Feb 28, 2014 Fashion & Bridal Wear
Stylist Nisha Kundnani of Bridélan conceptualised this bridal shoot and ace candid wedding photographer Sharik Verma captured the great Indian wedding picture, and when we saw their labor of love, we knew we had to share the beautiful story- the subtlety of Indian colors, the richness of its traditional textures, shimmering jewels and the warm glow of the tropical sun. Nisha writes about the inspiration for this shoot, and the styling that is steered towards the effortless rather than laboured.
“It’s a people shoot; featuring individuals straight out of a classic Indian family who value culture and modernity in equal measure. The pictures tell a sunshine story: on a pleasant afternoon, the bride poses for a nuptial photo shoot. These would soon become the most memorable memories of her life.
She is dressed traditionally and yet, has a nonchalant air about herself.
Simplicity, beauty and elegance are at the heart of this. Ditto for the photography style. This is a new age modern family but they understand the value of ‘family portraits’ as opposed to ‘selfies’. As Sharik Verma explains, ‘Wedding pictures go down generations. But it is only elegance that stands the test of time.’
There’s one valuable styling lesson that comes as hands-me-down from our mothers and grandmothers and that is ‘to look elegant’. This visual story spells the same core values:
Sabyasachi Mukherjee for the bride and groom:
For Bride: The lehenga is subtly traditional and the colours – peach with ivory and teal makes it look modern and glamorous
For Groom: Bengal’s most respected craft – Kanthawith khadi in a beige colour. A pink pocket square adds the little dash of colour.
Tarun Tahiliani and Kotwara by Meera & Muzzaffar Ali for the girlfriends:
The young 20-something best friends of the bride are wearing chikankari and lace by Tarun Tahiliani and artist designer duo – Meera and Muzzafar Ali.
Raw Mango & Ekaya for three generations:
Raw Mango’s graceful pastel colour chanderi sari worn by the cute pixie bride’s sister
Grandmother in a heirloom ivory Raw Mango sari
Bhabhi in traditional Banarsi beige sari by Ekaya Silks
Rajesh Pratap Singh & Varun Bahl for the men:
Grandfather in Rajesh Pratap Singh’s pin tucks light blue kurta with a silk quilted Nehru jacket
Well-tailored short bandhgala with Jodhpurs by Varun Bahl in linen worn by groom’s brother
Styling- Nisha Kundnani for Bridelan. Bridelan is a wedding wardrobe styling service for Indian brides and grooms getting married in India or overseas. For more visit www.bridelan.com
Wedding Planner- Roma Kundnani
Jewellery- Anmol Jewellers, Mahesh Notandas Fine Jewellery, Gehna Jewellers, Jaipur Gems, Aquamarine, Suhani Pittie.
Hair and Makeup- Ambereen Yusuf
Photography- Sharik Verma
Nov 18, 2013 Fashion & Bridal Wear
Ace Indian designers Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla, Tarun Tahiliani and Rohit Bal showcased unique creations at ‘The Gold Fashion Show’ presented by amfAR India (the world’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to the support of AIDS research and HIV prevention) in collaboration with LoveGold- an initiative by World Gold Council.
Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla ensembles, Jewellery by Azva
Rohit Bal ensembles, Jewellery by Azva
Tarun Tahiliani ensembles, Jewellery by Azva
The spectacular fashion show celebrated exquisite gold jewellery in a modern Indian context as the designer trio presented five unique creations accessorized with beautiful gold jewellery. All the models wore beautiful statement gold jewellery from Azva. Indian and International Celebrities like Sharon Stone, Hillary Swank, Kesha, Neeta Ambani, Shobha De, and Nargis Fakhri were also seen wearing resplendent gold jewellery.
Neeta Ambani glows in gold
Shobha De and Sharon Stone adorned in gold jewellery
Kesha wears a gold creation by Azva
Photographs Courtesy- LoveGold
Oct 3, 2013 Fashion & Bridal Wear
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 four participants got to interact with some of the best names in Bridal & Wedding services. Here in the second of the four-part series, bride-to-be Aradhana Jain, who works as a Brand Strategist with a Technology firm, blogs about her experience with WeddingSutra on Location.
‘As the wedding day approaches, every girl is anxious when she thinks about the wedding dress options, and wonders what her wedding day look will turn out to be- and I am no different. So when I and my best friend (Shagun Sarabhai) got an invitation to come to WS on Location, I knew this is a not-to-be-missed- experience. I got engaged to Dhanraj Minawala in July and we are getting married in Mumbai in February 2014. A few more friends of ours are getting married between November 2013 and February 2014 so we keep exchanging notes- venues, bridal and grooms wear, makeup artists, photographers and more. But weddings now being such a complex (and personal) affair, the more you get to know, the more you want to know. My fiancé spends a fair bit of time on all this too, and being in the Wedding Jewellery space (he runs a company named The Wedding Jewellery Planner) he logs on to www.weddingsutra.com more often than I do. So when he got to know that I am invited to WeddingSutra on Location he was equally happy.
