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Old school, traditional lehengas are no more a fixture in a modern bridal trousseau. With designers creating a multifaceted narrative, the image of this age-old essential has been infused with contemporary twists.

Think lehengas with asymmetric hems, embellished feathers, lightweight pieces in neons, and risque see-through tulle skirts with decadent embroideries. The idea of creating edgy bridal lehengas is nothing new. In the past we have seen Monisha Jaising roll out bridal lehengas created in leather and jersey, Sonam Kapoor slipping into a custom Ralph & Russo at the Cannes, and jewellery designer Kaabia Grewal opting for a serene white, embellished Shivan & Narresh lehenga, paired with a veil for her beach wedding. So, it’s safe to say that both brides and bridal couturiers have treated the traditional lehenga as their canvas.

Here are some more edgy lehenga inspirations for your mood board.

Structural perfection

Image: Courtesy Gaurav Gupta Instagram
Image: Courtesy Gaurav Gupta Instagram

Move beyond the traditional pleated lehengas it is time to embrace architectural silhouettes. When it comes to experimenting with shapes, Gaurav Gupta becomes a point of reference. Case in point is this exquisite, meticulously crafted pearl grey lehenga – perfect for a reception.

Perfection of tulle

Image: Courtesy Papa Dont Preach by Shubhika Instagram
Image: Courtesy Papa Don’t Preach by Shubhika Instagram

Looking for something dramatic and avant-garde? You can count on Papa Don’t Preach by Shubhika Davda. We are in love with this mint tulle lehenga featuring geometric sunlit neon sequinned circles and thread work roses. It makes for a perfect beach wedding look.

Pastel drama

Image: Courtesy Falguni And Shane Peacock Instagram
Image: Courtesy Falguni And Shane Peacock Instagram

Traditional silhouettes reimagined through a contemporary frame, infusion of pastels and other unorthodox hues, and the use of crystals make the designer duo Falguni And Shane Peacock, a perfect choice for a bride. We love the pastel pink lehenga with an exaggerated hemline and way it trails behind. Looking for edgy lehenga inspirations? Here is your strongest cue.

Chevron it is

Image: Courtesy Abhinav Mishra Instagram
Image: Courtesy Abhinav Mishra Instagram

Move beyond the traditional stripes and instead embrace the chevron trend. We love the way Abhinav Mishra has played with a blend of gold and red, with this multi-pleated, lehenga. It surely feels light, breezy, and summer appropriate.

Indulge in Neons

Image: Courtesy Anita Dongre Instagram
Image: Courtesy Anita Dongre Instagram

It is time to move away from the traditional reds, infuse your colour scheme with edgy neons. This Anita Dongre lehenga with silver foil print exudes a perfect summer, evening wedding vibe. What’s not to like?

Wearable art

Image: Courtesy Anamika Khanna Instagram
Image: Courtesy Anamika Khanna Instagram

Leave it to ace couturier Anamika Khanna to create some of the most intricate lehengas. With fine embroideries in striking hues and neatly done scalloped hems, the look comes together. Just in case you want to opt for this type of state-of-art lehenga, we say go easy with the blouse.

Crispy cropped lehengas

Image: Courtesy Papa Dont Preach by Shubhika Instagram
Image: Courtesy Papa Don’t Preach by Shubhika Instagram

Those floor-grazing lehengas when you have to hit the dance floor are not a great idea. Therefore, a cropped rendition of the same is great. Heavily embroidered with sequins and 3D applique work, and available in a variety of textures, cropped lehengas are here to stay.

Textural interplay

Image: Courtesy Payal Singhal Instagram
Image: Courtesy Payal Singhal Instagram

Move beyond the standard silk blend, georgette or chiffon, the millennial bride is all about pushing boundaries, and we absolutely love these lehengas by Payal Singhal. Experimental and almost, work of art, these pieces surely make for a winning look.

Wearable art

Image: Courtesy Shivan and Narresh Instagram
Image: Courtesy Shivan and Narresh Instagram

Known for their exquisitely crafted swimwear and bikini saris, Delhi-based Shivan & Narresh certainly know how to conjure up some dramatic vibes. Traditional it is, but why not with a twist, we love this state-of-art lehenga skirt, featuring whimsical prints in an interesting spectrum of hues.

Molten metal

Image: Courtesy Rishta by Arjun Saluja Instagram
Image: Courtesy Rishta by Arjun Saluja Instagram

At simplicity works. Sleek metallic lehengas with no embroideries or embellishments? Yes, why not. We suggest looking up to this metallic lehenga by Arjun Saluja just in case you want to veer away from anything too decadent.

Lehenga with a slit

Image: Courtesy Divya Rajvvir Instagram
Image: Courtesy Diya Rajvvir Instagram

Slits have dominated the red carpets, but just in case you want to slip into a slit lehenga for your Mehendi or a beach wedding, why not? This blue slit lehenga by Diya Rajvvir is everything we need, in these summers.

Mermaid lehenga

Image: Courtesy Amit Aggarwal Instagram
Image: Courtesy Amit Aggarwal Instagram

If you are looking for edgy lehenga inspirations, couturier Amit Aggarwal might have some answers. Committed to sustainability, he has been creating beautiful lehengas for a while, and this mermaid style number certainly manages to make for an Instagram worthy, bridal moment.

Staff writer