Jul 12, 2014 Bridal Fashion and Beauty
Nisha Kundnani of Bridélan writes about the new Sabyasachi store in Mumbai.
Leading designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s new store is like a museum. Or like a palace? But we do know that it is his sanctum sanctorum, his favourite place to hold durbar for eager brides. Located in a majestic colonial building at Mumbai’s art capital, Kala Ghoda, the newly opened Sabyasachi flagship store is royal, magical and overwhelmingly Indian. It feels like you’re walking into a grand palace, a green room or a walk-in-closet that could have easily belonged to a Rajput-era maharani. That’s what Sabaysachi perhaps wanted to achieve with his new haven for bridal shopping.
For Indians as well as his growing clientele among NRIs, it would be easy to begin by saying that Sabyasachi is the rare Indian designer who truly stands for– and understasnds– everything that is Indian. His creations are known for their fine craftsmanship and attention to detail.
For most Indians living abroad, the idea of India is exotic. And at the same time, it’s where their ‘roots’ are, which is why thousands return to pay ode to their homeland by shopping for their wedding or weddings in their family. When a bride walks into Sabyasachi’s, she walks into his world and is truly transported. In a matter of minutes, the shopper is convinced of the idea of India.
God lies in details. At his store, whether it is his clothes or his spaces, every nook and corner is a visual story that speaks of discreet Indian luxury. It’s a remarkable tale of our history, culture and heritage. The emphasis is on the past– times we once lived in and the things we need to cherish.
The dramatic Sabaysachi sari borders, the antique zardosi embroidery, the usage of vivid desi colours and his handpicked textiles reflect his Indian sensibility. His store is one of the rare spaces where you’ll see the bling-bling jetsetters and Hermes Kelly trotters show respect for substance.
The new store has it all: a million memories of the past packaged at this 8,500 square feet, two-storey structure that spells grandeur, but at the same time has a vintage angle to it. His sense of interiors is fast becoming his new oeuvre. Designing spaces is his calling as much as designing handcrafted zardosi lehengas. The twenty-two vintage, hand-painted chandeliers add an element of surrealistic charm; a dozen hand-me-down Iranian carpets (some even framed on the walls with vintage clocks and plates), colonial furniture and block-printed floral curtains lend this place an air of a bygone era. The changing room is as glamorous as a period movie set and intends to make a bride feel like a movie star.
Where else would you find a gleaming biography of Waheeda Rehman stacked in a glass box close to a necklace worth lakhs? If Sabyasachi had his way, he’d freeze time and store it. “Nostalgia reminds us of our childhood,” Ekta Rajani, fashion director, Grazia India, tells me in a casual conversation, “It reminds us of innocence and everything that was pure and simple.” Sabyasachi himself often says that nostalgia is his “chicken soup for the soul.” His clothes are a clue to our past. No Indian designer has been as canny at selling ‘Nostalgia re-packaged’ for the modern world as Sabyasachi has with his saris and lehengas.
At the launch, Sabyasachi announced that apart from hosting salons and personalised appointments for brides, he’d like to start Fashion Week-style couture shows at his store by next year. We can recall here that the Sabyasachi 2013 couture show was a landmark, in which he famously collaborated with Kishan Das & Co of Hyderabad, heritage jewellers since 1870. Every look that he sent out on the runway was styled with jewellery that became a benchmark for every bride and can be seen as a style lesson of sorts.
The same brand is now housing a specially curated line of jewellery designed by Sabyasachi, which is available for brides at a shop-in-shop at the store. Thrilled at this collaboration, Pratiksha Prashant of Kishan Das & Co, says, “Now brides who come shopping at Sabaysachi for their wedding can also get guidance from the designer and our team on jewellery that will complement their wedding outfit.”
Why only brides? One of the special suites at the store has a special division for grooms. It stocks, among other attires, sherwanis and badhgalas. Bespoke services and made-to-measure is made available for men too.
