Mar 31, 2010 Fashion & Bridal Wear
Followed by a bridal preview at Lakme fashion week, Rocky S also showed a much larger bridal collection at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week in Delhi. Rocky says that Delhi is far bigger than Mumbai in sales, buyer volumes and quality and from next year, he will only be showing at Delhi. Whats Mumbai’s loss is Delhi’s gain – Rocky’s bridal range is a rage among NRI brides.
Talking about his collection to the media, Rocky said, “This is a very simple and traditional collection. I wanted it more for family… for a woman who is getting married; her sister can buy something, her mother can buy something. I wanted to keep it very traditional. So the colours are very pure…Indian colours. The fabrics are Indian… traditional embroidery is being used. I just wanted to stay away from black for a change”.
Highlight of the show were Hema Malini and daughter Esha who walked the ramp in maroon and green sari teamed with an embroidered burnt orange coloured blouse and heavily embroidered maroon and green bridal lehenga-choli respectively. Needless to say Hema stole the show!
Mar 31, 2010 Fashion & Bridal Wear
At the Wills India Fashion Week last month, Rabani & Rakha presented a collection consisting of elegant saris and glamourous gowns. Net Sarees with sequined/embroidered underskirt and leopart print petticoats looked pretty. The color palette consisting of shades of salamon, teal, grey and blacks was understated yet interesting. Necklines were plunging; bejewelled blouses and cholis were tiny – yet the look was chic!
Mar 24, 2010 Fashion & Bridal Wear
Over the years, we have had the opportunity to interview an eclectic mix of brides for our feature, “Real Brides, Real Style” where we profile inspirational and stylish real brides from India and abroad and focus on their personal style behind their wedding day look. Here we pick ten brides who have been a favorite of our readers.
Sabeena Rajpal, an Attorney at the U.S. State Department
Nishita Patwardhan, Owner of On Cue Productions
Deepika Ghuman, Graphics and web designer
Deepali Surti, Investment Banker
Romita Maitra, Brand Manager
Anisha Jangi, Ophthalmologist
Sabina Singh, Designer
Nisha Harale, Actress
Shipra Narang, United Nations Official
Mar 24, 2010 Wedding Photographers
The first Wedding Photographer of the Year (WPOY) award was hosted by Kodak and Better Photography magazine at the Hyatt Regency, Mumbai on 19th March, 2010. At the most awaited event for Wedding Photographers in India, the organisers showcased and announced the the Kodak Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the Year and the Best Wedding Photographers in six different categories.
Kodak Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the Year- Ranjan M Zingade
Bridal Portraiture- Jiten M Patel, Ahmedabad
Couple Portraiture- Vivek Sequeira, Mangalore
Family & Friends- Pradip Barrai, Kolkata
Emotions- Ranjan Zingade, Pune
Behind the Scenes- Anill Patil, Nashik
Photo Series- William Chang, New Delhi
Says Madhavan Pillai, Editor, Better Photography, “Wedding photography is an oft misunderstood, oft underestimated profession. This is despite the fact that it more exciting and satisfying than many other genres of photography. So, I am glad WPOY 2010 came to fruition. Wedding photographers now have annual awards on a national level that they can call their own”. The quest for India’s best wedding photographer started five months back through a grand scale pan India hunt. The organisers received thousands of entries and a jury of eminent photographers such as Fawzan Hussain, Ariz Aira, Rooshad Garda, Uzair Kharawala, Seshu Badrinath, Sephi Bergerson and Prakash Tilokani chose the final winners.
Mar 23, 2010 Celebrity Wedding Pictures
Arzoo Govitrikar and Siddharth Sabharwal’s post wedding party at Tote, Race Course was held on Thursday, 18th March, 2010. Arzoo looked stunning in an Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla creation: a dull gold net saree with gota work. Siddharth looked dapper in a Kenzo Suit. Arzoo’s good friends Mugdha Godse and Samita Bangargi, sister Aditi Govitrikar and her little daughter all wore beautiful white creations.
