Think Shaadi’s Boutique Presents: Judith Leiber Couture, Suneet Varma and Tarun Tahiliani

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Friday 15th May, at the Penthouse Suite of the Mayfair Hotel bought one of the defining moments in the Asian fashion fraternity in London: Judith Leiber, Tarun Tahiliani and Suneet Varma all showcased in the same room. Think Shaadi presented their latest collections from the three esteemed designers. It was the first time that these three luxury brands exhibited their collections at the same venue in London. Suneet Varma and Tarun Tahiliani were also both there in person and Mrs. Sangeeta Assomull represented Judith Leiber.

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Suneet Varma

Suneet Varma exhibited his SS15 collection, titled ‘Decorative Arts of India‘ which drew its inspiration from traditional motifs and embroideries of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab and the Southern states of India. His collection spoke of romance, femininity and flirtatiousness, where traditional Indian mets with a modern twist; gorgeous gulaal and fuchsia pinks from rose to deep magenta lie within his collection.

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The collection features two-piece sarees with embellished corset blouses with delicate antique zardosi, long anarkali kurtas with mirrorwork and thread embroidered all over jaal, short tunics with color-on-color thread and Swarovski crystals with draped dhoti salwars, Angrakha style kalidar kurtas which have short cropped jackets with draped collars and delicate bead embroidery. The key fabrics used with these are silk chiffon, georgette, silk jacquard and jewel-toned rich velvets. Suneet used stark white and ivory with color-on-color aari embroidery, dark navy and cobalt blue with antique, burnt gold and copper thread embellish these stunning lehengas, and also mirror work embellishment with large borders in thread embroidery; perfect for an evening wedding function. Sheer chiffon sarees decked with gold aari and thread embroidery in large floral motifs reminiscent of Punjab royalty also features in the collection. There are a mix of traditional Indian textiles in bright colors combined with the sensibility of the regal costumes of India.

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The collection’s highlights also include sheer sarees with velvet jackets, lightweight silk skirts and tunics with nostalgic antique embroideries, block printed ensembles in many shades of blue, Persian blue, turquoise, and navy teamed with dull gold. The sheer tulle sarees had grey and oyster pearls encrusted with stunning Swarovski crystals with intricate embroideries. and long kalidar kurtas in black, teal, ivory and red used thread embroidery in topkapi motifs. I admire how he has placed thought into every slight detail of each piece, may it be the use of nostalgic antique embroideries or the use of a variety of luscious fabrics. His collection in-fact does have a characterful piece to suit any occasion for the bride or even the bride’s immediate family members. Haven spoken to Suneet Varma, he thoroughly enjoyed the showcased and being no stranger to London he is a fan of the city!

The Gold Rose - one of 5 in the world

The Gold Rose – one of 5 in the world

Judith Leiber Couture exclusively unveiled The Gold Rose bag at the Think Shaadi boutique event, which is in-fact one in five in the world! This bag literally had a persona of it’s own, where it’s three tones of golden crystal encrusted extraordinaire of a bag mesmerized me. The bespoke additions to Judith Leiber Couture were the radiant Jelly Bean Collection and The Slide Lock personalized monogram minauideres.

The Jelly Bean Collection

The Jelly Bean Collection

The Jelly Bean Collection featuring three classic silhouettes in sixteen vibrant shades. This bold take on timeless glamour creates a kaleidoscope of brilliant color. The bespoke personalized monogram minauideres were also showcased at the event. This timeless classics are available in various color options with limitless combinations monogrammed with up to three initials. This is the perfect personalised gift for the bride, which would definitely make her feel special.

The Slide Lock Personalized monogram Minauideres

The Slide Lock personalized monogram minauideres

Within the spectrum of color are three of their most popular styles; the Slide Lock minaudière, the Ritz Fizz soft crystal clutch and a signature crocodile box. The palate includes a range of hues from light rose to hyacinth, to capri blue, to sunflower and peony. Without a doubt the Jelly Bean Collection offers a worthy indulgence and so the beautiful colors in the Judith Leiber metallic snakeskin clutch, the Samantha with silvertone hardware are paved with Austrian crystal envelope flap-top.

