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.
Mar 14, 2011 Celebrity Wedding Pictures
Actress Gul Panag tied the knot with Jet Airways Captain Rishi Attari, her classmate from Lawrence School, Lovedale. Gul, a sports enthusiast and adventure-lover has been dating Rishi for over a decade but their relationship has been hush-hush. Her wedding date was a secret, though it was not a very small affair. Over 200 family and friends were present at the traditional Sikh wedding in Chandigarh where Gul’s father former Army Commander Lt Gen Panag and her family live. Rishi’s family live in Amritsar and his father belongs to the family of famous warrior Sham Singh Attariwala, a trusted aid of Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
Here are more details on the wedding:
Just-wed Gul zipped away in a sidecar attached to a Royalenfield, which her groom drove after the couple tied the knot at the Gurudwara in Sector 12, Panchkula
The media was kept away, but managed the capture the moments after the couple stepped out and drove on the Royal Enfields. Passer-by’s in Chandigarh stopped by looking surprised at what the newly-weds were upto!
Gul wore an onion-pink lehenga designed by JJ Valaya with heavy necklace and earrings. The turbaned groom Gurshinder Singh Attari (populary known as Rishi) wore an off-white sherwani.
The wedding cavalcade drove in 10 brand new bullets and escorted Gul and Panag to the Bella Vista Hotel. Interestingly there were many women some even in their 60s who drove the 350 cc bikes ahead of the newly-weds.
After the wedding everyone danced to the beats of a dhol outside the Gurudwara. Gul’s dear friend actress Koel Puri was quoted in a Chandigarh newspaper: “This is fabulous. I have never experienced something like this before,”
The reception was held at the Command Officers Institute at Panchkula. The guests present included actress’ Shruti Seth, Koel Puri, ‘Turning 30’ director Alankrita Shrivastava and Gul’s designer friends Mandira Wirk and Urvashi Kaur.
Photos Courtesy: Mid Day
Oct 11, 2010 Fashion & Bridal Wear
Marie Claire’s bridal cover is hatke. Deepika Padukone in an unusual black & white combination—a sequin jacket by Namrata Joshipura and a white flounce floor-length skirt by JJ Valaya. Hello celebrates the festive fervour and features Mumbai’s society sparklers. Queenie Singh (Dhody) in a Pallavi Jaikishen saree, Neelam Kothari in a chiffon anarkali with a diamond studded waistcoat by Seema Khan and Rhea Pillai in a net ghagra from Manish Malhotra. Harper’s Bazaar Bridal Chic has Katrina in Dior. In the Verve bridal issue, Deepika dons a very traditional ensemble—a deep crimson velvet lehenga with moti work and metal embroidery by Anamika Khanna and a burgundy velvet choli with beaten metal embroidery by Pallavi Jaikishan.
Hello’s sparkling and stylish cover gets our vote. Which is your favourite?
Deepika’s make-up by Anil Chinnappa and jewellery by C.Krishniah Chetty and Sons
Queenie in a self-designed diamond & ruby necklace, make-up is by Sonam Chandna & Madhuri Sharma. Neelam in a self-designed diamond necklace, make-up is by Recinda Martis. Rhea is wearing rose-cut diamonds and a pearl necklace by Queenie, make-up by Sonam Chandna & Madhuri Sharma
Katrina Kaif in a Dior Joaillerie jewellery, make-up and hair by Ahmed Chami and Craig Marsden.
Deepika’s pendant, bracelet and ring are all from TBZ Nirmal Zaveri. Make-up is by Mickey Contractor.
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Jul 24, 2010 Fashion & Bridal Wear
Inspired by a fictional character ‘Alika’, Valaya’s line at Delhi Couture Week had elegant saris, lehengas paired with sexy cholis and long jackets, short kurtas with skin-fit chudidars and achakans and angrakhas for men. Valaya also introduced ‘Alika’ jackets – a cross between a jacket and a shirt, kind of inspired by the traditional Garhwali garment “Sadri”. Kangana Ranaut who walked the runway in an exquisite bridal ensemble couldn’t stop gushing about the clothes.
