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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’.

Red-Sharik Verma8BGroom in a Studio Aboutir outfit and bride in a Sabyasachi Lehenga. Photo courtesy- Sharik Verma for Bridélan

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 the ‘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.

perniaqureshi6 Pernia Qureshi walked the ramp for Meera & Muzzafar Ali of Kotwara designs at India Couture Week 2014

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 now has stores everywhere 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 specialize in finely handcrafted designer jewellery.     

0W9A9097 Zoya jewellery. Photo courtesy- Dev Purbiya

_MG_5630Zoya Jadau jewellery. Photo Courtesy- Vinit Bhatt for Bridélan

Tanishq wsol Tanishq jewellery worn by a bride-to-be at WeddingSutra on Location. Photo courtesy- Shreya Sen

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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.

saree collageFusion sarees by Manish Malhotra, Gaurav Gupta and Amit Aggarwal

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 realizes 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 realize 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.

Raw Mango1A family wearing Raw Mango at a wedding. Photo courtesy- Raw Mango

Bridélan is a premium styling and personal shopping services 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.

Kareena Kapoor Khan in Manish Malhotra

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.

Tarun Tahiliani@Ensemble Bridal Fete Preview
Creation by Tarun Tahiliani

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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Creations by Varun Bahl

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

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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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.

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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

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