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Sabyasachi @ India Couture Fashion Week

18th July 2014

A couple of days ago Sabyasachi kicked off India Couture Fashion Week with his latest collection- Ferozabad. And I’m sooo sad that I couldn’t attend the show. Yep, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- blogging about Asian fashion a few thousands miles away in London can really suck sometimes!

Anyway back to the collection. I agree with some of the criticism the collections been receiving- it’s very similar to pieces he’s designed before BUT I’m in the mind if it ain’t broke… I love his soft pallettes, his romantic vintage florals and his gorgeous Zardozi and Parsi work. I love his silouette updates of deep v necklines, belted dupattas, crop tops and sheer embellished layers.

Can’t wait to see the collection up close…I’m sure Aashni & Co in London will be picking up some pieces and I’m hoping a trip to Mumbai might happen at the end of the year! Looking forward to checking out his new Mumbai showroom too!!!

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Sabya 5 ICFW

Firozabad, Sabyasachi, Sabya, India, Fashion, Couture, Week, 2014, Taj, Shaadi, Wedding, Fashion Sari, Lengha My fave piece- absolutely STUNNING

Ferozabad, Sabyasachi, Sabya, India, Fashion, Couture, Week, 2014, Taj, Shaadi, Wedding, Fashion Sari, Lengha I also loved seeing the boys getting some more attention- why should girls have all the fun?!?!

Sabya 7 ICFW

Images Harpers Bazaar Bride India FAcebook and the Red Floral Embroidered Image via Miss Malini

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Spotlight: Pernia Qureshi @ Paris Haute Couture Shows

11th July 2014

Some people just got it going ON and Ms Qureshi is certainly one of those. She ALWAYS looks soooo effortlessly chic- I met her last year and I asked her about her style tips and her top tip ladies…is to always be well groomed- make sure the basics are right- get yourself waxed/threaded, good brows are a must, take care of your skin/hair, manicure/pedicure etc….(Looking at my chipped nails as I type this makes think uhh ohhh!)

Ms Qureshi was out and about this week in Paris for the Fall/Winter Haute Couture shows- here are some pics from her Instagram account looking yum in Indian designer creations. She’s incredibly passionate about Indian designers and her online store has really shaken up the Indian e-tailer scene. I love the fact she continually scouts new designers giving them a platform for their work.

pernia qureshi, Pernias Pop Up Shop, Sonam Kapoor, India, Fashion, Tarun Tahliani, Shaadi, Wedding, Anita Dongre, Paris, Chanel, Haute Couture @ Armani dinner wearing #AnjuModi outfit and #MrinaliniChandra earrings

pernia qureshi, Pernias Pop Up Shop, Sonam Kapoor, India, Fashion, Tarun Tahliani, Shaadi, Wedding, Anita Dongre, Paris, Chanel, Haute Couture Wearing Selvedge

Pernia Quereshi Instagram Paris 3 @ the Chanel Haute Couture show wearing Anita Dongre

pernia qureshi, Pernias Pop Up Shop, Sonam Kapoor, India, Fashion, Tarun Tahliani, Shaadi, Wedding, Anita Dongre, Paris, Chanel, Haute Couture, Sonakshi Raaj @Valentino wearing Sonaakshi Raaj. I LOVE Sonaakshi’s work- my faves are the lemon sari gown Sonam wore and the blush sari gown Deepika wore.

My fave look is Pernia in Anita Dongre. It’s so simple, so classic and really chic.

