Sep 28, 2011 Fashion & Bridal Wear
Bridal Asia hosted their fashion show on 26th September in New Delhi. The designers participating in Bridal Asia 2011 include Sabyasachi, Siddharth Tytler, Shantanu & Nikhil, Falguni & Shane Peacock, Pallavi Jaikishan and Raghuvendra Rathore. Here are the pictures of the fashion show.
The Jewellery paired with all the creations is by Punjab Jewellers- Rajeev Verma.
The Bridal Asia exhibition is from 30th September to 2nd October 2011 at Hotel Ashoka, New Delhi.
Shane Peacock (left), Siddartha Tytler (right)
Sep 26, 2011 Bridal Shows & Wedding Exhibitions
If you’re thinking India Bridal Week is a one-stop shop for brides looking for their dream ensembles you’re mistaken. The event at Hotel Sahara Star is actually a platform for couture designers to showcase their rich creations to Mumbai’s media and glitterati. One of the participating designers spoke to us in confidence: “I doubt if any to-be-brides or grooms actually attend India Bridal Week; the five-day event is basically a brand-building exercise for designers, and the focus is on generating a buzz in the media.”
Many of Mumbai’s socialites made it to Anjalee and Arjun Kapur’s show—two of Mumbai’s most sought-after ‘Celebrity Guest & Events’ managers were there. South Mumbai’s Sharmilla Khanna and Bandra’s Bhavana Pandey. Others present included Rhea Pillai, Madhoo Shah, Malini Agarwalla of Malaga and designers Seema Khan and Deepika Gehani. Rocky S and Vikram Phadnis’ show saw a lot of Bollywood personalities. Juhi Chawla, Shama Sikander, Ashish Choudury with wife Samita, Sophie Choudhury, Preeti Jhangiani and Lucky Morani.
Juhi Chawla, Ashish Chouhdary with Samita
Malini Agarwalla, Deepika Gehani
Sharmilla Khanna, Seema Khan, Bhavna Pandey, Rhea Pillai and Madhoo Shah
On Day 2, Bhairavi Jaikishan’s socialite friends turned up wearing her creations. Former model Tanaz Doshi who is married to industrialist Chirag Doshi looked prettiest in a saffron saree. Others who came wearing Bhairavi’s creations included Pooja Bedi, Nisha Javeri, Lata Patel and Kunika Singh. Tina Tahiliani Parikh of Ensemble and designer Shahab Durazi who is rarely seen at parties and fashion shows was also there.
Queenie Singh’s show (the clothes were done by Ramona Narang) just after Bhairavi’s show was again high on the celeb quotient. Roohi and Chetan Jaikishan, Rukhshana Eisa, Sharmilla Khanna, Dr Farhad Taraporvala, Kekashan Patel, Poonam Sinha and Zarine Khan.
Sanjay Khan and his family members wife Zarine, daughters Simone and Suzanne were the star guests at Adarsh Gill’s show. The Khans are old friends of Adarsh Gill and Zayed Khan alongwith Dia Mirza were the showstoppers for the show.
Pooja Bedi, Nisha Javeri and Kunika Singh in saris by Bhairavi Jaikishan, Bhairavi Jaikishan with Shahab Durazi
Ramona Narang, Roohi Jaikishan
Poonam Sinha, Zarina Khan and Suzanne Roshan
Rukhshana Eisa, Tanaz Doshi
Sep 23, 2011 Fashion & Bridal Wear
As a little girl Bhairavi Jaikishan would spend a lot of time at her mother’s fashion studio, and fashion designing was the most natural career choice for the daughter of celebrated designer Pallavi Jaikishan. So after completing her textile designing at Sophia College, Bhairavi went on to study fashion designing in the United States and then returned to Mumbai where she set up her label ‘Bhairavi Jaishan’ in 1987.
Bhairavi is participating at a Fashion Week for the first time– she showcases her collection ‘The Enchanted Garden’ at India Bridal Week on 24th September. Bhairavi retails bridal and occasion wear at her store in Juhu and she is showing her creations on the ramp, after almost a decade. Says Bhairavi: “Family commitments have kept me very busy, now my sons are 9 and 5 years old, so I can now devote a little more time to work”. Unlike most designers, Bhairavi is rarely seen at glamorous dos and she and her businessman husband prefer to spend their free time with family and close-friends only. “I’m a very private person”, states Bhairavi “I don’t even have a Facebook account, even though all my friends are cajoling me to get on to FB.”
Bhairavi says her clothes are inspired by life in general, and her collections are a lot about feelings. She says: “It’s all about feeling beautiful and confident, and not just about looking beautiful.” At India Bridal Week, Bhairavi will showcase sarees, lehengas, ornate kurtas. “The classic, traditional creations have been given an avante garde modern touch while retaining the richness of embroidery, detailing and texture”, she adds.
Bhairavi’s late father Shankar Jaikishan, was the eternal prince of Hindi film music, did she ever toy with the idea of making a career in film and music? “Not films, but if I had a good voice, I would have loved to be a singer”, she says. One of her father’s last compositions- Zindagi Ek Safar Hain Suhana from Andaz, is her favourite composition, and her other favorites include Baharon phool barsaon, Mera joota hai Japani and Aaja sanam.
