All women think of the ideal wedding lehenga for themselves from a very young age. For many, the wedding lehenga stands as a symbol which marks the beginning of a journey they have always dreamed of, and all deserve nothing but the very best.
So what then do you need to consider, in order to make sure that you get your look absolutely perfect? Besides hair, makeup and jewellery, one tiny detail which is more often than not overlooked is the body type.
In this post, reposted from looksgud.in, we show you 8 different wedding lehenga styles which can help you understand what style suits you best.
Circular / Flared Lehenga
Special Feature: Adds Extreme volume below the waist
Perfect for: Apple (or V shape), Pear Shape, Hourglass Shape, Straight (or Rectangle) Shape Worst Choice For: Women with very slim waists (Since it can look clumsy if waists are too tiny)
Mermaid/ Fishtail Lehenga
Special Feature: Accentuates the Hips
Perfect for: Hourglass and Rectangle body shape Worst Choice For: Apple Shape, Pear Shape and Thin Body Type
Special Feature: It creates a slimming Effect, Hides and Extra Flab
Perfect for: Hourglass Shape, Pear Shape, and Petite Body Type Worst Choice For: Apple Shape, Straight (or Rectangle) Shape, and Skinny Body Type
Special Feature: Perfect ad Elegant, Easier to carry
Perfect for: Hourglass, Pear Shape, and Tall Body Structure Worst Choice For: Apple and Straight (or Rectangle) Shape
Sharara cut Lehenga
Special Feature: Trousers in the form of a Lehenga
Perfect for: Apple Shape, Hourglass Shape, Pear Shape, Straight (or Rectangle) Shape, and Tall Body Structure Worst Choice For: Petite and women with too slim legs
Straight Cut Lehenga
Special Feature: Flows with the body curves
Perfect for: Hourglass Shape, Apple Shape and Straight (or Rectangle) Shape Worst Choice For: Pear Shape and Too thin body structure
Lehangas with a Jacket
Special Feature: Hides the extra fats(if you are plump) or creates volume(if you’re too skinny)
Perfect for: Hourglass, Apple, Inverted Triangle and Tall Body Structure Worst Choice For: Pear Shape and Petite Women
Half Saree Lehenga
Special Feature: Gives a Virtual Sari look
Perfect for: Hourglass, Apple, Pear Shape, and Tall Body Structure Worst Choice For: Petite Women
A perfect lehenga according to your body type won’t only accentuate your personality but will also bring out the best in you.
Shantanu & Nikhil may look like uppity business tycoons, but when they set out to do what they do best—couture—there are few who can match their impeccable contemporary taste. Having launched their label, ‘Shantanu & Nikhil’, in 1999, this brother duo has become a brand name to be reckoned with. The brand’s focus is on creating clothing that is trendy and chic, yet conservative, which speaks of an old-world Indianness and class that is lacking in the designs of many modern-day designers today. Let’s have a look at the designs these fashion greats gave us in 2013-2014.
The year that was: 2013
Day 4 of The India Bridal Fashion Week 2013 was all glitz and glamour as the fashion world saw beautiful brides and dashing grooms walk the ramp wearing Shantanu & Nikhil’s ‘To Die For’ collection for the Winter Fall 2013. The scintillating Sania Mirza even walked the ramp for this distinguished duo. As their style is principally contemporary, this showcase was no different. The theme of the collection was dedicated to the modern bride, who was adorned in A-line and fishtail silhouettes, and her leading man in bold-print, classy sherwanis, which left the audience with a renaissance-like hangover. Crisp outlines were defined to enhance the female form, and the pristine whites and subtle gold leaf and booti patterns—a refreshing change from the traditional reds and prints usually associated with Indian weddings—showcased a softer side to the Indian bride.
‘Gold in its different shades will be the new black’, is the duet’s opinion. ‘We’re talking color restraint, while still reinforcing the message of vintage decadence.’
Looking ahead: 2014
Staying true to their vintage, yet contemporary style, Shantanu & Nikhil showcased their ‘The Shadows Within’ collection at the Lakme Fashion Week 2014. This collection was almost like an aftermath to the gold leaf theme and sharp silhouettes of the IBFW display, but there was an addition of soft pink and peach tones, sober beiges and clean reds as well. Inspired by their mythical, mystical, muse, Vanessa, the collection was a beautiful mix in colours, textures and forms. Light, sheer fabrics such as organza and raw silk were perfectly balanced with rayon blends and poly jerseys. The embellishments were very delicate laces, which were highlighted with embroidery. The little something for the grooms was also reminiscent of the IBFW as looped hem kurtas were teamed with a variety of bundies in textures, weaves and colours. Sherwanis appeared in quick succession with embroidered cuffs/collars, balanced with super weaves. In other words, the duo sure has kept itself busy since the start of this year.
As an added bonus, the brothers also showcased a vintage collection for the Vogue Wedding Show 2014 with largely Victorian influences—think voluminous gowns, new age lehenga skirts and sari gowns. Vogue’s response to this collection was, ‘Our bride is a storyteller who is extremely well travelled, understated, intelligent and confident. Their ensembles present femininity draped in lush classicism. Shilpa Shetty, Ahana Deol and Avantika Malik are some of their happy, chic brides.’ Well, we wish this artistic duo all the luck for the rest of 2014!
