Nadia Ellahi, creative head of her eponymous bridal and wedding wear couture brand, advises Sana Zehra how to put together the perfect, timeless trousseau

What are the key trends for bridal and wedding wear for the upcoming season?

The best part about bridal couture fashion right now is that not just long and flowy but even short and straight shirts are in fashion. These can be worn with fuller ghararas and lehngas as well as mermaid cut lehngas, flowy pant ghararas, etc. It’s all a matter of choice now, one can and should select what would suit oneself and look flattering depending on body proportions and be age appropriate as well. In hand embroidery for bridals, dabka, kamdani, Swarovski crystals, multi-shaped stones and 3D flowers are greatly in vogue. Metallic pastel colors are a popular choice amongst brides these days. Red is and always shall remain a classic. For mehndi events, colorful lehnga cholis and dresses are trending.

What are classic silhouettes that flatter every woman?

One can never go wrong with a straight slightly below the knee shirt worn with straight pants. It’s a classic and would never go out of style, so it is perfect to include in a bridal trousseau. For brides, I’d say this shirt with a trailed lehnga/gharara is a style that is timeless and will not look dated, regardless when you re-wear it. I always try and create dresses, which even after 10 years one could wear and look stylish and contemporary.

What trends would you like to see die?

The tulip pants, especially in bridal trousseaus. Neither are they flattering nor are they classy. This is one trend that I didn’t even bother to create in my bridal trousseau line.

What trends would you like to see more women experiment with this season?

I would like to see more women in saris; I find saris to be exquisitely elegant. When draped and carried well, a sari looks absolutely glamorous.

What do you hope to see more of from designers in bridal and wedding wear this season?

I love everyone’s new collections; I think everyone is doing a fantastic job in their own way. However, I would like to see a bit more experimentation with the colour red since red is the classic and traditional colour for the Pakistani bride.



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