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.
A scarlet silk velvet tail coat with antique gilt zardozi em
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.
Double layered Anarkalis, Polki hooped earrings and polki ri
(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
Devina Vadera, daughter of Bindu Vadera, Delhi’s prominent socialite/businesswoman, got married to Finance professional Anmol Bhandari. Devina works with her mother at Varya Design Studio, an exclusive home furnishing and accessories store in Delhi.
The celebrations commenced with a Sangeet on 12th Jan at their Farmhouse in Sultanpur, Delhi. For the Sangeet, Devina wore a flowy Tarun Tahiliani lehenga.
The wedding party then moved to Goa. A welcome celebration was held at Devina’s friend home in Dona Paula and the Mehendi the next morning.
The theme for the Mehendi was ‘brighter the better’. Devina wore a blush pink lycra saree, which looked oh-so-perfect for a shaadi by the beach. It was made by Delhi-based duo Shivan and Narresh.
The Sikh wedding ceremony was held in the morning of 16th Jan. Tarun Tahiliani, designed for Devina a net Anarkali with lotus embellishments all around, and a bit of pearl and Swarovski embroidery. Anmol wore a sherwani by Rohit Bal. For the reception on 16th Jan, Devina wore a Marchesa gown.
Sumant Jayakrishnan did the set/ design & decor for all the events in Delhi and Goa
More Wedding Details
Makeup artist: Ashima Kapoor
Photographer: Ronicka Kandhari and Vickrant Mahajan
Food in Delhi: Puneet Sikand
Food in Goa: Taj
Wedding logistics/ co-ordination: Shaadi Online
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Oct 28, 2010 Celeb Weddings to Watch out for
Vivek Oberoi weds Priyanka, daughter of late Janta Dal leader Jeevraj Alva on October 29 at the Alva residence in Bangalore. The bride and groom’s wedding outfits have been designed by Tarun Tahiliani. Vivek is wearing a deep maroon heavy brocade jacket beneath which is an A-line kurta of a light material—so he can move around easily. In an interview to Bombay Times, Tarun Tahiliani has talked about Priyanka’s outfit: “Since she is marrying a Punjabi, I have designed for her a lehenga—with 14 different colors on the panels, almost like a Persian carpet. She teams it with an antique jewellery set of rubies set in gold.”
The invitation cards have been put done by the NGO run by the bride’s mother Nandini Alva– Ganjifa boxes, non-expensive commercial art that’s mass-produced. The guests have received the invitation in the jewellery-style box (described by many guests as elegant and royal) alongwith chocolates, a car pass, invites to the various functions, directions to the wedding venue and a hospitality card with contact numbers of the key wedding organisers. After the wedding celebrations in Bangalore, the Oberois are hosting a grand reception at the ITC Grand Maratha Hotel in Mumbai.
In Bangalore, the Bollywood actor and the baraatis are staying at the Chancery Pavilion where 40 rooms have been booked. All the pre-wedding and the wedding functions are at the Alva residence in Mariannanpalya. The street leading to the farm house has been lit up since the last few days and placards indicating the direction to the venue have been placed. The family has arranged for a lot of security around the area and all guests have been requested to carry along with them their entry pass. Of course, there’s big speculation on who is invited and who is not. According to newspaper reports, Vivek has invited all his Bollywood co-actors, some of whom he does not share a very comfortable relationship with; they include Abhishek Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt. Obviously, one is not sure who will actually attend! But one thing is certain; even if Salman Khan receives an invitation, he’s certainly not attending!
May 11, 2010 Celeb Weddings to Watch out for
Sujata Assomull Editor of Harper’s Bazaar is marrying her ex colleague Jaideep Sippy this month-end. Mumbai’s fashion and style community are looking forward to the wedding functions at Blue Frog, Mayfair Rooms and the Regal Room at The Trident. Sujata’s friends can’t wait to see how the ace stylist will style her own wedding look. Sujata, who has styled high-profile fashion shoots for so many years, says she didn’t have trouble figuring out whom she wanted to wear—because since long she always dreamt of wearing a Tarun Tahiliani on her big day. She says: “Tarun Tahiliani and Anamika Khanna—both designers know what I want and always design what I like. Anamika has designed my dresses for the Mehendi and Sangeet function. And I’m wearing a Tarun Tahiliani for the Wedding and Reception.” For the pre-wedding party at Blue Frog, Sujata is wearing a gown by the world renowned New York based boutique Oscar de la Renta. Jaideep’s wear is from Hemant Sagar and JJ Valaya.
On Wedding Planning, Sujata says she experienced the biggest stress on figuring out the date. “There wasn’t one date which was convenient to all us—me, Jaideep, our parents and our close family and friends. Finally, we zeroed in on this date in May. If Tarun Tahiliani knows what she wants on the look and clothes front, on Wedding arrangements, Sujata says her Mom knows best. “All the arrangements are being taken care of by my mother. She is very knowledge-able about all things weddings, she understands what I want and is the best Wedding Planner.”
Watch this space for more news on Sujata and Jaideep’s wedding, and Sujata’s wedding day look.
Apr 15, 2010 Fashion & Bridal Wear
Admittedly, velvet is not our thing and the return of velvet last year did fill us up with dread but what can we do! Velvet is BACK! It was seen in all the fashion weeks and seems like it will be a strong trend for this Winter again. The soft and warm texture of the fabric is perfect for warm weather and its shown up in short dresses, gowns, sarees, blouses, lehengas and churidar kurtas.
A thing to remember – Velvet tends to be frumpy and unforgiving in looser form. They key is to wear it fitted or structured.
Among Indian designers, Manish Malhotra and Tarun Tahiliani seem to be leading the way. Bollywood men and women have been spotted sporting this trend. Even Harper Bazaar Editor Sujata Asoomull embraced the trend in a rich Velvet saree.
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.