Mar 20, 2012 Fashion & Bridal Wear
By Jaspreet Soni
Classic yet contemporary are what define Sheffali Hegde Rai’s designs. Sheffali frequently exhibits abroad for NRI clients who love the majestic and chic looks she creates.
Hot pink and pista green net saree
The hot pink and pista green saree is fashioned on net with a velvet border. Swarovski and diamante with pitta work on the border and buttis all over—for the sangeet, reception or an evening event.
Peacock green double layered lehenga
The duppatta is pre-attached to the corset giving the illusion of a saree drape. The two layered lehenga with a fitted hip belt embellished with silver, diamantes and pearls oozes style & elegance.
Mango and sea green anarkali with antique work
Net and raw silk Anarkali heavily embellished with antique silver, pearls and colored stones. To balance the traditional look, it has one shoulder and a contemporary texture on the torso.
Reddish maroon lehenga with antique kundan work
Reddish maroon fitted lehenga with a brocade and silk corset. The antique kundan, pearl work with silver and diamante all over the skirt give it a very rich look. If you’re wearing it for the wedding, team it with heavy kundan or uncut jewelery and drape the dupatta over your head for a very traditional look.
Purple and green net and brocade lehenga
The colors are modern but the styling traditional. Perfect for brides who do not like to go the ‘red’ way, worn with a velvet choli with long brocade sleeves and a net lehenga with a brocade skirt underneath.
Black lehenga with Swarovski and diamante work
The black net lehenga with sequined lining underneath and pure silk corset gives the illusion of a one piece gown. Perfect for an evening party, Indo western cocktail or even a reception where the bride does not want to wear a very heavy ensemble.
Purple and green two-piece saree
The two piece saree has a brocade skirt with pre-stitched pleats and a second layer of net dupatta pre-stitched on the shoulder.
Maroon and gold raw silk lehenga
The raw silk bridal lehenga uses the traditional maroon and gold combination. A velvet blouse and net dupatta with velvet border beautifully embellished with zardosi, antique, diamante, silver.
Orange pink fitted lehenga with emeralds
Orange pink raw silk Indo-western lehenga, the fish cut skirt defines the silhouette beautifully and the emerald frill at the bottom complements the silver, emerald and light gold work.
Red and gold Chinese brocade lehenga
This fish-cut bridal lehenga is styled using Chinese brocade and net dupatta.
Sea green and purple lilac sequined lehenga
This net lehenga has a net dupatta pre-attached, for the saree effect. The raw silk choli has beautiful cut work and gathered sleeves. Silver and colored sequins work run through the entire dress.
Pinkish orange lehenga with emerald, swarovski and silver work
Very feminine pinkish orange lehenga designed to give the illusion of a saree, embroidered with very intricate emerald, swaroski, silver and stone work.
Ferozi frill saree with lumpy border
This fusion chiffon saree has a pre-stitched skirt, the frills give a nice twist to the regular saree and the lumpy border adds to the ruffled look. Nice pick for your best friend’s wedding!
Lilac net lehenga with silver sequins and stone work
The lilac net lehnga has silver sequined under-layer to create a dramatic silvery lilac tone.
Sheffali Hegde Rai retails at Khar (West), Mumbai. Her contact numbers are 09916100500, 07738171500 and 09819788051
Dec 30, 2011 Fashion & Bridal Wear
A destination for bridal wear ‘Kalki’ at Worli and Santacruz (W) in Mumbai caters to all the needs of a bride’s trousseau. From stunning lehenga cholis, rich designer sarees, elegant churidar kurtas to wedding accessories and an incredible range of fabrics, they offer a classic and timeless collection.
Shishir Gupta of Kalki spoke to WeddingSutra to tell us what’s popular at Kalki and what brides are wearing this season.
Gold is the most popular color this season, and the embroideries- antique zardozi with pearls.
Our price points for sarees range from Rs 4,000 to Rs 70,000. The non-bridal lehengas range from Rs 15,000 to Rs 45,000 and the exclusive bridal lehengas are priced between Rs 45,000 and Rs 3 lakh plus.
For the Mehendi many brides are looking at ensembles with an interesting cut—like a knee length uneven dress/skirt teamed with a corset. For the Sangeet, an Angarkha style top with a long skirt/lehenga. For the Cocktail, it’s a gown with gorgeous Swarovski stone work. For the Wedding the cut and the colours vary a lot, depending on the community the bride hails from and what she’s expected to wear on the Big Day.
Kalki is located at Prime Plaza, SV Road, Santacruz (West) and Nita Building, Annie Besant Road, Worli.www.kalkisarees.com
Jun 23, 2011 Fashion & Bridal Wear
Everyone loves to dress at their best for a wedding. But what do you do if the weather is hot and humid? Bridal wear specialist Soojata Kothari lists some must-knows and must-avoids.
Fabrics and Colors
Velvets, thick silks, heavy brocades are a no-no as they don’t allow the body to cool. Pick georgettes, chiffon, net, crepe brocade or lace in light and pastel shades.
Brocades, satin, spun silk and velvet in dark colors are perfect for winter.
Avoid over-the-top diamante work or creations with heavy zardozi and big stones. Pick creations with small Swarovski stones, kardana, aari (fine zari) and kundan work.
Go for free flowing ensembles, preferably with one layer. If you’re wearing a fitted ensemble choose a fabric that is softer, to avoid allergies.
