#Her fairy tale
There has been a paradigm shift in the realms of weddings and clothing. Be it food, clothing, decor, or the venue; things have changed to meet the idea of timelessness and luxury for the millennials. However, it’s all for the good. The unrealistic beauty standards, uncomfortable clothing styles, pointless practices have been deconstructed. Unlike the days of yore, people these days prioritize fun, gala, candid moments, and quality time with friends and family. Be it a big fat wedding or a humble one, the auspicious red kanjivarum saree is the insignia of every Indian bride; embodying the divine feminine Shakthi. It’s indeed, a luxury in simplicity. In the bygone past, people drew inspiration from paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, mythological stories, and inscriptions to design sarees. Undoubtedly, we have come a long way. It doesn’t help one but to wonder about the flabbergasting change in terms of fabric, texture, design, colours; taking Indian embroidery to another notch. Contrary to the Indian aesthetics of the 90s which was rooted in history and culture, the millennials, today aim at everyday luxury to look effortless and chic. They are on the perennial hunt for the perfect blend of traditional and contemporary finesse or like ‘all things youthful and vivid’. The quintessential Indian attire- ‘saree’ has undergone mammoth changes; from pleating and draping a saree, to ‘Nivi style’, to ‘basic monotone weaves’, to ‘bold and flamboyant prints’, to ‘opaque fabrics’, and today we have the luxury of sarees in pre-draped version.
Saree has always been indispensable and integral to an Indian wedding. Detailed construction, tasteful embellishments, regal accouterments form the core of Indian aesthetics and the wedding saga. On that note, here are a few bedazzling trends that would help all the bride’s to-be to spruce up their wedding day with great aplomb.
Pandemic has been a very trying time for all, let alone for designers and weavers. Hence, to capture the essence of the modern Indian woman, fashion designers have created ‘pre-draped’ version of saree, which is a state of art. Off late pleats have become optional and this trend comes in handy to pull off the big day. One can try their hand at fusion wears: ‘lehenga saree’, Saree gown, to look drop-dead gorgeous. Up next, is the Cancan saree which people are going gaga about it. It is an unusual trend of combining nine yards with a cancan skirt. It definitely will add the oomph factor to your look by making it dressier and more unique. Also, a wonderful opportunity to repeat your silk sarees just by pairing them with a cancan skirt. Kanjivarum sarees work extremely well with cancan skirts. Further, pair it with traditional jewelry on your big day.
A golden saree with a purple cancan skirt is a definite hit. Indian wedding attire is all about the splendor of luscious fabrics, one definitely shouldn’t miss the magic of pink and gold combo, The traditional dark moss green Kanchivaram, opulent blue and gold, one can never go wrong with deep maroon and gold, the soothing aquamarine silk sarees; which can be teamed with traditional jewelry set to look chic.
If you’re in pursuit of something fresh and seasonal which merges with craftsman’s expertise look no further, get your hands on pastels, and reign in elegance. Be it Hindu, Christian, Muslim wedding pastel sarees have taken the fashion world by storm.
One could always fall back on the choicest variety of fabric to resonate with culture, classic combos like The copper Kanchipuram, parrot green saree, invigorating orange, crème, and pink, the classic beige south Indian sarees. The south Indian wedding fashion is not confined to Kanjivaram sarees, sarees like Dharmavaram and Narayan Peth are gaining popularity. Which reflects and flaunts the craftsmanship of Karigars. Sarees from neighboring regions can be a source of inspiration too, like Paithani sarees which are designed with golden zaris and pallus with intricate work. Are you someone who roots for lightweight saree, then Pochampally sarees are worth giving it a try. Ensure to team it with complementing accessories to pull it off. Or are looking for something peppy yet traditional. Then you could team it with a full sleeve blouse, or saree with a belt, saree with a shirt or crop top or a trench coat, saree with a cape.
As Kahlil Gibran opines,’ Beauty is the eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are eternity and you are the mirror’.Nobody can root like the girl besties, so, on your big day have them on your side take gazillion pics and seize the moment and embrace the beautiful you!
Gayatri Anil Kumar
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