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How To Work Banarasi Outfits This Wedding Season

As much as I love attending Indian weddings, I’ll either be micromanaging the bride, as a bridesmaid. Or as a wedding goer I’ll look to eat, dance & manage my outfit with a clutch in one hand and a drink in another, which in itself is consuming enough. Then, there’s an entire wardrobe that’s got to be curated. I for one have always been partial to pieces that heavily focus on embellishment, drapes and could probably even weigh more than me.

But this time around, I was yearning for festive classics and after some digging, I uncovered a gem. Brainchild of Akshay Gupta, the label Bageecha (Banaras House) from New Delhi not only captures the exuberance of the city of Banares but is also a celebration of all things Indian; artisans, traditions, cultures, crafts and vibrant colours off course. A sister concern of the event company, Rani Pink it draws from architecture along with Mugal and Rajput art to create a distinct collection of sarees, lehengas, anarkallis and dupattas in fabrics like silk, silk by georgette and cotton chanderi. And what caught my fascination was their awe-inspiring weave’s opulence and luxuriously lightweight feel that won’t weigh you down or hold you back. No wonder it’s made a huge comeback, this season. And, if you’re wanting to sport winning looks and need inspiration, then here’s how I’ve styled and made their designs my own.

Mehendi Dressing

Looking to take the idea colour coordination to a whole new level? Then for this ceremony place your bets on their pastel pink lehenga set.  While having “understated elegance” written all over it, the outfits eye-catching details like fine threads of gold zari, floral jaal work and so on make it twirl-worthy. To further ace my look, I’ve draped my dupatta on my shoulder and accessorized my dream like outfit with a pair of exquisite chandelier earrings from Suneet Varma’s Confluence collection.

Pheras Function

When it comes to adding pops of colour, experimenting fearlessly with hues in unexpected ways will always do the trick. That’s why I’ve teamed up dark blue with coral red and rani pink. Without overpowering the lehenga or dupatta, my blouse literally breathes new life into my outfit and also gives it a playful twist. Plus, I’ve taken some more liberty with colour and paired a beautiful neckpiece from Manish Arora’s Confluence line along with a pink bindi which give the perfect finishing touches to my look.

Reception Ready

There’s a bit of a modern, glam girl meets vintage grace feel in this look. While the perfect harmony of black and gold along with the delicate thread work on the lehenga brings to mind the decadence of a world gone by, its my velvet, black full sleeves blouse that shakes things up a little. Apart from being perfect for winter weddings, the two starkly different fabrics together in the same ensemble make quite a statement. And, my sleek hairdo, bindi with a ring from my closet totally serves the brief for a nighttime affair.

Frankly, I’ve got to say that Banarsi fabric is truly my new-found love. I had never thought taking such a traditional leap was my style until this label evoked a deeper interest in me. So, which one of my looks have made it to your wish list?

Written by Amaira Chhabria

Shot by Mohit Varu

Beauty by Afreen Shaikh