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‘Sabyasachi captured my spirit in the lehenga in his trademark style’ Band Baaja Bride Taruna shares her story

By Jaspreet Soni

When Taruna and Ravish’s Valentine’s Day wedding got fixed, they had no inkling that it would not only be their dream come true but also be the grandest moment of their life with fashion guru Sabyasachi dressing them up and NDTV Goodtimes show Band Baaja Bride making them feel like a real prince and princess.

Taruna and Ravish met each other through a matrimonial website. Ravish’s charming looks and chivalrous ways took Taruna’s heart away. One fine day by the beach, Ravish said to Taruna, “Happiness seems to begin with you and I want to stay happy forever.” She blushed and asked, “How do you plan to do that?” He replied, “I will get some Feviquick and glue you to myself!! So, Will you marry me?”. Prompt came her reply, “Yes I will.”

Taruna wrote to ‘Band Baaja Bride’ about her story and the struggle both sides went through to find a life partner and the next thing they knew they were on TV. Ravish had the initial paranoia of sharing the personal moments on television but as Taruna said, “We looked at the bigger picture. There are a lot of men and women who are going through the whole drill of matrimonial websites, meeting, concerns about genuineness. Even if one person sees hope through our story, the purpose is solved. ”

The highest point of the show for Taruna was the interaction with Sabyasachi. She says, “He is such a down to earth and humble person with no airs about his phenomenal stature. It was so easy talking to him and sharing the ideas. Things actually took off for me from there. He opened up his entire store for me, I wanted something in deep red with a punch of royalty. He brought to me an array of red lehengas with work from every corner of this country. The final outfit that I got was just so ‘me’. Sabyasachi captured my spirit in the lehenga in his trademark style.” She adds: “He also shared some very valuable insights. He pointed out that velvet is a fabric that not only makes the outfit look rich but can also handle the weight of the embroidery without weighing down on the waist. According to him, Indian skin looks best in deep red.”

Her jewelry for the wedding was by TBZ. She says, “Sabyasachi designed my jewelry working closely with the TBZ team. He suggested uncut diamonds- combination of pearls and emeralds would be the best. So we went for a semi-choker with gold pearls and emeralds and a maang tikka. To perfect the traditional wedding look, he also gave me a simple yet elegant nose ring.” For the post wedding shoot, Taruna wore gold jewelry from Popley Jewelers.

While the bride got all the attention, the groom also had his moments. Ravish says, ““Marriage is a far bigger occasion for a woman than a man in all practicality so I wanted this day to get as wonderful as it can for her. I am a finance guy so I had no clue how fashion and styling worked. It was interesting to see how colors came out in lighting and how shimmer was not the only thing and what a persona Sabyasachi is. He went to the extent of planning a surprise for me and gifted me a sherwani and a matching safa well-coordinated with Taruna’s lehenga.”

Delhi’s cold Valentine’s Day got all fuzzy and warm when this beautiful couple committed to each other for life.

Photographs Courtesy: Rajesh Tandon (New Delhi), Sayandeep Patro (Mumbai)

Bridal Asia hosts a glittering Fashion Show

Bridal Asia hosted their fashion show on 26th September in New Delhi. The designers participating in Bridal Asia 2011 include Sabyasachi, Siddharth Tytler, Shantanu & Nikhil, Falguni & Shane Peacock, Pallavi Jaikishan and Raghuvendra Rathore. Here are the pictures of the fashion show.

The Jewellery paired with all the creations is by Punjab Jewellers- Rajeev Verma.

The Bridal Asia exhibition is from 30th September to 2nd October 2011 at Hotel Ashoka, New Delhi.

Shane Peacock (left), Siddartha Tytler (right)

Pallavi Jaikishan

Raghuvendra Rathore


Sabyasachi’s colour fantasy@ Lakme Fashion Week

Sabyasachi’s collection would bring much happiness to the Punjabi girl thanks to his nostalgic collection taking inspiration from what girls of North-West Frontier Province wear. We can imagine the teary-eyed mothers of brides-to-be wanting a piece of history in their daughter’s trousseau. Using khadi, organza, net, silk and velvet and the beautiful thread work from Kashmir with Zardozi in shimmering silver with floral designs but restrained bling the maestro of style and design gave us an utterly satisfying experience of ethnic fashion. The famed Kashmir embroidery appeared on boleros, waistcoats and edges of swirling kurtas, bundis, tunics, cholis, cropped tops, sherwanis and dupattas. The wide Patiala salwars, the elephant pants, the flowing palazzos and the cowled pants matched perfectly with the smocks, tunics, kurtas, and jackets. The saris with ornate borders at times split into velvet and net with shimmering edges were teamed with long sleeved embroidered cholis. The gleaming velvet smocks with embellished bodices and Patiala salwars, the cute scaled down versions of the same for the young boys and girls, ensured that the collection will be sold out in no time.

