I am in lovvveeeee with Banarasi Lehengas. The more I see them, the more I am in love. I don’t know what it is about them, but whether it is Pinterest, google, Facebook…all I notice is Banarasi Lehengas these days. Its the one fabric that is totally trending in the wedding circuit this season.
back in the days, banarasi was always slated for the mother of the bride or the grandmother. It held a certain heritage heirloom value, but off late there a lot of brides are opting for this fabric for the wedding day ceremony lehenga look.
There are a zillion ways of dressing up a banarasi fabric. Either use a heavy banarasi dupatta, or have a modern twist to the lehenga by wearing a banarasi skirt and a western shirt over it and so on. I am sharing a few pictures here for inspiration. You could also go for contrasts or a monotone blouse and lehenga matching fabric. They all look stunning.
# Meena Bazaar
I honestly thought of writing this post after seeing this gorgeous benarasi lehenga by Meena Bazaar. It looks so so pretty. The colour is absolutely gorgeous, very summer day colour and it looks traditional yet classy. This lehenga is perfect for moms, or even the bride to wear for a prewedding function. The little contrasting mint border in my opinion just takes the lehenga to a whole another level of awesomeness.
Meena Bazaar has a beautiful collection of banarasi lehengas. If you like the meetha colours in orange, pinks, then you must visit this store. They are a bit on the expensive side, but if you plan well, you can pick up a lucky piece when they are on discount.
# Ayush Kejriwal
Colour and shine have always been the highlight of this fabric. Banarasi fabric is extremely durable, nothing happens to it for generations. Ayush Kejriwal has some of the best sarees and lehengas that I have seen in this traditional handloom fabric. My favourite has to be this gorgeous bridal red lehenga in traditional banarasi weave. It looks absolutely stunning with the flare of the lehenga skirt.
The sarees although traditional, have a modern twist to it be it the pallu or the contrast blouses. The designer is a genius and I have been a big fan since years. Price wise, he is pretty decently affordable as far as pure silk prices are concerned.
P.S. I am sharing sarees also in this post, because if you like a particular print and design, you can always check with the designer if you can get a custom lehenga made from it.
# Premium Bridal Designers
Everyones favourite Sabyasachi had showcased beautiful Banarasi Lehengas in the Amazon India Fashion Week 2015 finale. That year fashion week was all about banarasi outfits and styles and a whole lot of designers had showcased bridal couture using this traditional fabric.
You all might know by now what a Sabyasachi outfit costs like, so in case it fits your price bracket, I would highly recommend visiting this designers store to get your hands on a banarasi bridal lehenga.
Ace bridal couture specialist Tarun Tahiliani created a spectacular collection of banarasi lehengas and sherwani for grooms back in India Couture Week 2016. You really should check out this collection, it was i-n-s-a-n-e !
Ekaaya is truly a one stop shop for all things banarasi. There store is beautiful, and they have some stunning bridal wear Banarasi Lehengas. Everyone in the bridal party starting from the bride herself, to sister of the bride, mother of the bride can find gorgeous outfits for the wedding outfits.
If you are someone looking for not a head to toe traditional look, but something that is bit more modern, then Raw Mango is the brand you should pick. They have beautiful Banarasi Lehengas in vibrant colours, but there is a balance of the heaviness of the lehengas. If the skirt is heavy, the dupatta and blouse is kept simple making it perfect for a brides sister or grooms sister outfit.
Jayanti Reddy is our march favourite designer of the month, and its all because of her gorgeous contemporary silk lehengas. She is the perfect designer to go for if you are looking for a prewedding function outfit. In bold contrasts, her lehengas have minimalistic work, yet look super classy.
Who is your favourite designer/brand for Banarasi Lehengas?
Featured Image Credits: Ekaaya