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.

Vogue Wedding Show 2015: The rundown

The Vogue Wedding Show 2015 kicked off in magnificent style at New Delhi’s hub of luxury, The Taj Palace Hotel on August 7th. A three day, invitation-only event, it saw the Crème de la Crème of the luxury industry, from designers to wedding planners, converge. We at Think Shaadi were on the ground from the first day, getting a first hand account of all the amazing designs, masterclasses and conversations on offer. Accompanying us for photography and cinematography were the ever cool and highly talented Ronnie and Shivali from Stories by Joseph Radhik.

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It began with the ornate hotel transformed into a giant luxury circus, with stadium like proportions. Always praised for being the most “breathable” of wedding fairs, whereas many feel cramped and thrown together, Vogue makes sure to plan the event with military precision, giving spacial awareness a priority. This year was no different, with each area given its own enclave. We saw each artisan look at ease, as they presided over their own unique space.

For day one, we were treated to a masterclass, by Vogue India’s Fashion Director Anaita Shroff Adajania. The class was packed out, with brides-to-be and others. Anaita’s main advice was that essentially brides should always follow their instincts when it comes to choosing their wedding attire.

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Continuing with day one, the second much-anticipated discussion took place, with, Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Vogue India’s Fashion Features Director Bandana Tewari getting into conversation, with the brand and designer exclusively announcing their upcoming collaboration. It was an exciting and intriguing talk.

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With over 50 weddings experts, from a variety of fields, coming together, our goal was to see as many as possible. From the world of high-end fashion, we were spoiled for choice, with the likes of Manish Malhotra, Monisha Jaising, Ritu Kumar, Sabyasachi, Shantanu & Nikhil, Tarun Tahiliani, Varun Bahl, Vineet Bahl and more.

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Now, weddings are incomplete without jewellery and the Vogue Wedding show featured the finest selection of decadent bridal gemstones by jewelers including Anmol Jewelers, Amrapali, BN Jewellers, Bharany’s, Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas, Diacolor – Fine Contemporary Jewels, Hazoorilal By Sandeep Narang, Hazoorilal Legacy – South Extension, Khanna Jewellers, Kishandas & Company for Sabyasachi, Mehta & Sons, Raj Mahtani, Rose, Sunita Shekawat Jaipur, Tibarumals Jewellers, Bespoke Vintage Jewels and Gehna Jewellers.’

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Taking about gifting, accessories and a special sari pavilion and here are our highlights: The majestic collection from bespoke couturier for invitations Puneet Gupta in collaboration with Swarovski was a huge hit for us, with creations that push the boundaries of invitation design.

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Luxury stole designers Ezma invoked an ultra contemporary store design for their display.

As the show rolled into day two, we and other guests attended a workshop by make-up doyenne Namrata Soni, who broke down the many facts and myths and instructed guests on how to wear make-up to fit with a variety of bridal events.

We also saw masterclasses by celebrity nutritionist Kinita Kadakia Patel who gave some great tips for brides-to-be on how to look good through wellness and nutrition. Renowned wedding planner Vandana Mohan gave some invaluable insights, also skin-care specialist Dr. Harshna Bijlani focused on tips and techniques on how to get a flawless, glowing skin.

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Swati & Sunaina are now renowned for their collection of Indian woven textiles. Their display was influenced, of course, by the treasures of ancient Indian textile design.

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Isharya jewelers sea of gold was an eye-catching moment.

The final day we had a chance to sit in a masterclass with leading wedding planner Vandana Mohan from The Wedding Design Company. It was brilliant to hear from the person behind some of the biggest Indian weddings ever to take place in India and abroad.

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Over the course of the three days we were also given exclusive interviews with fashion designers and jewelers who showcased at the show.

Sabyasachi’s display of his latest collection was a feast of tradition and heritage, with deep, rich colours, consisting mainly of reds, oranges and vintage gold adornments. He has retained that signature style of making vintage elements work so effortlessly with the contemporary. It was the elaborate pattern’s that really grabbed our attention, mixing a variety of both rural and aristocratic floral themes.

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Jewellery was in abundance. We caught a gorgeous display with Tarang Arora of Amrapali, the jewellery designers whose creations echo the beauty of ancient arts and crafts, with evocative ornamentation and playful themes.