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Judith Leiber Couture

Judith Leiber Couture’s collections really had something for everyone, where it be a fun pop of colour clutch from their Jelly Bean Collection or a sophisticated yet statement piece with their metallic snakeskin clutch. I look forward to what Judith Leiber Couture has more in store in the near future.

Tarun Tahiliani

Tarun Tahiliani

Tarun Tahiliani exhibited his Bridal Couture and Spring/Summer ’15 collections. The Spring Summer‘15 collection is inspired by the beautiful works of art done by the Singh Twins, artists who are based in the U.K. Their miniature style of paintings translates beautifully to printed clothing in the ready-to-wear range. The bridal and couture line that reflects the global Indian today is a fusion of Indian craftsmanship, perfected over generations with the fit, finish and functionality of western clothing. Tarun Tahiliani is best known for his classic drapes. His characteristic style and distinctive signature is visible in his creations which are a unique blend of traditional Indian sensibility, yet relevant to a contemporary environment. Works by The Singh Twins,acclaimed artists from the UK, play muse to this collection. In the unique genre of Past Modern, as opposed to Post Modern, The Singh Twins are two artists, twin sisters working as one, in tandem.  Reviving the technique of miniature painting and juxtaposing it with modern iconography, they create vibrant and detailed work that questions the conventional notion of the arts.

The miniature style of painting translates beautifully to digitally printed clothing in the ready-to-wear range. The illustrative style of the padhsahnama makes them look like they belong in the gilded age of the past but you will find the modern, social commentary if you look for it. Selectively chosen elements from different paintings ensure that the wit is not lost in translation. The colour inspirations are so unexpected that it could only exist in nature. The blue orange hue of a macaw, the reds and yellows of the rising sun – the palette pays homage to the Indian identity that celebrates colour with gusto, in a bohemian or a sophisticated setting. Not restricted to a pre-designed ensemble, the separates enable experimentation. The dhoti skirts and the lungi skirts are one-of-a-kind pieces in light fabric that fit effortlessly for the day. Jewel Tees can be transformative for the evening with jewel tones combining hand painted gold kalis giving it the grandeur and aplomb of a Klimt painting.

The bridal and couture line reflects the global Indian today, who is making choices which help him embrace his cultural inheritance as well as straddle the diaspora of identities that is modern living. A mélange of Indian craftsmanship perfected over generations with the fit, finish and functionality of western clothing. With the use of modern fabric like sheer silks, reshams and tullé; the ensemble becomes lighter, giving ease of movement. Drape and Structure – the definitive of a Tarun Tahiliani creation perfected over the years is permeating to its Couture sensibilities. Using stitched-in pleats and belted saris gives a contemporary element to traditional style and is added comfort, keeping everything in place. The colour scheme stretches to include blushes of light pink, jade and mauve reminiscent of American realist painter Edward Hopper. Light resham on ivory in soft shades create a pastoral fantasy as the light bounces off the sheer tulle. Muted tones and breezy layers of the anarkali kurta are as light as a summer’s day.

From draped drama the collection moves into the realm of intricate zari, and resham embroideries, chanderi cutwork and Lucknawi chikankari with its range of occasion wear.  Shades of twinkling champagne, playful pinks, rich gold and passionate reds encompasses  silhouettes that range from regal and festive to feminine and youthful. Lehengas, lehenga saris, saris, anarkalis and kurtas sheathed in splendour, create an aura around the adorned as if she “walks in beauty”. The regal jamawar bodice gets counter balanced by a stoic obi belt. Plentiful kalis of the anarkali frolic next to an airy mukaish dupatta. Lightness and comfort work in tandem with style and heritage to create a balance and traditional wear steps out of its cave and evolves into a fun, unencumbered experience.

Wild Flowers

Nikki Tibbles of Wild Flowers

Think Shaadi was ably assisted by florist Nikki Tibbles of Wild at Heart, famed for her luxurious and opulent floral arrangements. Caterers Tamarind Collection, who operate four restaurants in London and LA, part of Tamarind Events Catering and have a Michelin Star under their belt arranged the delectable food. Haslem Productions who offer technical design and installation for events across London and the UK. Finally, Admiral Crichton, London based party planners and caterer to HRH The Prince of Wales, who helped realise the event.

