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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.

Valaya 1Creations by JJ Valaya

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

5 reasons you must be at the Vogue Wedding Show 2014

The Vogue Wedding Show is a three-day bridal extravaganza, curated by Vogue showcasing the best, latest and most exclusive services in the bridal world. Many WeddingSutra readers are looking forward to attending this show, and for many others who want to know what makes this show truly special, here’s more

- Personally meet and interact with the country’s leading bridal wear designers. All your favorites, from Sabyasachi Mukherjee to Tarun Tahiliani, Manish Malhotra and JJ Valaya, Monisha Jaising all under one roof.

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Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Tarun TahilianiBrides-to-be in creations by Tarun Tahiliani. Photo courtesy- Shreya Sen

Manish MalhotraA bride-to-be in a creation by Manish Malhotra. Photo courtesy- Dev Purbiya

- A private and exclusive viewing of India’s most exquisite jewellery. Look out for the coveted collections of Begani, Rose, Nirav Modi, Amrapali, Anmol, Raj Mahtani and many more.

Begani JewelsBegani Jewels. Photo courtesy- Shreya Sen

- Access to master classes with industry experts sharing insights and tips on décor, makeup, skincare and wellness. Meet and consult with leading names like Vandana Mohan, Malavika Kohli, Rod Anker, Namrata Soni, and many more.

- Grooms can browse through the latest menswear collections from leading designers and indulge in special master classes on lifestyle trends, malts and more.

- From unique gifting ideas to luxury watch brands, the country’s best wedding makers to bespoke menswear, all this and more at the Vogue Wedding Show 2014

We asked ace Wedding Designer Vandana Mohan who is closely associated with the show to share a wedding planning tip she’d like to share with WeddingSutra readers. “Before I share a tip I typically ask 100 hundred questions”, quips Vandana. “The first question I am often asked by most brides-to-be is- ‘how can you make my wedding truly different’. And my answer is, its not me or any other wedding specialist who can make your wedding different. Its upon you, your fiancé and your families to make it different. It is natural for every bride to be confused– initially she may not know what she wants, or many choices may leave her bewildered. But my one tip to every bride-to-be is- you must have a dream for your wedding. Dream big and then figure out what you like and love, and then go ahead and enjoy the journey.”

The Vogue Wedding Show is being held for the second time at a destination that has been the perfect venue for glittering wedding celebrations since many many years- Taj Palace, New Delhi. So if you’re there make sure you meet the Taj Hotel teams who work with you to give unique experiences- unique menus designed for each ceremony, gorgeous choices for indoor and outdoor banquet rooms, beautiful accommodations and the expert catering team that thrives on making every detail of the event extravagant, elegant and lively.

With a week left to go, register now, to be invited for the country’s most exclusive bridal extravaganza.  Guests are requested to call on 9920274470 or visit www.vogueweddingshow.in for more information.

THE VOGUE WEDDING SHOW 2014
Date: August 1-3, 2014
Destination: Taj Palace, New Delhi

Manish Malhotra showcases ‘Portraits’ at India Couture Week 2014

Here is yet another stunning bridal collection from Manish Malhotra with exquisitely crafted lehengas featuring elaborate vintage motifs, delicate Kashmiri embroidery and old-world mirror-work. While the fabrics and silhouettes appeal to contemporary sartorial sensibilities, the detailed embroidery is reminiscent of Indian craftsmanship of yore. The collection is crafted in velvet and silks with the color palette ranging from soft shades of beige and gold, salmon pink to hues of rust orange and red. We can’t stop raving about the  beautiful red Lehenga that Alia Kapoor walked the runway in.

Alia Bhatt, Manish Malhotra & Aditya Roy Kapoor
Alia Bhatt and Aditya Roy Kapoor walked the runway in a beautiful red Lehenga and an elegant beige and gold sherwani jacket respectively.

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Alia Bhatt in Manish Malhotra

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The collection also showcased ensembles for men, which in keeping with the inspiration included a confluence of old-world and modern elements.

Manish Malhotra’s ‘Portraits’ derives its inspiration from the innate desire to capture moments of beauty and make them timeless. Speaking about his inspiration Manish said, “Portraits’ as the name suggests is an endeavour to translate the magic of a bride’s most special moments and weave them into a tactile expression. The collection is reminiscent of past eras and hallowed traditions but is conveyed in the language of today. I was inspired by the Indian neo-bride whilst creating this collection. She is a woman of today – individualistic and inspired, yet elegant. And these are the very qualities that she seeks in her trousseau. In keeping with this, Portraits integrates vintage embroidery in gold dust with jewel-toned colours to recreate a play between then and now. I have always been fascinated by the ethereal touch of Kashmiri Zari work and this collection sees intricate embroidery by some of the region’s master craftsmen. Some of this detailing has taken over four months to develop…bringing to life different expressions of ‘Gold’, from antique vintage gold to old-world yellow gold and more. The Zari coupled with elaborate ivory thread-work are set against a back-drop of luscious beige and grape-wine silks to emerald and ruby red velvet and tulle. For indeed, what is a portrait without attention to detail!”

