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Soha Ali Khan wears a Raw Mango ensemble for her Wedding Reception

After their low-key marriage on the morning of January 25, Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu hosted a reception for their close friends from the industry. Soha wore a hot pink and gold lehenga designed by Sanjay Garg (Raw Mango) from his Winter Festives 2014 collection. Kunal Khemu accessorised his traditional ensemble with pink pocket square to match his beautiful bride.

Our best wishes to the newly weds! Here’s a glimpse of their star-studded evening.

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Kareena looked ravishing in glittering white and pink lehenga choli designed by Manish Malhotra

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The bride’s mother Sharmila Tagore with Saif and Kareena

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The bride’s elder sister Saba Ali Khan

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Karisma Kapoor in a gorgeous white and gold embroidered lehenga and long jacket set by Manish Malhotra

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Sophie Choudry in a red and gold lehenga by Anushka Khanna and Sandhya Mridul in a beige and orange saree by Nikasha Tawadey

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Neha Dhupia in a black Payal Singhal lehenga

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Malaika wore a cream and gold Preeti S Kapoor floor-length anarkali while her sister Amrita Arora wore a Shantanu Nikhil lehenga in hot pink

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Kareena and Karishma pose with their mother Babita and Saif Ali Khan

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Karan Johar in a classic black and gold combination Sherwani

Power Weddings this Season

The season’s line-up of high profile shaadis started off in October with a destination wedding in Chantilly, France. Gokul Agarwal, scion of RNA Builders married Shloka, a lifestyle journalist, whose parents are Devangana and Vijay Chhabria (owner of Sea Palace Hotel, Colaba).  The 300 plus guests stayed in different hotels in the lace town and the celebrations began with a ‘Moulin Rouge’ theme sangeet at Le Musee du Cheval, where guests turned up in lace gowns, furs and masks. Day two was an Indian-theme night at an airport hangar where singer Mika performed. The main wedding ceremony was held at a magnificent castle.

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Last month, Mumbai was talking about two big ‘Bank’ weddings. Both were not big, fat weddings though. HDFC Bank Chairman Deepak Parekh’s son Siddharth wed his English-American girlfriend Claire O’Neil at an intimate celebration in Jodhpur. The functions included the Sangeet at Mehrangarh Fort, the Christian wedding at the Balsamand Lake Palace, and traditional Indian nuptials at Umaid Bhawan. The groom, an Entrepreneur and his bride, who works with the Taj Group of Hotels both wanted a private ceremony and the wedding was managed by Divinity Weddings from Mumbai. The guest list was small and all were requested not to give any wedding presents and donate to the charity Apne Aap Women’s Collective.

ICICI Bank head-honcho Chanda Kochhar opted for a good ol’ home town celebration for her daughter Aarti’s marriage to Aditya Kaji. The functions all elegant dinners with the who’s who of corporate India in attendance were held at Taj Mahal Palace, Taj Lands End and The Trident. Nita Ambani who is close to the groom’s family hosted a garba theme celebration at Antilla.

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Delhi is talking about the big, fat wedding of Pallavi Lodha, daughter of Parasmal Lodha (part-owner of Peerless Finance) and Rahul Jain, son of FIEM Group’s Dr JK Jain. The pre-wedding functions were held at the Lodha’s 150-acre farm at Chattapur where singers Arijit Singh and Atif Aslam performed. The main wedding ceremony was held at a former PM’s sprawling residence.

Jaipur was witness to a ‘starry’ celebration when corporate head-honcho Sunil Alagh and actress Maya Alagh’s daughter Anjori, also an actress wed Delhi businessman Rohit Goyal. The celebrations were held at Samode Palace, Samode Bagh and ITC Rajputana and co-ordinated by Svaha Wedding & Special Events. Over 300 guests including Hrithik Roshan and Zayed Khan were there at the three-day celebrations. DJ Aqeel a close friend of the bride’s brother-in-law (Sameer Nair, Group CEO of Balaji Telefilms), kept the guests grooving till the early hours at the finale party.