Click here to read about Arzoo’s traditional Maharashtrian wedding:
Pictures Courtesy: Bhushan Agarwal (M: +91 09930040712), Body Language Photography, Mumbai.
Mar 21, 2010 Celebrity Wedding Pictures
The Indian celebrities whose wedding was the most spectacular affair?
Tags: Abhishek Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai, Amit Bhatia, Anil Thadani, Arun Nayar, Bobby Chadha, Elizabeth Hurley, Hrithik Roshan, Karishma Kapoor, Priya Sachdev, Raj Kundra, Raveena Tandon, Ritu Beri, Sanjay Kapur, Shilpa Shetty, Suzanne Khan, Vanisha Mittal, Vikram Chatwal
Mar 20, 2010 Fashion & Bridal Wear
This was truly a decade that changed the face of Indian fashion. From Chandni Chowk to High couture – the bridal fashion has come a long way. And leading the charge were some designers who made traditional trendy. Here are our Ten favorite Bridal Designers of the Decade.
The undisputed queen of bridal couture, Ritu Kumar reinvented the bridal market in the noughties with innumerous brides clamouring to to own a Ritu Kumar original creation. She has a unique style of her own which includes beautiful fabrics, stunning colors and intricate zardozi, bandhani and chikan work – very traditional silhouettes but very classy and contemporary feel. It helped that many celebrity brides and Miss India contestants flaunted her lehengas in public eye.
Tahiliani believes a bride’s dream is, “Opulent, grand and majestic – and yet contemporary”. He’s dressed every major celebrity bride – from Elizabeth Hurley to Shilpa Shetty. Style, craftsmanship, quality and refinement are the defining symbols of Tarun’s garments. No wonder his lehengas and sarees are heirlooms and wearing a Tarun Tahiliani outfit is a defining moment for most brides.
His name is synonymous with Bollywood fashion and his starry clients include the Kapoor sisters, Kajol, Aishwarya, Preity and Urmila. Think of those gorgeous brides in Karan Johar movies and you know who dressed them – Manish Malhotra, tinseltown’s favourite designer. Very popular with the NRI set, his bridal outfits are all about breathtaking colors, rich fabrics, detailed textures and delicate embellishments.
The poster boy of Indian fashion industry understands Indian clothing, culture and mindset like no other designer. And his designs are far too eclectic to be understood by everyone but that’s where lies his appeal. A Sabyasachi is an absolute must-have for the well-heeled, from the socialites to Bollywood’s biggest stars and his bridal collections are usually sold out within says of launching. But what we love most is his sense of color – his palette consists mostly of earthy shades of olives, rusts, golds and rich browns. His clothes have a certain nostalgia about them – as if they belonged to beautiful women of an era gone by.
No one does opulence better than Valaya – without losing style and edge. His love for all things imperial translate into most gorgeous lehengas in silk brocade embellished with beadwork, embroidery, and crystals. Fit for a princess. Even more impressive is the fact that he has influenced men to drop their Armani suits and dress Indian to compliment their brides.
If you remember the exquisite and extravagant costumes of Jodhaa Akbar, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, and Devdas, you know what to expect from Neeta Lulla – the queen of bollywood costumes. From Bollywood biggies to business families – Neeta Lulla’s clientele swear by her signature flowing, diaphanous lehengas and saris. She has had her share of misses but then who doesn’t.
A favorite of the social set, his clothes please and tease at the same time. He is celebrated for reinventing and resurrecting age old techniques like gold leaf printing. His bridal ensembles have a sexy edge and yet an incredible attention to detail and construction. His lehengas will make any bride feel graceful, stylish, elegant and sensuous.
The designers are hailed for reviving chikankari and making it oh so desirable. Voluptuous fabrics, the most intricate embroidery and embellishment and the finest finishes—that’s their trademark. Known to be the favourites of the Bachchan family and having had their designs being worn on the Oscar red carpet by none other than Dame Judi Dench, Jani and Khosla are also a favourite amongst the sophisticated in the wedding market. Their chikan and zardozi lehenga and sarees are work of art – you just have to have them.