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We were delighted to see Manish Malhotra at the Vogue Wedding Show, his collection was displayed among a beautiful selection of flowers, emphasising the feel of an opulent boudoir. The designs were intensely feminine, brocaded with intricate stitching and created a strong sense of fun and frivolity.

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Sunita Shekhawat emerged from the ancient surroundings of Jaipur, and uses the techniques of ‘Meenakari’ to create stunning pieces of jewellery. We spoke to Design Director Niharika Singh Shekhawat, who was very passionate about the special bridal jewellery they create.

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Tarun Tahiliani’s display felt very intimate. A marvelously eclectic array of themes, ranging from the formal to the informal, the delicate to the strong, were channeled into this collection. He amazed us as always, bringing a myriad of differing influences to the forefront.

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We caught up with mumbai based Kiran Datwani of Gehna Jewelers and she was gracious to take us through their new bridal collection.

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Working under the banner of “progressive unification” Shantanu & Nikhil were a delight, showcasing a collection that fused together the avant-garde with age-old formality. Their display was all about capturing the essence of imperial grandeur, which the idea for this collection grew from.

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A fairly new face on the scene, Anita Dongre quickly rocketed into the stratosphere with her collections, and now she is one of India’s premier designer. For the show, her display was all about the vibrancy of youth, with a collection that focused on freedom and sex appeal.

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Varun Bahl’s global outlook on fashion has perfected year by year, with each collection he surpasses himself. For the show, Varun displayed a collection that was whimsical in the best way, with the feel of an autumnal garden, exhibited in an exhibit of muted colours.

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Rose jeweler’s are immersed in tradition, with influences that range from Mughal art and architecture, to nature and traditional Indian textiles. They have become the favourite for brides looking for a showstopper piece of jewellery. At the Vogue Wedding Show, Rose made an impact with their display, featuring a variety of outstanding gemstones from diamonds to rubies.

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Sania Maskatiya, the only Pakistani designer at the show, offers sleek and streamlined designs that have a distinct youthful feel. Her collection blew us away, with their diverse range of patterns and inventive use of colours and styles.

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It was an outstanding three days, and we at Think Shaadi enjoyed every minute of it. Stand by for our collection of exclusive interviews from the show.

Special thank you to Joe, Hema and Puya for all their help in covering the event!

Image Credits: Stories by Joseph Radhik

BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2015: Suneet Varma

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The finale of BMW India Bridal Fashion Week was rightly given to the amazing designer Suneet Varma. Based on the grandeur of the Ottoman Empire and the arts and literature of Persia, this collection features an array of both vibrant and pastel coloured lehengas in hues of pink, red, gold, and blue with heavy, intricate embroidery. Impeccably styled, the outfits feature feathered accessories and opulent headpieces handmade with beaten metal in antique shades of gold.

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With head-turning collections, only Varma can truly describe his work and inspiration, “My world is about creating a dream- it is a chaotic place that I live in day in day out as I work on the collection. From the inspiration, to the sets, accessories and the music of the show- it builds up like an enormous surge and I treat it like a vast ocean of endless possibilities. And in the midst of all this chaos is the woman who is the true source of my inspiration and the collection is always her story.”

Image Credit: India Bridal Fashion Week, Suneet Varma, Harper’s Bazaar India, Elle India

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: JJ Valaya

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Known for extravagance, JJ Valaya kept to his name with his show at BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2015. Named ‘The Bolshoi Bazaar’, and inspired by the architecture of Moscow, this show featured stunning bridal and party wear in tones of red, blue and gold with intricately panelled embroidery. Gorgeous head dresses ruled the runway emphasized with pearls, tassles, beads and long draped scarves.

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Taking inspiration from different countries is what influences Valaya’s collections. Along with gorgeous embroidery, his designs incorporate digital printing and appliqué on a variety of silk fabrics. JJ Valaya’s collections are made for the bride who loves extravagance and bit of drama in her attire.

Photo Credits: BMW India Bridal Fashion Week, JJ Valaya

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: Tarun Tahiliani

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Aptly named ‘Our New Eclectic World’, the collection presented by Tarun Tahiliani at BMW India Bridal Fashion Week includes feminine silhouettes created through light-weight fabric layered gowns, lehengas and sarees. This collection brings a Western touch to Tahiliani’s designs, giving them a modern and elegant affect.

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Combining ancient Indian artistry with the latest fashion trends and techniques, Tahiliani describes the collection as ‘A visceral blend of classic draping, poetic construction, opulent textiles and intricate embellishments. There is a need for an intelligent and seamless fusion of our past and present.’ And how right he is! The designs in this collection are collectibles and can be worn now and in years to come.

