What's hot this bridal season?

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As the bridal season inches closer, designers are experimenting with a range of hues. Move away from traditional red colors and look to mother of pearl, ecru and fresh neutrals, if subtlety is your preference.

For more glamorous brides, ochre, deep burgundy and lots of oxidized and “old” gold is all the rage. For brides, who want to stick to deeper colors, you can still take advantage of this trend by opting for a gorgeous skin-tone piece for your Sangeet or Reception.

Color it right: Indian skin can look shallow in soft shades, so be sure to drape yourself in a variety of colors before making your choice. The right shade will lend a soft sheen to your complexion and brighten up your eyes. Nudes with a touch of pink or gold are generally fool-proof.

Fabulous fabrics: You’ve got a world of fabrics at your feet when it comes to your big day, so take your time in deciding! This season rich, luxurious fabrics are back in a big way. Choose from velvets, nets and antique lace.

Vikram Phadnis highlighted old and new-world glamour with gorgeous crystals mounted on net dupattas. Sabyasachi stuck to his love from brightly colored brocade blouses. Give fully-velvet saris a miss and instead, use it in touches such as for your blouse.

A wide velvet border for your lehenga is also a winner and you’ll avoid the Rekha-engulfed-in-black-velvet look. Velvet jackets over lehengas also ooze a regal feel. Refer to Manish Malhotra’s bridal collection and you’ll know exactly what we mean.

The long and short of it. We can thank Sabyasachi for introducing the longer-sleeve blouse trend…and all designers followed suit! Elbow and full-length sleeves have also made a fashionable return from the 1980s.

Anamika Khanna did it with a twist by pairing richly-embellished ghagras with full-sleeved blouses. To visually slim down arms, select sleeves made in light, airy fabrics. We recommend fluid nets or georgettes.

Don’t be afraid to try something new on your wedding day. All eyes will be on you, trendsetter!

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