Grooming, Accessories and Fragrances
1. Always use a talcum powder before you use a deodorant and before you wear a heavy saree or grand ensemble. Wear the powder/ deodorant or perfume on your clean skin only and never apply it on an expensive outfit.
2. If you’re getting a sleeved outfit ask the designer to fit sweat-pads. Else make sure you buy sweat-pads (now available at most large departmental stores in India)
3. Always dry-clean the outfit after you wear it for the first time. This is because the outfit has passed through several hands, before it is delivered to you.
4. Avoid lots of flower on the hair or heavy eye-shadow and make-up.
5. Pick lighter jewellery for the neck, so you feel comfortable, and can avoid any possible skin allergy.
Soojata Kothari’s studio is in Khar, Mumbai. She specialises in custom-made Bridal wear and also offers Personal Shopping services. She can be reached on 9820072979.
May 18, 2011 Fashion & Bridal Wear
Featured Designer – Payal Singhal
Payal Singhal established her label in 2000 to fill a niche for eclectic Indian clothing for young women of her age. Now thanks to a global design sensibility the label stocks in various countries and travels with its unique mobile trunk shows all over the world. The next trunk show is in NYC on 20th and 21st May (click here for more details).
Payal spoke to WeddingSutra on her style and what brides want
Q- Tell us a little about your ensembles?
Payal Singhal creations are very feminine with fine detailing. Ultra-chic and eclectic the silhouette is flowy, the embellishments intricate and the look very elegant and graceful.
Q- What inspired your latest collection of bridal wear?
This season, I have designed very stylish creations with less embroidery. For brides seeking rich yet light lehengas. Many brides want to wear their beautiful wedding outfit again, so I advice them how later on they can redesign one piece of the ensemble, for an all-new look.
Q- What Trends are you seeing in 2011?
Many women are looking for ‘practical’ Indian wear. Stylish creations with a contemporary twist, easy to wear and carry. My innovative offerings include attached dupattas, jewellery being part of the outfit so they don’t get weighed-down by heavy neckpieces.
Q- Do you have a personal favourite style/ silhouette of Bridal Lehenga?
I love the chiffon tiered fish-kali lehenga—with a gownish silhouette.
Q- How would you describe the Payal Singhal Bride?
I would describe my client as very modern and confident! She possesses a distinct sense of style and is clear about what she wants. Having said that, I must emphasise that my extremely wearable and stylish clothes appeal to very different clientele– traditional Indian brides, contemporary South Asian woman and New York style stars.
Q- If you had any words of wisdom for brides-to-be, on how to pick the right wedding lehenga, what would it be?
It’s nice to be clear about what you want, but don’t be too clear about the color or the silhouette. Keep trying different colors and concepts—with valuable inputs from the designer.
Q- Besides the dress, what else should a bride splurge for on her wedding day?
Three or four heavy pair of earrings! Matchy-matchy necklace and bangles remain in the locker. But you can have lots of fun with earrings—pairing them with Indian, Indo-Western or Western wear. I personally love the versatile earrings designed by one of my favourite jewellers Shravan Satyani of Satyani Jewellers, Bandra.
Q- What do you like to do when you are not designing?
I’m a big television buff, I unwind by watching mindless television. And no, I don’t watch fashion and style shows on television!
Love Payal’s creations? You can win a Payal Singhal Indo-Western ensemble by participating in our Share and Win contest. Click here to learn more.
Feb 13, 2011 Wedding People & Planners
Welcome to our new column called “Wedding People” where you can get up and close with People who are part of the Wedding Industry. In our first post here, we are profiling Personal Shopper Soojata Kothari.
Soojata Kothari, the highly talented bridal/ trousseau designer has launched a new service– Personal Shopping/ Styling for Brides. Soojata’s customized excursions include personal introductions to exclusive boutiques, embroiderers and visits to bridal beauty and accessory stores & services. Soojata explains: “Most of my brides look for a personal touch to their shopping sprees and need styling ideas. I research the shops based on her style preferences, budget and her future lifestyle. And then help her choose keeping in mind her body shape, skin tone and personality.”
Soojata’s consultancy charges start at Rs 5,000. “It depends on the duration I have to spend with the bride, and the locales we have to visit”, she says elaborating how a service like this can help a bride save lots of monies. “Most brides or for that matter women spend money on clothes they’ll rarely wear. Many of the expensive clothes don’t fit them well. And quite often they don’t really love much of their occasion wear? I help a client build a wardrobe that she will love, and ensure that she doesn’t make those unflattering or impulsive purchases.”
Soojata believes her extensive experience in designing Indian wear gives her the unique edge, to make brides feel comfortable when she is in their personal space. What advice would she like to share with WeddingSutra readers? Here’s what she thinks every to-be-bride must-know.
- Most Indian women look best in Indian and Indo-Western ensembles. So if you love Indian wear, stick to it and don’t experiment with Western wear for wedding functions unless you’re sure it looks good on you.
- Since most Indian families have exquisite jewellery, decide on your outfit, based on your jewellery– for e.g. kundan, polki, vilandi work well with kundan & mirror work lehengas, diamond jewellery team well with Swarovski & diamante embroidered sarees and lehengas.
- Regardless of what trendy outfit you select, know what embroideries are in vogue. Right now, raised sequence work, gota with kundan work and diamante with cutwork are ‘in’.
To get in touch with Soojata Kothari visit www.soojatakothari.com