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With WeddingSutra on Location- Pooja Gopalani

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 (West), Mumbai. Starting with a Style Consultation, a Makeover and a Photo shoot, each of the participants got to interact with some of the best names in Bridal & Wedding services.

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

“Being a wedding photographer myself, I’ve been following WeddingSutra for a long time. Many of my clients are big fans of WeddingSutra too, and its literally their ‘bible’ during the wedding planning process. With my own wedding coming up, I visit the blog almost every day and that’s when I came across ‘WeddingSutra on Location’. I loved the concept, and the thought of being in front of the camera (for a change) seemed quite exciting. So I wrote to them and was thrilled when I got an invite for WeddingSutra on Location at Manish Malhotra’s store.

When I entered Manish Malhotra’s store I was greeted by the WeddingSutra team who introduced me to Wedding Planner Neha Shroff. She was very sweet and friendly and enquired about my wedding functions after which she helped me check out some of the creations on display. I liked many creations from Manish’s stunning collection but what caught my attention was a magenta raw silk lehenga. I loved the intricate pitta work on it, and it looked both beautiful and glamorous. With Neha’s help, I paired the outfit with a pair of chaand balis and a maang tikka from Amrapali, and the overall look was just perfect.

Next, I met Ojas Rajani for my hair and makeup. I’ve always been a ‘no makeup’ person, so I left it to her to decide on the look. After around an hour when I saw the transformation I was stunned! I loved the way Ojas highlighted my eyes and styled my hair. In one hour my perception about makeup changed and I was convinced about the wonders makeup can do when done properly!

It was now time for the photo shoot with Wedding Photographer Dev Purbiya. It was an amazing experience altogether to be in front of the camera and I had lots of fun posing as Dev captured some candid shots.

I am so glad that ‘WeddingSutra on Location’ happened to me. The whole experience was fabulous, and helped me overcome many biases and appreciate newer trends in bridal styles. Thank you WeddingSutra for putting this together.”

If you’re getting married in 2014 and would like to be a part of ‘WeddingSutra on Location’ write to us (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).

Pooja’s Look
Jewellery- Amrapali
Outfit – Manish Malhotra
Makeup & Hair- Ojas Rajani
Styling- Neha Shroff (Momente Wedding Planners)
Shoot Management- Anshu Kalwani and Tejal Karlekar
Photos Courtesy- Dev Purbiya

With WeddingSutra on Location- Akrati Massand

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 (West), Mumbai. Starting with a Style Consultation, a Makeover and a Photo shoot, each of the participants got to interact with some of the best names in Bridal & Wedding services.

Here in the second of the three-part series, bride-to-be Akrati Massand tells us about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location.

“I am based in the US, and I have been following WeddingSutra for a few months. It has been an incredibly useful tool for wedding planning, and I have got so many ideas and so much inspiration from WeddingSutra! One day I was reading about WeddingSutra on Location and the whole initiative sounded very interesting; two weeks later I was in India for my wedding shopping, and I wrote to them indicating my interest in WeddingSutra on Location; a week later, they contacted me, their next On Location was at Manish Malhotra who happens to be my favorite designer. Needless to say I was thrilled!

On the day of the shoot, I was beyond excited! Upon entering the studio, I was greeted by the WeddingSutra team who introduced me to Neha Shroff of Momente Wedding Planners. She asked me more about my wedding and with her help I chose a baby pink lehenga, which reminded me of a very modern Bollywood look, and we paired it with a gorgeous polki diamond choker set by Amrapali. With the modern lehenga and traditional jewellery, the look had changed completely. I instantly fell in love with the combination and got a clear picture of how I wanted to look on my big day!

Next, I was introduced to makeup artist, Ojas Rajani. Getting glammed up by her was so much fun, she made me feel so relaxed! She gave me a very soft look, which made me feel so beautiful and confident and I couldn’t wait for the photo session to start!

I then met Candid Photographer Dev Purbiya who was incredibly pleasant to work with. His talent and love for his work was very obvious, he was amazing at what he did! He guided me on how to pose which was a big help since I have never had the opportunity to get photographed by a professional photographer.