Shantanu & Nikhil have a list of credits to their name. Shantanu boasts an MBA from the University of Toledo, Ohio, whereas Nikhil is a product of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, California. Nikhil has been awarded with some of the most prestigious awards and scholarships. He was invited to design a collection for a prestigious store “Georgio Beverly Hills” in Los Angeles, and he was even featured in L. A. Times to be the only Indian designer to have displayed his designs in a show in Universal Studios, Hollywood.
Shantanu & Nikhil have always been effective in producing products that have a national as well as international appeal. Their list of clients includes eminent names such as Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan, Leander Peas, Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Saif Ali Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Dia Mirza, Neha Dhupia, A.R.Rehman, Kunal Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty, Sushmita Sen and Bipasha Basu. They have two signature stores in prime locations in New Delhi and have a presence in the other metros in India, besides having a strong presence in couture stores in Dubai, Kuwait, Tokyo, Switzerland, Birmingham, London, Jeddah, New York and Vancouver.
They have many more accolades under their belt, but what drives home is the fact that Shantanu & Nikhil are both experts in their respective fields, and this marriage (pun intended) of business acumen and the knack for creating classy, urban clothing is what makes their brand the perfect model for up-and-coming entrepreneurs.
When one thinks about bridal fashion, there are a few distinguished names that come to mind. One of these names is Bengali ace couturier, Sabyasachi Mukherjee. His designs epitomize glamour, elegance, grandeur, class, royalty, and modernism. So if you want to feel like a million bucks on your wedding day, Sabyasachi is a one-stop shop for both bride and groom. Let’s take a sneak peek into his latest designs and innovations of 2013-14.
The year that was: Best designs of 2013
After a 5-year-long interval, Sabyasachi finally made a comeback (and how!) at the Lakme Fashion Week in 2013. Here, he showcased his collection called ‘Absolute Royal’ that, as the name suggests, was a rich array of satin, velvet, and other expensive-looking frill. Imagine taking your wedding vows wearing one of these beautiful masterpieces in a grand palace in Rajasthan (check blog on Rajasthan for more). Enough to make you feel like purple blood!
Anarkali suits are clearly the trend of the season, and Sabyasachi’s playful twist on a kurti and lehenga that gives the effect of an anarkali was the flavour of the show. This kurti-lehenga mix is an excellent design for all the demure brides out there, as it is conservative, yet chic and suits any and every body type. The grooms needn’t worry either, because Sabyasachi has a little something for everyone. Your wedding guests are sure to be spellbound when you make an entry in one of his vivacious Jodhpuri and churidar designs.
Our pick is the breathtaking ensemble worn by Netra Raghuraman and her partner on the ramp. In all it’s glory, it was the look of LFW 2013!
Looking ahead: 2014
The royal hangover has continued in 2014, and the traditional saree and anarkali continue to re-establish their status. However, the start of this year has promoted subtler, deeper tones, which is a refreshing change from the usually vibrant colours that we see in Sabyasachi outfits. Deep blues, vibrant reds and rich pinks have given way to subtle opium, golden, white, dull pink and grey tones.
In Sabyasachi’s own words, art and culture play a great role in his design sensibilities, so most his designs have an old-world, yet modernistic charm about them. His outfits have a very traditional, ethnic feel. Recently, he successful combined the splendour of the East with the swank of the West in a beautiful western wedding gown, the first ever made by the Sabyasachi brand, that he especially designed for the famous TV show ‘Band Baajaa Bride’. The intricate embroidery on the gown is a play on the traditional lehenga, but its cut and fitting provide the feel of a Vera Wang. In short, it’s the kind that will make your jaw drop!
Made for the stars
Sabyasachi’s list of clients includes the who’s who of Bollywood. Some of his regular endorsers are Madhuri Dixit Nene, Aishwariya Rai Bachchan, Kajol, Vidya Balan, Rani Mukherjee, Sridevi, Ranvir Singh, Imran Khan, and Abhishekh Bachchan, to name a few. He is known for some truly memorable creations that made waves among the stars of B-Town:
Aishwariya Rai Bachchan’s look in the movie, ‘Guzaarish’
Vidya Balan’s traditional, saree look at Cannes
Rani Mukherjee’s look in the movie, ‘Laaga Chunari Mein Daag’
Aishwariya Rai Bachchan’s outfits at Cannes
Rani Mukherjee at the premiere of the movie, ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’
Madhuri Dixit’s black saree look in ‘Jhalak Dikhlaa Ja (Dancing with the Stars)’
Sabyasachi is a pioneer with using Indian textiles and fabrics in a unique way. When he first started out, he had no connections, but his edgy, ethnic silhouettes, exquisite bridal wear and bold prints soon left a deep mark on the fashion industry. Today, no Bollywood wedding, award function, anniversary or occasion is complete without Sabyasachi. Pick a brilliant ensemble from his royal bridal couture to make your wedding affair one to remember. To be sure, it’ll be a match made in heaven!