Designer lehengas were introduced into the market with the sole purpose of being unique and to give said designers a chance to prove themselves in the traditional layout of classic lehengas designs.
Designer lehengas are of different types:
- Designer Lehenga with trail: These lehengas are super trendy now and are fixed with a trail. This brings a western vibe to the traditional lehenga. The outfit is embroidered with seams, layers and sequins which look and feel grand. Trail lehengas can have various lengths, short or extremely long.; depending on the choice of the woman wearing them. One popular design is featured by Manish Malhotra who has draped the trail lehenga on beauty queen Aishwarya Rai.
- Ombre Designer Lehenga: Ombre is a trendy method of mixing inter-related colours and shading them into a specific hue. Shades of red, blue, green and yellow are perfect for bright colours. Black, grey and silver can be shaded to give a glamorous evening gown effect. Ombre designer lehengas have a lot of embroidery and sequin work which further enhance the simplistic grandeur of this lehenga. Peach, pink and rose-gold are other combinations for the same. One example of an ombre designer lehenga is the one created by Satya Paul which created a havoc on the runway earlier this year.
- Anarkali Designer Lehenga: Anarkali designer lehengas incorporate patterned stitching which sews the choli to the Aanarkali and then it comes cascading down to complete the outfit with a sheer lehenga. Net, lace and sheer bodices add the extra glam factor to this traditional yet urban outlook on designer wear. Ritu Kumar has displayed her collection using the same design.
- Jacket lehenga: Jacket lehengas include a long sequinned jacket over the designer lehenga. The jacket may be opaque, translucent or covered with sheer net as fabric. Other materials include silk and georgette for the same. Jacket lehengas are super trendy and can be experimented with in a dozen ways. The choli may or may not be cropped to fit the suitor’s tastes. Designers such as Satya Paul and Manish Malhotra have indulged in creating their own collections for the Jacket Bridal Lehenga. Colours like beige, cream and mustard are popular choices.
- Designer lehengas with mirror and crystal: These designer lehengas focus on cropped blouses, bared midriffs, long skirts and draped stoles. The main element of design here is the sequinned work either portrayed with Zari, Kundan work or mirrors and crystals. Stone work is also popular. This gives a glamorous look to the outfit and is perfect for weddings and other grand occasions. Bordering on slightly heavier than most other lehengas, the weight is worth the ensemble which looks ravishing on every woman. Suneet Varma and Manish Malhotra are popular picks for the same.
- Gota Patti Bordered Designer Lehengas: Gota borders have been trending since 2014, and are widely used for lehengas. Designers use gold borders, narrow or thick to make a striking appearance. Designers such as Reynu Taandon and Ritu Kumar have embroidery such as this on their bridal wear.
- Long sleeved Designer Lehenga: These lehengas have long sleeved blouses, cropped blouses with sleeves, and a bare midriff. Perfect for winter wear and indoor events, these gorgeous lehengas are to die for. Some lehengas such as these also have netted blouses with attached sleeves which gives a sheer and dainty look to the entire outfit. Worn with gowns, Gaurav Gupta and Manish Malhotra have beautiful designs in their collection which will steal your breath away.
- Bandhgala Choli and Kurta Lehenga Designs: Cropped Bandhgala cholis, long kurta tops and lehengas are another fashionable bridal wear option. Rohit Bal has created an exceptional base for the Kurta Lehenga design.
- Velvet lehengas: velvet is that one fabric which shall never get old. It is strongly used even today in most weddings and bridal collections. Velvet lehengas may seem to be on the heavier side so pairing velvet cholis with silk lehengas or velvet patch work lehengas is an ideal replacement. Reynu Tandon, Ritu Kumar and Manish Malhotra incorporate these fabrics and designs to make a serious fashion statement.