If its a celebration in the family of Bollywood’s favorite couturier Manish Malhotra we needn’t tell you that it sparkled with star guests. Or that the bride wore the most mesmerizing Manish Malhotra ensemble! The ace designer’s niece Rriddhi wed Tejas Talwalkar (from the Talwalkar fitness chain family) and K Jo, Rekha, Sridevi, Urmila Matondkar, Akshay Kumar and Twinkle Khanna and Priyanka Khanna were there. All the celebrations (Sangeet, Pheras and Reception) were held at JW Marriott and styled by Gurleen M Puri.

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GuestsSridevi & Boney Kapoor, Rekha, Sidharth Roy Kapoor & Vidya Balan at the wedding

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A blog post on glittering weddings will be incomplete without a mention of the ’21 Carat Weddings’ i.e. of the scions of most well-known Jewellers and Diamond Merchants. Delhi’s Hazoorilal Jewellers hosted the most spectacular celebration in Udaipur and Delhi with each event being styled by ace couturiers and managed by a different event companies. Mumbai’s TBZ family on the other hand hosted a private celebration at Grand Hyatt, Goa. Between this month and next, some of the biggest diamond merchants from India and Belgium are hosting weddings at the city’s newest mega wedding hot-spot- NSCI, Worli

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The society wedding of 2015 is expected to be that of NRI business magnate Sanjay Hinduja with designer Anu (Mahtani) Mirchandani. According to a relative of the groom, the to-be-weds and their closest friend, a prominent Mumbai socialite are working with the finest talent from the world of weddings to make the Udaipur celebration a truly magnificent affair. After the 3-day celebrations at different venues like Jagmandir Island Palace, The Zenana Mahal and City Palace, the celebrations will continue in Mumbai with a reception at a South Mumbai hotel. In fact the same Udaipur venues hosted a very high profile wedding between November 21st and 24th. Ambika Patni, the daughter of the late IT business magnate Narendra Patni wed Scott Kennedy (from President Kenney’s clan) and guests flew in from over 20 countries for the celebrations at Zenana Mahal and Jag Mandir.

When interior designer and top art collection Kavita Singh and her husband Jasjit Singh (MD of Associated Capsules) hosted their son’s wedding at Umaid Bhawan Palace, The Gipsy Kings were flown in from South of France to perform live, and it was billed as the wow wedding of the year. Now their daughter Nandini Singh is engaged to Tariq Premji, son of of IT Mogul Azim Premji. But this time the Singhs have decided to keep it simple and low-key, much like the way billionnaire Premji known for his austere lifestyle would like it too; most likely the nuptials will be held close to Mumbai, in February or March 2015.

Power Wedding Makers

Decor & Design- Q Events by Geeta Samuel, Gurleen M Puri, Dhun Cordo, Vandana Mohan
Event Planning- Aditya Motwane (MEW- Motwane Entertainment & Weddings), Divinity Weddings, Seven Steps (Seventy EMG), Cox & Kings (Wedding Division)
Catering- Chef Hemant Oberoi (Taj Group), Sanjay Vazirani (Food Link), Puneet Sikand, Virender Handa (Creative Cuisines)

NRI Brides Diary – Jewelry Designer Payal Shah from Hong Kong talks about her Mumbai Wedding

By Jaspreet Soni

Payal Shah and Nihar Parikh met through common friends around ten years ago. “We are different personalities, but what brought us together are our common interests and our love for fashion and music”, the duo state. While Nihar is in the diamond business, Payal has transitioned from being a student of architecture to a well-known jewelry designer, known for her statement pieces.

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Wedding celebrations in Mumbai
The Hong Kong based bride and Antwerp based groom always wanted a destination wedding and they decided to get married in Mumbai.  As many of their family and friends are based in Mumbai, it was their first choice. It turned out to be the best choice too, she says.“Mumbai offers a great mix of Indian culture and modern lifestyle, and that is exactly what suited our sensibilities.”

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The families have appointed the company ‘Cineyug’ as the Event Managers but Payal says she is happy to be hands-on involved in every aspect of wedding planning.  She has worked hard towards ensuring that every event turns out to be the best for their Indian and international guests. From a ‘Moroccan Night’ at The Oberoi, Mehndi at Palladium Hotel where ‘Colors of Sun Rise’ is the theme, Sangeet at NSCI stadium highlighting the ‘flavors of India’ to creating an experience of ‘Europe meets Asia’ at the wedding, she has managed to create an effective amalgamation of tradition and modernity.

