Jul 24, 2012 Fashion & Bridal Wear
The perfect wedding day accessory for any bride who wants to add a bit of edge without sacrificing the whole outfit – McQueen Clutches. The silver knuckle, gold skulls and shimmering metallic accents add the right bit of whimsy to otherwise feminine lehengas.
Don’t believe us? We pick six outfits from some of our favorite fashion designers and pair them with iconic McQueen Clutches. The result is for you to see. Tell us if this is goth enough for you?
Shyamal and Bhumika
Chamee and Palak
Aug 23, 2011 Fashion & Bridal Wear
From vintage ethnicity to contemporary chic, Neeta Lulla presented a melange of styles and silhouettes embellished with the craft of Sri Hastakala Kalamkari from Andhra Pradesh. The gorgeous creations dazzled with vintage kundan and metal work on lush brocades of Banaras and the slinky gorgeous and sensuous nets, chiffon, French Laces and georgettes in stunning tones of deep red, Persian Green, rust and gold, which gave the ensembles a heritage touch.
Apr 14, 2011 Wedding Photographers
The finale round for the Kodak Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the Year 2010 was a unique face-off round, with six finalists. The six finalists shot a mock wedding at The Wedding Cafe Lounge at Andheri (West)– complete with a bride and groom, dressed in wedding ensembles by bollywood’s favourite designer Neeta Lulla, jewellery by creative jewellery designer Varuna D Jani and make-up by Cory Walia. Here are the photographs by Vivek Sequeira winner of the Kodak Better Photography Wedding Photographer of the Year 2010.
Mar 1, 2011 Celeb Weddings to Watch out for
Model Anjali Raut will be tying the knot with Akshaay Gill later this year. She tells us more: “Akshaay is from Chandigarh and has been working in Singapore since long. We met in Singapore around eight years ago, my dad who is with Air India was posted there and we were introduced through common friends.” Anjali who has been walking the ramp in Mumbai since few years, is excited about shifting base to Singapore. “I love the place, its very much like Mumbai and thanks to so many Indians there you don’t feel you’re living abroad.”
Anjali Raut and Akshaay Gill
Anjali’s mother is Russian, and father a Maharashtrian, senior model Alesia Raut is her elder sister. Her winter wedding will be a Big Fat Punjabi Wedding in Chandigarh. “The wedding will be at the Gurudwara after which will be the fun festivities—singing, dancing and celebrations, I’m so looking forward to it.” And what does the pretty model, who has walked the ramp for so many designers plan to wear for her wedding. “For the Roka, my good friend Nishka Lulla helped me put together a beautiful green anarkali. And for the engagement, I wore an orange saree by her mother Neeta Lulla. Ever since I can remember I have wanted to wear a Neeta Lulla for my wedding—so for the wedding I will wear a creation by my favourite designer Neeta Lulla.”
The engagement in Chandigarh, Anjali wore a saree by Neeta Lulla accessorised with Jewellery from Silver Queen, Santacruz. With elder sister Alesia Raut and her son and best friend model Deepa Chari.
There was plenty of bling on display at the Amby Valley Bridal Week amidst showstoppers like Dia Mirza, Kangana Ranaut and Urmila Matondkar. Here are a few highlights:
Nisha Sagar dressed Urmila in a crystal corset with a fully embroidered zardozi green lehenga and dupatta.
Kangana walked for designer duo Anjalee and Arjun Kapoor in a salmon pink coloured trail lehenga with silver crystal embroidery.
Dia Mirza walks for Rocky S in an angelic White lehenga.
Neeta Lulla’s showstoppers were actress Konkana Bakshi in a blue and red bridal creation, Sonya Mehra in a pastel green lehenga, Nargis in a silver and white ethnic ensemble, Shreya Saran in a pink ornate lehenga and her daughter Nishka in a red and blue lehenga set.
Mar 20, 2010 Fashion & Bridal Wear
This was truly a decade that changed the face of Indian fashion. From Chandni Chowk to High couture – the bridal fashion has come a long way. And leading the charge were some designers who made traditional trendy. Here are our Ten favorite Bridal Designers of the Decade.
The undisputed queen of bridal couture, Ritu Kumar reinvented the bridal market in the noughties with innumerous brides clamouring to to own a Ritu Kumar original creation. She has a unique style of her own which includes beautiful fabrics, stunning colors and intricate zardozi, bandhani and chikan work – very traditional silhouettes but very classy and contemporary feel. It helped that many celebrity brides and Miss India contestants flaunted her lehengas in public eye.