Tamarind Colletion

Tamarind Collection Caterers

Think Shaadi’s first boutique event was a fine showcase from a few of the most talented extraordinaires within luxury fashion fraternity and was a great success with an immensity of positive response. I look forward to this hopefully being one of many to come.

Let us know what you liked from these three esteemed designers at Think Shaadi’s boutique event by tweeting us @thinkshaadi and @londonkiladki.

Written by Victoria Das

Victoria is a London based blogger. She has a passion for fashion and food, with a speciality in contemporary Asian fashion. Victoria runs the blog London Ki Ladki. Here’s where you can find her around the web – Facebook: London Ki Ladki – Instagram:  London Ki LadkiTwitter: London Ki Ladki

Tarun Tahiliani: A Wonderful Drama

Tarun Tahiliani’s bridal collection, shown at India Couture Week, is a rich and evocative drama, adorned with a lustre of tradition and ancient crafts. It has been said that Tahiliani really knows how to put together a collection, it’s something that fashion devotees anticipate with immense glee, and as always he doesn’t disappoint.

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His collections always emanate with a warm and sensuous glow. Forever original, this time around Tahiliani sought out inspiration from the ancient regional crafts of India, rendering it with his trademark razzle dazzle. For the couture range he created a wildly dramatic array of gowns, tempered by a delicate palette of colours, extraordinarily feminine in execution, he managed to balance so harmoniously the elements of frenzy with the demure.

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Tahiliani’s previous collection was all regal splendour, cherry picking his inspirations from the beauty of Mughal India, this time it was about the crafts that India has been famous for for centuries. The wondrous textile industry that began in the small villages and towns.

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The echoes of a thousand artisans are woven into this collection, from the material to the intricate embroidery, it pays a glorious homage to the stylistics and craftsmanship of the past. Each design incorporates something individual, something of heritage, from their Tahiliani injects a flurry of modernity and crowns it with his luxurious touch.

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In Tahiliani’s own words – “Glimpses of shimmering gold, hues of soft pastels and a whimsical frothiness are reminiscent of an era of charm and elegance. Creating couture which keeps distinctive Indian crafts alive, while exploring visions in sparkling crystal and carat, reflects emotions that give shape to sensuous, elegant and bespoke luxury for brides, grooms and their families as well as for other occasions. This collection will be living, breathing heritage, melded with the fresh vibrancy and essence of modern India.” As always, Tarun Tahiliani reminds us that the flower of creativity can only truly flourish when designers pay their respects to what has gone before.

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Most recently, at Lakme Fashion Week, Tarun showcased his Summer Resort collection, which is a kaleidoscope of colours, a sheer explosion of fun and frivolity prevailed. The theme embodies a party, a mardi gras of festive patterns and cleverly matched colours.

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Bohemian chic is the prevailing feel, with floaty cottons and an eclectic array of silks. The collection is a bountiful display of relaxation and freedom.

Chitrangda Singh walks for Tarun Tahiliani at the Grand Finale of Lakme Fashion Week 2015

We at Think Shaadi are delighted to announce that Tarun Tahiliani will be in London on May 15th for Think Shaadi Boutique.

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Let us know which is your favourite piece by Tarun Tahiliani by tweeting @thinkshaadi and @ShaadiEditor.

Suneet Varma: Decorative Arts Of India

We know Suneet Varma as one of the emerging maestros’ of the Indian fashion fraternity. Suneet’s journey started from graduating at the London College of Fashion, leading on to his work with Yves Saint Laurent in Paris. His milestones grew throughout the years from hosting India’s first international fashion and style program, ‘Suneet Varma’s Style Guru’  for Star World TV, to being a franchisee partner in India for ‘Armani Junior’. Suneet Varma’s latest collection was showcased at the Spring Couture 2015 Show for Lakme Fashion Week at the Palladium Hotel, Mumbai. His collection titled ‘Decorative Arts of India’ speaks of romance, femininity and flirtatiousness. It draws inspiration from the traditional motifs and embroideries of Gujarat, Punjab, Rajasthan and the Southern states of India. Suneet says, “India has had centuries of old love affair with couture or made to measure for pleasure. There is no denying the luxurious indulgence of precious finery, the magical beauty of one‐ off embellished wedding attire and the sparkle of personalized jewels that are made to match with it.”

