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No reds, but still bridal. Reynu Taandon’s muses have the Rajasthani touch, sans the colour (Amal KS/ HT Photo)

The white wedding is here, guys! Sexy bridal trends that rocked ICW

Snigdha Ahuja and Aditi Caroli

Some of next season’s biggest trends are already at your fingertips, thanks to India Couture Week 2016. So start wearing them now and you’ll have a major leg up in the style game in 2016.

Takeaway trend from Day 1: Fifty shades of white

Gone are the days of brides swearing by plum reds and maroons for their wedding. Don’t believe us? Well, the Capital runways are a proof. On day 3 of India Couture Week 2016, four designers showcased distinct collections, but, pristine whites, indulgent creams and dewy hues stood out.

1. Scarlets are out, ivories are in, Rahul Mishra paves the way

At Rahul Mishra, hand-done embroidery wove a tale of monsoon-inspired motifs including chintz-esque florals and beautifully crafted peacocks. Having never been a big fan of colour, Mishra continued to take his white baton forward with creams, ivories, delicate golds along with indigos and blacks for contrast.

Hot tip From the red carpet to your pre-wedding soirees, an intricately detailed white lehenga can never go wrong. Mix and match or when you’re feeling moody…colour block to change it up.

2. Anamika Khanna paints creamy skies

At Anamika Khanna, the ivories came in in quick succession along with romantic rose hues and sneaky shades of yellow. Considering she wanted to add a fantastical mood to her collection, the choice of muted hues seemed apt.

Hot tip Like Sonam Kapoor, amp up your makeup game whenever you are going with soft, satiny colours. That red lip popped like a boss!

3. Scared of whites? Reynu Taandon and Rimple & Harpreet Narula have a way out

Sometimes, it’s hard to break out of the colour mould. So, if you are afraid of ditching bright shades completely, go for versions of gold. Taandon and the Narulas picked the classic combination of white and gold, along with tan beiges and dull creams for not only their brides, but, for the grooms too.

Hot tip Jewellery can play a big part in how you complete a look. Why not go for gilded pieces to offset the whites and mild ochres of your weddingwear. Time to experiment, guys!

Takeaway trend from Day 1: Fringes, pastels or pop hues, capes, layers and boxer braids

A high-voltage drama of style and opulence, Day 2 at the ongoing India Couture Week 2016 set the stage for the contemporary bridal trends of the season. While designer Anita Dongre marked her couture debut with the opening show of the day, designer Tarun Tahiliani presented the concluding show. Here’re some trends you must pin up in your style file to be the modern-age bride:

1. Fringe frenzy

After skirts, dresses, bags and shoes, fringes have made their way to the traditional Indian garments. From fringe blouses to fringe-finished saris and dupattas, there was no dearth of fringe inspiration on the runways of Anita Dongre and Tarun Tahiliani. This Indo-Western fusion is a must try for the bride of today.

2. Pastels or pop hues

 Ditch the traditional reds and maroons, and go for pop oranges, pinks and blues, as seen on Anita Dongre’s runway. Classic muted hues more your thing? Go for pastels in beige, pink or ivory, as showcased by designer Tarun Tahiliani. Just move over red!3. Cape chic

You must have stocked your wardrobes with cape tops and jackets, with the style being a hit on the fashion block. Now, cape blouse over lehenga and sharara is the next big thing. Just make sure to not clutter your look with a dupatta.

4. Layer game

Grooms should play the layering game. Throw over an embroidered waistcoat over your dhoti-kurta, or finish off with a long jacket over your sherwani, to make a style statement. And, if we may add, beiges and ivories will make for a perfect colour choice.

5. Boxer braids

Don’t believe in following the conventions? Ditch the regular buns and go for boxer braids on your D-Day. Just like a bun, this will not only keep your hair in place, but also make you an edgy, quirky bride. You can jewel up with a maangtika or mathapatti.

Takeaway trend from Day 1: Bardot blouses

Validating the fact that there’s nothing hotter than showing off your shoulders this season, designer Manish Malhotra presented the Bardot version of blouses on his couture runway in the Capital.  The first day of India Couture Week saw the models carrying off the comeback trend of Bardot blouses, which are primarily those that fall off the shoulders to expose some skin.

Even Deepika Padukone, who closed the presentation, The Persian Story, wore a burgundy lehenga (which took all of three months to create!), topped with an off-shoulder blouse. Other models too were seen sporting the trend as they strutted down the runway with romantically exposed shoulders that were paired with heavily embellished lehenga skirts.

So, if you are still not sliding your sleeves off them shoulders, now’s the time to re-style your wardrobe. Style tip: Why not try the Bardot blouse with a sari? Ditch the staple tailored versions and go for the retro Bollywood inspiration for a fun monsoon wedding.

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