ to showcase India’s changing tastes in bridal couture. The opening collection had models dressed in sheer black net with the usual embellishments around the borders. Instead of the traditional silks and satins, the collection displayed saris, ubiquitous Lehengas, Achkans and Shararas in chiffon, crepes and net.

Black: The forbidden Color

Black red lehenga


In Indian weddings, black is a forbidden color; it is a color that is associated with mourning and funerals. Even Indian grooms opt for Sherwanis and Kurtas in blue, green and gold-never black. But designer Varun Bahl feels that the inauspiciousness associated with black is ‘all in the mind’. Moving away from the notions associated with this shade, the bold designer had his girls dressed in see-through black Anarkalis, parallel trousers, asymmetrical kurtis with flowing trails and long velvet jackets over grand lehengas.

The Liberal Indian Wedding

Other top designers like Shantanu and Nikhil, who also showed their “She Is the One” collection at the DCW, agree that Indian weddings have become quite liberal. For those who wish to stick to traditions though; the designer duo suggests regular Indian wedding colors on the main day with black outfits on other occasions like the Mehendi night, Cocktail Night etc.

Advantages of Wearing black

The advantage of wearing black is that the bride has lot more options in her jewelry and accessories. One can opt for gold, diamond, rubies, pearls in virtually any shade, since all colors go well with black. One can even accessorize with gold stilettos, black Kundan jewelery sets and other kinds of precious and semi precious designer bridal jewelry sets.

With so many options available, the question is: “Would You Dare To Wear Black on Your D-Day”?

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