A Couture Soirée By Manish Malhotra

Manish Malhotra unveiled his couture line, ‘THE EMPRESS’ STORY’ at the Amazon India Couture Week yesterday.  The collection very elegantly spotlights Indian detailing on classic Western silhouettes – think textured fabrics, voluminous gown-like silhouettes that could be worn as lehengas, trails of exquisite silk – lending the woman an air of majesty. The colour palette ranges from metallic silver and antique gold to rich burgundy, old rose pink, pearl grey and coffee brown.

The finale show also shared a glimpse into the Manish Malhotra Men’s Collection – replete with structured jackets, trench coats and waistcoats, in hues of blue and black with a touch of intricate embroidery. The evening also featured handcrafted shoes for the gentlemen – marking the brand’s first-ever foray into accessories. The Men’s Collection will be available at the brand’s much-awaited standalone men’s boutique in Delhi this winter.

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Lehenga Spotting at Lakmé Fashion Week – Part 1

From luxurious indulgence to quirky and dramatic, we spotted a range of lehengas at the Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015 that will interest brides-to-be’s. In the part 1 of the series, we bring you the best from the first few days of the Show.

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With WeddingSutra on Location- Esha Shah

As part of our initiative WeddingSutra on Location, we invited three brides-to-be for a unique experience at Manish Malhotra’s couture store in Khar, Mumbai. Starting with a Style Consultation, followed by a Makeover and a Photo Shoot, each of the participants got an opportunity to interact with some of the best names in Bridal & Wedding services.

Here, in the last of the three-part series, bride-to-be Esha Shah writes about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location at Manish Malhotra.

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“I visit WeddingStura.com regularly, looking for new ideas and references for my wedding. It’s a great resource to know about all the latest bridal trends and WeddingSutra on Location is one of their features that I always enjoy reading. Needless to say I was absolutely thrilled when WeddingSutra invited me for a shoot at Manish Malhotra’s flagship store in Khar.

Once I reached the store I was welcomed by the WeddingSutra team. They were very warm and friendly and showed me some of the shortlisted bridal outfits. The moment I mentioned to them that I love the look of the color pink on me, they suggested a stunning raw silk lehenga in pink with very intricate jaal work and a gold sequin embroidered border. The raw silk material gave it a very royal look and feel, and it was teamed with a raw silk embroidered blouse and pink net dupatta with buttis. After I slipped into the lehenga, the team at Manish Malhotra store helped me with a few fittings that were required, and then it looked absolutely perfect.

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Once we were done with the outfit selection, I was introduced to make-up and hair expert duo- Kumar Iyer and Laksh Singh. They were so sweet and patient, and really took time in understanding my skin and preferences. Since I like to leave my hair down, we decided to do a half up-do with a dramatic maangtikka from Azva. As for the make-up, Kumar did a wonderful job in keeping it very natural with just some drama around the eyes and pink lips.

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To bring the look all together, team WeddingSutra selected gorgeous long earrings from Azva, which complimented the headpiece and lehenga. All ready, I looked at myself in the mirror, and I was ecstatic to see my complete bridal look!

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Finally it was time for the shutterbugs. I was introduced to photographer Shreya Sen who was such a pleasure to work with and made the session fun and enjoyable.

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The entire experience with WeddingSutra on Location was amazing to say the least. I’m taking back so many useful insights for my big day. Thank you team WeddingSutra!”

Esha’s Look
Makeup artist Kumar Iyer found Esha’s face an absolute delight to work on. He started with Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Concealer in Honey around her eyes and then used Lakmé Absolute Mattreal White Intense Skin Cover Foundation in Beige Honey to create a base and even out her skin tone. He later applied the Lakmé Absolute White Intense Wet and Dry Compact to set the base. Kumar created little drama with her eyes using Lakmé Absolute Drama Stylist Shadow Duos in Pink Wink and gave her strong winged eyes with Lakmé Absolute Gel Addict Eyeliner in Black. He then curled her lashes and applied three coats of Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Dramatic Eyes Mascara to open up her eyes. Esha mentioned to Kumar that lipsticks don’t stay on her, so he used the Lakmé Absolute Lip Tint in Pink Sorbet to stain her lips and one coat of Lakmé Absolute Plump & Shine Lip Gloss in Cherry Shine. Kumar felt that her face needed no contouring, so he just brushed few stokes of the Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Blush onto her cheeks. Finally, Esha’s hair was blow dried with some extensions to give volume and then tonged and curled to give a soft fresh look.