May 11, 2010 Celeb Weddings to Watch out for
Sujata Assomull Editor of Harper’s Bazaar is marrying her ex colleague Jaideep Sippy this month-end. Mumbai’s fashion and style community are looking forward to the wedding functions at Blue Frog, Mayfair Rooms and the Regal Room at The Trident. Sujata’s friends can’t wait to see how the ace stylist will style her own wedding look. Sujata, who has styled high-profile fashion shoots for so many years, says she didn’t have trouble figuring out whom she wanted to wear—because since long she always dreamt of wearing a Tarun Tahiliani on her big day. She says: “Tarun Tahiliani and Anamika Khanna—both designers know what I want and always design what I like. Anamika has designed my dresses for the Mehendi and Sangeet function. And I’m wearing a Tarun Tahiliani for the Wedding and Reception.” For the pre-wedding party at Blue Frog, Sujata is wearing a gown by the world renowned New York based boutique Oscar de la Renta. Jaideep’s wear is from Hemant Sagar and JJ Valaya.
On Wedding Planning, Sujata says she experienced the biggest stress on figuring out the date. “There wasn’t one date which was convenient to all us—me, Jaideep, our parents and our close family and friends. Finally, we zeroed in on this date in May. If Tarun Tahiliani knows what she wants on the look and clothes front, on Wedding arrangements, Sujata says her Mom knows best. “All the arrangements are being taken care of by my mother. She is very knowledge-able about all things weddings, she understands what I want and is the best Wedding Planner.”
Watch this space for more news on Sujata and Jaideep’s wedding, and Sujata’s wedding day look.
Apr 13, 2010 Fashion & Bridal Wear
What can you expect from House of Valaya but sophisticated and regal ensembles and Alika didnt disappoint. This collection at the recently concluded Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week had sarees, tight fitting to layered to angarkha style kurtas, long extremely flayered net skirts paired with embroidered kurtas, coats and more infabrics such as jersey, dupion, georgette and fine velvets. No over-the-top embroidery here – instead you see subtle use of techniques ranging from distressed foils, digital printing, appliqué, and laser cutting.
The city of luxury holidays, played host to two big weddings this week; and both the brides were named Neha. Neha Hiranandani, daughter of construction magnate Surendra Hiranandani married Mumbai’s Varun Jalan, and Ahmedabad’s Neha Kataria wed Kolkata based Ankit Patni.
The Ahmedabad based Katarias hired the most-in-demand exclusive Wedding Planner– Ahmedabad based Saurabh Agarwal of Red Events. The Hiranandani wedding at the Leelas was planned and managed with the help of their office staff.
Guests tell us Neha’s makeup was done by Cory Walia and she wore the most hatke jewellery and bridal lehengas created by Tarun Tahiliani, Sabyasachi and JJ Valaya. On the wedding experience, one guest states: “The wedding was a most classy affair at the most luxurious locale- The Leela”. For Mumbai’s heavy-heights who couldn’t attend the wedding at Udaipur, the Hiranandanis host the wedding reception at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai today.
Friends of the Hiranandanis are also talking in hushed tones about the absence of Priti Hiranandani, the bride’s mother at the wedding. Priti and Surendra Hiranandani divorced last year— Surendra is now seeing Alka Kapoor (actor Akshay Kumar’s sister), while Priti remarried recently. What apparently angered the Hiranandani family (including daughter Neha) is that Priti didn’t wait for her daughter Neha to marry, and decided to tie the knot earlier. So Priti Hiranandani was not even invited to her daughter’s wedding!
For the pheras, Neha Kataria wore an ornate, bling-bling outfit which some say was created by Delhi’s Anjalee and Arjun Kapur. And guests guess, that this ‘out of the world’ outfit, could have cost anywhere between Rs 5 lakh and Rs 6 lakh!