Payal is wearing couture designer friend Natthida’s creation for the youngster’s night, a Tarun Tahiliani lehenga for the Mehndi hosted by the boy’s side, an Anamika Khanna dhoti saree for her Mehndi, and Manish Malhotra ensembles for her Sangeet, Wedding and Reception. The jewelry for every occasion is a mix of her own creations and custom designed pieces with the quality of timelessness to them.

Jewelry Designer Payal Shah recommends for brides-to-be, five jewelry pieces to invest in that will take them beyond the wedding celebrations

“I believe in jewelry that resonates with today’s lifestyle. So here are my picks:

1. A long chain necklace always looks simple, elegant yet beautiful. It can be diamonds, pearls or any gemstones.

2. A nice pair of diamond studs, of one to three carat each. Even better if they are GIA certified as it guarantees purity. And you can wear them with almost anything.

3. A tennis diamond bracelet is also a very good investment. You can wear it on any occasion

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4. Emerald jewelry is a must-have. It can be big statement earrings in emerald or a neckpiece. It is one stone that never goes out of fashion and goes with every color. It has a very royal quality to it, a stunner right from the time of Maharajas. I am wearing a beautiful emerald necklace at my Sangeet and I am very excited about it.

5. A classic polki set is also a great choice- they are timeless heirlooms which tell a story.“

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Photos courtesy- MORVI Images (Payal and Nihar), Zoya (Emerald Jewellery), Tanishq (Polki set)

Real Brides pick their favourites at Lakmé Fashion Week

WeddingSutra and Lakmé announced a competition for WeddingSutra fans last month, 3 Brides-to-be could win an invite for the Lakmé Bridal Masterclass at the Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW)! The 3 winners, Ushma, Tanzila and Khushboo earlier blogged about their experience at the Masterclass, in the second-part they blog about the bridal collections at Lakmé Fashion Week, and what they loved most!

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The highlight of the Lakmé Fashion Week experience for me was a personal guided tour with the WeddingSutra team after the Lakmé Bridal Masterclass. We had an opportunity to check out the gorgeous bridal creations at the designer stalls and interact with some of the designers. One creation that caught my attention was a long, flowing turquoise anarkali suit with gold embroidery by Harshita Chatterjee Deshpande. Another outfit I fell in love with was a coral pink sari gown with champagne pitta work by designer Sonaakshi Raaj. It had a beautiful sheer neckline, and a sheer back with a hint of delicate champagne pitta detailing. It was a beautiful fusion of east meets west.

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All in all, it was aninspiring experience. Thank you WeddingSutra and Lakmé for giving me a chance to be a part of this wonderful beauty and fashion show.

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I was left so inspired by the Lakmé Bridal Masterclass that I mentally began to make prep notes to myself, when the WeddingSutra team said that they would accompany me to the designer stalls to check out the bridalwear collection at Lakmé Fashion Week. As we carefully sifted through the various designs, I spotted an unusual piece in Shehla Khan’s collection. I loved the play of contrasts in the gourd and pale peachy-pink lehenga with sequins and cutdana work in champagne gold.

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Another designer whose collection I really liked at the LFW Gallery was of Delhi-based designer duo Armaan Aiman. While they design both Western and Indian wear, it is their traditional anarkalis and A-line kurtas that are most impressive. The use of bright happy colour and classy gold embroidery gives their collection a classic and timeless feel, making their clothes suitable for every occasion. One bridal outfit that caught my attention was from their winter/ festive collection 2014. It was a red anarkali suit with gold, applique handiwork. Though it was heavily embroidered it looked very elegant and wearable too. It seemed perfect for a pre-wedding function. The most appealing thing about their collection was the minute detailing and meticulousness in the craftsmanship of every single piece. They were extremely warm and willing to customize their design to suit a bride’s personality and preference.

