Starry nights, partying till dawn, a riot of colour, and glitter of gold; Indian weddings are nothing if not spectacular. The wedding season is upon us once again, urging us to delve deep into the deep and near forgotten recesses of our wardrobes, and air out those tussars, jacquards, fine suiting pieces and dressy shawls and stoles, and don them for more nights of ceremonies and revelry with family and friends.
So what shall it be, turquoise and fuchsia or the more traditional reds, fawn and gold? Refine bandhgalas or youthful kurtas and chudidars?
Post some intensive trendspotting, hereís your guide to the hottest colours, the chicest silhouettes and the latest in jewellery to pick from this season. Read on and let your senses feast...
Menís wear designer Poonam Kasera is indulging in mustards, whites and blues for the boys this season as a reaction against the norm of multitudes of men dressing in reds and gold.
Midnight blues, beige and creamy tones take over from reds, maroons and greys,
while Black spells magic when combined with green and deep red a la SRK.
According to fashion czar Tarun Tahiliani contrasts are in. Jewel tones like emerald, topaz and amethyst remain but this year sees them more muted and even going monochromatic.
Now that the Indian wedding comes packed with a number of related events, one can experiment with different looks. You can pick from chudidars and kurtas or go formal with sherwanis and bandhgalas. Want to go uber-traditional? Don a dhoti with your kurta.
For a youthful style, wear an embroidered jacket or waistcoat over the kurta or go in for a chic blazer and bright shirt.
Embellishment & Motifs For men embellishments are still best kept around the neck, shoulders, back (as a motif) or down the front area of a sherwani or kurta. These resemble regal necklaces, armbands and motifs while accentuating the form.
Embroidery looks best when subtle and intricate in monochromatic colours.
Motifs such as diamonds, leaves, paisleys and geometrical borders are apt. If youíre a daring bloke, try a small floral design.
For an understated look try an all over chikan embroidered kurta.
Accessorising The shawl or stole give a manís wedding attire the complete and sophisticated touch. While jacquard looks somber, bandhini has a live-wire effect.
Select mojaris to match your outfit. They come in a range of colours and designs, some with embroidery and others with leather etching.
You can even get your mojaris custom made to match your outfit. But thatís best done if youíre the groom or indulging in a theme wedding.
An understated gold bracelet, ring and chain are perfect accompaniments to round up the traditional look.