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Trend du Jour : The sharara is the lehenga 2.0

When it comes to wedding fashion trends, it’s safe to say that modern day preferences are inching towards everything easy and comfortable. Heavy duty velvet lehengas, ornate embroideries, and decadent gold jewellery have been replaced by lighter iterations like breezy printed lehengas that do not obstruct movements, especially when you have to hit the dance floor. Another silhouette garnering attention is the traditional sharara.

Sonam Kapoor in Good Earth. Image: Courtesy Instagram
Sonam Kapoor in Good Earth

Dating back to the Mughal era, shararas have often been considered an insignia of royalty. Taking inspiration from the same is an entire group of Indian couturiers who have experimented with this traditional silhouette to create their own iterations. From Manish Malhotra’s rich red traditional design to Abhinav Mishra’s pieces featuring dense mirror work to Anita Dongre’s velvet shararas with intricate embroideries, the repository for inspiration is brimming. Here’s how Bollywood’s been wearing it.

From Alia Bhatt’s sunny yellow lightweight sharara which she wore to a friend’s engagement to Sonam Kapoor’s beautiful Good Earth Couture piece to Sonakshi Sinha’s upgraded Anamika Khanna sharara, celebrities have embraced a variety of versions. Case in point is Ananya Pandey’s lime green Ritika Mirchandani sharara which is fit for a mehendi. And if you are planning to veer away from everything bright, Deepika Padukone’s Anjul Bhandari yellow sharara could be a reference point. Needless to say, the stunning chickankari stands out.

Maximalism need not be punctuated with bling and Shradha Kapoor’s Tarun Tahiliani sharara proves just that. You can opt for something similarly inspired for your friend’s reception. Among a blitzkrieg of striking hues, a spectrum of pastels can make a strong statement and following the cue is Mouni Roy in Sukriti and Akriti. It checks all the boxes: Light, comfortable and edgy. Black, though might be considered an unorthodox hue for weddings, when blended with the right amount of gold can do wonders for your look. A Simar Dugal number of Shilpa Shetty does complete justice to the idea.