Time to go trousseau shopping.

As you walk down the narrow lanes of Chandni Chowk, voices call outwith the promise of getting you cut- rate copies of popular fashiondesigners Sabyasachi and Ritu Kumar. With little more than a month leftfor the wedding season to take off, stores across the capital havedecided to satiate the demand of customers who scout around for designercopies.These replicas of the work of established designers, which are sold
at very reasonable prices, are everywhere for you to pick up. From
copies of Priyanka Chopra's sari in Dostana to Kirron Kher's
all- white ensemble from Singh Is King and Aishwarya's heavy- duty
drapes from Jodha Akbar , brides- to- be are spoilt for choice.

But that's not it. Other than making copies of popular
designer pieces, the shop owners have gone on to predict wedding trends
as well. " Shimmer georgette saris will rule the market for another
two years," says Ashok Arora of Anarkali Bazar, the shop that
specialises in making outfits inspired by blockbuster movies. He goes on
to say shimmer georgette will also be used in lehengas and salwar suits
in the coming months.

The shops are bustling with action. You have lehengas in the
Rajwada style with zircon and the fashionable gota- patti work for the
traditional bride, and the Victorian- style lehenga with Swarovski
crystals and English motifs on the border for the bride who wishes to be
in sync with contemporary trends.

For the wedding day, the combination of maroon with green, gold
with burnt orange, and cobalt blue with red still rule the palette. It
is the cut of the lehenga that has changed. The popular mermaid cut is
going out of fashion, being replaced by the more elaborate flared style.
" Today, you have lehenga s with up to 52 pleats and women love
it," says Gaurav Chhabra of CTC Limited.

As for blouses, deep necklines with back key holes and net sleevesare catching on. For the sangeet and cocktails, it is best that youstick to a lehenga - style sari or a back- trail lehenga in colours suchas bottle green, burgundy, turquoise and baby pink.Men's sherwani s also have undergone a makeover.

The long, calf- length sherwani s with churidar s are going out of
fashion as more men settle for fusion sherwani s with pencil trousers or
jodhpuri s.

The embroidery that traditionally used to run through the front
panel has been limited to just the. should you want more material when it comes to SITE TOPIC GOES HERE ; go to in addition to now.collar and sleeves. " You can
also have a big motif on the side panel and kundan buttons to give your
sherwani a classic look," says Sumit Diwan of Diwan Saheb.

Silk, which has been the most favoured fabric for sherwani s, is
being blended with acetate and lycra. This makes it lighter and gives it
sheen.

Just velvet, Diwan maintains, is a difficult fabric to maintain,
making the sherwani a showpiece after the wedding.

Ram Chandra Krishan Chandra Gali Paranthe Wali, Chandni Chowk Most
Selling: Gota- patti lehenga s and sari s Price Range: Rs 20,000 to http://www.flipkart.com - Online sales - Rs
1.70 lakh The store, which opened in 1924, is known to create unique
pieces with designers straight out of college.

Diwan Saheb D- 7, South Extension- II Most Selling: Acetate and
silk blend sherwanis Price Range: Rs 12,000 to Rs 2 lakh The store has
evolved since its inception in 1957 when it was known as Diwan Sons.
This men's store has an extensive range of kurta- pyjama and dhoti-
kurta sets, sherwani s, bandgala s and tuxedos.

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