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.
Neeta Lulla has been one of the most prominent names in the Indian fashion industry for almost three decades now. Her design philosophy is versatile, and her collections range from chic party wear to breathtaking, opulent bridal ensembles. If you’re looking for a wedding outfit that’ll make heads turn, pick one of the glamorous designs by this queen of bridal fashion. It doesn’t really matter whether you’re the bride, the groom, or a member of the baraat, you’re sure to find your dream fit from her festive wedding collection. Let’s take a look at the trousseau and other wedding collections by this style guru from 2013-2014.
The year that was: 2013
As usual, the India Bridal Fashion Week 2013 saw all the glitz and glamour as Neeta Lulla showcased her grand vintage collection titled ‘Bridal Goddess’ on days 5 and 6. An expert at fashion shows, Lulla’s collection of western and ethnic did not disappoint. The focus was mainly on long, white net skirts, lean tunics, tulle covers and gowns with sexy fish trails, and it was an absolute treat to behold. A very interesting ensemble was the smart use of the trench coat over belted, lace sarees. Though she stuck mainly to her traditional lehengas and sarees, there was an edge of innovation to the collection that was refreshing and left the audience enthralled.
Another delightful element of the event were adorable showstoppers and actor couple, Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’souza. Riteish was adorned in a royal blue, satin, Nehru-collared jacket, which had a dash of gold patchwork, over a midnight blue kurta with floral embroidery work on it; this was paired it with plain, royal blue trousers. Genelia looked like she had stepped straight out of a fairytale, in a bouffant hairdo and copper brown, satin ball gown with a sweeping trail. The brocade in deep pink and dull gold at the borders and other similar intricate embroidery complemented the copper tinge to the gown and made for a breathtaking ensemble. This is definitely the pick of the week!
Looking ahead: 2014
Neeta’s new venture with ace director Subhash Ghai, called ‘The Whistling Woods – Neeta Lulla School of Fashion’, has kept her busy most of this 2014. After having designed for some of the finest Indian films and biggest stars in Indian cinema, she is now ready for the second innings in her career and plans to give back what she has learnt over the years to the students of her academy. ‘The Whistling Woods – Neeta Lulla School of Fashion is the first of its kind fashion school created by the industry, for the industry. With this venture, we aim to provide relevant practical training and in-depth industry knowledge to fashion aspirants across the country’, says Siddharth Lulla, Neeta’s son, who manages the fashion school and her other businesses. With the help of her capable son, Neeta has been busy with expanding the business at the retail distribution level too.
Her brand, along with her signature couture collections, will now venture into creating more scalable designs for the common masses. The mother-son duet even established an online store recently, which has made the brand more accessible to international clientele. With Neeta’s daughter, Nishka, now assisting her in the fashion world, we’re bound to see new innovations and ventures from this fashionista real soon. Watch this space for more!
Neeta’s creative genius has helped her successfully contribute to over 300 Indian movies. She has created opulent designs for large-budget ventures such as Devdas and Jodha Akbar, and also decorated Twinkle Town’s renowned names, the likes of Sridevi, Aishwarya Rai, Juhi Chawla, Kareena Kapoor, Sushmita Sen, Shilpa Shetty, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Rajinikanth, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Hrithik Roshan.
With the launch of her fashion school, Neeta, along with several other established names in Indian fashion, has moved to a 3-dimensional business module to interact with the direct consumer more. Since she has been dubbed Bollywood’s resident ‘dream maker’, we wish Neeta all the best in her endeavor to impart her experience and skill to the budding generation of fashion designers in India.
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.
Manish Malhotra, i.e. the superstar of Indian fashion. Enough said? Well, we’re just getting started. Not only does he look like a movie star, but Manish Malhotra is one of the most prized assets of the Indian film industry. A self-taught designer, Manish’s career story from working for a Mumbai-based boutique to becoming one of the most sought-after designers in India is awe-inspiring. A bridal outfit by this fashion guru is sure to add a posh flavour to your big fat Indian wedding. So, let’s have a look at his breathtaking designs of 2013-2014.
The year that was: 2013
The Delhi Couture Week 2013 was the talk of the town, where Manish stole the show with his gorgeous bridal collection of lehengas and anarkalis. Inspired by the princely states of the 1930s, Manish’s outlines and embroideries showcased the revival of a long-forgotten Indo-European relationship. The theme of the evening was definitely navy blue, where Deepika Padukone stole the show in a navy blue Manish Malhotra lehenga adorned with silver embroidery and crystals. He also showcased some other breathtaking designs for brides and grooms in bold oranges and reds and subtler beiges.
When asked about his inspiration behind this theme, the UK-born fashion demigod stated that, ‘In the 1930s, India was a country trying to find her voice. It was the age of opulence, and of affluence. Even as viceroys conducted matters of state, kings, queens, princes and princesses ruled over their own domains. The cross-cultural ties created a very unique genre of fashion and culture, which I am very inspired by. Whether in the fabrics, royalty and the ruling class favoured, and the silhouettes they wore, or in the architecture, and the art, there was cross-pollination at work. While designing this collection, I could imagine a Maharani, dressed in a layered lehenga ensemble, embellished with antique gold, walking down a corridor with her entourage, to meet the Viceroy in his regalia. Their conversations, conducted through a screen, echoed in my mind.’
Looking ahead: 2014
Lakme Fashion Week is incomplete without Manish Malhotra. Just as he wowed the crowd with his unique theme and designs in 2013, his 2014 collection promised bridal prints that would leave the beholder pining for more. His ‘Summer Affair’ collection was the most anticipated show of the year, and as usual, Manish did not disappoint. He opened LFW with Sonakshi Sinha on his arm, who wore a trailing, navy blue (surprise surprise!) kurta with bold white embroidery to set the mood for an ethereal collection of grey, powder blue, ivory, beige and floral, floor-hugging outlines, deep backs, and flowing sheers, coupled with bold, standout embroidery. The men were done up in signature Manish Malhotra jodhpuris, shirt kurtas and skinny churidar pants, yet loyal to the midsummer ethereal theme. In short, LFW was commenced with a bang!
It’ll be much fun to see what else this king of bridal couture has in store for us this 2014.
The Bollywood connection
Manish Malhotra is an unrivalled brand name that has ruled Bollywood for over two decades now. He has designed for the likes of Sridevi and Kajol as well as Alia Bhatt. He has won innumerable accolades and awards for his outfits in movies ranging from ‘Rangeela’ to ‘Chennai Express’.
At LFW 2013, he paid tribute to 100 years of Indian cinema, where the belles and beaus of B-town graced the ramp in signature MM designs that honoured the different eras of Bollywood, from the black and white age of the 40s and 50s, to the hippy era of the 70s, and the chiffon sarees of the 90s. Though many stars shone on the ramp that evening, it was the duo of Kajol, in a sexy lace blouse and neon saree, and Karisma Kapoor, in a white anarkali with a quirky orange border, that stole the show. In fact, ace designer Christian Louboutin, who was present at the show, was so taken up with the classy clothier that he expressed a wish to collaborate with him in future.
In conclusion, Manish Malhotra’s achievements are endless, and we could ramble on about why his designs would be the perfect wedding present that you’ll give yourself. However, the most important reason is that his designs are truly evergreen. They will never run out of style. As they say, who you are reflects in your actions and in the work you do. Well, ladies and gents, Manish Malhotra is sheer class all the way.