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The whole experience of attending the Lakmé Bridal Masterclass has been absolutely great and very informative. I am now clear about the different looks that I want for each of my wedding functions. I feel confident and better prepared for my big day, having checked out the latest trends that were showcased at this makeup and fashion extravaganza.

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After the Lakmé Bridal Masterclass the WeddingSutra team accompanied us to the LFW designer stalls to view the bridal collections showcased on the ramp. I tried on a gorgeously versatile shatter-sequinned outfit by Astha Narang which I felt was perfect for the cocktail function. It was stylish yet subtle, and could be accessorised to suit multiple occasions. Astha’s collection looked heavy at first glance with its intricate work and rich fabrics, but after I held it I realised it didn’t weigh much. The designer has kept in mind the flexibility that a bride would need to dance and enjoy her big day without feeling like she is carrying a big weight on her shoulder. I felt her collection was perfect for a sangeet or cocktail.

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Another designer whose creation I really liked was Arpita Mehta’s. I fell in love with her play of colour. She has used unusual hues and mirror work. I chose a lime green choli and palazzo pants with a net jacket in thread pearl and mirror embroidery– a perfect outfit for the haldi or mehendi.

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This entire experience at LFW has given me the much-needed clarity to help me with trousseau shopping. And I now have a clearer idea of who to visit and what to look for.

Photos Courtesy- Amit Barot Photography

All that the NRI Brides want to know about Shopping in India

By Nisha Kundnani of Bridélan

All your bags are packed, and you’re ready to go, leaving on a jet plane. Hmmm…humming the tune with excitement and butterflies in your stomach? For girls, shopping for our wedding, well, let’s admit, is as exciting as the wedding itself. Probably more! For many of my clients and friends who live abroad, shopping in India means wanting to take back a piece of their homeland, to wear India and to celebrate it on one of the most important days of their life! Here’s my list of recommendations for NRI brides on shopping in India.

The Wedding Lehenga
It’s not just a three-piece Indian garment. It’s a romantic dream and a childhood fantasy. Your wedding lehenga is the garment that will define your bridal moment. You’ve saved more than a 100 photos from Pinterest and know the Lakmé, Wills and Couture Fashion Week collections at the back of your head- but in reality, finding the perfect lehenga that suits your idea will be like looking for a needle in a haystack. You’ll find yourself romancing age-old antique zardosi in fine silk, resham thread work over layers of romantic tulle will catch your fancy, gota and mirror work colorful borders will instantly attract and let’s not forget how those vivid Indian colours can be ‘Oh-so-found-only-in-India’.

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Hop by to the newest Bridal museum in the land of Bollywood– Mumbai at the new Sabyasachi flagship store. If you’re lucky you’ll get to meet your ‘hero’– Sabyasachi Mukherjee himself as he is hosting bridal trunk shows starting this August in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad and few other cities. His heritage lehengas in reds and fuchsias are outstanding and will evoke that strong sense of emotion that a bride will experience– ‘OMG! I want to get married just for these clothes.’

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Creations by Manish Malhotra, Tarun Tahiliani and Sabyasachi

You cannot come to Mumbai and not visit the Badshah of Hindi movies the gentle manly genius– Manish Malhotra. He’s got a pulse on the glamour and colour that is unique to Indian wedding wear, and especially popular for the sangeet or the mehndi. The other must-visit for your reception or any other glamorous formal event is master couturier– Tarun Tahiliani. There is no designer in this country whose outfits are so uniquely draped and pre-stitched to flatter a woman’s body.                  

The Festive Anarkali
Remember Rekha dancing to ‘In Aankhon ki masti’ in a voluminous ivory silk kurta in the classic Umrao Jaan? Splendid, wasn’t it? She wore an ivory anarkali. It is a garment that has gone down as the most desirable piece of clothing of India. Now back in action, in a big way. The Anarkali, revived and reinvented, is like the new LBD, in the Indian context. Now imagine yourself in something similar, alta-smered fingers, donning jewellery by the Nizams, you will actually look and feel like Anarkali, a popular courtesan from the Mughal courts.

