Soha Ali Khan married Kunal Khemu this weekend in what was, by Bollywood standards, a fairly private wedding. The few pictures that have emerged of the wedding show Bollywood stars in designers like Manish Malhotra and Sabyasachi Mukherjee. While the bride is glowing, fashion lovers this side of the border can’t help but ask “Is this the best of Indian bridal fashion?”
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Soha Ali Khan marries Kunal Khemu in a private wedding

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Saba Ali Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Kareena Kapoor and Sharmila Tagore with the couple at their wedding.
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Karishma Kapoor, their mother, Kareena Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan at Soha’s wedding reception.
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Sharmila and Saif with the newly wed couple

 

Bridal fashion is certainly very different this side of the border. The outfits chosen by Soha Ali Khan’s wedding party and guests show an emphasis on fabric and bold embroidery. Our designers meanwhile focus on silhouette, delicate embroidery and craftsmanship.
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Soha and Kunal at their wedding reception

 

The bride chose a plain gold choli with a gulabi pink lengha for her reception. For those of us used to elaborate bridals, this looks overly simple. Designers like Misha Lakhani or Sanam Chaudri may have come up with a hip, young look that is a little more bridal than this.
Pakistani stylists are looking at the wedding pictures and casting their minds over some of the best bridalwear this season. From Sania Maskatiya’s Ara Ornament collection to Bunto Kazmi’s timeless creations, wedding season in Pakistan saw plenty of stunning outfits this year. If Soha et al had shopped on this side of the border, what might they have chosen to wear?

1. While Kareena’s sari was suitably subtle compared to the bride’s outfit, this Misha Lakhani sari may have worked better.

Kareena Kapoor in a Manish Malhotra sari, Misha Lakhani sari
Kareena wearing a Manish Malhotra sari (L), A Misha Lakhan sari (R)
2. Soha Ali Khan’s mehndhi outfit from Ritu Kumar was underwhelming. This Nomi Ansari ensemble would have been a good bet.

Soha Ali Khan in Ritu Kumar, Nomi Ansari Lehnga Choli
Soha in Ritu Kumar on her mehndi (L), A Nomi Ansari lehgna choli (R)

3. Soha’s sister Saba would have shone in either of these lengha cholis by Sania Maskatiya and Nomi Ansari.

Saba Ali Khan, Sania Maskatiya & Nomi Ansari lehgna choli
Saba Ali Khan (M) would have looked beautiful in a Sania Maskatiya (L) or Nomi Ansari (R) lehnga choli.
4. Amrita Aurora would have looked trendier in this Misha Lakhani kaftan or this Sania Maskatiya ensemble.

Amrita Aurora, Sania Maskatiya, Misha Lakhani
Pakistani designer wear options for Amrita Aurora (M) could have been a Sania Maskatiya ensemble (L) or a Misha Lakhani kaftan (R).

 

5. Neha Dupia and Konkona Shen Sharma are both young women who can carry the trendiest outfits. This Sanam Chaudri outfit or this Sania Maskatiya one would be striking on either of them.

Neha Dupia, Sania Maskatiya ensemble
Neha Dupia (L), Sania Maskatiya ensemble (R)
Konkana Sen Sharma, Sanam Chaudhri lehnga choli
Konkana Sen Sharma (L), Sanam Chaudhri lehnga choli (R)

 

6. Karisma and Kareena look lovely in Sabyasachi and Manish Malhotra respectively but this stunning Elan outfit would also suit either of them

Karishma & Kareena Kapoor in Manish Malhotra, Elan bridal
Karishma and Kareena in Manish Malhotra (L) both would have looked stunning in one of Elan’s masterpieces (R).
7. Other beautiful Pakistani outfits guests could have chosen to wear for a distinctive, fashionable look.

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Juggan Kazim wearing a Nida Azwer ensemble
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Nomi Ansari design from Bridal Fashion Week
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Shehla Chatoor vintage garden sari
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Fahad Hussayn’s bridal collection 2014
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