To-be-brides can personally catch up with the designer at the upcoming Vogue Wedding Show from August 1-3, 2014 in New Delhi at the Taj Palace Hotel. He will be showcasing his new couture week collection and also conduct personalised appointments for brides. Says Sabyasachi: “The team at Vogue has worked hard to curate and present a hand-picked selection under one roof. The launch edition last year well displayed their efforts and I look forward to an even better showcase this year.” On display will be his bridal lehengas, outfits for the main wedding, sangeet, mehendi and reception. His special collection for grooms too will be seen at this one of-its-kind exhibition. To register, log on to www.vogueweddingshow.in/
The new Sabyasachi store in Mumbai is located at:
6 K Dubash Marg,
Kala Ghoda, Fort,
Mumbai – 400001
Contact: + 91 22 22044774/75
As part of our initiative ‘WeddingSutra on Location’, we invited four brides-to-be for a unique experience at AZA, the multi-designer store in Juhu, 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 third of the four-part series, bride-to-be Arzoo Jajodia blogs about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location at AZA.
“As soon as my wedding date was set, I had two big worries; picking the right venue and figuring out what I should wear. Luckily, I found solutions to both very quickly. For my venue, I visited the website VenueVista.com. They took down my requirements, found me the perfect match and helped me negotiate with the venue owners. For my wedding details and shopping, I was delighted on the day I discovered WeddingSutra.com. Their facebook page, blog and website featured just about everything I’d like to learn more about- engagement rings, lehenga styles, cocktail gowns, makeup artists, photographers. While I was on the blog one day I came across ‘WeddingSutra on Location.’ The concept really interested me and I happened to show it to my cousin Viral, who told me to write to WeddingSutra right away. Before I knew it, to my boundless excitement, I was selected for their next shoot at AZA, Juhu!
I was the first bride-to-be to reach the venue, a little before 10 am, I was greeted by the lovely Anshu of WeddingSutra.com who introduced me to Stylist Nisha Kundnani of Bridélan and Makeup Artist Recinda Martis. I began chatting with Nisha and I think she soon understood what I’d like, and she quickly recommended an outfit- a Sabyasachi sharara in maroon and beige with gold sequins, for a very retro and timeless style look. I wasn’t sure if I’d wear it for one of my wedding functions, but it was an outfit I loved and the opportunity to get dressed and photographed in it excited me. I tried on the outfit post which Nisha helped me accessorize the look with an intricately designed gold choker set by Azva.
Next, it was time to get my hair and makeup done by Recinda. She was amazing! She gave me a vintage look with a 40s side-swept hairdo, stunning bold red lips and beautiful eye makeup, I felt it was neither over-the-top nor muted, it was just perfect with the outfit and the way I’d like it to be.
With my outfit, makeup & hair in place, it was now time for me to pose. I’m usually very conscious and uncomfortable in front of the camera, but Candid Photographers Ashwin and Jhalak of Shades Photography put me at ease, and I was in no hurry to leave.
The whole experience taught me a lot, and moreover it was fun. I now have a clearer idea- on makeup and hair styling and how to pose and my wedding-related stress has reduced considerably. Thank you WeddingSutra!”
If you’re getting married in 2014 or 2015 and would like to be a part of ‘WeddingSutra on Location’ write to us (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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).
Outfit – Sabyasachi (available in AZA, Juhu)
Makeup & Hair- Recinda Martis
Styling- Nisha Kundnani (Bridélan)
Shoot Management- Anshu Kalwani and Tejal Karlekar
Photographs Courtesy- Shades Photography
‘Sabyasachi captured my spirit in the lehenga in his trademark style’ Band Baaja Bride Taruna shares her story
Jul 16, 2013 Bridal Fashion and Beauty
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)
Sep 28, 2011 Bridal Fashion and Beauty
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)
Aug 20, 2011 Bridal Fashion and Beauty
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.
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
Feb 6, 2011 Celebrity Weddings
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
Jan 10, 2011 Celebrity Weddings
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.
Jan 5, 2011 Uncategorized
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
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
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.
Sep 6, 2010 Celebrity Weddings
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