Rekha-in-Umrao-Jaan Rekha in a voluminous ivory silk kurta in Bollywood classic ‘Umrao Jaan’ 

If being so old-school isn’t your cup of tea, take cues from modern designs. Look for: Tarun Tahiliani’s collection. Chic and shortened to show cool dhoti pants and some are as short as a peplum top but has a cascading trail at the back. Or go back to history of Indian cinema’s favourite designers Meera & Muzzafar Ali of Kotwara designs. Muzaffar directed Umrao Jaan and also styled it. His muse and stylist Pernia Qureshi recently walked for the Kotwara show in a vintage kurta set at the recently held India Couture Week.

Explore price and design range in every category at India’s oldest but chicest multi-designer store– Ensemble Design Studio in Mumbai and Delhi.

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Jadau Jewellery
Traditional is the new ‘in-trend’. Although a must-have at weddings anywhere in the world, wearing your love for traditional on your sleeves is the new cool. When you have many elements of your bridal and trousseau taken care, the next big step is jewellery. You know how timeless and out-of-the-world Indian royalty look in pictures, posing in beautiful textiles and jaw dropping jewellery.  Almost all of Indian royalty wore fine jewels handcrafted in Jadau/ Polki diamonds in meenakari work. Jadau jewellery is a fine export from Bikaner and is now available not just in Rajasthan but also all over India. Jadau jewellery layered looks glamorous and makes you look like royalty when paired with Indian ensembles. It’s not just the traditional necklaces and earrings that work, brides now want to go all out and wear a mathapatti, hathphool, kamarbandh, nath, bajubandh and many more. Jaipur and Delhi are the best places to shop for Jadau jewellery. Don’t miss heritage pieces from trusted brands like Tanishq, a jewellery brand by the Tatas who have over 138 stores across 80 cities in India. They are the wedding jewellery specialists and always stock exquisite Jadau designs, also offering you value for money.  Another premium brand by the Tatas is Zoya. They have stores in Mumbai and Delhi and specialise in finely handcrafted designer jewellery.     

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Indian Fusion Sari
Every young bride aspires to wear a sari, but with a modern twist. It is in the DNA of every Indian woman to embrace the sari. In India these days, the sari is seen as power dressing. While some of us take time to adapt to the phenomenon of draping, others are pro from the word go (even if they’ve learnt it over You Tube). You love the sari but wonder how to drape it back in your home country? Don’t worry. Indian designers are exploring various ways for the sari to adapt to the modern woman’s lifestyle. Pre-stitched, pre-draped, some even come looking like sleek, modern gowns. In Delhi, shop at Amit Agarwal for avant-garde styles, or from designer Gaurav Gupta at the DLF Emporio Mall. Even Manish Malhotra at his recent fashion week showed the lehenga saris.

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Traditional Weaves
Every girl can claim to be influenced by a whole lot of top fashion designers but the truth is that during the time of her wedding, she looks up to her mother and grandmother as true style icons. Turning pages of a family album, going down memory lane and one realises that the grace and sophistication that came so easily to them was a result of being ‘truly traditional’. They didn’t run after trends and fashion but celebrated being demure and traditional and thus looked elegant even years after it was time for their grandchildren to tie the knot. The basics, the fashion lessons always come from home. The one thing our mothers/grandmothers have always had in their wardrobe is an organically built collection of hand-woven traditional saris. Do not go back without buying ones to last you a lifetime, a collection of Banarasi, Chanderi, Uppadas, Kotas, Organzas & Kanjeevaram saris. You will realise the importance of it 20 years later after tying the knot.

Raw Mango, a label by Sanjay Garg has a wide range of modern-traditional saris in Chanderi and Banarasi silks perfect for all occasions and are available at Good Earth and Ensemble. Gaurang Shah is another designer to watch out for wedding wear weaves;he has stores in Hyderabad, Bangalore and now Mumbai. A treasure trove of the most beautifully curated weaves and handlooms, rare exquisite saris can be found at the Taj Khazana– a design and crafts boutique by the Taj Group of Hotels.

