India's Fashion Week makes global headlines and inspires designers worldwide.  Here are the new bridal lengha trends for summer 2009 that are sure to be an international hit!

Ombre New Twist on Ombre

Ethnic-pink Baubles and Bling

56600018 Corlorful Kurthis

724751_bright_flowers Feminine Flowers

033907-Sheer-Fabric_lg Sheer Textiles

Traditionally from northern parts of India, the trend of tie-n-dye took a twist by using classic graduating shades but this time staying in the same color family.  From baby pink to fuchsia, lemon yellow to rust, and powder blue to royal blue the ombre effect made a big splash at Fashion Week. Although some designer, like Archana Kochar, Cherie D and Drashta Sarvaiya, went for more the traditional drama of mixing in two tones, the latest way to wear this classic is by keeping it all in the family. Maharani tip - this will translate well for bridesmaid saris or for your sangeet outfit.

This season there is a more elegant and refined look to bejeweled outfits, and they are not as flamboyant. Instead of being the main course, this time jewels are being used as an accent item. They are adored with a variety of trims, such as pearls, beads, ribbons, threads and shells. The idea is to create a lavish and mysterious look with a hint of understated elegance. It is always nice for your bridal lengha or sari to have a special touch of bling, helping you stand out on your special day.

This season’s must have is the perfect Indian kurti. Indian kurthis were all over the runways of Lakme Fashion Week.  Top designers, including Manisha Gupta gave the kurthis an updated look by adding ruching, embroidery, and pleating. Others, like Preeti Chandra, stuck to the traditional with the use of designs.  Kurthis are definitely the trend this season whether you chose basic or modern, and they are sure to be a hit. Brides are choosing to wear kurthis for casual Mehndi ceremonies.  They are comfortable, and it is a snap to roll up the sleeves! Mothers of the bride can also be included in this trend for bridal showers or haaldi ceremonies.


Lina Tipnis and Arjun Agarwal introduced the countryside into their lines making a big impact at Lakme Fashion Week. Nelanjana Gosh worked with petite ethnic motifs. This is one trend that will never be out of fashion. The delicate, feminine touch they add to any piece is sure to be a welcome addition to your wardrobe.  I saw incredible flower girl lengas with floral detail and they were so special.  Think about wearing something different, like florals, for one of your events especialy if you are going traditional for your ceremony.  It will keep your guests always guessing!

This is the most revealing of all trends – sheer and translucent fabrics are in style this summer to keep you cool and help you parade that slender figure of yours. The fabrics of the season are chiffon, net and satin brasso.  For those who are a touch more conservative, go for georgette. Brides are wearing these sheer fabrics for their receptions.  They look great and add a mysterious element as your are announced as the new Mrs!