Sep 5, 2012 Fashion & Bridal Wear
Shot at the mesmerizing Vidyadhar Ji Bagh in Jaipur, Anita Dongre presents her first ever fashion video – The Jaipur Bride. Shot with the stunning model Jyothsna Chakravarthy, the video has been realized by ace cinematographer Colston Julian. The two minute enthralling video showcases bridal wear from Anita Dongre’s Timeless label, including some of Anita Dongre’s signature lehengas with exquisite Gota Patti handwork done by artisans in Jaipur.
So how and where can brides pick Anita Dongre’s creations? “At the moment my bridal store is at Phoenix Mills, Mumbai only, and I don’t have plans to open a bridal store in any other city”, says Dongre who has earned an enviable reputation for being a designer with a solid pret label that retails in several stores in India. Unlike many other senior designers who first established their bridal label and then moved into pret, Dongre took a totally different route. “And I’m glad I tread a different path”, she quips.
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.
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(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
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
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
Oct 3, 2011 Fashion & Bridal Wear
His clients include India’s super-rich, usually brides from Mumbai, Delhi, Raipur, Indore and Nagpur looking for a very exclusive, bling-rich lehenga. If you’re not keeping a close watch on bridal fashion designers, chances are, you wouldn’t have heard of designer Ankur Batra and his label Ecru; the Delhi-based designer has never participated in a Fashion Week and rarely shares pictures of his work with the media. Which is why, fashionistas quip that Ecru is one of Delhi’s best kept secrets- Ankur Batra, the low-profile, charming and endearing designer who custom-makes the most ‘wow’ ensembles! Batra and his business partner Amita Shukla run two labels ‘Ecru’ for couture & bridal wear, and ‘Amber’ the luxury prêt label. Now ‘Amber’ has opened their first signature label in Mumbai—at Om Chambers, Kemps Corner, the once most sought-after address for couturiers.
Batra emphasises that most of his bridal clientele from all over India will continue to meet him personally in Delhi, while the Mumbai store will showcase the luxury prêt label only. He explains: “Our approach, both on Amber and Ecru—are a very personalized approach to design, flawless creations that are one of a kind, beautifully crafted and neatly finished”. Brides who can afford to buy an Ankur Batra creation travel from wherever they are, to Delhi to meet the designer at his opulent studio in Chattarpur, Delhi, which also houses a private spa that is open for clients only. Post the consultations and fittings brides can get a make-up consultation by Ecru’s in-house make-up expert Anu Kaushik, so everything is just-perfect for the big day!
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 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
firstname.lastname@example.org or call Agarwal Sarees, Kolkata on +91 9330439177
Aug 24, 2011 Fashion & Bridal Wear
The Lakme Grand Finale by Manish Malhotra was a collection of international standard inspired by the looks of Lakme ABSOLUTE cosmetic range, which combined hi-tech and hi-fashion in the most sensational manner that dazzled the audience. The most magnificent Indian and Western creations comprising swirling panelled lehengas, amazingly constructed cholis, superb saris and serene avant garde gowns. Each creation was a dream to behold as silver and resham embroidery covered the ensembles in a brilliant manner.
Rich fabrics like, lace, chiffon, silk, net, velvet in primary shades of white and candy floss pink were teamed with black, wine, gold, pale grey, metallics and cherry red. Gowns were either will-power or sexy with plunging ‘V’ necks and moulded to the body and flared into dozens of panels. Sheer net appeared for Kalidar covers, which were draped over luxuriously opulent skirts making the ensembles ideal bridal wear.
Aug 19, 2011 Fashion & Bridal Wear
Remaining true to her roots, Anita Dongre once again dazzled the audience with her magical bridal collection inspired by the beauty and grandeur of Rajasthan at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011. From sensuous saris, swirling lehengas, dramatic jackets, to stylish salwar kameez duos, Anita moved into the western region with some stunning gowns but stayed true to the ethnic touches for them. Shades of the desert– beige, rust, fiery red, cobalt, ink, black and white formed a mélange of colours for the lovely prints and glittering embellishments. It was a gorgeous collection from Anita Dongre that paid fashionable tribute to the land of the Rajputs that will appeal to the sartorial sensibilities of brides anywhere in India.
Aug 18, 2011 Fashion & Bridal Wear
Payal Singhal’s ‘Bridal Fantasy’ collection at Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2011 was a sensuous offering to brides. Sensational, fluid and seductively flowing sheer anarkalis and diaphanous lehengas glided down the ramp evoking visions of Umrao Jaan and Lady Gaga – two complete contrasting fashion icons. Shimmering New Age metallic fabrics were teamed with soft pretty pastels and embellished with the richness of mukaish, filigree, resham and zardozi work. Shades of cream, ivory, nude, blush melon, apricot, champagne, ash green, sea blue, sage green, were selected for lush fabrics like tulle, brocades, and silks. Kalidar kurtas, ornate blouses, glittering lehengas, kurtas with shimmering churidars- the look was pure opulence.The embroidery was used cleverly as crystals and polkis shimmered on yokes, as necklaces, were draped over shoulders, and gleamed in zardozi splendor on the lehengas, blouses and dupattas.