The contemporary Indian bride has nothing to do with her predecessors; being predominantly in the millennial or Gen Z age bracket, her emphasis on individualism, value for money, quality and utility is a far cry from what brides used to do at the time.
The modern bride needs comfort as much as style, her choices are unconventional and her wedding is designed according to her tastes and sensibility. On the one hand, she wants her parents to be happy and therefore does not hesitate to go the traditional route – to a limited extent! Young brides don’t give up on what they want either: comfort, style, something exclusive and unique!
So while many brides still opt for the usual red for their wedding ensemble, there is another ensemble that opts for ivories and light tones for their big day. A good example is producer and stylist Rhea Kapoor, who over the weekend got married to her longtime boyfriend, Karan Boolani. Known as a trailblazer, Kapoor chose a beautiful ivory Chanderi saree by designer Anamika Khanna, jewelry donated by her mother, Sunita Kapoor, and a vintage beaded veil by Birdhichand. A departure from the stereotypical fat Indian wedding (the one her sister Sonam Kapoor chose to have), hers was an intimate affair at her family residence in Mumbai.
Rhea is not alone, earlier this year actor Varun Dhawan married longtime designer Natasha Dalal who wore a pale gold ensemble of her own brand. While the fashion police may not have approved of the opulent lehenga, the understated color was still hailed as a good option for millennial brides.
Gauahar Khan was yet another bride who looked stunning in ivory at her wedding last year. For her nikah, the actress opted for a traditional intricate gharara paired with on-trend polki jewelry.
“Given their timeless appeal, ivory clothing is having a big moment. The color is subtle yet very impactful,” says celebrity stylist Surina Kakkar. Several Indian designers such as Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Tarun Tahiliani, Shyamal and Bhumika, Manish Malhotra, Rohit Bal, Gaurav Gupta and Abhinav Mishra match the record when it comes to designing lighter shades for special occasions.