For every oooh and ahhh we reflexively burp up over Western bridal designs, the intricate and colorful wedding style of South Asia puts our stuff to shame. To wit: India Bridal Fashion Week just wrapped up, and the gowns, saris, and lehenga cholis sent down the runway in New Delhi were a hundred times more delightful than anything you’d see in New York or Paris.

For example:

Suneet Varma

Ashima Leena

Shantanu & Nikhil

Tarun Tahiliani

JJ Valaya

Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla

Jyotsna Tiwari

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Lead image: Designs by Suneet Varma.