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Bridélan is a premium styling and personal shopping service for Brides & Grooms. To get in touch with them, visit www.bridelan.com

‘Gloss’: Indian Cocktail collection by Manish Malhotra at Grand Finale of Lakmé Fashion Week

Clearly Manish Malhotra thinks grey is the color of the season. As soon as we entered the Ballroom of Palladium Hotel, the venue of the grand finale, event stylist Gurleen M Puri who our team accompanied fell in love with the way grey was used on the walls for show. There were tones of grey throughout the collection but at the end of show, there was a standing ovation as Kareena Kapoor Khan walked the ramp for Manish Malhotra in a grey ensemble with tie-n-dye in shades of red wine and mirror work.

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The collection was curated for occasions where brides can experiment and have fun with their outfits, be it at the engagement, cocktail, sangeet or even to take along as part of their wedding trousseau. High on gloss, shimmer and mirror work, this season Manish Malhotra celebrates weddings and winter festivities in India with inspiration from the fashionable young woman who loves the glamour in the play of light and fabric.

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In line with the international trend of gloss, gleam and shine, the contemporary mirror work and textured shimmer in the collection doesn’t just dazzle, it reflects the euphoria and radiance of a woman on the brink of a dream come true. From the color palette to the embroidery, fabric and silhouette, the contemporary expression of style can be found in every detail. Colors of wine, burgundy, grey and silver in specially treated textured silks and velvet, or in flowy chiffon and soft nets, allow for transluscence and shimmer to flow into the effortless silhouettes adding that ultra-feminine touch.

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After the show Manish Malhotra, spoke about his collection for Lakmé Fashion Week Winter/ Festive 2014, “It was great working with Gloss as a muse. As always, Lakmé is back with a beauty trend that is sure to become a game changer in beauty and I am glad to be a part of this global phenomenon, especially as a part of the very first Lakmé Bridal Dream Team. My new collection marries the concept of high-gloss with contemporary mirror-work, bringing alive GLOSS in a form which every neo-bride is wanting to explore.”

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Manish Malhotra stores
Mumbai: Shivraj Heights, Corner of 14th Road & Linking Road, Next To Raj Kumar Jewellers, Khar West, Mumbai – 400052
New Delhi: H 5/1 Kalkadas Marg, Mehrauli, New Delhi

Ensemble to preview Bridal Fashion Fete in Mumbai

Ensemble presents ‘Bridal Fashion Fete 2014′ at their flagship store at Lion’s Gate on Monday, 25th August, 2014.

This season Ensemble brings you the latest from the country’s leading designers Tarun Tahiliani, Manish Malhotra, Gaurav Gupta, Varun Bahl, Rohit Bal, JJ Valaya, Amit Aggarwal, Gauri Nainika, Pankaj & Nidhi, Studio Petticoat, Anand Kabra, Amrita Thakur and also Ensemble Design Studio. Ensemble’s in-house label, ‘The Ensemble Design Studio’  is made up of a group of talented designers who understand and project the unique Ensemble aesthetic with their contemporary designs.

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The highlights of the preview include

- Exploring traditional embroidery techniques with the ‘aari’ work sarees and ‘jhorokha’ lehengas.

- The jhorokha lehenga is inspired from Mughal era architecture. The lehenga has a special geometrical pattern created in organza, raw silk and net and the embroidery is embellished with sequins and zari.

- The aari saree collection is made by skilled aari workers using a traditional embroidery technique, highlighted with sequins and pearls. Created in the season’s trendiest colours, the fabrics include georgette and organza raw silk brocade.

- On display are long jackets with sharara pants and lehengas, outfits with floral motif embroideries, appliqués, gota patti and dori embroidery and concept sarees such as saree gowns and dhoti sarees.

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Widening their colour palette this season, Ensemble’s bridal pieces are available in rich blues, emerald and pastels, besides the traditional hues of reds, oranges and gold.

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Ethereal dreamy fabrics, delicate embroideries, beautiful hues, and floral motif detailing, the handwork on this season’s wedding collection is truly inspiring. Drop by Ensemble and make your bridal shopping experience special!

