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.

BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2015: Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla

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BMW India Bridal Fashion Week started with a bang as designers Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla presented a stunning collection inspired by nature. Embroidered to perfection, the show opened with Indian fashion starlet Sonam Kapoor gracing the runway in a heavily embroidered golden gown.

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Known as ‘The Varanasi Collection’, models walked down the runway in what can only be described as an explosion of colour. From yellows to blues, and greens to the traditional reds, everything that a bride’s heart could desire can be found on this runway. This collection was created with rich silks and brocades, and heavy thread work and embroideries.

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Some of the country’s most coveted couturiers, Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla are known for their colourful timeless designs. With collections to fill an entire trousseau, these show stopping pieces are much sought after for brides to be.

Photo Credits: India Bridal Fashion Week, Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla

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

AICW 2015: Sabyasachi and Christian Louboutin

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New Delhi: Opening show by Sabyasachi Mukherjee's at the Amazon India Couture Week (AICW) 2015, in New Delhi on July 29,2015.(Amlan Paliwal/IANS)

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It’s well known that Sabyasachi is the Emperor of divine and exuberant fashion, a studious artisan who carefully seeks out inspiration from rural arts and crafts to the art historical, creating some of the most evocative and inspiring designs. Sabyasachi was chosen to kick-start Amazon India Couture Week, and he did beautifully, showcasing a collection that celebrated distinct embroideries from differing parts of India, fashion with modern cuts and fine detailing.

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New Delhi: Opening show by Sabyasachi Mukherjee's at the Amazon India Couture Week (AICW) 2015, in New Delhi on July 29,2015.(Amlan Paliwal/IANS)

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For AICW, Sabyasachi collaborated with the God of French shoe design Christian Louboutin, who added a gorgeous injection of Parisian panache, with a eye-catching mix of refined European classicism. The collection, which saw the marriage of two of the worlds brightest designers is Bater – one of the most common hunting birds of India and depicted dark, gothic look in the form of colours and cuts.

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New Delhi: Opening show by Sabyasachi Mukherjee's at the Amazon India Couture Week (AICW) 2015, in New Delhi on July 29,2015.(Amlan Paliwal/IANS)

The set for the show resembled a rundown house, with a rustic and dilapidated feel, befitting the Gothic theme of the collection with its muted colours of gold, inky blues and black, the real injection of colour came from Christian Louboutin’s blood red shoes. Sabyasachi and Christian Louboutin were the ideal team to launch this celebration of all things couture.

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Photos courtesy of Amlan Paliwal/IANS

Inside our event with Suneet Varma, Tarun Tahiliani and Judith Leiber

In May, we had the privilege of hosting a special boutique event with leading designers Suneet Varma, Tarun Tahiliani and Judith Leiber Couture. We took over the beautiful Penthouse of the May Fair Hotel to create an exclusive retail experience for our clients. It was a tremendous success and here is an inside video of the event.

The Creators: Admirable Crichton, Tamarind Collection

It’s often the case that those who create an event or make that event just so, get overlooked. Not in this case, for Think Shaadi Boutique presents Suneet Varma, Tarun Tahiliani and Judith Leiber, it was party planners Admirable Crichton and Tamarind Collection, who both teamed up in a joint venture, that made our event glisten.

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The team at Admirable Crichton conceptualised the event magnificently. Spawning from a simple idea, to produce classically tailored parties that capture moments of magic, Admirable Crichton have made a name for themselves as the creators of luxuriously executed and finely honed events. They have caught the eye of HRH Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, and now hold a Royal Warrant.

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From weddings to birthday parties to fashion events, Admirable Crichton work with a firm set of values, which are making sure each event is tailored to the customers requirements. Melding together age old principles with contemporary flare, in their own words – “With impeccable attention to detail, we oversee every aspect from the napkins and table setting to planning your honeymoon itinerary, design, decoration and entertainment, we have an enviable address book of the best suppliers and subcontractors in the world.”

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The crux of Admirable Crichton’s success is their devotion to heritage, cherry picking the best of what has gone before and reworking it for the modern era. Covering everything from venues to catering, they are truly a Renaissance company.

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Tamarind Collection, the caterers extraordinaire, remain a steadfast favourite of anyone wishing to experience mouthwatering cuisine, that is magnificently presented. A versatile brand, Tamarind Collection operate four restaurants in London and L.A, with a rich history, beginning in 1995, and a versatile range of menus, the group have notched up some amazing achievements in 20 years.

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Taking traditional Indian cuisine and injecting a fresh and bountiful zeal into it, Tamarind Collection offer a variety of classic staples such as Zaffrani Macchi, consisting of king fish chunks marinated with ginger, fresh mint, lime-leaf, green chilli and saffron, and Hyderabadi Shanks, slow-cooked lamb shanks with browned onions, ginger, garlic, yoghurt and ground spices. Their meals are a true feast.

