Dec 23, 2009 Wedding People & Planners
The Park Hyatt Goa played host to the wedding of Moneesha Patwardhan and Essaji Vahanvati, son of Attorney General of India, Goolam Vahanvati. The wedding festivities were just that– a weekend celebration to rejoice for the couple. There were no pheras, sangeet, mehendi, nikha or any other formality after all it was a Goa wedding.
The bride and groom arrived along with their close friends on 11th December to be welcomed at the Park Hyatt with a High Tea followed by Feni Shots to get into the spirit of being in Goa. The cocktails were held at the popular Zeebop by The Sea with an exquisite Buddha Bar Lounge theme. There were some unique performances by a Crystal Juggler and an African Acrobatic Act.
The next day, a BBQ lunch was on the menu alongside an impromptu game of volleyball on the beach amongst the friends until sunset. The reception was a classy affair with the Suburban Jazz Ensemble keeping the crowd on the dance floor throughout the evening.
The wedding was planned and managed by Divya Chadha, Neha Chadha of AKA: A Klass Apart.
Dec 23, 2009 Fashion & Bridal Wear
We loved this feature by MSN on the Fashion Disasters of 2009. The feature proves that the worst-dressed celebrities are those from the world of style. So its mostly designers and models who feature on this list. Quite ironical, na!
The writer of this feature asks. How can the ‘worst dressed’ fashion designer (Pria Kataria Puri) dress up others? She makes us realise that even Tarun Tahiliani can churn out a disaster outfit for a beautiful bride (Shilpa Shetty). And we’re reminded (thanks to Priya Chatwal’s garbage bag inspired outfit) that money and designer brands do not equal good taste and beauty.
Lessons for all of us: Wear whatever you are comfortable with. Big name is not always beautiful. Follow trends, but don’t mindlessly pick what you imagine is trendy.
Shefalee Vasudev, the first and current Editor of Marie Claire has put in her papers. Shefalee earlier worked with India Today, and joined the Outlook group five years back when they decided to launch the prestigious women’s magazine in India. In the New Year Shefalee will work on completing her first book which is on Fashion and has simultaneous plans to return to mainstream journalism. Says Shefalee: “My assignment at Marie Claire was a turning point in my professional life giving me exceptional exposure and insight.”
Marie Claire has not announced the name of their new Editor yet but we’ve heard some of the most high-profile women feature writers are vying to get this coveted job.
Dec 18, 2009 Celeb Weddings to Watch out for
Aditi Govitrikar’s younger sister Arzoo is marrying Siddharth Sabharwal in March. Arzoo, a qualified engineer, followed her sister’s footsteps by opting for modelling as a career. Siddharth (he’s half-Sindhi, half-Punjabi) works in his family business and lives at Mumbai’s Worli Sea Face. Arzoo excitedly talked to WeddingSutra about her wedding plans: “Our wedding will be held at Panvel, where my parents live. For the wedding I’m wearing a traditional maharashtrian saree, for the mehendi/ sangeet I’ve picked a Bhairavi Jaikishen saree and for the post wedding reception at Tote, Race Course I’ll be wearing an Abu-Sandeep saree.” After marriage, Arzoo is keen to continue with her career in modelling: Siddharth’s mother was a model. So he’s very happy his future wife is a model too.”
Nina Manuel is marrying New York based billionaire Luv Shah. The wedding events in end-february include a Church Wedding at St Peters Church, a Mehendi/ Sangeet at Aurus and the Ganesh Puja at ISKCON Temple, Juhu. The Pheras/ Reception are at JW Marriott. Sometime back the intelligent, dusky model gave an interview where she mentioned she was relocating to New York to pursue studies in Styling/ Imaging. While Luv is the over-indulgent man who is completely ga-ga over the glamour princess (friends tell us he has pampered her with luxury stuff galore), we hear the chic Nina will continue to actively pursue modelling in New York and Mumbai since Luv has business interests here too. Here’s wishing Nina and Luv, all the very best!
Dec 15, 2009 Celebrity Wedding Pictures
After Hours, DNA has featured some of the costliest return gifts at high profile weddings in India.
- At the wedding of Vanisha (Laxmi Mittal’s daughter), every woman guest present at the Versailles Palace (wedding venue) was gifted a Gucci or Prada bag.
- At the wedding of Vasundhara Goenka (Harsh Goenka’s daughter) all the 1,000 guests were gifted a large silver artifact.
- Swati and Ajay Piramal hosted their daughter’s wedding at the Jaipur Palace. Select guests received a specially designed set of perfume and mineral water bottles. Designed by Swati Piramal and manufactured in France, the set of bottles is said to cost Rs 35,000!
Dec 15, 2009 Marriage & Wedding Trends
HT, Café has featured an interested article on the Favorite Baraat Songs from old-time and current Bollywood hits. Here’s their list:
- Aaj mere yaar ki shaadi hai
- Mehendi lagake rakhna (Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge)
- Bholi surat (Albela)
- Raja ki aayegi baaraat (Aah)
- Le jayenge le jayenge (Chor Machaye Shor)
- Mera naam chin chin chu (Howrah Bridge)
- Emosanal attyachar (Dev D)
- Jalwa (Wanted)
- Dhan te nan (Kaminey)
the top songs
- Main nikla gaddi leke (Gadar)
- Kajrare (Bunty Aur Babli)
- Dard-e-disco (Om Shanti Om)
- Dupatta tera (Partner)
- Chance pe dance (Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi)
- Bhootni ke (Singh is King)
Dec 14, 2009 People & Parties
Meera Mahadevia is one of the most beautiful designers in Mumbai. Heads turn when the accessory designer in her mid 40s attends an event. When Meera arrives, men and women of all ages watch in awe, admiring her traditional Indian features and of course her bag, jewellery and accessories. Meera started designing bags over two decades back and while she initially stocked her exquisite handbags at Melange, some years ago she began designing shoes, belts and jewellery too—which she stocks at select boutiques in India and abroad.