All the outfits above are available to buy from her online store Pernias Pop Up Shop

Ok so I’m off to find my nail polish remover…

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Harpers Bazaar Bride India: Crimson Bride

20th June 2014

I’m late to the I LOVE HARPERS BAZAAR BRIDE INDIA party! A whole magazine dedicated to all things Indian and all things Bridal- what’s not to love! I’ve seen gorg pics from the magazine’s editorials all over social media and its the stunning Crismon Bride shoot that I’m sharing today. Right I’m off to see if I can subscribe via Magzter! Have a great weekend : )

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Harpers Bazaar Bride, India, fashion, bridal, shaadi, fbloggers,

Harpers Bazaar Bride, India, fashion, bridal, shaadi, fbloggers,

Harpers Bazaar Bride, India, fashion, bridal, shaadi, fbloggers,

Harpers Bazaar Bride, India, fashion, bridal, shaadi, fbloggers,

Harpers Bazaar Bride, India, fashion, bridal, shaadi, fbloggers,

Harpers Bazaar Bride, India, fashion, bridal, shaadi, fbloggers,

Harpers Bazaar Bride, India, fashion, bridal, shaadi, fbloggers,

Images via Dreamers Events Blog – I was searching for the Harpers editorial and found them on the blog above- It’s a great find full of wedding inspiration so check it out Brides to be x

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Vogue India Guest Post: Fashion Parade @ Kensington Palace

13th June 2014

Here’s a re-blog of latest guest post for Vogue India : )

London’s Royal Kensington Palace’s Orangery played host to an evening of Pakistani and Indian fashion on Monday night.

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Anamika Khanna

Sadia, Aashni & Co, fashion, Ali Zafar, Pakistan, India, Anamika Khanna, Kensington Palace, Orangery, Fashion Parade

Guests were a mix of diplomats, high society, celebrities and fashionistas who came to support South Asian fashion as well as the Great Ormond Street Hospital — the event’s charity partner, which the late Princess Diana was also a patron of. Guests included Pakistani musician-turned-actor Ali Zafar and wife Ayesha Fazli, director Gurinder Chadha, businessman Lord Gulam Noon, marketing expert Suhel Seth and musician Zoheb Hassan among others.

“Fashion Parade is a great platform to showcase designers from the East globally,” Aashni + Co boutique owner Aashni Shah told Vogue. “Being the only Indian store to have been invited, I thought Anamika Khanna’s designs would strike the right pitch on contemporary Indian clothing… She is able to marry the heritage of Indian sensibilities with the dynamic aesthetics of the modern global woman.”

“Anamika and I sat down to make an edit of her couture collection (first seen at PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2013, view it here), focusing on pieces that would appeal to a global audience and not just the Asians at the event,” Shah adds, explaining that those pieces would appeal because they retained their air of couture exclusivity and were not mass produced.

This translated into 10 on-the-spot orders of a particular Anamika Khanna ensemble — a floral floor-length jacket worn over a bright blue lehenga — with more potential customers on its waitlist.

From Pakistan, designers Faiza Samee, Ayesha Hashwani, Nomi Ansari, Zara Shahjehan, Seher Tareen and Nazneen Tariq showcased capsule collections.

“Fashion Parade provides a platform for participating designers to introduce their work in the UK and helps promote trade relations between our two countries,” says Pakistani high commisioner Imran Mirza. “It represents a fusion of both east and west, thus bringing both the British and Pakistani communities together. Such events take us beyond the usual narratives associated with Pakistan.”

Images Aashni & Co / Vogue India

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Friday Fives : Cannes

6th June 2014

As always L’Oreal India’s beauties brought some mega watt glamour to Cannes recently and here’s my pick of their looks. As far a fav looks- its got to be Sonam Kapoor in Anamika Khanna and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Cavalli and nope I can’t pick a fave out of the two.

Sonam Kapoor @ Cannes 14 via L'Oreal Paris Facebook Sonam Kapoor in Anamika Khanna @ Cannes. Beautiful piece by Anamika Khanna and its fab to see an Indian designer getting exposure at international events.

Frieda Pinto @ Cannes 14 via L'Oreal Paris FacebookFrieda Pinto in Michael Kors

sonam in Ellie SaabSonam Kapoor in Elie Saab @ Cannes. Adore this colour

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Giorgio Armani PriveAishwarya Rai Bachchan in Giorgio Armani Prive @ amfAR gala Cannes. I love this effortless look- she looks stunning

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Cavalli @ Cannes Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Cavalli @ Cannes. I love this look because its those fab curves of hers that are making this dress- wow.