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Tamarind Collection have been courted by some of the UK’s biggest and most loved organisations, including Lords Cricket Ground, English Heritage and the Science Museum. Their London restaurant Tamarind of London was awarded ‘Best Indian Cuisine’ at the 2012 Golden Foodie Awards. They have said that “over the years the Tamarind Collection’s fundamental philosophy has remained unchanged; to prepare exquisite food and that is coupled with service that is approachable and unobtrusive in stylish environments.”

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Admirable Crichton and Tamarind Collection are individual forces of creative brilliance, but their collaboration for Think Shaadi boutique brought these forces together beautifully. With the creation of a magical environment that showcased the designs in a manner befitting them.

Menu for our event included Spiced mixed paneer with mango in filo cup, Ground lamb cakes with cinnamon, garlic and chilli and Spiced potato vegetable croquettes coated with golden vermicelli.

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

Rohit Bal’s Spectacular Ode to Heritage

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Rohit Bal is a designer one would have to describe as quintessentially Indian, in both design as well as the execution of his shows. Although born in Kashmir, as a designer he is definitely a product of New Delhi, a place which has given birth to a succession of talent, each more intriguing than the last.

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With a degree in History from St. Stephens College, it is the past which remains a source of inspiration for Bal, he’s developed a distinctive quality for reaching far back into the depths of history and creating modern beauty from it.

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Made famous for his speciality of including Lotus and Peacock motifs into his designs, he is a designer who is steadfast in capturing the richness of Indian fashion, infusing art historical passion with contemporary design aesthetics.

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Recently he proved his worth as a designer who can not only create gorgeous designs, but also put together a breathtaking show. At Will Fashion Week, Bal was one of the final designers to showcase his collection.

It’s not unusual to say, but the majority of shows which take place during the end of most fashion weeks are never anything exciting, but Rohit Bal well and truly broke with tradition.

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The venue was Quli Khan’s Tomb at the Mehrauli Archaeological site in Delhi. For a designer known for a love of history, it was indeed the perfect setting. To begin, the soundtrack to the show was perfect, with live music performed by Shubha Mudgal.

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The tone and theme of this setting was romance, heaps of it, along with ancient mystery, classical style and evocative luxury, with a set designed by Sumant Jayakrishnan. Everything here, down to the last detail, was about framing the collection in the best of Indian heritage and culture.

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The show attracted a throng of guests, with the famed French shoe designer Christian Louboutin gracing the front row. It has to be said that Rohit Bal is one of few Indian designers to attract attention from his design contemporaries around the globe.

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Bal’s collection is titled “Gulbagh” and the inspiration was Mughal opulence, not the city dwelling Mughal’s we usually think of though, the great warriors and statesman, but the Mughal’s at leisure, in their pleasure palaces, nestled in the valleys of Kashmir.

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As per usual Bal’s design techniques mixed the age old with the contemporary, incorporating vegetable dyes and gold leaf for embellishments, and a range of fabrics like chanderi, fine mulmul, matka silk and velvet.

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The collection was very distinctive in the fact that Bal incorporated a wealth of flora and fauna into his patterns, from roses and other delicate flowers, to tree leaves. The effect was truly mesmerising, as all the embellishments were brought forth in mesmerising colours such as reds, purples, cream, greens and blues.

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With petite female models in prettily adorned lehengas with peplum blouses, embroidered jackets and saris, and princely male models (one of which was the king of machismo Arjun Rampal) doned in handsome achkans and churidars, the collection was a triumph.

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Without hesitation, Rohit Bal deserved his rapturous standing ovation.

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Photos courtesy of Rohit Bal and video courtesy of Vogue India

The Vogue Wedding Show 2014

With the Vogue Wedding Show just over a week away, taking place at  Taj Palace, New Delhi. We thought we’d cast our luxury loving eyes over some of the designers, handpicked by the Vogue team, to take part this year. As we have mentioned before, this year sees a wealth of talent, known for their creative zeal and meticulous attention to detail, ranging from couture to jewellery.

So, what makes the designers this year so special? Well let’s take a look at a handful of them. Firstly, there’s a common connection that binds all of them, whether it be the fashion designers or the jewellery designers. They each and every one possesses a pioneer spirit, a spirit which is deeply rooted in an age old sense of creativity.

Sabyasachi is the quintessential Indian designer; his inspirations are drawn from the rich and colourful history of Indian textiles, art, architecture and literature. His creations are always bathed in an historical flare, all encompassing patterns that dance across the fabric, yet forever with a lyrical sense of symmetry.