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If you’re getting married in 2015 and would like to be a part of WeddingSutra On Location*, write to us at weddingsutra@gmail.com with your name, link to your FB profile and wedding date. Selected 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

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Outfit- Manish Malhotra
Jewellery- Azva
Makeup – Kumar Iyer for Lakmé Absolute
Hairstyling- Laksh Singh
Shoot Management–Tejal Karlekar, Kashmera Samant, Neelam Lakhani
Photographs byShreya Sen

With WeddingSutra on Location- Khushboo Gala

As part of our initiative WeddingSutra on Location, we invited three brides-to-be for a unique experience at Manish Malhotra’s couture store in Khar, Mumbai. Starting with a Style Consultation, followed by a Makeover and a Photo Shoot, each of the participants got an opportunity to interact with some of the best names in Bridal & Wedding services.

Here, in the second of the three-part series, bride-to-be Khushboo Gala blogs about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location at Manish Malhotra.

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“WeddingSutra on Location is an experience like no other and so many brides-to-want to be on Location and I too was hoping I would get the opportunity. When I got a call from WeddingSutra informing me that I was selected for the next one, I was thrilled. But I was on cloud nine when I found out that it is happening at Manish Malhotra’s Store! And I couldn’t wait to see myself as a Manish Malhotra bride!

The day arrived, and after the initial round of introductions with team WeddingSutra and the experts, I was shown the ace couturier’s latest bridal collection. There were so many beautiful outfits, all of which I loved, in fact I was quite confused. But thankfully there was an able team to help me! I decided to try a gorgeous sangeet outfit, a lime green georgette lehenga with Kashmiri tilla highlighted work. It had a nice mix of gold and silver work, and the full sequin blouse and heavily embroidered lime green dupatta brought out its charm. And once I tried it on, I was sure this was the one!

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Next up was the make-up session with renowned makeup artist Kumar Iyer. When you are in such experienced hands, all your apprehensions disappear! I left everything up to him, and he gave me an out-and-out glamorous look with glittery eyes and dark lips. He then left my hair on one side, adding so much more grace to my overall look! Jewellery by AZVA completed the look and now I ‘felt’ like a bride I always wanted to be.

Next was photo shoot time with candid photographer Shreya Sen. Being someone who is a little camera shy, I had my doubts on how well I could pose. But Shreya put me at ease, I enjoyed the session and it was a perfect end to a memorable day. Thank you WeddingSutra for the wonderful experience and making me feel like a celebrity bride for the day!”

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Khushboo’s Look
Khushboo has light and translucent skin and full lips. Kumar used the Lakmé Absolute Face Stylist Foundation in Golden Medium for the base which blended beautifully into her skin. He then emphasized her eyes with a touch of Lakmé Absolute Color Illusion Eye Shadow in Blue Pearl and finished with Lakmé Absolute Gel Addict Eyeliner in Black and Lakmé Absolute Kohl Ultimate to give a smudged look. To complete the eye makeup, Kumar applied multiple coats of Lakmé Absolute Flutter Secrets Dramatic Eyes Mascara on Khushboo’s long lashes. He also brushed on a hint of Lakmé Absolute Cheek Chromatic Baked Blusher in Day Blush on her cheeks. Kumar adds, “Her lips were the pièce de résistance”. He started with a coat of Lakmé Absolute Lip Tint in Wine Punch shade and topped them with Lakmé Absolute Gloss Addict in Plum Perfect shade for a fabulous and full pout. Hair Stylist Laksh Singh blow dried her hair and after adding few extensions, he styled her hair in waves clipped to one side to add glamour.

