IVORY is the new red

Amrita Prasad
Tuesday, 18 December 2018

With celebrities like Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra sporting ivory lehengas and sarees for their sangeet ceremonies and wedding receptions, it’s time to ditch your red lehengas and go for the shade

One of the biggest takeaways from celebrity weddings is watching the new trends in clothes and accessories that you can adopt for yourself. The past year —right from December 2017 to the present day — witnessed our favourite celebs tying the knot with their beloved ones. Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli, Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja, Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh and Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas — these couples perhaps didn’t surprise us with their wedding announcements, but they completely floored us with their stunning attires. And among the trends, one that absolutely got us hooked on is the ivory shade worn by almost all the female celebrities at their mehendi-sangeet, and reception. Although we have seen brides flaunting shades of peaches, pinks, yellows, blues and greens in the past, it looks like the royal ivory has turned into the wedding colour of the year. 
While we do admit that crimson is the auspicious colour and the colour of love, the new age brides aren’t stopping themselves from experimenting with new colours and cuts. Says Deepshikha Goel, Delhi-based stylist, “Today’s bride isn’t coy, she loves breaking conventions, hence she isn’t afraid to sport an ivory-coloured outfit on her wedding or reception. Whether you want to go full ivory or wear the colour in combination, the charm that comes with this subtle warm colour is unbeatable. From lehengas to gowns, saree gowns, sarees etc, this white and creamy colour looks pristine and stylish.”

A few years ago, a bride or groom wearing white or even a shade of it on their D-Day was considered inauspicious but now brides are loving the colour and even colour-coordinating it with their grooms. Goel points out that so far ivory has ruled the ramp shows, but after Sonam wore an ivory chikankari lehenga on her sangeet, Deepika sported an ivory and gold lehenga by Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla for her reception, and Priyanka dazzled in a jazzy lehenga-choli at her reception, it became a trend on social media. The demand for ivory and off white wedding attires has suddenly gone up. Sonam’s sangeet lehenga was curated by Abu Jani -Sandeep Khosla. Made with intricate chikankari work with Swarovski crystals, zardosi, sequins, and zari in the shades of gold and silver, it took 18 months to get completed but was drool worthy.  

According to Rishabh Gupta, city-based stylist and personal shopper, ivory is a shade that is easy to carry and style. “It is perfect for Indian skin tone and no matter what your complexion is — white, wheat, brown or dusky — it complements the skin tone well. While brides are wearing reds, pinks, and yellows, you can stand out by going for an ivory outfit. It is understated, elegant and regal,” he insists. 
Designers like Sabyasachi, Tarun Tahiliani, Falguni and Shane Peacock have done wonders to bridal attires with ivory colours and you can’t stop admiring them. One of the best things about it is that it is suitable for both day and night events. “Be it the vibrant, morning haldi ceremony or a late evening sangeet or reception function, a saree or lehenga in the ivory colour will make you look like a million bucks. Also, when you are opting for an ivory-coloured outfit, don’t think too much about what jewellery to wear. The colour is so versatile that any kind of jewellery works. However, if you want to play safe, opt for gold. The colour has some amount of softness, purity and calming effect, and oozes elegance,’’ advises Gupta, adding if you are an unconventional girl with a unique personal style, go for ivory on your wedding. 

You can choose from various fabrics like silk, tulle, chikankari or even cotton and add some zari, embroidery and stone work on it.  “Since it is your wedding, you wouldn’t want to look dull, having gold embroideries or zardosi work done in dull gold on an ivory base will add more sheen to your attire. You can also go for combinations like gold, burgundy, green and beige with ivory attire for more variation,” suggests Goel.  

Nail it 
If you want to break the tradition of wearing red on your wedding and other functions, Deepshikha Goel tells how you can do it right...

  • Wear a lehenga skirt in ivory colour with bold borders and go for an all gold choli with an off-white dupatta. You can go for a bun and wear gajara. Keep your eyes minimal with brown smoky eyes and red lips.
  • Taking inspiration from Deepika, you can sport a chikankari saree. Just chuck the long veil in the same shade. If you are required to cover your head, go for a peach coloured dupatta with some amount of ivory work on it. Go for black smoky eyes and nude lips.
  • If you are someone who wants to stick to the symbols of marriage, and want to go all ivory on your reception, wear sindoor and chuda, they add a bit of colour and a traditional touch to your whole look.

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