My experience at Ensemble started with an introduction with the WeddingSutra Team and the experts they had invited. My first interaction was with Wedding Planner Neha Shroff. After knowing more about my likes and dislikes, she showed me around the store, and suggested a few outfits to try. I really liked a mustard lehenga by Tarun Tahiliani for its unusual color and luckily it fitted very well. It was paired with a rust orange velvet corset blouse and with pearl, Swarovski crystals, resham and aplique work all over the lehenga. Neha and my friend Shagun then helped me check out the jewellery options from Azva. I chose a set which I loved for its fine craftsmanship and contemporary look. The set had a choker and jhumki earrings with a rich engraving of floral patterns and a wide bangle (kada).
I then proceeded to get my makeup done by Kumar Iyer. I didn’t have any particular look in mind, so I decided to leave it to Kumar to do what he does best. He eventually gave me a look that complemented my outfit very well. I loved how the make-up was subtle, yet dressy. Finally, it was time for the photo shoot with Photographer Shreya Sen. She was absolutely brilliant and made me feel extremely comfortable while shooting. I enjoyed smiling and being my natural self as she clicked away. Overall, my day at Ensemble was most memorable, as playing bride-to-be made me feel pampered and special, and what better than to experience it all with a best friend!’
If you’re getting married in 2014 and would like to be a part of ‘WeddingSutra on Location’ write to us (email@example.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)
Outfit – Tarun Tahiliani (available at Ensemble, Mumbai)
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
Aug 1, 2013 Fashion & Bridal Wear
Titled the 4C’s Couture, Crystal, Craft and Carat, Tarun Tahiliani presents the new couture collection at the fifth edition of the annual Tarun Tahiliani Couture Exposition 2013 which will be held between the 2nd to the 3rd of August 2013 at The Gallery, Four Seasons Hotel, Worli, Mumbai.
The collection is laden with the history of India’s rich culture and takes you back to the age where genuine Indian trousseau was painstakingly designed by ornate embroidery, made-by-hand details and intricate thread work. The designs showcase a sense of style and drama coupled with a playfulness designed for Indian silhouettes.
For appointments log on to www.taruntahilianicouture.com
Jan 29, 2013 Bridal Shows & Wedding Exhibitions
Calling all fashionistas! The much awaited Tarun Tahiliani sale is here! Some really exquisite outfits are on offer at some unbelievable discounts from 50 to 80 percent. The sale is on only till 31st January, 2013. So hurry!
C 19 Defence Colony & DLF Emporio, New Delhi
Villar Ville, Colaba, Mumbai
Mi Casa Building, Bandra (West), Mumbai
8-2-577/1/C Road No 7, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad
Aug 7, 2012 Fashion & Bridal Wear
Tarun Tahiliani presented the fourth edition of the Tarun Tahiliani Couture Exposition at Mehboob Studio in Bandra, Mumbai. Sixty of the finest pieces from his Studio’s latest couture collection were on display- in a novel contemporary setting, fabricated on-site with multiple glass technologies.
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The collection is styled in the raw sensual glamour of the twenties- with whimsical motifs and sensational colors. For the bride and groom, the artist Tahiliani’s creations include-
- For the bride, special key-hole jackets, coupled with lehengas in classic hues of deep red and gold.
- Versatile, modern day anarkalis- in fresh citrus colors of mango and peach, with bodices plastered in a mesh of Swarovski Elements- with flowy, elegant drapes and deep scoop necklines, which can be paired with churidaars or worn as gowns.
- For the groom an antique gold brocade sherwani with raised cream cotton thread work styled with along flared crinkled cotton kurta and an ivory stole which can be paired with a dhoti.
Not every bride can afford to wear a creation by Tahiliani, but she hopes to wear his creation someday; after all a Tahiliani creation is not just beautiful, but based on aesthetic perfection. And every woman would look feminine yet superbly elegant in a creation by Tarun Tahiliani Design Studio.