Monday, 25th August 2014, 11.00 am onward
Ensemble, Lion’s Gate: 022-2287 2882-130/ 132, Great Western Building, Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg, Mumbai -23

Gurleen Puri designs ‘Dressing Room’ for Manish Malhotra Show, Lakmé Fashion Week Grand Finale

By Jaspreet Soni

Gurleen M Puri, one of India’s top events and wedding stylists, is all set to recreate the magical world of brides –a room of beauty, dreams and romance – on the ramp for Manish Malhotra’s bridal collection at the Lakmé Fashion Week Grand Finale. ‘The Dressing Room’ set is a perfect confluence of Manish’s style sensibilities and Gurleen’s creativity. Manish’s designs are known for the opulence and old world charm, with a twist of modernity and that is exactly what Gurleen has accentuated in the décor by bringing in European elements. Gurleen says, “It is all about the making of a bride. You feel the moment and not just see it. We have tried to capture the essence. We have used Victorian chandeliers, antique furniture. And we have flown in lots of European flowers right from hydrangeas to tulips and liliums. The timing is just perfect as the flowers are in full bloom in this season. There are blushing pinks and pristine whites. The delicateness, the beauty of the moment has to come out.”

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While the reflection in the idea is Manish, the softness, the volume, the larger-than- life implementation is Gurleen. A perfect combination, we say. Manish knew Gurleen was the only one who could take this to another level and Gurleen had an exact understanding of what Manish wanted.  But when two highly creative people come together, is the confluence easier?  She says, “It is like creating a perfect dream world for the bride. And it is possible only if you understand the bride and bring her reflection in the décor for everyone to see. Manish understands our style and we know what his expectations are from us and it is this understanding that bridges all the creative gaps. We have tried to make the idea lively and translate it into a reality. Hopefully, we have achieved it.”

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This is Manish Malhotra’s fourth finale at LFW. This season, the celebrated designer will be showcasing Lakmé Absolute’s bridal trousseau and a look inspired by Lakmé Absolute.

She concludes: “It is the interpretation of the bride of today- soft, beautiful, romantic, sensual, old world charm mixed with new world ideologies.” While we have been witness to all the Lakmé Grand Finale’s since its inception in 2000, this is one finale we’re truly excited about.

Win an invite to the Bridal Makeup Masterclass by Cory Walia and Manish Malhotra

Lakmé constantly brings the biggest international runway trends to the contemporary Indian woman through the Lakmé Fashion Week (LFW). Taking this a step further, over the last two seasons of LFW, Lakmé has introduced the Lakmé Beauty Masterclass– a session conducted by a Lakmé makeup expert to showcase interpretations of the Lakmé runway beauty statement with Sarah Jane Dias- Lakmé’s digital face as the muse of the expert.

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Since bridal will be the focus of LFW WF 2014, Lakmé will yet again remain at the center-stage for every bride’s trousseau. What’s unique this time around is that Lakmé is all set to bring to the Indian bride something extremely special in the Lakmé Absolute Bridal Dream Team- comprising of bridal couturier Manish Malhotra and bridal makeup expert Cory Walia.

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Lakmé is giving an opportunity to two WeddingSutra fans (brides-to-be only) to be a part of this Masterclass (date, time, venue below). Two lucky fans can attend this Masterclass after which we’d like you to blog about what you loved about the class and what you learnt from iconic couturier Manish Malhotra and makeup expert Cory Walia. What’s more, you can even get an opportunity to get photographed with both of them*! Send in the following details to weddingsutra@gmail.com by Tuesday, 19th August (1400 hours latest) and if you’re the winner we’ll inform you by Wednesday, 20th August (2200 hours)
- Your Name and Contact No
- Date of Wedding
- Link to your FB Profile

The Bridal Dream Team will come together at the much coveted Lakmé Bridal Masterclass to showcase the quintessential Indian glossy bride, in line with the Lakmé beauty statement of the season- Absolute Gloss! Come* and get ready to witness a traditional interpretation of this much in vogue trend characterized by well hydrated dewy skin and hi-shine makeup.

Bridal Makeup Masterclass by Cory Walia and Manish Malhotra for Lakmé Absolute
Saturday, August 23rd at 10:30 a.m
Jabong Stage
Palladium Hotel
Mumbai

*By invitation for select media, bloggers and WeddingSutra fans who win an invite.
*Subject to time availability.