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The collection has customary Indian attire with a contemporary twist. This time Suneet uses a lot of shades of red from sindoor to fuchsia pinks from rose to deep magenta that lie within Rajasthan. Stark white and ivory with color-on-color aari embroidery, dark navy and cobalt blue with antique, burnt gold and copper thread embellish these stunning lehengas. Some of the pieces imbue in mirror work embellishment within the large borders in the thread embroidery. These impeccable details and fabrics create a distinct regal look.

Suneet Varma

The silhouettes of long and slender layering in sheer fabrics from the two-piece sarees with embellished corset blouses, delicate antique zardosi, long anarkali kurtas with mirror work and thread embroidered all over jaal accolade the collection. The short tunics have colour-on-colour thread and Swarovski crystals with draped dhoti salwars, Angrakha style kalidar kurtas worn with short cropped jackets with draped collars and delicate bead embroidery. The fabrics used in those are in luscious silk chiffon, Georgette, silk jacquard and jewel-toned rich velvets; with yet again these characteristics pervading royalty and luxuriousness.

Suneet Varma

The collection also features sheer chiffon sarees decked with gold aari and thread embroidery in large floral motifs reminiscent of the beauty of the Punjab royalty. A mix of traditional Indian textiles in bright colors combined with the sensibility of the royal costumes of India. The collection uses white on white thread embroidery with a dash of colour on long and short tunics with Capri trousers and Patiala salwars with tasseled triangular stoles.

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Overall, there is an array of sophistication executed in many forms within Suneet’s attire from the silhouettes of the collection which are slim, sheer and narrow with very delicate embroideries down to the use of lavishing fabrics. I admire how he has placed thought into every slight detail of each piece, may it be the use of nostalgic antique embroideries or using a variety of blue shades. His collection really does depict the ‘Decorative Arts Of India’. Now to see my personal top 3 favourite pieces from the collection (talk about a hard choice to make!).

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Suneet Varma

Suneet Varma

After participating in shows across the world including Paris, Hong Kong, Berlin and Los Angeles. I am thrilled to say Suneet Varma will be back in London to showcase his extraordinary latest collection, bridal and couture pieces at Think Shaadi’s Boutique Showcase event on Friday 15th May 2015.

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Let us know which is your favourite piece by Suneet Varma by tweeting @thinkshaadi and @londonkiladki.

To contact Think Shaadi in regards to the event, please contact Think Shaadi on community@thinkshaadi.com.

Written by Victoria Das

Victoria is a London based blogger. She has a passion for fashion and food, with a speciality in contemporary Asian fashion. Victoria runs the blog London Ki Ladki and is the latest member of the Think Shaadi blogging family. Here’s where you can find her around the web – Facebook: London Ki Ladki – Instagram:  London Ki LadkiTwitter: London Ki Ladki

The Emerald Bride

Emerald resembles successful love, it embodies unity, compassion and unconditional love. So for ‘the emerald bride’ who loves everything and all that is emerald, I have selected luxurious fashion and make-up to cater for you.

The Gown

Oscar De La Renta’s sophisticated embroidered silk faille gown oozes elegance and glamour all rolled into one; a difficult look to accomplish. The intricate detailing of jewels and gems on both the bottom, top and borders of the gown is just beautiful. This piece will definitely attract attention for all the right reasons!

Oscar De La Renta’s Embroidered Silk Faille High-Low Gown

The Jewellery

Amrapali’s Floral Carved Emerald Earrings

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Amrapali’s Floral Carved Emerald Earrings

Amrapali‘s jewellery is renown for their designs and high quality; and these earrings are like nothing I have ever seen before. The stunning floral carvings on the emeralds add personality to these and would compliment any outfit without the need of a heavy necklace.

Amrapali’s Trio of Emerald Rings

Wow. Wow. Wow. These rings are beauties! Emerald rings are pieces which could never go out of fashion for years to come. These have a combination of diamond and emerald which are set in silver and gold; which means you can get the best of everything all rolled into one.