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If you’re getting married in 2015 and would like to be a part of WeddingSutra On Location*, write to us at weddingsutra@gmail.com with your name, link to your FB profile and wedding date. Selected 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

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Outfit- Manish Malhotra
Jewellery- Azva
Makeup – Kumar Iyer for Lakmé Absolute
Hairstyling- Laksh Singh
Shoot Management–Tejal Karlekar, Kashmera Samant, Neelam Lakhani
Photographs by- Shreya Sen

Behind the Scenes- WeddingSutra on Location@Manish Malhotra

We hosted our last WeddingSutra on Location at the studio of top couturier and Bollywood’s favorite designer- Manish Malhotra. The three brides-to-be who were ecstatic to experience a dress rehearsal in his signature ensembles were Purva Kewlani, Esha Shah and Khushboo Gala.

Photographed by Shreya Sen, here are some of the behind the scene moments– team WeddingSutra managing it all, makeovers by Makeup Artist Kumar Iyer with the Lakmé Absolute range, hairstyling by Laksh Singh and jewellery by Azva.

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Keep logging on to www.weddingsutra.com/blog, as we will soon feature more photos of the final look of each bride-to-be and what they personally had to say about their wow experience with WeddingSutra on Location at Manish Malhotra.

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Makeup – Kumar Iyer for Lakmé Absolute
Hairstyling- Laksh Singh
Jewellery- Azva
Photographs by- Shreya Sen

B-town descends for Hinduja Wedding in Udaipur, J Lo to perform

Last week WeddingSutra first broke the news that J Lo is coming to India– for Anu Mahtani and Sanjay Hinduja’s grand nuptials in Udaipur (click here to read the post). A few representatives from national and electronic media got in touch with us soon after to know more, but we could only share what we published. And while the elite guests and globe-trotters are enjoying the celebrations and looking forward to J Lo’s performance, here’s more.

The celebration started with a pre-wedding bash at the Hinduja residence in Juhu after which the girls side (the Mahtanis who live in Mount Pleasant Road, Malabar Hill) hosted a party at the Taj Mahal Hotel, Mumbai. The action commenced in Udaipur yesterday afternoon with the arrival of many high profile guests at the Airport. Event Planners Cox & Kings and representatives of the several hotels where the guests are staying- Lake Palace, Udai Vilas, Leela, Radisson and The Lalit were there to welcome the guests who included top industrialists Kumaramangalam Birla and Anil Ambani, actors Shilpa Shetty, Preity Zinta, Chunky Pandey, Dino Morea and master couturier Manish Malhotra.

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Clockwise from top left- Preity Zinta and Manish Malhotra, Chunky Pandey, Dino Morea, Queenie Singh & Rishi Sethia and Shilpa Shetty.

At the welcome party last night, Terence Lewis and his troupe gave a scintillating dance performance after which American Artist Nicole Scherzinger, the ex lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls was the star performer. As we write this post the Mehendi celebrations are on and tonight is the Sangeet where family members and close friends will be dancing; this will be followed by a performance by Vishal-Shekhar, and appearances by B-town stars (in all probability Malaika Arora Khan and Akshay Kumar). As for J Lo, the entertainment managers (Wedniksha- a division of Wizcraft) and the hosts have not revealed if she will be performing tonight or post the wedding ceremony tomorrow. One of the guests quipped “they want to keep it as a surprise or for security reasons its a secret. In fact other guests are even wondering if its J Lo or some other top international artiste for the finale act at the sangeet or post wedding party.”

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While Udaipur is talking about the international artists, some of the biggest names from the world of weddings and Indian entertainment are involved with the three day celebrations. The main event planners are Cox & Kings, while Aditya Motwane is the wedding planner from the bride’s side. Wedniksha (a division of Wizcraft) are taking care of the entertainment while Dhun Cordo from Mumbai is orchestrating the decor and design. Top photographers Badal & Raja Jain, makeup maestro Mickey Contractor, ace choreographer Rajendra Masterji and many other wedding specialists are among those in Udaipur today.

Watch this space for more!

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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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Tanzila Potia:
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.

Khushboo Gala:
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