Tahiliani believes a bride’s dream is, “Opulent, grand and majestic – and yet contemporary”. He’s dressed every major celebrity bride – from Elizabeth Hurley to Shilpa Shetty. Style, craftsmanship, quality and refinement are the defining symbols of Tarun’s garments. No wonder his lehengas and sarees are heirlooms and wearing a Tarun Tahiliani outfit is a defining moment for most brides.
His name is synonymous with Bollywood fashion and his starry clients include the Kapoor sisters, Kajol, Aishwarya, Preity and Urmila. Think of those gorgeous brides in Karan Johar movies and you know who dressed them – Manish Malhotra, tinseltown’s favourite designer. Very popular with the NRI set, his bridal outfits are all about breathtaking colors, rich fabrics, detailed textures and delicate embellishments.
The poster boy of Indian fashion industry understands Indian clothing, culture and mindset like no other designer. And his designs are far too eclectic to be understood by everyone but that’s where lies his appeal. A Sabyasachi is an absolute must-have for the well-heeled, from the socialites to Bollywood’s biggest stars and his bridal collections are usually sold out within says of launching. But what we love most is his sense of color – his palette consists mostly of earthy shades of olives, rusts, golds and rich browns. His clothes have a certain nostalgia about them – as if they belonged to beautiful women of an era gone by.
No one does opulence better than Valaya – without losing style and edge. His love for all things imperial translate into most gorgeous lehengas in silk brocade embellished with beadwork, embroidery, and crystals. Fit for a princess. Even more impressive is the fact that he has influenced men to drop their Armani suits and dress Indian to compliment their brides.
If you remember the exquisite and extravagant costumes of Jodhaa Akbar, Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, and Devdas, you know what to expect from Neeta Lulla – the queen of bollywood costumes. From Bollywood biggies to business families – Neeta Lulla’s clientele swear by her signature flowing, diaphanous lehengas and saris. She has had her share of misses but then who doesn’t.
A favorite of the social set, his clothes please and tease at the same time. He is celebrated for reinventing and resurrecting age old techniques like gold leaf printing. His bridal ensembles have a sexy edge and yet an incredible attention to detail and construction. His lehengas will make any bride feel graceful, stylish, elegant and sensuous.
The designers are hailed for reviving chikankari and making it oh so desirable. Voluptuous fabrics, the most intricate embroidery and embellishment and the finest finishes—that’s their trademark. Known to be the favourites of the Bachchan family and having had their designs being worn on the Oscar red carpet by none other than Dame Judi Dench, Jani and Khosla are also a favourite amongst the sophisticated in the wedding market. Their chikan and zardozi lehenga and sarees are work of art – you just have to have them.
The grand dame of Bridals, Pallavi Jaikishan launched her label in 1972. Since then, she has enjoyed tremendous success and her ensembles have become heirlooms of sorts – passed on down the generations. Her clothes are unapologetically ethnic with rich embroideries, bold colors and motifs. Although, she likes to keep a low profile, her clients include women from top industrialist families, movie stars as well as wives of international heads of states.
“Ankur Batra is the hottest pick for super-rich Delhi brides. My bridal clients are picking atleast one if not many outfits from him”, says Vipul Bhagat, a makeup artist to brides from business magnate families. If you haven’t heard about him, it’s because he is very secretive about his designs. He doesn’t show at fashion events, doesn’t retail from stores and only meets clients by appointment if he’s sure you can afford him. And the clients’ love that clothes that they order are really exclusive and no one else owns anything like that.
While the stuff they design may or may not creates waves, what they themselves wear gets a lot of attention– in print, magazines and social media, and always for the wrong reasons! Our question– Who do you think is the worst dressed fashion designer?
In our last post we said Timmy looks good in whatever he wears—we take back our words. For the Sangeet on 27th November, Esha glowed in a gold Neeta Lulla ensemble, but Timmy turned a bit too adventurous and wore a black sleeveless Nehru Jacket. Why sleeveless, we fail to understand! He didn’t look festive nor elegant— just stiff and staid! Timmy attempted to do a first time for the groom—in the pink pants, which he carried off well. Then he wore a heavily embroidered pink kurta, which also looked great. But he failed to impress in the ‘Groom in black’ look.
We loved Esha’s lehenga – but the long choli, we don’t get!