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Top 10 picks from Bridal Couture Week

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By Rozina Bhutto

Glaring lights, red carpet, and slightly harassed designers, is what fashion week is all about. Add to it, some desi swear words, embellishment, and A LOT of jewellery and you’ve got yourself a Pakistani Bridal Couture Week. The recent edition of BCW was one of the most star-studded events after the last year’s Hum Style Awards as everyone from Kubra Khan, Ayeza Khan to Syra Shahroz walked the ramp in their bridal glory.

It may not be one of the most trend-setting shows out there, but it had its moments. Ahead are the 10 best looks from BCW 2017.

A dress that breaks the red-gold-white rule wins half the battle and the rest is won by the chic styling.

Ayesha and Osman Qamar dared to experiment with an unconventional colour palette. Also, if you’re a bride-to-be, please do away with the glaring jewels and hairdo, and stick to a simple nath and a no-fuss blow dry.

Gone are the days when print was restricted to pret wear; now you can incorporate it in your bridal dresses as well.

Fahad Hussyn’s collection stood out from the rest because it had the right balance of print, embroidery and funky colors. Our Instagram feed was full of fashion week attendees drooling over the dress and we concluded we’d like to do the same.

Metallic blue is the new red?

King of Couture, HSY, opened the Bridal Couture Week and while his collection came across as same ol-same ol, this one dress here had our heart. The colours are unique and that dupatta is a must-have.

Annus Abrar’s intricate embroidery restored our faith in bridal wear.

A classic white paired with dull gold embroidery may sound like a dress you saw just the other night (especially if you happened to be at BCW), but it yells old school glamour. And a bride definitely needs that in her life.

Fringed edges, pastel pink festooned with pearls, and farshi gharara is the perfect mix for a mehndi.

This dress, again by Abrar, doesn’t plead for attention but it’s hard to miss as well. Hence, it’s the perfect transitional dress in between a mayoon and the big day.

The classic cream gold never goes old.

We would appreciate a bit of Kamdaani on the lehnga, but otherwise, this Emraan Rajput dress hits all the right notes. Add gajras to the mix and embark on a magical journey involving your bridesmaids showering white petals on you.

It seems like we aren’t be moving on from colour-loaded bridal wear any time soon.

There are a few elements in there – like that odd piece of jamawar peeping from the neckline and the colours used in the chatapatti – which we wish Nickie Nina had refrained using, but we love the overall impact of the dress, so let’s embrace it.

You feel confident when you slather it on your lips. Your hunched shoulders automatically straighten up when you wear it. It is the sign of danger, but that doesn’t stop us from wearing it on our big day. Yes, we’re talking about the colour red. 

The lady in red is a cliché we love to hate, but sometimes it is okay to re-visit the past.

Sonya Batla made a powerful statement this weekend: You don’t need to blind everyone with your glitzy outfit on your big day. Why not surprise everyone with an understated look.

We might restrict this dress for a day event, but Batla’s take on bridal wear is interesting nonetheless.

Ditch the overly flared lehngas for a sultry silhouette.

Misha Lakhani gets rid of the volume and we like the result; especially when it’s paired with an intricately embroidered dupatta.