Lakme Fashion Week Grand Finale: Gaurav Gupta

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In a spectacular grand finale to Lakme Fashion Week, designer Gaurav Gupta presented his futuristic collection in celebration of his 10-year journey in fashion.

Sculpted and draped to perfection, this collection features figure flattering dresses perfect for red carpet glamour. Sleek and sexy with a strong sari inspiration are the best ways to describe this collection. Gupta uses strong colours of white, black, grey and red to create a feminine silhouette.

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Show stopper Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor stunned in a grogeous figure hugging black dress with a mermaid style skirt. Gupta’s creativity continues to wow as we see more and more of his amazing work!

Image credit: Lakme Fashion Week

Written by Neha Oberoi

Originally fNeha Oberoirom Canada, Neha is a London based fashion and travel blogger. Business woman by day and blogger by night, Neha loves to analyze and has a flair for spotting upcoming fashion trends. You can see what inspires Neha and her latest outfits on her Blog; for daily fashion updates you can follow her on Instagram; or say hi on Facebook and Twitter.

AICW 2015: Gaurav Gupta

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Counting the days for the Amazon India Couture week 2015, the day has finally arrived for Gupta and team. Running up to this date, the team have been practicing cat walks, and make up trials to make this day an epic one.

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Gaurav Gupta’s new collection was launched on 24th July 2015. This season Gupta has focused on intricate detail working with lace and chiffon to create a Victorian finish. The colours used such as red, purple, burgundy; all bring a vibrant look on anyone wearing a piece of Gupta’s collection.

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Along with looking at the AW2015 collection, looking at previous collections from 2011, Gupta has also portrayed his quirky personality through his work. He doesn’t only have a degree within fashion, he worked his way up by delivering his creativity such as owning a brand name like ‘Atpug Vauag’ which is the reverse of his name. This brand lead as debutant of the year.

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The collections creates a unique yet elegant and sophisticated look, which repeats the Victorian vibe that Gupta is showcasing this season.

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Photos courtesy of Amlan Paliwal/IANS, Harper’s Bazaar India and Vogue India

The Perfect Outfits for Sisters

So here comes the sister of the bride. If you are bride or groom’s sister then you have a pivotal role to play in the big fat Indian wedding. There is a lot of focus on bridal styling and outfits so in today’s post I want to share some outfit and styling ideas for the bridesmaid.

Since bridesmaids have a lot of running around to do, it is better to opt for something light and trendy. You don’t have to go overboard with your styling – there is no point in stealing limelight from the bride plus you do not want to look like the bride. Personally I think bridesmaids should opt for something that looks elegant and trendy. Here are some styling ideas that you can try. I have taken inspiration from the catwalk and India’s top designers.

Fun and Feminine

Trust me people who have most fun in weddings are the bridesmaids. Indian weddings are fun and if your sister or brother is getting married then it makes the occasion even more special. Anushree Reddy is known for her pastel flower print lehenga and her latest collection is nothing but fun and feminine. Taking inspiration from the rich heritage of Hyderabad, The Royal Courtyard collections boasts of delicate embroideries, lace and floral prints. It is a go-to collection for any bridesmaid.

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My other favourite collection is Anita Dongree’s Summer Bride 2015. The gotta patti work in soft pastel colours is drool worthy. Though it is a bridal collection, there are some great non-bridal pieces as well.

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Sari with a Twist

Sari is such an elegant outfit that you can never go wrong with it. If you want to wear a sari as your bridesmaid outfit then you can give it a bit of a twist and make it trendy and modern. Here are some sari inspirations.

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Gaurav Gupta is know for his sari gowns and twisted drapes. In this electric blue piece here gives a new dimension to the outfit.

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I am a big fan of Anamika Khanna designs. The use of intricate lace adds a vintage charm to her outfits. This white sari with a flowy cape style blouse will look very elegant on a bridesmaid.

