When it comes to Indian fashion, there are two bars that are set: one is the high fashion, designer bar created by runways, ramps and fashion magazines that dictates a more sophisticated and innovative style. The second is the Bollywood bar, which is usually much more important in the mind of the public, which dictates a more glamorous, desirable style. Of late, these two major influencers of Indian fashion have merged to a great extent thanks to the mutually beneficial relationship between couture/high fashion designers and Bollywood stars. A great example of the way in which Bollywood and high fashion have worked together to influence the tastes of the general public is the trend of the Bollywood lehenga.
When it comes to the lehenga choli, Bollywood is the source of its new, glamorous avatar. In fact this traditional garment would come in a very limited range of colors and designs once upon a time since it was nothing more than a simple, every day wear garment in rural areas. Bollywood stars really popularized the trend of wearing glitzy, ornate lehengas. A Bollywood lehenga choli can be of many types but essentially will always be very exclusive and glamorous in its look, wherein lies its appeal.
Bollywood lehengas can be inspired by or are exact replicas of the garments worn on screen and off screen by actresses. For instance, certain fashionable actresses are greatly loved by the public which is why many women want to wear exactly the same thing worn by them for special occasions. On the other hand, sometimes, the dressing style of a certain film character might become extremely popular and therefore, commonly imitated. Even when they don’t engender exact replicas or imitations, designer Bollywood lehengas often set new trends in terms of fabrics, designs and silhouettes.
A Bollywood lehenga collection will most often feature elaborate and ornate designs made with traditional Indian work such as zari, zardosi, appliqué, resham embroidery, cut dana, gota patti, ek taar, booti and aari work. These are usually used to make dazzling designs of intertwining ethnic motifs like flowers, flowering vines, fruits, birds, trees, mythological figures and artistic shapes. Along with these beautiful Indian patterns, western style patterns made with stones, sequins, crystals and beads work are also sometimes included. The work can either be featured all over the lehenga or restricted to a large and ornate border area.
Since the latest Bollywood lehengas are often created by high fashion designers, they frequently come with more innovative cuts and daring necklines. For the lehenga, this includes the stylish mermaid cut lehenga, as well as the flattering a-line cut and the voluminous ghera or circular cut. The choli or blouse also frequently comes with deep neck, v-neck, key hole neck, sweetheart neck, halter neck and other such daring necklines. Bollywood stars have also been spotted flaunting back less or cut back designs with élan.
A Bollywood lehengas collection will also feature certain innovative or new types of garments that have been worn by Bollywood actresses at various red carpet events. This includes elaborate paneled lehengas, lehenga sarees and layered lehengas (made with tissue, net or lace). In terms of colors, Bollywood lehengas come in beautiful and sometimes unconventional shades. For instance, while the classic reds, greens and blues are a common sight on red carpets, one can also spot a fashion forward diva wearing a bright neon pink dress, a subtle monochrome hue or a gold and peach embroidered fabric.
How to Wear a Bollywood Lehenga
Bollywood lehengas are most often purchased by women for special occasions like weddings, festivals and high end parties where they wish to stand out from the crowd. This kind of outfit is associated with exclusivity and glamour, which is why even brides sometimes choose to go with a Bollywood lehenga worn by their favorite actress for the wedding ceremony. Obviously, this kind of look has to be properly styled, preferably in a manner which emulates the beauty and attraction of a Bollywood star. So, when wearing a latest Bollywood lehenga, women often opt for more modern jewelry such as a pair of crystal dangle earrings, pearls bracelet or diamond necklace. Often, a single piece of jewelry is all that is needed to complete the look. This can be something large and dazzling, such as a Kundan necklace set or something simple yet effective, such as a pearl nath or nose-ring.
The jewelry chosen has to match with the style of the Bollywood lehenga as well. Bollywood actresses are careful to create a harmonious and chic overall look, even when expressing their personal style. This kind of look can be emulated by wearing a piece of jewelry with a funky, modern twist, such as a pair of Polki earrings with an elegant chandelier design or a diamonds encrusted mang tikka or kamarbandh.