May 14, 2013 Fashion & Bridal Wear
Last month, as part of our new initiative ‘WeddingSutra on Location’ we invited three brides-to-be for a unique experience at JADE (by Monica and Karishma) in South Mumbai. Starting with a Style Consultation, a Makeover and a Photo Shoot, each of the three participants got to interact with some of the best names in Bridal & Wedding services on how to create their Wedding Day Looks. Here, in the second of the three-part series, bride-to-be Payal Sadarangani blogs about her experience.
“It is every girls dream to look her best on the wedding day and very few get lucky with a chance to live the same before it comes. Like I did thanks to WeddingSutra. The location was Jade where I got to interact with two very talented professionals, Nisha Kundnani, the stylist and Amrita Sanghavi, the make-up artist. When we saw the beautiful outfits on display, there was a little confusion as to what would suit me. I tried some outfits and then we decided on a pink ensemble. A raw silk lehenga paired with a silk blouse and a fresh green dupatta.
For accessories Nisha recommended traditional and elegant jewellery pieces. The set we chose was floral inspired, bangles with textured petals of gold and sunflower shaped earrings which I wore as a maang tika. Amrita did not have much time to do makeup since the photo shoot was scheduled in thirty minutes, so in twenty five minutes my makeup was done, and it was much better than I imagined it would be. Now it was time for the photo shoot with Photographer Dev Purbiya. It was the most fun part of the day, more fun than choosing outfits too. Initially, I was a little shy, but in about five minutes I became less conscious and started enjoying the experience; now I know I must be relaxed while facing the camera on the big day. I loved being with WeddingSutra on Location Jade that day, and will remember this unique experience always.”
If you’re getting married in 2013 and would like to be a part of ‘WeddingSutra on Location’ write (email@example.com) to us with your name, contact no and wedding date. Three lucky winners get a complete ‘Bridal Wardrobe Look’ consultation on how to pick the wedding outfit complimentary to your body type & personality and experience the look you prefer with a trial makeup and photo shoot in the makeup look. Location and Date- To be decided (City- Mumbai)
Outfit- JADE (by Monica and Karishma)
Jewellery- Azva http://www.weddingsutra.
Wardrobe Consultation & Styling- Nisha Kundnani
Makeup & Hair- Amrita Sanghavi
Photography- Dev Purbiya http://cam-dev.in/
Aug 7, 2012 Fashion & Bridal Wear
Tarun Tahiliani presented the fourth edition of the Tarun Tahiliani Couture Exposition at Mehboob Studio in Bandra, Mumbai. Sixty of the finest pieces from his Studio’s latest couture collection were on display- in a novel contemporary setting, fabricated on-site with multiple glass technologies.
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The collection is styled in the raw sensual glamour of the twenties- with whimsical motifs and sensational colors. For the bride and groom, the artist Tahiliani’s creations include-
- For the bride, special key-hole jackets, coupled with lehengas in classic hues of deep red and gold.
- Versatile, modern day anarkalis- in fresh citrus colors of mango and peach, with bodices plastered in a mesh of Swarovski Elements- with flowy, elegant drapes and deep scoop necklines, which can be paired with churidaars or worn as gowns.
- For the groom an antique gold brocade sherwani with raised cream cotton thread work styled with along flared crinkled cotton kurta and an ivory stole which can be paired with a dhoti.
Not every bride can afford to wear a creation by Tahiliani, but she hopes to wear his creation someday; after all a Tahiliani creation is not just beautiful, but based on aesthetic perfection. And every woman would look feminine yet superbly elegant in a creation by Tarun Tahiliani Design Studio.
Double layered Anarkalis, Polki hooped earrings and polki ri
(Left) Draped Modern Anarkali Gown in Mango, Polki rings, (right) Ivory Shell Applique Kurta with trail, Blue satin sandals fr
Ivory Textured Khadi Shervani and Nriti Shah in a traditional Zardozi lehenga, Polki earrings
Aug 1, 2012 Fashion & Bridal Wear
Veteran designer Pallavi Jaikishan celebrates four decades in the industry. She will be showcasing her creations for the first time at Lakme Fashion Week on 3rd August, 2012. WeddingSutra spoke to the designer who has become the go-to name for couture as well as bridal wear.
Q- Tell us a little about journey in Indian fashion
A- I started without any formal education. I remember making my own clothes as a teenager; I’d always be curious about different embroideries and fabrics. Even my friends would ask me for advice regarding their clothes, so I started out at an informal level and learnt everything on the job.
Q- You’ve completed 40 years in the fashion industry. How are you planning to celebrate?
A- Its my first-ever show at Lakme Fashion Week ( LFW). I wanted to celebrate this milestone by doing something new. So Lakme Fashion Week sounded like the ideal platform. Also, I will soon start working on my autobiography. Today, work and life for designers is much easier, given the media attention on clothes, designers and fashion. When I start out things were different, it is this journey that I want to capture in my book.
Q- Your color palette this year and design influences.
A- Being the bridal season, the color palette is happy colors! I have extensively used clotted cream and gold. For my show at Lakme Fashion Week I have worked on four breathtaking collections in my signature style that blends traditional hand embroideries with modern day silhouettes, with specially woven fabrics with real zari. A modern day collection of lehengas, saris, jackets and tunics- that can be worn for a beach wedding in Phuket, a celebration at a medieval castle in Europe or a grand wedding in Jagmandir.
Q- Is Bridal fashion affected by seasons and global fashion trends?