Pallavi and Bhairavi Jaikishan
Bhairavi’s collection will be showcased at India Bridal Week on 24th September
Sep 22, 2011 Fashion & Bridal Wear
One of our favorite designers, Ritu Kumar dresses up the ladies in Dia Mirza’s first production, Love Breakups Zindagi. The snapshots from the film show gorgeous bridal wear from the designer’s bridal brand “Ri”. Dia Mirza, who was first dressed by Ritu Kumar during her Miss India reign more than a decade back, looks breathtaking in her designs.
Sep 19, 2011 Fashion & Bridal Wear
At a press conference to announce the line-up of designers of India Bridal Week (to be held between September 23-27 in Mumbai), Vijay Singh the organiser of the event, and Vivek Kumar, of Aamby Valley, the sponsors spoke about what couture is to the world, bridal is to India, and how it makes so much sense to organise a Fashion Week dedicated to the bridal segment.
(From left to right) models in creations by Falguni-Shane Peacock, Vikram Phadnis and Neeta Lulla
While the designer showcase at last year’s India Bridal Week was not-so-impressive we’re looking forward to a much better showcase this year—thanks to the participation by Trousseau king Tarun Tahiliani (the grand finale designer), and the grand dame of Indian couture Pallavi Jaikishan. More than anything we can’t wait to see what Falguni and Shane Peacock will present here. In the last few months the husband-wife duo has been making big news, thanks to the edgy dresses they’re creating for international stars. Will they lend a rather edgy touch to their bridal wear too, making it refreshingly different from those created by many other designers?
Kangana Ranaut the Face of the Aamby Valley India Bridal Week wore a saree by a newer designer Delhi-based Jyotsna Tiwari.
Kangana Ranaut in a creation by Jyotsna Tiwari. Model in a creation by Anjalee and Arjun Kapoor
Sep 16, 2011 Wedding Photographers
It was the first of the series of ‘Secrets of Wedding Photography’ workshops that will take place in many cities in India. With celebrated wedding photographers like Milind Ketkar and Ranjan Zingade winner of Wedding Photographer of the Year 2009, as speakers, the atmosphere was expected to be electric. And the Puneites did not disappoint. The turnout itself was proof of the fact that no matter what your experience is in wedding photography, there is something in it for everyone.
For an Air India Pilot, who could not pursue his childhood passion of photography earlier but was now eager to learn, it was looking at photography in a completely new light. For Parna Banerjee, a homemaker who wants to make a career in wedding photography, the workshop was the platform to understand the market requirements, what to do and how to go about it to make it big. Anand Patankar, Head of marketing of a German firm with a deep interest in photography stated: “This workshop a must-experience for new photographers. What I would have learnt only after covering 5-6 weddings, I have learnt here in just a couple of hours.”
Anand Patankar, Head of marketing of a German firm, says the workshop is a must-experience for new and budding wedding photographers. Parna Banerjee, a homemaker now wants to make a career in wedding photography
|Pruthviraj Ranavade, fashion
photographer loves wedding photography
because it gives him a chance to learn about
It was not only part-time photographers who found it useful. For Pruthviraj Ranavade, a full-time fashion photographer, it was refreshing and surreal. “I love exploring different cultures which is why I want to pursue wedding photography too and this workshop has allowed me to look at people with many different perspectives through the lens. Milind Ketkar’s shots were a great insight into the kind of angles to choose for a frame to make it look unique”, he said. Then there was Parag Shinde who is into photography since 25 years and exclusively into wedding photography for the last 8 years. Even after so many years in the business, he says attending Better Photography workshops always give him something new to experiment with. And that is what brings variation in his work.
Milind Ketkar and Ranjan Zingade shared a lot of practical experiences with participants. There was a complete module on how to approach the client and a module on what unique things they do today to delight customers. They also discussed various photographic techniques, how to improve the quality of photograph, how to control low light situations and use artificial light creatively. Whether it was the innovative questionnaire at the end gauging at what level you are at, as a photographer or the very interactive Q & A sessions, the atmosphere was electric.And at the end of the workshop, participants sure looked enthused, their heads buzzing with numerous fresh ideas.
Report by Jaspreet Soni (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sep 13, 2011 Fashion & Bridal Wear
While designer lehengas are all-popular, let’s accept another fact—many brides don’t want to spend a bomb on embroidered lehengas and sarees. For brides on a budget, here are 5 gorgeous outfits for the pre-wedding functions.
Maroon net lehenga with shimmer inner, rich work choli and matching net dupatta. Embellishments include antique sequins, glossy stones, cutdana, jari, resham embroidery, diamantes
Price- Rs 13,600
Violet georgette lehenga choli and turquoise net dupatta. Adorned with sparkling sequins, stones, diamantes, jari, cutdana and gota patti work.
Price- Rs 22,500
Blue kalidar lehenga saree fashioned on shimmer georgette and net, with blooming sequins, cutdana, stones, beads, jari, resham and kundan work.
