It is 2023, and the world is trying to break free from gender norms and the confines of the conventional definition of male and female. Our society has leapt with evolving rituals in a wedding, such as the colour of a bride’s wedding couture. But can the Pantone Of The Year: Digital Lavender be the Colour Of the Bride?
Considering the last two years of testing times, lavender most prominently symbolized the significance of mental health and all-around emotional well-being, contributing to societal harmony and balance. This serene color stirs a calmness in our minds. Taking that perception, it was only certain to make an influential entry into the fashion industry.
Renowned designers and their Staedtler croquis are raging with the colour, launching the collections with a hint of either lavender embroidery or beads or even the entire attire dipped in the hue. As graceful and royal lavender stands, it may pave the road to the new ‘red’ of a bride and her dreams adding a touch of sophistication and beauty to the magical night.
So, we decided to devise a guide for all the designers who have taken this colour and turned it into dream bridal wear.
A mention of ethnic wear, nothing resonates more than the name Sabyasachi. The brand is the foremost choice for hundreds of brides in India and abroad. Rightly so, the magnificent designs with a subtle touch and class of our rich heritage in textiles and weaves are indeed a complex combination to achieve otherwise. Breathtaking ensembles worn by several celebrities, including Katrina Kaif’s post-wedding photoshoot saree, attest to the fact. The dusky lavender cloth with floral detailing and the clever use of the veil are ingenious and make for an envious bridal attire. This saree reimagined the Anglo-Indi cultural impact using a vintage Indian silhouette hand-embroidered by artisans from Bengal, paired beautifully with pastel hues and hand-cut English flowers to deliver an astonishing effect.
Kresha Bajaj Zaveri
Kresha Bajaj has been the pen-ultimate choice for several stars over the years with her refreshing approach towards bridal couture that includes a seamless confluence of modern and contemporary. The aesthetics of her designer ensembles have made her the ideal choice for Indian brides who want a hint of glamour without the traditional, heavy embroideries. The designer certainly knows her way around the delicate colour lavender as she launched her new collection with extraordinary pieces created with organza incorporating intricate mirror work, glass beading, sequins and resham embellishments.
Several real-life brides have been seen flaunting designs of Monisha Jaising in lavender hues for their big day.
The designer has been known for glamorous ensembles, with luxury fabric and an unparalleled approach towards her designs. Her recent collection displayed exquisite craftsmanship, including a few lavender ensembles that are nothing short of a fairy tale dream packed in fabrics and sequins. The lavender couture brought out a linear beaded concept with a hint of modern touch through a pre-draped dupatta and crystal detailing. It had an inner corset structure for the blouse, and with fashionable corsets being all the rage right now, this lehenga makes for every modern bride’s dream attire.
Pooja Peshoria has made her mark in the Indian fashion industry through her magnificent designs, fine embroidery, precision and out-of-the-world artistry. Her touch with lavender came to the spotlight when one of her latest collections of bridal designs redefined ‘divine’ — with her signature feather detailing on the shoulders to make you feel like a goddess. The ensembles made with lavender fabric had elegant use of sequins with beautiful floral embroidery and thousands of crystals placed to give them a natural glow.
Shyamal and Bhumika
Shyamal and Bhumika brides gleam with their timeless beauty and distinctive designs spread over their dream bridal lehengas. The striking balance between traditional and contemporary is why their brand has become one of the leading fashion houses.
The duo’s recent work in FDCI X Lakmé Fashion Week is the perfect testimonial to their dream of taking Indian designs to a global level. They have included serene colours like lavender for their designs in their latest collection, ‘Blooms of Paradise’- which was as dreamy as one could imagine. The collection included intricate floral embroidery, a corset blouse and everything you would desire in your bridal wear.
Global label Lashkara has redefined traditional ethnic wear with elegant and floral designs in modern bridal colours with minimal as well as heavy embroidery. The brand aims to capture the essence of the Modern Indian woman who wants her ensembles to be sophisticated yet grand.
Their latest collection, ‘Garden of Serenity’, brought bridal bliss with exquisite designs in pastel contemporary hues. The ensembles outlined embellishments in handcrafted ornaments, dangling pearl beads, a subtle hint of sequins, and a magnificent combination of miniature and bold floral patterns embroidered on traditional silhouettes. Jahnvi Kapoor made a recent appearance in one of the Los Angeles-based brand’s couture in the form of a sharara teamed with a cropped blouse with a feathered cape. The embroideries had intricately brought an ode to an entire garden of flowers, vines and butterflies in pastel shades, adding a delicate hint of modern femininity.