Crop Tops

Embellished crop tops teamed up with plain or light work lehenga is a wonderful option for a bridesmaid. With crop top lehenga you can get away by not wearing a dupatta. Crops tops can look very flattering on most most body shapes. If you don’t feel comfortable wearing a choli then crop tops are ideal.

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Something Different

If you do not want to go down the typical sari, lehenga or suit route then why not experiment with something different. Here are some outfit inspirations that you can experiment with.

Dhoti pant with a fitted jacket is a very unique combination and very different from your regular traditional outfits.

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Long Jacket teamed up with wide leg trousers is also a great alternative. Do try it if you do not want to go down the fun and feminine look.

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For more fashion inspiration have a look at some of the famous Bollywood sisters.

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Hope you got some ideas on how to style your bridesmaid outfit. Take your time to choose something that inspires you. Try on different outfits, may be take pictures and see which one looks good on you. Finally choose a dress that you like and feel good in.

By Mandavi Kaushik

DSCF3306Mandavi is a fashion stylist and blogger based in London, she has a passion for design and knows good style when she sees it. You read more from Mandavi over at her blog The Red Notebook Blog.

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Image sources – Lakme fashion week , Designer’s social media

Gaurav Gupta: 10th Anniversary Exhibition

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A prince among men, Gaurav Gupta has been a force of pure unadulterated creativity for decades. His designs are a bewitching amalgamation of history, luxury, beauty and style, superseded by none. The end of 2014 marked 10 years since the launch of his brand and opening of his first store, it was a thoroughly illuminating celebration.

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An iconic exhibition was staged at Delhi Art Gallery, which saw his most recent collection exhibited alongside a vast collection of beautiful portrait photography and art that inspired the collection.

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As noted by One Soul Life – “The occasion was hosted at DAG on Thursday 27th November 2014. Many celebrities and known faces attended in Gaurav Gupta’s couture. Shruti Hassan, Anushka Manchanda, Kiran Rao, Manasi Scott, Suchitra Pillai and Bandana Tewari with models Ricky and Tara were seen. Also present were Arjun Kapoor, Obit Marwah, Zayed Khan amongst many others.”

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The exhibition was an innovative exploration into the mind of a sartorial genius, featuring video projections of the design process, an exclusive display of Gaurav’s graduation collection, along with photos and iconic designs that charted his rise and creative enrichment over the years.

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Much like his store, the exhibition was a heady mix of magic realism and unabashed fantasy, age old grandeur was mixed with the modern in perfect synchronicity.

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Something else proved special about this exhibit, as the Times of India discovered during an interview with Gaurav – “He also unveils his first ever campaign with his muse Kalki. In his words, “Kalki is fantastical. She embodies mystery, womanhood and a childlike quality. She is a progressive artist in every way and that shows in the different expressions of her creativity — from theatre to philanthropy, cinema and fashion.”

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As Gaurav Gupta reached a milestone, he has certainly not grown complacent, he still has that intense hunger to create and master the alchemy of beautiful design. Forever expanding and perfecting his craft.

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To put it simply, Guarav Gupta we salute you! Xx

Photos courtesy of One Soul Life

Arpita and Aayush’ Star Studded Reception

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Yes, it may be overused to say, but the wedding of Arpita Khan and Ayush Sharma was a fairytale, in a palatial setting with almost all of Bollywood attending. The newlywed’s reception was no different, with the luxurious event being held on Friday at the Taj Lands End Hotel, Bandra.

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The wedding cavalcade moved from Hyderabad to the trendy metropolis of Mumbai, and the guest list, with Mumbai being the Hindi film industry’s homeland, was literally a who’s who of talent.

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So, just who attended this lavish shindig to end all lavish shindigs? Let’s start with the Khan family. Salman khan proved the most vocal, on social media, giving us up to the minute info on all the happenings. Taking us through the wedding to the reception.