5 Bespoke Offerings for Grooms-to-be

With a wedding in question, Vogue experts understand that the groom- to-be is as much the focus as a bride-to-be is. Towards this effect, the Vogue Wedding Show 2014, offers a mix of elements for the menfolk; traditional Indian wear, luxury watches, bespoke suits and much more. The participating designers like Tarun Tahiliani, Manish Malhotra, Sabyasachi and JJ Valaya are showcasing their collection for grooms and there is also a mini luxury watch pavilion with brands like Vacheron Constantin and Jaeger Lecoultre- clearly a category that men love. Apart from this there will be a showcase of made-to-measure men’s suits, styling tips for the groom from Vogue experts and a very exclusive Malts appreciation session with an International Mixologist.

From the biggest fashion trends to follow to exclusive styling tips; there is much that awaits you, in the STYLING TIPS FOR THE GROOM master-class session with Vogue Expert- Anaita Adajania Shroff. According to Anaita, one can see a return to old -world-charm sensibility, especially when it comes to men’s fashion for wedding wear; use of a lot of rich fabric, jewelled tones, and uncut stones for embellishments to give that look of regal splendour.  Because, the wedding functions are so spread out, today, you have the choice to experiment with various styles and fabrics; well-tailored suits for cocktails, linens for mehendi etc. The safas are no longer the simple orange or red, but use beautiful brocade work. The mojaris are also increasingly becoming a popular choice of accessory with a lot of them getting customized.   There are three strong trends: the use of gold, but in the sense of a more old world and therefore dull gold.  Ivory, is always in trend and Velvet, but used in highlights. Using tone on tone and self-motifs in the design is also in style, currently. Embroidered Jodhpurs, jewelled tone ajkan with white jodhpurs are some of the popular looks.

1. Grooms  wear by Tarun Tahiliani
According to couturier, Tarun Tahiliani, grooms should wear whatever they are comfortable in and also select pieces that reflect their personal style and not follow trends blindly. What has been a great hit is that because of structured draping in menswear, it has enabled men to wear silhouettes like never before. “The last time I wore a dhoti was about 15-18 years back which came off and now I am wearing it again because thanks to the draping expertise, one can wear pre-draped pants and dhotis and keep the elegance of another time but again in a contemporary way”.

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Creations by Tarun Tahiliani

Details about his collection for Grooms at the Vogue Wedding Show 2014
The Menswear collection uses a plentiful of gold, unconventional pistachio, deep oranges and an even wilder punk palette for luxurious linings, Mughal motifs depicted detailed procession in print being one of the more indulgent ones. The collection includes sherwanis with cummerbunds, bundis and jodhpuris.

2. Grooms wear by JJ Valaya
According to couturier, JJ Valaya, Indian men are becoming open to experimentation far more than they were a few years ago. Owing to the wonderful heritage of royalty and craft, they are no longer afraid to embrace both with equal zest! What’s trendy for grooms this season is luxurious fabrics, unusual colours and exquisite detailing, along with attention to detail in terms of accessories such as the safa, shoes, jewels etc.

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Details about his collection for Grooms at the Vogue Wedding Show 2014
The new collection, The Nautch of Fez will be previewed first at the Vogue Wedding Show, and then showcased in the Finale of the BMW India Bridal Week. Several pieces including newer cuts and treatments for grooms are on the cards. Lots of layering and subdued texturing overlaid with exquisite embroideries and surface embellishments.

3. Luxury Watches
When it comes to accessories, the watch remains the prime statement of fashion. At display are LUXURY WATCHES:
- Jaeger-Lecoultre – Crafted with passion, these luxury watchmakers present rare timepieces, each with legacy of 180 years of expertise and design.
- Vacheron Constantin – Treasured timepieces made with luxurious Swiss precision and art.

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4. The Art of Malt Mixology
Designed for the discerning gentleman who appreciates rare and exclusive malts– Zippy Zapert, Diageo Reserve Brand Ambassador and Master Mixologist will unravel the mystique, heritage and trends behind the spirit.

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5. Exclusively for men
The latest collection in men’s fashion wear by TAILORMADE

Register now to get invited to the year’s most exclusive bridal extravaganza- The Vogue Wedding Show 2014

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