A- Bridal fashion is definitely effected by seasons! For a summer wedding one wants lighter fabrics and not so heavily embroidered garments against all-out heavily embroidered garments. Global trends also matter, some brides wants to wear a corset blouse instead of a traditional one. Or a fish tail lehenga instead of the traditional one.
Q- As a Couturier you’ve had many achievements till date, but tell us one thing you’re really happy about.
A- I’ve successfully married Indian bridal wear to European elements such as French lace, lame and velvet ribbons– and every time I see these creations it gives me immense joy.
Jul 13, 2012 Fashion & Bridal Wear
This July, the fourth edition of the Tarun Tahiliani Couture Exposition will commence with the unveiling of the ‘Jewel Box’, an edgy set made entirely of glass featuring the latest offerings from the Tarun Tahiliani bridal couture collection. Reinterpreting the splendor of the age-old treasure box in a novel, modern way, the collection will be on display in this contemporary glass setting from 25th to 28th July at DLF Emporio, New Delhi and 6th & 7th August at Mehboob Studio, Bandra, Mumbai.
Distinctive Indian cultural richness and unabashed modern glamour will be on view in 35 spectacular Tarun Tahiliani Couture creations. Bringing a culturally rooted, yet highly contemporary sensibility to the time honored wedding ritual, the Exposition will share the season’s newest trends, exquisite designs and jewel colors in bridal and occasion wear.
The collection viewing is open to all, and no prior registration is required, but in case you wish to book an appointment with the designer or his team log on to www.taruntahilianicouture.com
Apr 13, 2012 Fashion & Bridal Wear
Anita Dongre’s latest bridal range- we have nothing but pure lust for this ethereal and exquisite collection. A sunny color palette, romantic silhouettes, delicate gold thread work and use of lightweight fabrics- for brides who don’t want to be weighed down with heavy embroidery; who don’t want to compromise on glamour and style yet don’t want to wear lehengas weighing several kilos.
Ace fashion photographer Colston Julian who photographed the collection spoke to us. “Anita Dongre is originally from Jaipur and she wanted to base this collection around the city of her origin, Jaipur has always inspired me and this time we were fortunate enough to get the chance to shoot a film for the brand as well. Perhaps a first for any bridal design collection In India.”
Location- A restored haveli in Jaipur
Photographer- Colston Julian
Model- Jyothsna Chakravarthy
Makeup- Venus Ferreira
Mar 28, 2012 Fashion & Bridal Wear
The new designs at Bawree stores are an elegant mix of traditional and modern silhouettes. From simple vintage ethnicity to contemporary chic, there are plenty of unique designs- lavish lehengas, stylish sarees, bridal gowns, churidar kurtas, Indo-Westerns and anarkalis in fabrics like georgette, satin, silk, crepe, chiffons and net with brocade & velvet borders.
Peach Net Ghagra with turq resham, swaroski work teamed with gold stone cut choli and Net peach dupatta.
Price: Rs. 1,15,530/-
Off white net kalidaar top with polka silver brocade lining enhanced with pure brocade and benaras fabric; rich victorian stone work at neckline teamed with purple silk churidaar and turq net dupatta
Price: Rs. 9,490/-
Deep red net Ghagra, choli and Dupatta intricated with velvet patchwork border with mukaish, resham, stone and zardosi embroidery.
Price: Rs. 2,21,030/-
Mauve chocolate stitched kali saree in shimmer net fabric embellished with gold mukaish, resham & stone embroidery all over including pallu, paired with heavily embroidered matching blouse
Price: Rs. 22,290/-
Bawree Rhiday- S V Road, Santacruz (W), Mumbai
Bawree- Vaishali Shopping Centre, S V Road, Malad (W), Mumbai
Bawree – Panchsheel Plaza, Opp. Mercedes Showroom, Hughes Road, Mumbai
Valaya translated his love for photography into his latest collection titled Tasveer for the Delhi Couture Week 2011. Valaya’s outfits followed the evolving palate of the still image, starting with black & white, sepia, hand-stained, natural and finally culminating in digital. The color pallete evolved from gold, fuschia pink, candy pink, reds, copper to peacock blue and dark purple. Valaya’s classic Alika jackets were the star of the collection and also on display were sarees with elaborate zari borders, sequin work and semi-precious stone embroideries, short bandhgala kurtas over churidars and jackets with dramatic sleeves paired with churidars. The evening ended with the exquisite wedding collection and we are drooling over the bridal ensemble worn by Valaya’s muse Sapna Kumar.
We don’t know what fashion hoity-toities are going to say, but we were happy to see Dubai-based Ayesha Depala show her stuff on the Indian shores. Depala’s feminine creations are a hot favorite among Dubai’s A list socialites and Celebs. Recently, Bollywood Stars have taken a liking to her muted, pastel-shaded gowns, and Sonam Kapoor wore her creations in the movie Aisha.
Drawing inspiration from the magnificence of the Mughal era, Depala presented at India Couture Week a very aesthetic collection. Depala’s creations are very wearable and figure friendly and perfect for a bride-to-be; or for a guest who is attending a beachside reception or a cocktail party.
Rohit Bal’s latest collection, Khakasart, for HDIL Couture Week 2010 had plenty to delight the brides. With a minimalist palette, Bal still delivered an opulent collection of heavy zardozi embroidered lehengas, saris and jackets. Since its targeted for the Autumn/ Winter Season, there was plenty of velvet on the ramp. And his jackets are to die for!
Nandita Thirani presented a collection of chiffons, silks and velvets called “Flor De Luna” in Spanish for “Moonflower”, with the pretty blossom appearing as a motif on all the garments. Loved the beautifully draped dhoti pants, the high collared tunics/ jackets, and free flowing kurtas.