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The celebrities were decked out in suitably gorgeous attire, Ameesha Patel attended wearing a lavish pink ensemble by Manish Malhotra, and jewels by Amol Jewellers, others donning a bit of Manish Malhotra were Patralekhaa, Sonakshi Sinha, who looked equally stunning. Gaurav Gupta proved another favourite for female guests, such as Divya Kumar Khosla, and Anita Dongre being favoured by Karisma Kapoor and Sangeeta Bijlani.

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Other guests included legendry actor and director Dilip Kumar, Saira Banu, Asha Parekh, Ajay Devgn, Riteish Deshmukh, Genelia D’Souza, Govinda, Vinod Khanna, Shraddha Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Lara Dutta and her husband Mahesh Bhupathi, and Jacqueline Fernandez, among others.

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If you thought the wedding at Falaknuma Palace was extravagant then the reception was the cherry on the cake.

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Photos courtesy of Pink Villa, NDTV, Express, Instagram and Twitter

DLF Emporio Presents ‘The Treasury of Trousseau’

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DLF Emporio, India’s first and finest luxury destination returns this August with the much awaited wedding show “The Treasury of Trousseau”, slated to start on the 27th of August 2014 concluding on the 31st of August. The Treasury of Trousseau is the only wedding show that brings the top stylists in the country to assist and advice patrons with all their wedding shopping and trousseau needs.  This year DLF Emporio is working with 3 of India’s top celebrity stylists whom will personally consult and advise prospective brides and grooms in putting together special looks for their wedding celebrations.

 

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Aki Narula – A recipient of the Damania Fashion Designer award, he is famed for his exuberant and vivacious collections that adorn the leading ladies of Bollywood. His big break into Bollywood came with Yash Raj Films ‘Bunty Aur Babli’. Aki is also celebrated for styling Ranbir Kapoor in ‘Rockstar’.

 

 

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Niharika Bhasin Khan – National Award-winning costume designer is best known for her looks with Bollywood actors and actresses. Her costumes for ‘The Dirty Picture’ and ‘Band Baja Baraat’ have won her National Awards, making her one of the most sought after stylists in Bollywood. She is also known for her work in ‘Rock on’ and ‘Kai Po Che’. Her styling will soon be seen in the much-anticipated movie ‘Bombay Velvet’ starring Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma.

 

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Gautam Kalra – a stylist who has partnered with panoply of leading Indian designers, his stylings have been much lauded in the scene. From working across numerous advertising campaigns to couture, styling supermodels and Bollywood actors. Gautam has worked on such high profile campaigns with world renowned names such as Tanishq, Levis, Reebok, Wills Lifestyle, Reid & Taylor and many more.

 

The wedding show at DLF Emporio will also showcase exclusive couture collections over the five days featuring coveted Indian fashion labels such as Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla, Anju Modi, Ashish N Soni, Ensemble, Gaurav Gupta, Manish Arora, Janavi, Manav Gangwani, Monisha Jaisingh, Falguni and Shane Peacock, Raghavendra Rathore, Rohit Bal, Rajesh, Shantanu & Nikhil, Suneet Varma, Tarun Tahiliani, Varun Bahl and more.

Speaking on the event, Ms. Dinaz Madhukar, Senior Vice President, DLF Emporio says, With the Treasury of Trousseau, DLF Emporio offers its patrons a unique shopping experience specially dedicated to the most special occasion in one’s life. This five day long wedding show at DLF Emporio will focus on wedding styling solutions. We are proud to present some of India’s most renowned fashion designers, international and ethnic-Indian brands to make this a memorable experience for every bride and groom. We welcome our patrons to the heart of luxury and bespoke services offered exclusively at DLF Emporio.

Designer  and Community Member Varun Bahl adds This is a great platform and what sets it apart from other such events is that you have three of the country’s leading stylists along with the designers to help people select what looks best on them.

