A guide to select the perfect wedding lehenga in 2021

Ever since the Viruksha wedding, it is official that the bridal lehenga is not just red. Soft pastel bridal lehengas have been in trend for quite some time, but this season, designers like Sabyasachi, Tarun Tahilani, Manish Malhotra, Anita Dongre and Suneet Varma have taken it a notch up. Each designer is promoting a heritage textile and has set new trends.

The runway and stores are flooded with exquisitely designed lehengas, leading to confusion while choosing the most beautiful outfit for your D-day.

We have curated a list of trends that will help you make a perfect choice.

Vibrant hues

After a dark year, 2021 seems like a year where designers want to experiment with vibrant hues, and brides are excited to doll up in vibrant colours. Suneet Varma showcased his latest collection, '50 shades of happiness', at Lakmé fashion week 2021. The inspiration behind this collection is the hues of the valley of flowers in Uttarakhand. His ruffle sleeve lehenga caught the eyes of many. A collection for the millennial brides!

Designer: Suneet Varma

Designer: Suneet Varma

 

Heritage textiles with modern silhouettes

Abu Jani and Sandeep Kholsa revived Chikankari in 2019, and that was all we saw throughout the wedding season until the last year. With ‘Ruhaniyat’, Manish Malhotra has introduced Gold Dori work. This traditional Punjabi textile technique is going to rule the aisle this season.

Designer: Manish Malhotra

Designer: Manish Malhotra

 

Ethnic textile techniques have been fused fabulously with modern silhouettes. Manish Malhotra's recent collection is a perfect example of this. His Lakme fashion week 2021 collection showcased an elegant range of sequins and pastel sarees, shararas, lehengas, and gowns with intricate zardozi work.

 Designer: Manish Malhotra

Florals and sequins

Millennial brides are looking for an element of quirk. Sabyasachi's recent collection for 'Bohemian brides' has astonished many. The sarees and lehengas are edgy yet elegant. His sheer brilliance of fusing florals with sequins has won the hearts of many.

Designer: Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Designer: Sabyasachi Mukherjee

 

Deep V-cut blouse

Another trend that is ruling the famous designers' social media handles is deep v cut blouse necklines. They will be in vogue this season as it teams well will a heavy uncut diamond necklace. One can also choose to wear Navratan jewellery or a pearl choker with a heavy centrepiece as it adds the perfect hint of elegance to the outfit.

Designer: Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Designer: Manish Malhotra

 

Lightly embroidered lehengas

Intimate weddings have become a norm in 2021, and many brides prefer wearing a lightly embroidered lehenga. A soft pastel hand-printed lehenga with some minimal Gota work and embroidery looks surreal.

Designer: Anita Dongre

The classic red Lehenga

Last, but not the least, we saw Sabyasachi paying homage to the classic red lehengas this season. Red lehengas are, after all, never outdated!

His collection 'Laal' is an absolute bliss. Sabyasachi knows to add a tinge of drama and glamour to the entire outfit by adding a trailing head veil with intricate craftmanship on the border.

Designer: Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Designer: Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Photo by: Simaaya fashions

 

The formula to select the best bridal lehenga is simple - pick a modern-day silhouette with traditional craftmanship.