A trunk packed with vibrant clothes, a box full of precious stones, palms decked with Mehndi and nights full of dance and melody, weddings are certainly the best part of the year! With wedding invitations knocking at the door, let me take you through the must-have outfits this wedding season! With options brimming all over if you need that one outfit that will help you turn heads at the Cocktail, Mehndi or Sangeet Banarasi can do it all!
Elegance and grace in every design, Banarasi has its roots deep seeded in the royal culture of India. Inspired by the Mughals, the ancient Banarasi ensembles were woven with real gold and silver Zari, predominantly worn by royalties of that era. Fetched from the fabled town of Banaras, this fabric has opulent motifs and extravagant sheen which makes it perfect for all kinds of wedding occasions.
While Banarasi Sarees continue to be a classic heart warmer, western cuts and drapes are selling hot this season! The metal visual effects, intricately woven florals, foliate and figurine designs, when improvised with a contemporary touch, gives the fabric a magnificent avatar. Whether it’s your BFF’s wedding or your own, you can customize your Banarasi Outfit according to the occasion!
See how designers are experimenting with Banarasi this wedding season:
Light and Subtle Sidha Pallu Sarees by Gaurang Shah
A master of craft and Indian Handlooms, Gaurang Shah is known for weaving class with simplicity. His bright Banarasi Sarees are an ideal pick for a Day Mehandi or Haldi Ceremony. The Sidha Pallu adds a sense of conventionality in his designs, which confirms to the mood of the occasions. With subtle zari motifs dappled on bold dual colors, these designs are soothing and graceful at the same time. To keep it light, you can team this look with some floral jewellery.
Pastel Skirts and Lehengas by Tarun Tahiliani
Known for adding a contemporary accent to traditional weaves, Tarun Tahiliani gave a pastel blend to Banarasi Brocade at the Textiles India 2017 “Symphony of Weaves”. For occasions where you don’t want to go for something loud, these Banarasi brocade skirts and lehengas with embroidered tulle dupattas can tick people’s hearts in a jiffy. Team these with Jhallar Earrings or Chandbalis and you are good to go!
Trendy Trench Coats and Jackets by Sailesh Singhania
With Sailesh Singhania’s latest winter collection showcased at the Lakme Fashion Week 2017, you no longer have to worry about the chills and shivers this winters. From trench coats & crop jackets to hoody capes and more, the designer has beautifully experimented with whimsical Banarasi weaves ornamented with motifs like gold roses, creepers, chandeliers, teapots to name a few. You can team these Coats and jackets with a dated saree for wedding and cigarette pants for a cocktail function.
Off Shoulder Gowns by Monisha Jaisingh
This Banarasi thigh-high slit gown by Monisha Jaisingh showcased at the India Couture Week has got the oomph factor on point. Ideal for an engagement or reception occasion, this dream gown though look modern and chic but at the same time is beautifully dipped in Indian culture and tradition, painted in bridal reds and golds. A simple ruby choker for the neck and strappy gold heels for the feet and you are good to cut a dash on your big day!
Classic Banarasi Zari Sarees by Sabyasachi Mukherjee
A bride’s dream woven into timeless Banarasi silk and zari, Sabyasachi'ss Banarasi Bride Collection 2K16 might be a year old but is jaw-droppingly beautiful. Done in bridal tones of bright red, magenta, purple, green and blue, the collection has a piece of design for every taste and style. The elegant zari motifs printed across the length of and decked with fine gold borders is a perfect pick for your trousseau. You can team these with heavy chokers and simple stone studs, Matha Patti or Chandbalis.
Be it conventional or contemporary, Banarasi is undoubtedly ruling the wedding trends for every style and taste. If you want to keep up with the trends, check out Fabriclore’s Banarasi fabrics Collection. Fetched from the fabled town of Banaras, the collection is all about exploring Banaras’s rich craft tradition.
From Brocade and Tafetta to Katan, Chanderi Jacquard Handloom and more; all these variants are intricately interlaced with fine silk yarns and beautiful gold zari designs. With figurines, florals, creepers, architectural and paisleys woven onto bright festive and wedding colors, you are going to fall for these weaves in no time. Check out Fabriclore's Collection and design your own!
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