Meera has not marketed her creations aggressively because she herself is the best brand ambassador for her brand. Recently Meera joined the bandwagon of designers who showcase their muse. Meera’s muse is style diva Sheetal Mafatlal who was present with her and photographed alongwith Falguni Jhaveri, the owner of Fuel where the latest collection was showcased. But why did Meera who is synonomous with Indian fabrics and India inspired creations, associate herself with Versace loyalist Sheetal Mafatlal? Meera explains: “Sheetal Mafatlal has a regal air about her and my collection is like that so she fit the bill completely”.
While Meera Mahadevia showcased her latest collection at Fuel, another well-known accessory designer Malini Agarwala launched her new store in Juhu, alongwith Vikram Phadnis. Some years ago, Vikram Phadnis opened the store Jewel at Juhu, which shut shop soon, so we’re wondering how Agarwala and Phadnis will sustain this venture—especially at a time when many multi-designer stores have opened in Mumbai. At the launch function, Malaika arrived with husband Arbaaz and was dressed in a creation which closely resembled Shilpa Shetty’s reception dress. We don’t know why Malaika was over-dressed for the launch party of a store. Shutter-bugs clicked away, almost as if a celebrity bride was entering the wedding venue.
Dec 13, 2009 Celebrity Wedding Pictures
Dr Pritam Munde’s wedding was a traffic-stopping affair. Jesse Randhawa and Sandip Soparrkar’s simple wedding at ISCKON Temple, Juhu. Nagpur’s Jayaswal family hosts a lavish wedding in Thailand, post wedding receptions to be held in Delhi and Mumbai.
Dr Pritam’s (BJP politician Gopinath Munde’s second daughter) wedding was a traffic-stopping affair. As over a thousand VVIP’s headed towards the SSPMS grounds in Pune, traffic came to a stand-still in the area. Thousands of other guests attended this Royal Maratha wedding, managed by Wizcraft. There was a show of special crackers from Belgium and while disciples of Shehnai maestro Bismillah Khan performed. The catering was done by Sanjay Vazirani of Foodlink, who recently catered for Shilpa Shetty’s wedding in Khandala.
Jesse Randhawa and Sandip Soparkar’s simple wedding was held at ISCKON Temple, Juhu. Jesse looked pretty in a beige and brown princess style lehenga by AD Singh. She teamed it with traditional gold jewellery. Sandip wore a sherwani by Deepak Shah.
Swatee Jayaswal is the daughter of Nagpur based business tycoon Manoj Jayaswal. Her wedding in Thailand was an opulent and ostentatious affair. Swatee’s makeup for all the functions was done by makeup maestro Ojas Rajani who tells us more: “Swatee called me to do her makeup for all the functions – the engagement in Nagpur, the wedding and pre-wedding parties in Thailand and I’ll also be doing the make-up for the post-wedding reception in Delhi and Mumbai. Ojas tells us that Swatee’s dream wedding wear was designed by three different Delhi-based designers- Anjalee and Arjun Kapoor, Tarun Tahiliani and Ecru by Ankur Batra. Ojas will share the pictures with us soon. Watch this space for more!
So you’ve been admiring the beautiful clothes, jewellery and accessories of the celebs who’ve been attending weddings. Just in case you think that what they wear is their own, here’s the khabar from a designer who’s a regular face on Page 3. “When there’s a high profile wedding in town, a host of actresses, models and socialites go about borrowing clothes from me or my designer friends.”
While globally and in India, fashionistas always borrow clothes for special functions (especially awards), he explains the sudden need for borrowing clothes for weddings: “Recession meant less money for occasion wear. Since the press is now invited to weddings too, these celebs want to look their best and not repeat what they wore earlier.” Hence this is what media-conscious celebrities do: maintain a good relationship with a particular bridal wear designer and jeweller and they dial-a-dress or jewel piece when they’ve got to go for a wedding.
What about accessories? Stylist Pria Agni tells us more about the modus operandi of the fashionistas. “They obviously can’t buy too many Berkins or Louis Vuittons, Pradas or Jimmy Choos. So they share their prized bags and shoes among their friends. With ‘must-have’ accessories prized anywhere between Rs 10,000 and Rs 4 lakh it makes much more sense to share instead of buy? So the fashionista is actually a recessionista!”
The next time you see the style diva wear that exquisite saree, gorgeous handbag or stunning diamond neck piece you don’t need to envy her for what she has. Chances are, it’s not her own. Instead, be happier with whatever simpler stuff you’re wearing. The less expensive embroidered lehenga you bought with your first salary. Or the small pendant your mother gifted you on your 16th birthday. When you happily wear stuff bought with your own effort or gifted by your dear ones— the inner glow will show on your face, and you’ll look a million bucks, no matter what the price of what you wear.