Amrapali's Fine Zambian Emerald Floral Earrings

Amrapali’s Fine Zambian Emerald Floral Earrings

These stunning Zambian emerald floral earrings by Amrapali are a statement on their own. This would work well with a white or emerald gown, and would not need a necklace to compliment it. The mixture of delicate small and medium diamonds and emeralds emulate beautiful flowers. The emerald and diamonds are set in gold; these can pair up nicely with an outfit with gold or silver embroidery.

The Clutch

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 Judith Leiber’s Fern Green Satin Clutch

The sleekest clutch to accompany the gorgeous gown by Oscar De Le Renta is this impeccable fern green satin rectangular Judith Leiber clutch; simple and bold. The clutch uses a smooth silver framed push and has luscious metallic lambskin lining. This clutch could also compliment a white satin gown.

Shades Of Green Make Up By Henna-H

Heena-H Make Up

Heena-H Make Up

The Make-Up

If you are a bride who wants those elements of emerald in your make-up or want make-up tailored to your outfit. Then Henna-H are your point of call. Henna-H is run by Halimah Abubackers. Halimah’s incredible work has appeared in the likes of Glamour magazine and Vogue as well as Asiana Wedding magazine! They have a trained make-up team to ensure you look spectacular on your special day.

If you love what you see here, you will be glad to know all these brands will be present at The Jewel Of Mayfair this month at the stunning May Fair Hotel.

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Let us know which piece is your favourite from this list by tweeting us @thinkshaadi and @londonkiladki.

Written by Victoria Das

Victoria is a London based blogger. She has a passion for fashion and food, with a speciality in contemporary Asian fashion. Victoria runs the blog London Ki Ladki and is the latest member of the Think Shaadi blogging family. Here’s where you can find her around the web – Facebook: London Ki LadkiInstagram:  London Ki LadkiTwitter: London Ki Ladki

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge: Celebrating 1000 Weeks Of Love

One legendary film maker and one iconic on-screen jodi created one of the biggest blockbusters in Indian cinema history. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) recently celebrated 1000 weeks since its’ release onto cinema screens. I have watched this at least fifteen times and indeed it lives up to its’ title, which I can never be tired of. I am sure many others as well myself have swooned to be in Simran’s position; to find someone who has the courage to fight for their love.

The DDLJ cast recently appeared on the hilarious television show Comedy Nights With Kapil; it was spectacular to see the great chemistry between SRK and Kajol, regardless of them being off-screen, and it was a pleasant surprise to see Pooja Ruparel (as Chukti in DDLJ) and Mandira Bedi (as Preeti in DDLJ) almost 20 years since the film’s release. If you have not seen this yet, it is a must watch!

Bollywood is well renowned for its big, imaginative and surreal films, however DDLJ broke away from this convention to a certain extent, where the dialogue all the way to its’ directorial execution seemed realistic and natural. I love each and every soundtrack composed by the musical genius Jatin Lalit and lyricist Anand Bakshi; all these classics feature India’s evergreen singers: Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Kumar Sanu, Abhijeet, and Udit Narayan. ‘Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna’ and ‘Tujhe Dekha To’ will remain to be a timeless tributes to love.

Here are my top 3 favourite scenes (it was certainly difficult to narrow it down to 3):

Pehli Mulaqat

This scene is truly hilarious, where Raj and Simran encounter each other for the first time. Raj uses his poor chat-up lines to entice Simran, but all fails.

Train Choot Gaye

Simran’s stubbornness and Raj’s pacifying creates a comical scene, when they both miss their train and end up sticking together to catch their next train. This is when the magical love story truly begins.

Palat

This famous scene is just super-sweet; Raj reveals his feelings about Simran, but in Raj-style he jokes about it. Raj’s famous “Palat” line is an example of a hopeless romantic – what every girl wants!

DDLJ will remain to be a turning point in Indian cinema and be a magical timeless classic. No matter how old you are for decades to come, it will always teach us the innocence of love and the brave hearted will always triumph.

We would love to hear your thoughts and know your favourite scenes from DDLJ. Tweet us @thinkshaadi and @londonkiladki.

Victoria Das is a London based blogger. She has a passion for design, with a speciality in contemporary Indian fashion. Victoria runs the blog London Ki Ladki and is the latest member of the Think Shaadi blogging family. Here’s where you can find her around the web – Facebook: London Ki LadkiInstagram:  London Ki LadkiTwitter: London Ki Ladki

 

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