The Think Shaadi Blogger Meet-Up

Think Shaadi Blogger Meet-Up Invite

Recently, we hosted our first ever London blogger meet-up, an opportunity for our existing Think Shaadi blogger team to meet a few of London’s enthusiastic bloggers and discuss interesting topics within the blogger universe. The sophisticated Villandry played the part of our perfect hub for the meet-up located on Great Portland Street.

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Villandry (Photo credit: Cherie City)

So let’s go ahead and meet the #ThinkShaadiMeetUp bloggers…

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Mandavi  from The Red Notebook Blog

Mandavi from The Red Notebook Blog works as a freelance fashion and personal stylist based in London. She studied at the London School of Styling with a background in digital design and fashion e-commerce. She joined Think Shaadi’s blogger team earlier this year, where her debut article focussed on the perfect wedding outfits for sisters.

Safeera from Habibi Lifestyle

Safeera from Habibi Lifestyle

Safeera runs Habibi Lifestyle, her blog covers Asian fashion and lifestyle. She studied journalism and currently freelances as an Editorial Manager. Habibi Lifestyle looks to include the full picture of what makes up the modern day Asian female.

Sara from Sara K Blog

Sara from Sara K Blog

Sara K Blog’s founder Sara is a British Asian fashion blogger, journalist and digital marketer in the working world. She created the blog last year in order to let British Asian women seek their own identity, without being dictated and inspire them through fashion. Sara’s blog has an interesting approach in the form of an online fashion blog magazine.

Jessica from The Deluxe Wedding Blog

Jessica from The Deluxe Wedding Blog

Jessica looks at all things luxury via her blogging platform, The Deluxe Wedding Blog. Jessica is a wedding planner and started her wedding blog venture in December 2014. She focusses on informing brides about different brands may it be fashion or stationary within the industry. She’s recently joined the Think Shaadi blogger team; have a read of her article here.

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Aditya from Mr Fashion Queen

Aditya from Mr Fashion Queen launched his blog in 2014. It focuses on online luxury fashion, looking at trends, celebrities, clothing & accessories from the western world. He gained a great deal of an international exposure after living and travelling in countries such as India, Singapore and Turkey.

And let’s not forget the hosts for the meet-up…

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Ben & Vic – #ThinkShaadiMeetUp hosts

Vic from Think Shaadi looks after their blogger community. Vic runs London Ki Ladki, an Asian fashion and food blog, and freelances in PR & Marketing by profession. She launched her blog last year with an aim to inspire British Asians on finding unique Asian fashion. From a food perspective, she focuses on discovering distinctive London restaurants to inspire others when eating out around the city of London.

The #ThinkShaadiMeetUp hosts engrossed in chat with Mandavi from The Red Notebook

Ben & Vic engrossed in chat with Mandavi from The Red Notebook

Ben joined Think Shaadi in January 2014 as editor, as well as running his own business, Mirza Creation which offers photography, designing, editor and copy-writing services. He was excited about the meet-up and pleased to meet such magnificent bloggers. 

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We were interested to know which brands everyone adored, and just to name a few Victoria Beckham, Rohit Bal, Manish Arora, Vera Wang and Dior made it to the favourite list. It was interesting to see how many of the brands mentioned were either American or Indian. For everyone, they felt as a blogger “no no” was slating brands and product placement within blog posts, which is a controversial topic as this can be deemed as being a way of being dishonest to your readers. In regards to challenges they felt they faced in the “bloggersphere” industry, it was the classic “quantity vs. quality” issue; when stakeholders want to collaborate with a blogger – they focus on the number of readers following the blog and it’s social media platforms, as opposed to looking beyond this at the quality of work and readers.

The meet-up was full of interesting discussion and immense laughter; a great deal of learnings came out of the meet-up that we all walked away with. As a result of such a triumphant meet-up, we hope to host another one soon! Thank you to those who joined us at the blogger meet-up, you were all an absolute delight and so enthusiastic and passionate about blogging! If you are an avid wedding, lifestyle, fashion or beauty blogger interested in joining Think Shaadi’s blogger team, then please email ben@thinkshaadi.com. 