The grand dame of Bridals, Pallavi Jaikishan launched her label in 1972. Since then, she has enjoyed tremendous success and her ensembles have become heirlooms of sorts – passed on down the generations. Her clothes are unapologetically ethnic with rich embroideries, bold colors and motifs. Although, she likes to keep a low profile, her clients include women from top industrialist families, movie stars as well as wives of international heads of states.
“Ankur Batra is the hottest pick for super-rich Delhi brides. My bridal clients are picking atleast one if not many outfits from him”, says Vipul Bhagat, a makeup artist to brides from business magnate families. If you haven’t heard about him, it’s because he is very secretive about his designs. He doesn’t show at fashion events, doesn’t retail from stores and only meets clients by appointment if he’s sure you can afford him. And the clients’ love that clothes that they order are really exclusive and no one else owns anything like that.
Mar 19, 2010 Wedding People & Planners
Parthip Thyagarajan, Co-founder, WeddingSutra.com writes,
Ten years ago, Madhulika Mathur, my B-School classmate, shared with me the idea of a ‘Wedding’ portal borne out of her personal experience of planning a wedding. My instant reaction was ‘wow’. It didn’t take too much convincing on her part to get me to quit my secure ‘9 to 5’ job with India’s leading media and entertainment firm to co-found www.weddingsutra.com.
It’s been ten years of fun and excitement, tensions and challenges. Each day has been a phenomenal learning experience. In no other industry, do you get a chance to meet and work with people and organisations of such varied profiles. Creative professionals like fashion and accessories designers, jewellers, makeup and mehendi artists, photographers. Business/ Marketing Heads of beauty, lifestyle, fashion, travel and luxury brands, Web career enthusiasts like content writers, web programmers and graphic designers, Celebrities, models and socialites.
To celebrate our first decade in business, over the next ten days, we’ll feature a host of editorials and exciting polls. We’re also excited to announce the launch of a new-look WeddingSutra. We love the fact that the new-look design has the modern, stylish essence that our brand is about. Here’s a sneak preview– let us know what you think….
We’d also like to feature Ten responses from readers on ‘Why WeddingSutra is your favourite Website’. So write in (5-10 lines) with your photograph and tell us why.
Enough with the self-congratulations and now we raise our glasses to our readers who have made us a very important part of their lives.
Looking forward to Ten more exciting, challenging and fun-filled years!
Mar 18, 2010 Celeb Weddings to Watch out for
Rajasthan is set to witness Royal Wedding Celebrations this year. Last week, Prince Shivraj Singh, son of Maharaja Gaj Singh II of Jodhpur got engaged to the Princess of Askot in Uttaranchal. And early this year, Princess Padmaja Kumari of the royal family of Mewar (which manages HRH Hotels) got engaged to Kunwar Kush Singhji Parmar of Gujarat.
Prince Shivraj Singh, 34 had a life altering accident in 2005 when he fell off his horse during a polo match at the Rambagh Polo Ground. Since almost a decade, Royal family watchers have been waiting to hear about the wedding of one of India’s most eligible bachelors. The quiet engagement ceremony finally took place at the Umaid Bhawan Palace. Princess Gayatri Kumari of Askot is studying computer graphics and animation.
Padmaja Kumari, 29 studied in the US, worked with the Four Seasons Hotel New York and returned to Udaipur in 2006 to work with her father Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar on new initiatives for the HRH group of Hotels. The group has hosted some of the most high profile luxury weddings at their Jagmandir property. So the wedding of their own Princess is sure to be a high profile protocol-filled affair and the most luxurious wedding experience for every privileged guest. Parmar lives and works in the US, and after marriage Padmaja Kumari is expected to move there.
Padmaja Kumari Mewar and Kunwar Kush Singh ji Parmar
Mar 16, 2010 Fashion & Bridal Wear
Not a color you would expect to see on Katrina. But she totally works the Tarun Tahiliani anarkali outfit in beige with maroon bodice that got hidden under the dupatta. And that floor skimming hemline wouldnt look good on petite girls, Katrina is able to carry it off on her tall and slender frame.