Overall, my experience with WeddingSutra on Location was phenomenal! I had a great time and was able to get a clear vision of how I would like to look on my wedding day. Thank you WeddingSutra for this unforgettable experience!”

If you’re getting married in 2014 and would like to be a part of ‘WeddingSutra on Location’ write to us (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).

Akrati’s Look
Jewellery- Amrapali
Outfit – Manish Malhotra
Makeup & Hair- Ojas Rajani
Styling- Neha Shroff (Momente Wedding Planners)
Shoot Management- Anshu Kalwani and Tejal Karlekar
Photos Courtesy- Dev Purbiya

With WeddingSutra on Location- Rakhee Jain

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 (West), Mumbai. Starting with a Style Consultation, a Makeover and a Photo shoot, each of the participants got to interact with some of the best names in Bridal & Wedding services.

Here in the first of the three-part series, bride-to-be Rakhee Jain, blogs about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location.

“I’ve always loved playing dress up, so when I was invited for WeddingSutra on Location at Manish Malhotra’s store, I was super excited. His is one of the first names that come to your mind when you think Bridal Couture, so this was something I was really looking forward to!

When I reached the store on the day of the shoot, I first met Wedding Planner Neha Shroff who took me around to help me make my selection. There were so many stunning options to choose from, but when I saw this beautiful Royal Blue Lehenga, I knew I had to look no further, it was just the perfect ensemble for a Sangeet or Reception. My selection was made and I was ready for makeup and hair.

Make-up artist Ojas Rajani is an angel with a brush as her magic wand, and I’m a huge fan of her work. All I did was ask her to give me a glamorous look to go well with my outfit, and she completely outshone my request. She gave me smokey eyes, subtle lips and a half up do with soft curls on the loose ends.

Finally it was time for the photo shoot. Candid Photographer Dev Purbiya made it very easy for me to pose and he even shared a few tips on how to look more comfortable in front of it. As I got the gist, it turned out to be more fun getting individual as well as composite shots with the other brides.

The whole experience was extremely special and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I felt really happy with the way I looked and came back even more confident about myself, and with a clearer insight on my look for the big day. Thank you WeddingSutra Team for this wonderful experience.”

If you’re getting married in 2014 and would like to be a part of ‘WeddingSutra on Location’ write to us (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).

Rakhee’s Look
Jewellery- Gehna Jewellers and ORRA
Outfit – Manish Malhotra
Makeup & Hair- Ojas Rajani
Styling- Neha Shroff (Momente Wedding Planners)
Shoot Management- Anshu Kalwani and Tejal Karlekar
Photos Courtesy- Dev Purbiya

Behind the Scenes- WeddingSutra on Location@Manish Malhotra

We hosted our last WeddingSutra on Location at Manish Malhotra’s couture store at Khar, Mumbai. The three brides-to-be we invited were thrilled beyond words when we informed them that the shoot is taking place at the studio of the designer who is a favorite among Bollywood’s A-list stars.

Akrati Masand, a teacher in the US who was in India for her wedding shopping, Rakhee Jain, a PR consultant, and Pooja Gopalani, a Candid Wedding Photographer (who was glad to be ‘on the other side’ for a change) had their ‘big day’ rehearsal in Manish Malhotra’s elaborate and rich ensembles. Here are some photos of the behind the scene moments where Makeup Maestro Ojas Rajani got them ready, and Fashion and Wedding Photographer Dev Purbiya clicked them in their stunning best.

Watch this space as we showcase more photos of the brides-to-be going glam at WeddingSutra on Location with Manish Malhotra, and what each of them had to say about the special experience.

Location- Manish Malhotra Couture Store
Makeup & Hair- Ojas Rajani
Styling- Neha Shroff (Momente Wedding Planners)
Jewellery- Amrapali, Gehna Jewellers and ORRA
Photos Courtesy- Dev Purbiya

Actress Aamna Sharif ties the knot

Television actress Aamna Sharif married film distributor-turned-producer Amit Kapoor last week. The four day celebrations commenced with a traditional Mehendi and the finale Reception was held on 27th December at Taj Land’s End, Mumbai.


Aamna Sharif and Amit Kapoor


Abhay Deol and Preeti Desai


Actor Nikhil Dwiwedi and his wife Gauri Pandit


Nach Baliye 5′ couple Shefali Zariwala and Parag Tyagi


Teejay Sidhu and Karanveer Bohra


Actress Suddepa Singh who starred in the film ‘Action Replayy’


Aamna and Amit with Mouni Roy and Sanjeeda Sheikh

Aamna looking stunning in a royal blue velvet lehenga by Manish Malhotra, which she teamed with elaborate kundan jewellery.

