8 sexy couture looks for the bold Indian bride


8 sexy couture looks for the bold Indian bride

Shilpa Shetty Kundra leads the way

By ELLE team  July 31st, 2017

Indian designers have long been proclaiming the arrival of the bold Indian bride, and judging by the looks that hit the ramp at the recently-concluded India Couture Week, this bride will be spoiled for choice. As health fads and a fitness-focused lifestyle continue to draw headlines — and the average marriageable age rises with more women choosing to settle down only after they’ve achieved financial independence — this newfound confidence is mirrored in traditional bridal wardrobe.

Manish Malhotra took the ‘innerwear as outerwear’ trend to dazzling new heights. The designer allowed corset bustiers with exposed boning to be passed off as choli blouses, the charade helped along by a generous smattering of Swarovski crystals, 3D flowers and feathers. At Gaurav Gupta, second-skin gowns demanded their future wearers sign up for a year-long gym membership before even considering slipping into the sequinned masterpieces.

If you’re looking for a bridal ensemble that proves you’re no wilting willow, bookmark these 8 couture looks.

8 couture looks for the sexy Indian bride


Can't imagine yourself all doll-like draped in six metres of silk? Take cues from Monisha Jaising, who turned a vintage Benarasi brocade sari into a traffic-stopping gown for her muse, Shilpa Shetty. 


ICYMI, we've officially hit peak boudoir. Manish Malhotra lends his razzle dazzle to the 'innerwear as outerwear' fantasy, creating corset cholis with exposed boning and a healthy serving of Swarovski crystals. All the better to show off those tanned collarbones with. 


You just completed bridal bootcamp and you'll be damned if you don't give everyone a chance to appreciate all that hard work. This sequinned fishtail gown with see-through panels from Gaurav Gupta is what a gym-honed goddess deserves.  


For the bride who works the tightrope act between traditional and individualistic, Anita Dongre's elegant lehenga manages to hit all the right notes. 


Business in the front, party in the back... this Anju Modi lehenga offers a perfectly Instagrammable view from every angle. 


A bold colour palette, flashes of skin revealed through wisps of net, this Tarun Tahiliani lehenga is a study in how to wear your sex appeal without being in-your-face. 


Sometimes, all it takes is one bold detail like the plunging neckline on this Shyamal and Bhumika lehenga to make an unforgettable statement. 


Destination wedding in keeping with your boho spirit? Buck tradition by choosing an off-kilter colour palette, which allows all attention to be focused squarely on the exquisite detailing of your Varun Bahl couture lehenga.