How delish are those embroided head bands. The full sleeved cholis in black- to die for. But the best and most heartening moment of the show was when we saw those little boys on the ramp– in those cutest turbans and caps.

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Fashion Moments at IIFA 2011

Glitz, glamour and entertainment – thats what IIFA is all about. Toronto was on a bollywood high all weekend with a number of events bringing the best of fashion and entertainment. While the media is full of images from the event, we pick out lehengas and sarees that caught our eye!

We vote for Bipasha as the new poster girl for Sabyasachi. She rocks the look.

Sonakshi in a Vikram Phadnis Lehenga

Models showing Vikram Phadnis Collection

Sabyasachi and Vikram Phadnis Creations

Kangana Ranaut in a red and gold lehenga

Priyanka Chopra in a Manish Malhotra Lehenga; Anushka Sharma in a Sabyasachi Saree

Aamir Khan hosts grand reception for nephew Imran Khan

It was a much-awaited event in Mumbai’s social calendar, after all the host was Mr Perfectionist, Aamir Khan. The star-studded affair to celebrate the marriage of Imran Khan and Avantika Malik was held at Bollywood’s favourite wedding venue-Taj Lands End. Bollywood stars from different generations, top politicians and bureaucrats, industrialists, sportstars and socialites were there to bless the newly-weds. The Thakerays, Sachin Tendulkar and Ambani brothers were also there.

Avantika in a gold-and-pink lehenga, Imran in a black bandhgala by Manish Malhotra

Priyanka Chopra in a Manish Malhotra churidar kurta. Kareena’s black and silver sari is oh-so-bollywood

Katrina in a beige Tarun Tahiliani lehenga that we have seen her wear before, Sonakshi in a flowy white Anarkali and pulled back hair

Madhuri Dixit and Deepika Padukone are pink, shimmer and sparkle

Gauri looked chic and elegant in green, accessorized with her arm-candy husband

Sussanne Khan Roshan in a Ritu Kumar tunic. Twinkle Khanna in a deep pink ensemble, accessorised with a gold neck-piece

Haven’t seen Gul Panag look this good in a saree, this shade of green totally works for her. Sushama Reddy is pretty in pink

Kiran Rao is wearing an Anamika Khanna net saree with a purple rosette Kurti- the silhouette just doesn’t sit right on her petite frame. Preity Zinta in a churidar kurta by her favorite designer, Manish Malhotra

Rani Mukerji and Vidya Balan wore their favourite designer- Sabyasachi. Koel Puri in a funky Manish Arora lehenga

The newly-weds with their family members and actress Sarika

Yesteryear superstars Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu made a rare appearance

Anjali and Sachin Tendulkar

Imran and Avantika’s sangeet and mehendi

Hear the sound of millions of hearts breaking- the most eligible bachelor of Bollywood, the oh-so-gorgeous Imran Khan gets one step closer to being hitched. His Mehendi-Sangeet ceremony was held at Avantika’s family farmhouse in Karjat with many from Bollywood in attendance. Avantika looked ravishing in a red lehenga by Manish Malhotra and the dashing Imran wore a blue sherwani by Karan Johar-Varun Bahl. Aamir also chose a Karan Johar-Varun Bahl sherwani and Kiran wore a lehenga from her favorite designer Sabyasachi. Mumbai’s most popular celebrity Mehendi artist Usha Shah decorated the bride and her guests hands.

The guests seen at the ceremony included Salman Khan, Katrina Kaif, Kunal Kapoor, Danish Aslam, Shahana Goswami, Karan Johar, Fahad Samar and Simone Singh, Ritu Shivpuri, Minissha Lamba, Ashutosh Rana, Chetan and Anusha Bhagat.

B-town set for Avantika and Imran Khan’s Shaadi

Here are more details on the wedding of film corporation heiress Avantika Malik, and popular actor Imran Khan.

Wedding card by Uttara Shah
The card is a combination of a colorful mela fan which is for the Mehendi and pre-wedding party (happening at the Malik’s Karjat farm on 8th Jan) and the wedding reception invitation, a yearly planner for 2011. The actual page on Jan 10th has the invitation. The theme for the wedding is black, white and silver. Both of these along with chocolates and pot pourri are contained in a black box

Wedding events
Friday, 7th January- Mehendi and Haldi ceremony hosted by Aamir Khan’s mother Zeenat at Marina Apartments, Union Park, Khar
Saturday, 8th January- Mehendi and Pre-wedding party
Monday, 10th January- Court marriage and post-wedding party at Taj Lands End
January end- Aamir and Kiran to host a high-profile reception in Mumbai

Lucknowi Delicacies
For the Mehendi and pre-wedding party the cooks are from a traditional family with a lineage of over 200 years. They’ve cooked for Nassir Hussain’s family for more than five decades, and the 22-member team, will be in Karjat with their vessels and spices. The menu is expected to feature Kakori, Shammi, Ghutwa, Boti and Sheek Kababs, apart from Nawabi kormas and biryanis. For the vegetarians, the food is from Mumbai’s famous restaurant Khyber.

