As Lakmé Fashion Week came to a close this weekend, we brushed off our wish list with a few more 'Please mum' requests! Between the sarees at Tarun Tahiliani, cool separates at Ritu Kumar, bright colours at Payal Khandwala, lehengas at Manish Malhotra and tech infused prints at Quirkbox, we were spoilt for choice...
So this wedding and festive season, sift through these winning lehengas and sarees and maybe even find that show-stopping piece that you’ve been looking for!
You’d expect bridal wear and couture from Tarun Tahiliani, but what was presented was a ready-to-wear collection, which left everyone super excited. Yes, there was a saree, but the drape was truly unique!
Tarun Tahilani Saree
You’ll remember Sonam Kapoor wearing a piece from her previous collection at the Cannes Film Festival. We spotted a similar drape this season and it’s something only the bold lot will take a shot at.
Gaurang’s ‘Vrindavan’ collection featured rich, Kanjeevaram sarees any traditional wardrobe would be incomplete without. This was our favourite from the lot.
Aagor by Ants Craft
As the saree keeps reinventing itself, the blouses keep getting better and better. Puffed sleeves and a boat neck take this one right to the top of our wish list.
Aagor By Ants Craft Saree
Tulsi Silks present Woven Tales Of Kanchipuram by Santosh Parekh
Textile day saw a whole lot of sustainable sarees, but most were presented with gold accents. Musical instruments and animal motifs were scattered all over Santosh Parekh’s collection making all 36 pieces a complete treat for the eyes.
Tulsi Silks Woven Tales of Kanchipuram by Santosh Parekh Saree
A minimal saree drape like this one is a must-have in ones wardrobe. Just think of how easy it would be to throw on and how comfortable it would be to wear.
If you thought you’d see tradition from Sabyasachi, you were right, to an extent. While his heavily embroidered saree design was stunning, it was the tube blouse (or no blouse?) that piqued our interest.
Manish Malhotra really knows how to tap into the needs of any bride. All his pieces featured florals, embroidery and sequins – basically a match made in heaven.
Manish Malhotra Lehenga
A contemporary bride or any wedding attendee should turn to Payal Khandwala’s designs for their outfit. Her lehenga even featured a jacket layered on, which is making my head spin with different ways to wear all those elements separately.
Payal Khandwala Lehenga
Florals have a way of never going out of style and Anushree Reddy knows it all too well. Her voluminous lehenga came with the most gorgeous one-shoulder blouse – perfect to wear to your bff’s wedding!
Anushree Reddy Lehenga
Shivan & Narresh
Think destination wedding and Shivan & Narresh’s pool appropriate designs come to mind. This pink and gold number could set anyone’s heart racing.
Shivan & Narresh Lehenga
With a lehenga that emulated the night sky and an off-shoulder blouse to match, it was so easy to fall in love with Ridhi Mehra’s creation!
Ridhi Mehra Lehenga
Pinakin put forth contemporary lehenga and choli combinations at Lakmé Fashion Week. The waistcoat paired with a lehenga takes it to fusion territory making it instantly more wearable.
Shantanu & Nikhil
Spanish influences were generously sprinkled all over Shantanu & Nikhil’s collection. If you’re looking to step away from the same, traditionally embroidered lehenga-choli, this is the one you need to try.
Shantanu & Nikhil Lehenga
One way to make your lehenga trip-free is by wearing it short, like Payal Singhal’s. The off-shoulder blouse and matching short lehenga from her latest collection leaves room for all the dancing and running around those wedding functions inevitably involve.
Payal Singhal Lehenga