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Let’s be honest, no one is wearing a heavily-embroidered, over-the-top, red lehengas anymore. Brides these days want lesser frills, more design-oriented fare rather than bulky fabrics and lehengas in lighter shades created with lightweight materials. And the internet is teeming with new designers, Insta-friendly fabrics and mostly, new-age designs guaranteed to give traditional fare lots of competition. Last week, a Lakme Fashion Week too, we spotted some winners in myriad hues and effortless styling. So that got us picking out a few interesting lehengas that are ready to take on 2019 and 2020 in style and here are the best picks. You should also note that we picked out a smattering of ideas and styles that can be used in a versatile way at a Sangeet, Mehendi, Wedding and even a welcome dinner.

Purple monochromatic lehenga

 

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Trust Jayanti Reddy to lead the pack with a punchy hue like Violet or Purple – and Pooja Hegde rocks this piece with a low-cut blouse and a languid expression. We predict that the tie-up top is going to be the next big trend to take on this year.

Multi-coloured hand-embroidered beauty

 

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Straight from Tamanna Punjabi Kapoor, this beauty from the Nadira Festive 2019 collection is inspired by Persian panorama using the age-old handwork of mirror embroidery. The colours are mesmerising and the shading is perfect – a trend that’s definitely on the rise.

Bejewelled beauty

 

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Perfect for a Sangeet or a Mehendi, this bright yellow frilly lehenga with a sexy scrappy blouse is a winner only because it’s so avant-garde. It’s such a modern take on the ball gown and we are loving the effortless styling.

Minimal red lehenga

 

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Red lehengas are still a trend but heavy embroidery isn’t one to look out for this year. Enter The Little Black Bow that keeps it fresh with no embroidery and a sheer dupatta worn like a veil for new-age brides.

Pastel blues or dusty blues?

 

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Slightly dusty hues are totally taking over our timelines – dusty pink, dusty lilac and more. This blue lehenga by Mrunalini Rao is everything pretty only because it used unconventional pairings – blue and orange.

Muted gold

 

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This muted gold with shiny accents is such a millennial trend and we’re loving the attention to detail here. With pearls and faux fur and a beautiful sequin work dupatta, this look is great for brides who are looking at an evening ceremony.

Mughal prints

 

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This is by far a very unique trend and the fact that it works with a pastel palette adds more charm to the entire look. Amrita Thakur, is a designer who creates simple silhouettes and this Mughal print Lehenga from her Inaayat collection is perfect for Sangeet night or a beautiful day wedding.

Faux fur and fringes

 

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A trend that you never saw Sabyasachi indulge in? The extra fringe and faux fur additions. And now in his newest collection, Sabyasachi plays with textures and ideas that are undiscovered by his tribe till now. We are loving the muted, earthy palette too and his trademark embroideries are nowhere to be seen.

Velvet is back for fall

 

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Trust Abhinav Mishra to give his fall collection a new dimension with his Roshanara collection, aptly named ‘Love Stories’ By Abhinav Mishra⁠ that plays with traditional silhouettes but a bold, vibrant palette. Expect colours like plum, violet and bottle green to take over your closets.

Over-the-top pinks

 

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Pink is back in the bridal game again but this time, the hue comes armed with self-embroideries and beautiful details. We love how Arpita Mehta took the style up a notch by adding lotus flowers and gold sequins.

Winged lehenga

 

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Amit Aggarwal is getting into the bridal game with silhouettes that are both bold and true to his sensibility of structure and form. This bold silver lehenga from his newest collection modelled beautifully by Masoom Minawala is a testament to how one can work design-oriented style into the festivities. This hand embellished winged lehenga is one such example of function and design flowing into one.

Slick lehenga designs

 

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One for brides who like taking their style up a notch, this fearless look is created by Kesha Bajaj and it fits the expectations of every millennial. Take a look at the perfect mehendi look with a powder yellow organza lehenga hand embellished with white crystals, opaque glass beading and pearls. This beauty is paired with a layered tulle bralet blouse covered in beading, crystals and pearls with a silk organza dupatta.

Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.