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(Left) Draped Modern Anarkali Gown in Mango, Polki rings, (right) Ivory Shell Applique Kurta with trail, Blue satin sandals fr
Ivory Textured Khadi Shervani and Nriti Shah in a traditional Zardozi lehenga, Polki earrings
Jul 13, 2012 Fashion & Bridal Wear
This July, the fourth edition of the Tarun Tahiliani Couture Exposition will commence with the unveiling of the ‘Jewel Box’, an edgy set made entirely of glass featuring the latest offerings from the Tarun Tahiliani bridal couture collection. Reinterpreting the splendor of the age-old treasure box in a novel, modern way, the collection will be on display in this contemporary glass setting from 25th to 28th July at DLF Emporio, New Delhi and 6th & 7th August at Mehboob Studio, Bandra, Mumbai.
Distinctive Indian cultural richness and unabashed modern glamour will be on view in 35 spectacular Tarun Tahiliani Couture creations. Bringing a culturally rooted, yet highly contemporary sensibility to the time honored wedding ritual, the Exposition will share the season’s newest trends, exquisite designs and jewel colors in bridal and occasion wear.
The collection viewing is open to all, and no prior registration is required, but in case you wish to book an appointment with the designer or his team log on to www.taruntahilianicouture.com
Nov 4, 2011 Celeb Weddings to Watch out for
Popular TV actors Kanchi Kaul and Shabir Ahluwalia are marrying this month-end. And their friends and colleagues are looking forward to the four-day celebrations in Mumbai. Kanchi tells us more: “We initially thought it would be a quiet, intimate affair, but between two of us and our families, we have so many friends, so it might end up being a big if not big, fat wedding. The functions include a Cocktail party, Qawali night, Sangeet and the Wedding cum Reception.” And what is the beautiful actress planning to wear for the functions? “An Anamika Khanna ensemble for the Sangeet and a Tarun Tahiliani lehenga for the Wedding” she states.
Kanchi is best known for her roles on TV, Ananya Sachdev- Samarth in the show Ek Ladki Anjaani Si, and as Suhana in the serial Bhabhi on Star Plus. She also played the role of Soni in Maayka, and has acted in several Telugu Movies. Shabir Sebastian Ahluwalia is best known for his role as Rishi in Kahiin to Hoga and as Milind Mishra in Kayamath. He has acted in Shootout at Lokandwala and Mission Istanbul.
Sep 19, 2011 Fashion & Bridal Wear
At a press conference to announce the line-up of designers of India Bridal Week (to be held between September 23-27 in Mumbai), Vijay Singh the organiser of the event, and Vivek Kumar, of Aamby Valley, the sponsors spoke about what couture is to the world, bridal is to India, and how it makes so much sense to organise a Fashion Week dedicated to the bridal segment.
(From left to right) models in creations by Falguni-Shane Peacock, Vikram Phadnis and Neeta Lulla
While the designer showcase at last year’s India Bridal Week was not-so-impressive we’re looking forward to a much better showcase this year—thanks to the participation by Trousseau king Tarun Tahiliani (the grand finale designer), and the grand dame of Indian couture Pallavi Jaikishan. More than anything we can’t wait to see what Falguni and Shane Peacock will present here. In the last few months the husband-wife duo has been making big news, thanks to the edgy dresses they’re creating for international stars. Will they lend a rather edgy touch to their bridal wear too, making it refreshingly different from those created by many other designers?
Kangana Ranaut the Face of the Aamby Valley India Bridal Week wore a saree by a newer designer Delhi-based Jyotsna Tiwari.
Kangana Ranaut in a creation by Jyotsna Tiwari. Model in a creation by Anjalee and Arjun Kapoor
Jul 12, 2011 Bridal Shows & Wedding Exhibitions
Tarun Tahiliani’s Bridal Couture exposition started as a Delhi-only affair but in its third season this year it will travel to other cities as well. The theme chosen for this year is ‘Artisanal- Bringing the Artisan to the Fore’- an entirely novel blend of Indian finery with a layered western construct. Talking about the Exposition, Tarun Tahiliani said, “This exposition is a confluence of two great artisanal traditions in a unique fashion. European designers have always used Indian workmanship and now we will see a new fusion of Indian Couture using international construction with the finest weaves, embroideries, jewels, stones and techniques. Everything is luxurious, shapely, western silhouetted but with Indian sensibility. I’ve used colours like shell pink, ivory, reds and brown in fabrics like sheer tulle, velvet, georgettes and soft net. I’ve used the finest of weaves, embroideries, jewels, stones and techniques. We have done saree drapes, anarkalis, lehengas with different shapes.”
If you would like a dekko at this visual feast, here is the schedule:
Location: DLF Emporio
Date: July 9 – 13, 2011
Location: The Four Seasons Hotel
Date: July 23-24, 2011
Location: The Park Hotel
Date: August 6-7, 2011
Location: The Park Hotel
Date: August 20-21, 2011