Black Is The New Red….Or Is It?
A black lehenga, a black Anarkali and a black cocktail gown. Brides-to-be have a new, rebellious colour palette to choose from. But beware. Your black trousseau may raise some eyebrows.
At one of the many stalls set up by the biggest fashion designers, at one of the many exhibitions held in the Capital this wedding season, Priyanka Sharma, 28, walks in confidently. She’s dressed in a pair of casual black jeans and a white chiffon shirt, her hands are painted with deep brown mehndi patterns, her ring finger sports a big, solid rock. The Delhi based freelance photographer eyes the red, pink, beige lehengas for a moment, almost uninterestedly even as others would be brides flock towards them. “Do you have anything in black?” she asks the stall manager. “Yes, ma’am. We do,” he says and fishes out a lehenga in black and gold. “Lovely.” Her eyes shine as she lightly touches the fabric, “I’ll try it on, please”
Ebony and Ivory
For Priyanka and many other modern, independent brides of today, the trousseau selecting decision is increasingly becoming their own. And they are boldly going for what they want. It doesn’t just mean lighter, more comfortable silhouettes, less jewellery, trendy makeup and hairdos anymore. It also means the most unconventional colour palettes for their wedding outfits. Reds, pinks, fuchsias and oranges are almost passe. Off whites, beiges, ivories are still ruling the roost, riding on the wave of success from the last few seasons. And surprise of surprises, a never before worn colour for a trousseau has sneakily emerged this year – black!
“India is slowly moving away from tradition and accepting and embracing the young, strong woman.” Says Nikhil Mehra of the designer duo Shantanu & Nikhil. “The contemporary bride, who wasn’t even looking at black a year or two ago, is now taking a chance. Black is an experiment for us and it may be catching on.” They’ve done a lehenga with a crop top in black and gold and zip up saree in black. “Our black Indo-western maxi dress is flying off the shelves already. The good thing about black is that people can wear it every year; it never goes out of fashion.”
“It is being received incredibly well,” agrees designer Manika Singla. “Although traditionally black is considered an inauspicious colour, it is also a classic shade in a fashion that signifies elegance. With more and more brides expanding their colour palette, it isn’t surprising that this otherwise favourite colour is making a notable entry in their trousseau,” Singla says. So for now, Black is being used as a canvas for red, orange or gold!!