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Bored of wearing traditional saris, anarkalis, and everything ethnic for weddings? There are a host of Indian labels doing beautiful cocktail gowns.

Functions leading up to the wedding and reception today are just as important as the main events, which means keenly choosing what you wear. While there are several brands you can turn to for decadent lehengas, exquisite saris, and jewellery, we suggest taking a detour for functions such as pre-wedding cocktails and sangeet. Here’s presenting the Indian designers who are creating stunning cocktail gowns.

Gauri & Nainika

Image: Courtesy Gauri and Nainika Instagram
Image: Courtesy Gauri and Nainika Instagram

The designer duo (and sisters) Gauri & Nainika are synonymous with beautiful red carpet gowns and dresses. With ruffles as their signature, every season they roll out designs with trains, slits, and intricately done embroideries and prints. If you are looking to make a bold statement, then this is the label to go for.

Monisha Jaising

Image: Courtesy Monisha Jaising Instagram
Image: Courtesy Monisha Jaising Instagram

If you want to bridge tradition and modernity, Monisha Jaising is a popular name. Imagine gowns featuring traditional gota work, old-school Benarasi, florals in different iterations, and a whole lot of striking hues. If you are a summer bride, you will find plenty of options in Jaising’s repository.

Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna

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Image: Courtesy Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna Instagram

Metal grey, gold, copper, and tones of brown are what characterise Delhi-based duo Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna’s designs. With intricately done 3D embroideries on base materials such a tulle and lace, they have redefined the way Indians view westernwear, specifically gowns.

Gaurav Gupta

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

One look at Gaurav Gupta’s structural designs will prove why he is one of the most celebrated Indian couturiers. It is safe to say that his scheme of layering, thoughtful selection of colours, and impeccable detailing makes him a go-to designer for bridalwear. If you want a dramatic, daring look, his designs will not let you down.

Rutu Neeva

Image: Courtesy Rutu Neeva Instagram
Image: Courtesy Rutu Neeva Instagram

A relatively younger label, Rutu Neeva has over the years become a Bollywood favourite. The label has come to define a certain new-age glam owing to its sharp cuts, experiments with languid silhouettes, and interesting colour wheel.

Atsu Sekhose

Image: Courtesy Atsu Sekhose Instagram
Image: Courtesy Atsu Sekhose Instagram

Atsu Sekhose’s stunning jumpsuits, belted coats, and above all a range of charming gowns featuring intricate embellishments are a no-brainer for pre-wedding cocktails.

Lola by Suman B

Image: Courtesy Lola by Suman B Instagram
Image: Courtesy Lola by Suman B Instagram

Minimal, an understated colour scheme, and sharp cuts sum up Lola by Suman B. In case you are on a look for uncomplicated, clean look, gowns by Lola are the ones to turn to.

Falguni Shane Peacock

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

Meant for those who love maximalism, this designer duo has a acquired a celebrity status owing to their ability of juggle different elements seamlessly in their creations. Be it the delicate feather work, mirrorwork, or even beaded embroidery and even 3D embellishments, their gowns are akin to heirlooms.

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