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This collection is perfect for the modern bride who wants a traditional touch in her outfits. Taking into account that this collection has been in the creation process for over a year, and that it includes Indian and French embroidery techniques, the craftsmanship is one of a kind. A master dream-weaver, Tarun Tahiliani brings a woman’s fashion dreams to life through his decadent designs, and as Tahiliani says, ‘Real luxury is when you indulge purely for yourself’.

Photo Credits: BMW India Bridal 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: Manish Malhotra

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Manish Malhotra is one designer who I follow religiously. I absolutely love everything about him. His recent collection has shown just how awesome his talent is. Malhotra will go to any extent with the choice of his colours. His daring character bring two worlds together. colours which you wouldn’t think go together, are combined and look spectacular with the magic touch of Malhotra.

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Along with being a famous fashion designer, he practically works with every Bollywood movie and designs the most the fabulous clothes.  Malhotra’s pulse is getting quicker as we get closer to the event of ‘The Empress Story’ #IndiaCoutureWeek. Malhotra also gives a glimpse of his collection in the Elle magazine.

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India Couture Week 2015 is a fun filled week from  29 July 2015 – 2 August 2015. it is where 11 shows are taking place and designers showcase their collections under one roof.

 

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The Empress Show revealed some stunning pieces by Manish Malhotra. looking at a wide range, you can see the great attention he has put on embroidery. Looking closely at some pieces, you can see the hand stitched embroidery which has been carefully crafted. This gives the style a class look.

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Photos courtesy of Manish Malhotra, Boldsky.com and Harper’s Bazaar India

AICW 2015: Varun Bahl

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My favourite style from the Varun Bahl’s new collection is the plain outfit with the heavy embroiled scarf. This gives a beautiful finish to the outfit. id wear this sort of outfit to a formal occasion, as it gives the person a celebrity glamorous look. wearing this to an awards evening would most certainly cause attention. Bahl has created this look on his spree collection too, where he has left the spree blouse and skirt plain then having the drape with maximum embroidery.

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Bahl’s ‘Mantra’ for the season is to keep it simple. This is exactly what he has done.  Despite sticking to simple he is known for his embroidery, so he has also kept that in tact by combing both and bringing something unique yet beautifully elegant. Varun’s collection this season most certainly defines the feminine woman.

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New Delhi: Model wearing designer Varun Bahl's creation at the Amazon India Couture Week (AICW) 2015 in New Delhi on July 31, 2015. (Amlan Paliwal/IANS)

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Bahl’s other style which I love is the volume he has added to his outfits.The  addition of layers under skirts or dresses, make it perfect for an evening occasion, providing a red carpet look.

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Varun Bahl became famous in Italy and he was awarded the ‘Best of the Season’ award in 2004 from 20 other competing designers.He is also know for his ‘innovative use of exclusive fabrics and the intricate detailing of his work.’

By Rehana Lila

Photos courtesy of Varun Bahl, Harper’s Bazaar India and Boldsky.com

AICW 2015: Rohit Bal

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This season, Rohit Bhal has focused on floral prints. Even if it is a small part on the outfit, Bhal keeps the theme consistent throughout his collection. With the warm colours chosen, these outfits would suit any skin tone and brilliant for the wedding seasons as well as the weather.

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Bhal has used these prints in the right places. For occasion wear, he has carried the prints on the skirts which brings out a dramatic look and will turn heads no matter what occasion. For the more simply look he places the prints on either a top corner or bottom of a dress, which again gives a simple touch and can be worn on days where you want to simply enjoy the sunshine.

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The neutral colours are aimed for the simple yet elegant look and the vibrant, are for special occasions. Rohit Bal today has a significant presence in all the cities of India. He is considered a ‘maverick’ talent who never disappoints. His work most certainly proves how he is well known to handcraft and paying great attention to detail. Bhal’s passion doesn’t just revolve around fashion but he also launched his first restaurant ‘Veda’ in New Delhi. Rohit’s way to show his creative talent is portrayed through what he does and he brings this out through some of the work which he has Shown in major fashion capitals all over the world.

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Another major achievement is through achieving a partnership with International shoe designer, Christian Louboutin.

By Rehana Lila

Photos courtesy of Harpers Bazaar India and Rohit Bal