Wear by Manish Malhotra, Sabyasachi and Varun Bahl
Imran Khan is wearing creations by Varun Bahl and Manish Malhotra. Avantika will wear a Manish Malhotra lehenga for the wedding, and a Shantanu-Nikhil gown for the reception. Imran’s mother Nuzhat will be in a Sabyasachi sari and aunt Kiran Rao will be wearing a Sabyasachi lehenga.

Special Marriage Act
According to sources, the wedding will be registered under the Special Marriages Act, and not under the Hindu or Muslim law. Imran’s father Anil Pal, is a Bengali now living and working in the US. Anil Pal and Nuzhat separated when Imran was just over a year old. Nuzhat later married Aamir’s co-star Raj Zutshi.

Superstar Rajinikanth’s daughter Soundarya marries entrepreneur Ashwin Kumar

Superstar Rajinikanth’s daughter Soundarya married Stanford graduate and entrepreneur Ashwin Kumar at Rani Meyammai Hall in Chennai last weekend. The bigwigs from the film industry, business world and politics attended the high profile ceremony . For the various wedding rituals, the pretty bride wore various Kanjeevaram saris in gorgeous shades while a pink Sabyasachi saree was her choice for reception.

Photographs from the Oonjal (Pre-Muhurtam)

Photographs from the Muhurtam

Aishwarya-Abhishek and Sridevi-Boney Kapoor at the Engagement

The Evening Reception

Photos Source: NDTV and IndiaGlitz

Pony and Prakash’s reception- Star Studded affair

Actor/Film Producer Prakash Raj and Bollywood choreographer Pony Verma’s wedding reception at Hotel Sahara Star was a star studded affair. Present were Rani Mukerji and celebrity couples Sridevi and Boney Kapoor, Mandira Bedi and Raj Kaushal, Tannaz and Bhakhtyar Irani. Pony’s rakhi brother cricketer Sreesanth, actors Rohit Roy, Mugdha Godse, Rupali Ganguly, Shama Sikander and dad-daughter duo Govinda and Narmmadaa Ahuja.

The white embellished sarees on these gorgeous ladies gets a yay from us!

More white done right! Gets another yay.

Ayesha’s lehenga is a bit too dressy, Mugdha’s make-up is a bit off, but they still come off looking good.

Couldn’t resist but share these fashion faux pas!

Rani dons a beautiful anarkali ensemble from Sabyasachi. Love the color and she looks gorgeous.

There is no excuse for walking into a wedding event dressed casually. Ladies, keep a change in the car if you are too busy to go home and change.

Wish we had full length photos of these lovelies. That maangtikka is so sweet.

Designer duo Amrita Thakur and Gaurav Khanijo’s Stunning Wedding Photos

Amrita Thakur and Gaurav Khanijo got married at The Leela, Gurgaon in June this year. Amrita was Gaurav’s junior at the Pearl Academy of Fashion, Delhi where they both studied fashion designing. They reconnected a few years later, when Amrita was working at The Ensemble in Mumbai. Post marriage, Amrita has shifted from Mumbai to Gaurav’s home town Delhi and the newly-wed couple are launching a fashion label for Indian and Western evening wear. Amrita’s sister Divya Thakur, runs Design Temple, one of the most successful graphic design studios in India.

Since Amrita worked with The Ensemble shopping for wedding wear was easy yet difficult. She explains: “I was aware of which designer designs great stuff, but I also knew what costs how much; I didn’t want to over-pay and I had a hard time saying no to what I felt were gorgeous yet over-priced garments.” Because she had a clear idea about what she wanted she didn’t get too influenced by multiple fashion opinions: “One of the comments I hate hearing is—’but everyone is wearing this’. I was very clear that I didn’t want to wear what everyone wore. I also did my own make-up for all the functions, and only hired a hairstylist to help with hairstyling.”

Amrita wore a chic Anamika Khanna saree with a sleeveless blouse for the engagement and a mustard/ pink saree by the same designer for the sagan function. A self-designed green long kurta for the sangeet, a velvet lehenga by Sabysachi for the pheras, a Manish Malhotra lehenga for the reception and a Karen Millen cocktail dress for an evening party. Most of Gaurav’s wedding wear was designed by himself and his friend Divyam Mehta. For the reception he wore a E Zegna suit. What caught everyone’s attention was the dapper Nehru Jacket with pleated Dhoti pants that he wore for the evening party.

Engagement Ceremony

Engagement and Sagan

Sangeet Ceremony

Wedding and Pheras


Cocktail party in the evening

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