Photography by Dev Joshi Photography

Vera Wang’s Spring 2016 Bridal Collection

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Vera Wang at Brown’s

Vera Wang began a sweeping transformation of the bridal industry in 1990 with the opening of her flagship salon at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City. Even today, the salon showcases bridal collections known for its’ sophisticated drama, feminine detailing and contemporary approach to design. Vera Wang’s renown unique fashion has dressed high-profile clientèle such as Michelle Obama, Emma Watson and Sandra Bullock. Last month brought the bridal haven that is Vera Wang’s Spring 2016 Bridal Collection to Vera Wang at Brown’s just off London’s infamous Bond Street.

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The collection caters for the millennial woman who is liberal and wants to feel free. It features soft floral French nets and attention to small floral details. Vera Wang conventionally uses traditional cuts and decided to take a different approach, and execute a collection with delicate flow and gorgeous light fabrics in soft white and cream hues. The show-stopper within the collection for me was the black corset-style bridal gown with black soft feathers that crafts the skirt. Not only does this look elegant and glamorous, but it creates a dramatic look and is certainly one of a kind to walk down the aisle in.



Vera Wang also announced the début of her Spring 2016 Bride Collection via a short film titled ‘Hotel Madrid’, directed by Gordon von Steiner; this is definitely worth watching.

If you want to look seductive through sophistication on your wedding day, then Vera Wang is your ultimate answer. See my favourite selection of bridal dresses from their collection below.

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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

Photo Credits: Vera Wang and London Ki Ladki

Think Shaadi Presents: The Blogger Meet-Up

Calling all fashion, beauty, lifestyle and wedding bloggers!

Calling all fashion, beauty, lifestyle and wedding bloggers!

Think Shaadi is growing quicker than ever and would love new bloggers to get on board as part of our Think Shaadi blogger team. If you are a fashion, lifestyle, beauty or wedding blogger and would be interested to join our team, we are selecting a number of bloggers to our blogger meet-up event taking place on Sunday 26th July 2015 in London. You will meet with some of our blogger team over a warm beverage and have a discussion and insight into Think Shaadi. In order to apply, please answer the following questions and send your answers to ben@thinkshaadi.com.

1. Why would you like to work with Think Shaadi?

2. What is your blog’s primary focus?

3. What are your favourite luxury brands?

4. Are you available on Sunday 26th July 2015? 

5. Please provide a list of your social media channel links and the link to your blog. 

Good luck! We look forward to your answers and hopefully meet with you soon!

Think Shaadi Blogger Team

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!

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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.

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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.

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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

Judith Leiber: Champion of Elegance and Style

Judith Leiber is a true style magician, able to create some of the most mesmerising purse and clutch bag designs in the world. Injecting her designs with the eccentric and avant-garde, from there fashioning them with the most beautiful jewels. Leiber’s designs have been sported by numerous starlets and big names in Hollywood, there isn’t one red carpet event where a Judith Leiber bag hasn’t been part of.

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Most recently at the New York Met Gala, where a procession of luxurious designer gowns were accompanied by a number of Leiber’s wondrous bags, Adriana Lima sported the Baguettes Goddess Clutch, for Behati Prinsloo the Shanti Peacock Crystal Minaudiere was the ideal accessory, Chrissy Teigen was seen with the Fluttering Geisha Clutch and Diane Kruger looked perfect with the Heart Crystal Minaudiere.

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Judith Leiber’s latest ‘Monogram’ collection mixes a distinctively eye catching yet minimalist style, drenched in Leiber’s trademark aesthetic. There’s an element of eccentricity underneath, as is to be expected. For inspiration, rather than shapes and animals this time, it was from patterns of the past that were drew fascination, a magnificent array of colourful, rainbow designs that are simply outstanding.

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Judith Leiber, along with Suneet Varma and Tarun Tahiliani, will be showcasing her ‘Monogram’ collection today, at the Think Shaadi Boutique event, an exclusive exhibit of some luxurious designs.

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Let us know what you think and by tweeting @thinkshaadi and @ShaadiEditor

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

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.

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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.

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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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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