For appointments with the personal stylists, contact DLF Emporio at +91 11 46116666

Vogue Wedding Show: A View From the Inside

Vogue Wedding Show 2014 opened its doors for brides-to-be at the Taj Palace hotel, New Delhi on August 1

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Team Vogue was present at the Vogue Wedding Show in full strength. From left to right senior fashion features editor Priyanka Khanna, marketing director Oona Dhabar, fashion director Anaita Shroff Adajania and editor Priya Tanna, who hosted a lunch for Delhi’s who’s who.

As the prestigious Vogue Wedding Show erupted with all the glamour, sophistication and glorious creations we expected last weekend, here at Think Shaadi we thought we’d lift the lid on what’s going on behind the scenes, giving you some quotes from those who make this show the most evocative and exciting of the fashion calendar. We had a number of enthusiastic brides and their families attend the show, from whom we received some glowing reviews.

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The Vogue India Editor Priya Tanna said “An Indian wedding celebrates love, the coming together of families and the beauty of tradition. At the Vogue Wedding Show, we have curated a three-day bridal extravaganza showcasing the best, latest and most exclusive services in the bridal world. It will turn the wedding of your dreams into reality. It is an all-access pass for brides, grooms and their families to meet the country’s leading bridal wear designers, view the most unforgettable wedding jewellery and attend masterclasses conducted by an enviable line-up of industry experts in hair, make-up, beauty, nutrition and wellness.”

Manish Malhotra says that traditonal red and gold are the only two colours a bride-to-be needs on her palette in 2014.

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On the gloriously historic and luxurious venue Deepa Misra Harris, Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing, Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces says “Weddings at the Taj have always been iconic – offering our guests magical settings, inspired cuisine and attentive service. Over a century, we have perfected our Timeless Weddings product and have been the preferred venue for innumerable weddings, engagement parties, renewal of vows and have welcomed honeymoon couples across the world.”

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“Our partnership with Vogue for the wedding show over these two years is a step towards furthering our commitment in staying current and yet timeless when it comes to orchestrating that ‘perfect in the moment wedding.”

Sabyasachi Mukherjee never ceases to dazzle us with his use of unusual fabrics, intricate embroidery and romance.

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For Vogue to create such a magnificent show, it helps to secure some good associations, and they have done so with Forevermark Media. President of Forevermark says of his companies association with the Vogue Wedding Show “Forevermark is proud of its association with the Vogue Wedding Show. Every Forevermark diamond is inscribed with our promise: a promise that it is beautiful, rare and responsibly sourced making it less than 1% of the world’s diamonds.”

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“The beauty of a Forevermark diamond is brought out through the world’s finest craftsmen using skill and artistry passed down through the generations. It gives us a chance to be showcased and complement the explosion of stunning creations exhibited by India’s leading designers. It is an absolute delight to be present at a platform that appeals to the sensibilities and tastes of the modern day bride.”

Need we mention that the Vogue Wedding Show is also an hypnotic kaleidoscope of jewells.

Another of the shows partners, Abanti Sankaranarayanan, Managing Director of Diageo India added “We are very excited to partner with this unique extravaganza presented by Vogue, which perfectly blends sophistication, luxury and grandeur in equal measures. We believe that Diageo’s vast portfolio of preciously crafted liquids and rare blends like Johnnie Walker Blue Label, Johnnie Walker Platinum Label 18, Johnnie Walker Gold Label, CIROC, Singleton and many more, extend a delightful and enriching experience at every wedding.”

Guests consult Tarun Tahiliani on the chicest bridal wear trends.

“Our bespoke wedding solutions include an array of sensorial offerings like specially curated menus and cocktails, customized bars, whisky/malt appreciation sessions and interactions with expert mixologists. At the heart of all these are our liquids, that indulge your senses in rare and exotic flavours, making every moment of this ultimate celebration unforgettable.”

Gaurav Gupta proudly poses amongst his beautiful designs.

With gracious thanks to Vogue India for use of photos.