Indian Bridal Apparel Trends 2013 A-Z-Part I

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H for heirloom

H for heirloom


Wish to know the latest trends in Indian bridal wear for 2013? Here is part one of a handy little A-Z list…..(do tune in for Part II of this post later next week….)

A is for Anarkali suits….


Adarsh Gill, Suneet Verma and a few others had their beautiful Anarkali suits displayed at the Aamby valley Indian bridal fashion week 2013. These Anarkalis came with a modern twist: Suneet’s collection, for one, was inspired by the lifestyle of Pompeii and had a distinct Roman feel to them. Models also wore elaborate headgear, which could also be one of the trends this year!

B is for Blouses


The bridal couture weeks all showcased some beautiful back designs on the cholis/ blouses . Tarun Tahiliani, for one, makes his cholis tiny with plenty of embroidery and Rohit Bal is known to have used the ‘Kamasutra inspiration’ for making blouses that aim for a voluptuous, sensual look. Likewise JJ Valaya also feels that blouses this year will have almost non-existent backs, with interesting necklines.

C is for Chantilly lace

 chantilly bridal wear

Originating from Chantilly, France (since almost the 17th Century), The Chantilly lace comprises today of both linen and silk. Designers Shantanu and Nikhil showcased their creations of glittering lehengas in Chantilly lace, brocade, satin and tulle. The designer duo is known for their dreamy creations and they did not disappoint this year too. Wouldn’t you just love a sari in Chantilly lace?

D is for Delhi Couture week

 deepika at delhi couture week

The Delhi couture week has certainly set many trends in bridal wear for 2013. (D is also for Deepika Padukone who set the ramp on fire as well as the silver screen ablaze with her simple yet sexy avatar in this year’s top grossing film Chennai Express. It is no wonder many sari retailers are selling “Chennai Express” saris and they are sure to be a great addition to your bridal trousseau).

E is for embroidery


Embroidery will never go out of fashion and will be trendy each year. This year, major fashion designers used embroidery in some form or another. The key is to go in for super light fabrics with light or heavy embroidery that will not weigh you down but will still allow you to be steeped in tradition.

F is for fishtail lehengas

 fish tail lehenga

Fishtail or fish cut or mermaid lehenga is ideal for showing one’s figure beautifully. This lehenga is fitted at the knees and is ideal for women having an hour glass figure. Bollywood beauty Katrina wore a beautiful pale pink/peach fish cut lehenga at the Indian International Jewelry week this year.

G is for Gota work

 gota work

Gota work originated in Rajasthan many decades ago and consists of gold/silver zari work. While Gota is not a new trend this year, many designers used it in the couture weeks in 2013. (Example includes Meera Muzaffar Ali’s Pearl of The Orient collection on Day 2 of India Bridal week 2013).

H is for Heirloom


Kareena Kapoor set the trend  when she married Nawab Saif Ali Khan in her ma-in-law’s wedding lehenga. There are many ways you can reuse old lehengas and saris: convert them into a shervani, or simply make the sari into a long flowing ghagra with a matching duppata . You can also create bags, potlis and clutches using the heirloom saris and these are sure to make great wedding accessories.

And that’s Part 1 of our Indian Bridal Apparel Trends 2013 A-Z, we’ll be back with Part 2 later on , in the meantime do comment below what you feel will make the list!

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