With WeddingSutra on Location- Saloni Bajaj

As part of our initiative ‘WeddingSutra on Location’, we invited four brides-to-be for a unique experience at Ensemble, the multi designer store near Lions Gate, Mumbai. Starting with a Style Consultation, a Makeover and a Photo shoot, each of the participants got to interact with some of the best names in Bridal & Wedding services. Here in the last of the four-part series, bride-to-be Saloni Bajaj, a Business Strategy Consultant at Deloitte blogs about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location at Ensemble.

“The last few months have been most hectic because of my work schedule, plus the planning & coordination for my wedding which is taking place in my home town. But no matter how stressed I am, thinking about the different looks and what would suit me best gets me dreamy. Ever since my wedding date got fixed WeddingSutra has been my ‘Go To’ resource for everything shopping-related. While browsing through the Facebook fanpage one day I read a bride-to-be’s experience with WeddingSutra on Location. The opportunity to dress in a creation by an iconic designer, get a makeover and meet different wedding experts sounded most exciting. So I wrote to WeddingSutra, and I was thrilled when a few weeks later I received an invitation to WeddingSutra on Location at Ensemble.

On the day of the shoot, a Thursday morning, I decide to leave home early to beat the traffic. I reached Ensemble fifteen minutes before the scheduled time. On reaching the store, the WeddingSutra team introduced me to the experts they had invited- Wedding Planner Neha Shroff, Makeup Artist Kumar Iyer and Photographer Shreya Sen. My ‘play bride-to-be’ session started with looking at the bridal wear on display and I couldn’t stop admiring all the creations wondering how I’ll be able to choose one outfit to wear; then my eyes fell on a gorgeous pink sari, I looked at it closely, it was a Manish Malhotra creation, in net fabric with gold embroidery, delicate trimmings and paired with a sleeveless sequinned blouse. I decided to try it on and I liked it even more. To complete the look, Neha Shroff helped me with the jewellery options. We chose a necklace set studded with uncut diamonds, and matched it with a dull gold bangle.

Next, I got my Makeup done by Kumar Iyer. As per his advice, I decided to go ‘glamorous’. I was relaxed while he worked with the brushes and colors, he made me feel comfortable, and I was sure I will like his work! Makeup complete I looked at the mirror, and I knew this is the look I wanted for my wedding.

Finally, it was the photo shoot with Shreya Sen. Initially I thought ‘posing’ will be a bit cumbersome, but Shreya made it simple and easy, and I faced the camera happily. For 20 minutes, I felt I was a ‘super model’. Shoot over, I looked at my watch, and suddenly realised that I had spent more than three hours at Ensemble. I left the store happy that I had taken the effort to commute a long distance for this awesome mid-week break!”

If you’re getting married in 2014 and would like to be a part of ‘WeddingSutra on Location’ write to us (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).

Saloni’s Look
Jewellery- Gehna Jewellers
Outfit – Manish Malhotra (available at Ensemble)
Makeup & Hair- Kumar Iyer and associate Hairstylist Laksh Singh
Styling- Neha Shroff (Momente Wedding Planners)
Shoot Management- Tejal Karlekar and Anshu Kalwani
Photographs Courtesy- Shreya Sen

Manish Malhotra’s collection inspired by eras of fashion in Indian Cinema

Manish Malhotra presented a festive collection to celebrate 100 years of Indian Cinema. The collection was showcased at an Annual Gala at Grosvenor House, London. Bollywood actresses’ Bipasha Basu and Esha Gupta walked the ramp for Manish.


Bipasha Basu walking the ramp for Manish Malhotra

An ardent fan of the movies, Manish recreated the magic of past decades for the runway. The collection was inspired by eras of fashion in Indian Cinema, from 1913 to 2013. It paid homage to the distinctive sartorial identity of every iconic period in Indian cinema. Speaking about his love for cinema and passion for fashion, Manish stated, “Cinema has been a part of my life and work for 23 years now and the essence of it reflects in my creations. When I got this meaningful opportunity to celebrate 100 years of cinema, I had to embrace it and showcase a memorable collection reflecting my equal love for cinema and fashion.”

The collection had simple and clean cuts, making it relevant to a specific vintage, yet keeping it wearable and stylish today, too. Embellishments included sequins and Kashmiri embroidery. The color palette chosen by Manish for this collection ranges from black & white, which reflected the earlier years to a wide array of deep summer hues on chiffons, georgette, silks and net fabrics.

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