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Manish Malhotra’s infectious joie de vivre for both women’s and menswear has always made him standout from the crowd, there’s no mistaking a Manish Malhotra design, the cuts, shapes, styles and embroidery are easy to spot, and of course easy to fall in love with. His bridal collections alone never fail to create a new feeling of wonder and awe with every season that goes by, typifying Bollywood decadence.

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Well, what to say about Tarun Tahiliani. He is the man who encapsulates the Delhi glitterati, a playful and eternally curious creative sensibility. Tarun is a designer who continually shifts and morphs his style, melding together the traditional to the contemporary seamlessly.

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Gaurav Gupta is a man who takes the words sexy and sultry to an entirely new level. Much like Manish, Gaurav has been a star of the Indian fashion industry since he first emerged into the spotlight, a tour de force, taking his female muse and turns them into princesses.


JJ Valaya brings power, unfettered power we should say, to his designs. It’s all about larger-than-life glamour, statement pieces which meld luxury and effortless grace together, in a magnificent bejewelled cocktail.

Shantanu & Nikhil’s design approach has attitude, flare and an unmistakeable panache, which is impossible to ignore. With creations that proudly mix together Indian culture with Western mores, It’s no surprise that they are the favourites, not just in South Asia, but across the world.

If you want feminine charm, look no further than Anita Dongre, her unmistakeable technique of balancing the beauty of the old, with the functionality of the new, is something so many designers find impossible to do. Anita is fast becoming the queen in her field, and it’s easy to see why.

Moving on to the jewellery designers, this year sees a number of big names, for example, Begani Jewels make for the perfect wedding accessories, with a finely tuned approach to design, Begani’s foundation is simplicity, and their pieces can go two ways, sticking with the simple, maximising minimalist beauty, to embracing the ornate and ostentatious.

Amrapali has created a language all of their own, a simplistic yet creatively virulent process, which merges ethnic styling with contemporary zeal, that crossed the cultural divides.

Vacheron Constantin is renowned the world over for producing aesthetically pleasing and vibrant time pieces, they have an age old technique which draws upon the exquisite and the divine. They are the masters of luxury.

Nirav Modi is all about classical design, with an emphasis on the sensual and delicate. His inspiration moves from culture to culture, whether it is Medieval Dutch art or French turn of the century Art Nouveau. Nirav is all about conjuring up the beauty of the world in jewellery form.

Decadence is the word du jour when it comes to Rose, founded by Biren Vaidya, when you look at his designs, images of age old glamour and distinction come to mind. Biren’s aesthetic is all about embracing the colour, the beauty of life.

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It’s not just fashion and jewellery designers who will feature in the show, there’s also graphic designers such as Vivek Sahni, who has singlehandedly transformed the business of wedding invitations into an art form all of its own. Vivek’s designs are intricately made, miniature masterpieces that capture the personal feelings of love and excitement.

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Then there is Vandana Mohan of The Wedding Design Company, Vandana goes way beyond the ordinary, staging weddings which are like fantastical dreams come to life. Her raison d’être is events, and over the years she has worked on some of the most inspiring and luxurious weddings in the world.

So, these are just some of the many designers and artisans at this year’s Vogue Wedding Show. It will be one of the most hottest and luxurious shows in the fashion calendar.

With only one week left, register now to get invited to the year’s most exclusive bridal extravaganza The Vogue Wedding Show 2014.

Images credit : Vogue Wedding Show on behalf of the participating brands.

The Vogue Wedding Show Is Coming

In just over a month the magically evocative cavalcade of the Vogue Wedding Show, in partnership with the Taj Group, will be taking place at The Taj Palace, New Delhi, August 1 – 3. As always it will be a tour-de-force in the world of luxury Indian weddings, highlighting couture and jewellery. The show will feature some of the finest designers in Indian fashion, with sartorial giants like  Tarun Tahiliani, Suneet Varma, Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Manish Malhotra et al and the leading lights of jewellery design such as Nirav Modi and Rose.

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The show will be an extravaganza of artistry, quality and unrivalled beauty. The spectacles of reverie this year range in inspiration and style, from traditional contours to sharpe modern shapes, every design will be sure to excite and intrique. The preview shows with Vogue’s Bridal Studio are now well and truly underway, giving people a sneek peek of the delights to come. The first being staged in Kolkata, with Sabyasachi. If your look for your bridal outfits and need advice, you have to watch this wonderful interview by the editor of Vogue, Priya Tanna.

You can check out all the latest info about the Vogue Wedding Show by heading to Twitter and searching for the hashtag #VogueWeddingShow. We at Think Shaadi will be doing it religiously.

Image credits: Vogue Wedding Show &  Tarun Tahiliani