Let’s take a minute to trace Deepika Padukone’s style trajectory when it comes to Indian wear. She has made saris her signature, cue in her range of Kanjeevaram weaves or the hand-painted six-yard and sequinned cocktail numbers. The actor has also pulled off a wide spectrum of kurtas, switching things up with dhoti pants or flared shararas. But it’s hard to recount some of her conversation-starter looks without mentioning her affinity for lehengas. Whether it’s the star’s red lehenga worn for her Sindhi wedding ceremony that continues to be bookmarked by brides-to-be or her monochrome creations, the 34-year-old has taken pride in wearing pieces that promote and preserve the country’s crafts. Here’s a round-up of the statement-making lehengas you’ll find in Padukone’s repertoire.Deepika Padukone gives a nod to classic lehengas
Deepika Padukone has showcased a steady patronage for classic silhouettes. She tapped into the allure of a red Sabyasachi lehenga back in 2016 for the IIFA Awards. The separates comprised a sleeveless blouse and a voluminous skirt, both decorated with gold floral work. On another awards show, she opted for a white and blush pink design by couturier Varun Bahl. Floaty and feminine, the lehenga was accentuated with floral appliqué work. Her go-to trick for standing out from the crowd? Pulling off an unconventional colour with the conventional silhouette. Remember Padukone’s black and gold Sabyasachi lehenga as she walked in hand-in-hand with Ranveer Singh at Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’ Bollywood reception at Taj Land’s End, Mumbai? Her lehenga comprised an ornate skirt with decadent gold embroidery, which was balanced with a black blouse with a plunging neckline.Deepika Padukone’s lesson in playing with proportions with a lehenga
The Chhapaak star sure has an unerring eye for classics, but for Padukone, it’s all about mastering a certain mix. Her love for contrasts comes through in the champagne-hued Sabyasachi lehenga she wore for IIFA 2016 in Madrid, Spain. What made the outfit striking was its fit-and-flare skirt that was a refreshing change from the archetypal voluminous ones. In fact, she didn’t have any qualms ditching a dupatta in favour of a sheer floor-length cape with this particular look either. Fun fact: Deepika Padukone's wax replica at the Madame Tussauds, London is dressed in the stunning ivory ensemble which she wore to the very same awards ceremony four years ago. The form-fitted skirt continued to pull in favour with the star, who picked a lavishly embellished black lehenga with a slinky blouse for an event. A belt with gold spikes cinched her plain dupatta. Another event saw her in a cobalt blue Anamika Khanna lehenga that swapped a choli with bandeau-style top layered with a long metallic jacket.Lehengas in Deepika Padukone’s bridal trousseau
In 2018, when Deepika Padukone tied the knot with actor Ranveer Singh, she served up, not one, but three distinct lehenga looks. For the Sindhi ceremony on November 15, she relied on a creation by her favourite couturier, Sabyasachi Mukherjee. Her choice: a red and gold lehenga. The custom creation came with a dupatta that bore the incantation, ‘Sada Saubhagyavati Bhava’ (which roughly translates to ‘may you always stay married’) in Devnagri script, on its borders. When the groom's side of the family (the Bhavnanis) hosted a big blowout for the newly-weds, Padukone picked the heavily embroidered Dil-Guldasta lehenga by designer. The whimsical number was highlighted intricate threadwork in shades of red, pink, green orange, creating a stunning tapestry of flowers and exotic birds. The lehenga was crafted using Bordeaux silk and featured hand-dyed velvet appliqués, silk-floss, beaten silver and gold thread, and rose-tinted crystals and rhinestones. Combining her love for saris and lehengas was the actor’s Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla lehenga-sari for her wedding reception in Bengaluru. The ivory and gold chikankari creation was brought to life using intricate, tone-on-tone thread embroidery along with sequins, Swarovski crystals and gold zardozi embroidery.Scroll through to check out our gallery of the bookmark-worthy lehengas in Deepika Padukone's closetAlso read:
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