Price- Rs 8950
Maroonish magenta saree with net pallu and velvet brasso skirt. The patch border is decorated with glittering diamantes, sequins, stones, cutdana and dabka work.
Price- Rs 9650
Navy blue georgette saree with narrow border and silver piping and adorned with shimmering pearls, cutdana, stones, dabka work.
Price- Rs 9250
If you’d like to purchase any of these creations write to
email@example.com or call Agarwal Sarees, Kolkata on +91 9330439177
Sep 8, 2011 Fashion & Bridal Wear
Rahul Mishra’s new collection, jaama… signifies the attire of great Mughals with graphics inspired by the opulent domes of the Islamic art & architecture. If you are looking for lightweight lehengas for your wedding festivities, this beautiful handcrafted line in Chanderi and silks has plenty to offer.
Sep 7, 2011 Destination Weddings
If you wish to host a destination wedding in a temple town, the Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay would be the perfect venue. The Resort is owned by South India’s famous jewellers, the GRT group and run by the Carlson group under the banner ‘Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay’. The beach resort is located in the seaside town of Mamallapuram, and its special features are that it has the biggest Ballroom in the Coromandel Coast and the longest pool in India.
Anish and Anushka hosted their winter wedding at the Radisson Blu Resort
At Radisson Blu Resort Temple Bay you can have an opulent and exotic or simple and elegant wedding affair. You can choose to have an indoor wedding at their expansive ballroom or a function near the beach at their beautiful lawns by the bay. You can even host a pre-wedding function near the picturesque Shore Temple- a UNESCO heritage site, located very close to the resort. The big advantage of hosting a wedding here, is its accessibility—Mamallapuram is a little more than an hour away from the city of Chennai. The resort has a helipad too!
Mamallapuram was a 7th century port city of the Pallava dynasty. Today, it offers a peek into the opulent life of the rulers of ancient India.
The entrance to the Resort lit-up for a wedding
The Resort’s ballroom is in the biggest in the Coromandel coast and it
has the longest pool in India
Celebrity Blogger Miss Malini is tying the knot at a beach-theme celebration in Goa. She talks to Weddingsutra about her wedding wear and her favourite shopping haunts.
I’m a lucky girl I get to have TWO weddings! The first one is in Dhaka on December 20-21st, which will be more traditional with an Akht-Gaye Holud-Reception, the second one is more for friends and fun in Goa on February 10-11th with a mehendi-sangeet-baraat-pheras-cocktails at Montego Bay and Marbela Beach Resort in Morjim Goa (Marbela is my ultimate dream wedding destination, so psyched I got it!). It’s a beach theme so everything from the invites to the setting will be chosen keeping that in mind. For instance I want my invitations to be glass bottles with a rolled up scroll inside, like a “message in a bottle”.
Miss Malini with designer Anita Dongre
Miss Malini with Anita Dongre and Candice Pereira of Marry Me- The Wedding Planners
For the sangeet I’ve picked a cute pink lehenga from Anita Dongre’s latest collection, I’m trying to decide whether to go with a gold high neck choli or a ruffled pink one. Anita is also designing a short lehenga in ink blue for my Mehendi as well as the rest of my clothes for Dhaka and Goa! I’m sourcing all my jewellery from Anmol Jewellers in Bandra (they did Shilpa Shetty and Lara Dutta’s wedding jewellery too!)
Best go-to spots for brides in Mumbai
I’m not a panicky bride (at least not yet) my advice would be to stay updated about designer showcases, sales and only immediately buy something only if you really love it, chances are something prettier and more flattering will come along if you just give it another go.
I am a self-proclaimed domestically challenged desi bride so I’ve left my major wedding decisions to my fabulous wedding planners Marry Me Weddings. Since Candice of Marry Me Weddings does this for a living I’ve asked her to compile her top five go-to spots for you!
1. For your wedding and trousseau, start by making a list of your functions and/or outfits and then look through magazines and collect as many magazine clippings to make things easier. Apart from the designer wear, Sagar Couture is also worth checking it for its fabulous range of fabrics. Troy Costa does great menswear, and is the best person to make sure your groom’s clothes perfectly complement yours!
2. I say go all out and splurge (if you feel like) on your footwear! You will most likely get a lot of use out of them, even after the wedding. So if you have been eyeing that pair of Jimmy Choos or Louboutins for a while, this is the best time to indulge. Your best option would be to buy your shoes if you are travelling overseas. The styles, fit and comfort is unbeatable. If you must buy in India, Rinaldi is a great option. Her bling shoes are perfect for the Indian bride and comfortable too.
3. Meera Mahadevia’s bags are stylish and luxurious perfect for the Indian bride. Keep a stash of emergency items in this stylish bag and hand it over to your best friend who will most likely be around you most of the night. As a bride, I always say it’s best to keep your hands free, but if you must have a bag – it has to be super stylish!
4. Don’t forget about your skin! Drink lots of water, exercise and don’t go on a binge diet. It will show. For facials in Mumbai I recommend Vinu in Khar who does a fabulous job and uses some amazing products!
5. ‘Tip Top’ store is fabulous for bangles and bindis. The range and options available there are unbeatable!