Images via Elie Saab Facebok, L’Oreal Facebook and Roberto Cavalli Facebook

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Indigo Ora by Ridhi Mehra & Atelier Mon

20th May 2014

To say I’m smitten with all things Ridhi Mehra is an understatement! I began following Ridhi’s work last year once I spotted Sonam in that dreamy floral Anarkali. And on my wedding shopping trip last Nov I did spot that beauty of an Anarkali at Aza but they didn’t have my size : ( but my mum (a.k.a one stylish Auntie gee) bought a gorgeous coral outfit by Ridhi to wear at my Mehndi night. And Yep I will get round to posting a pic eventually!

Ridhi’s latest collection Indigo Ora is a collaboration with Atelier Mon and I’m crushing on the GORG cream floral embroidered blue anarkali, the cream textured and print anarkali with dhoti pants and all the cute crop tops. I caught up with the lady to find out more about the collaboration……

ridhi mehra, india, fashion, shaadiRidhi with her sketchbook

ridhi mehra, india, fashion, shaadiI love behind the scenes pics like this craftsman at work.

How did the collaboration come about?

I chose to collaborate with Atelier Mon because of two primary reasons. One being that effortless clothing and effortless fashion jewellery is the need of the hour. The two of them come together like house on fire. The second reason is that the design aesthetics of Atelier Mon and my label definitely coincide somewhere. When I first saw their pieces I could see the thought that had gone into each design and the fact that it was pure understated elegance made me decide that collaboration with them would be ideal to create a collection that was effortless and timeless.

photo2One of Ridhi’s sketches.

photo3 Embellishment swatch

And How did you work together? Were you given a brief?

Working together was a complete pleasure. The jewellery was designed entirely by Atelier Mon. We decided over a few ideas in the preliminary meetings, as what to do. Our initial idea was something totally different, and then after a lot of brainstorming we came up with this lovely well coordinated blue collection. I started designing the garments, we sent the swatches, pictures, and eventually the garments to Atelier Mon for them to be able to design the jewellery pieces accordingly.

Indigo Ora, Ridhi Mehra, Atelier Mon, Pernias Pop Up, Adore this shoot.

Indigo Ora, Ridhi Mehra, Atelier Mon, Pernias Pop Up, My fave outfit from the collection and LOVEEE the ear cuff.

What was your inspiration?

What started off as a collection inspired by Middle Eastern- Blue pottery, went on become much more. The prints came from my travels and the motifs I saw on Middle eastern pottery and eventually it became all about creating a few pieces outside my comfort zone and doing something stand off for this collaboration. The final result were pieces that were a combination of prints and embroidery and a lot of western silhouettes. This is also the first time I have done some interesting sarees and anarkali gowns in breathable summer fabrics.

Indigo Ora, Ridhi Mehra, Atelier Mon, Pernias Pop Up,

Indigo Ora, Ridhi Mehra, Atelier Mon, Pernias Pop Up,

Which is your fave piece in the collection?

Majestic in Blue is my favourite piece from the collection.

When are you coming to the U.K?

Hopefully soon!! I love UK, have been there for 3 years for my undergrad. But no plans as of now, hopefully some opportunity might come my way!!

Check out this fab behind the scenes video from the shoot.

Thanks Ridhi!

Image credit: Ridhi Mehra

The collection is available to buy on Pernia’s Pop Up Shop

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Champagne, Canapes and Couture Evening at Faisana Weekend

16th May 2014

Over the last bank holiday I attended the wonderful Champagne, Canapes and Couture evening @ Faisana Weekend. The event was held at the luxurious Crystal Room at the Mayfair Hotel with a show by designers Anita Dongre Rina Dhaka & Bhairavi Jaikishan and Pakistani designers Umar Sayeed, Nida Azwer and Sania Maskatiya as well as a performance by Fasih Rehman.

Sania Maskatya

Sania Maskataiya

Loveddd the Sania Maskatya collection- the African inspired prints were gorg.

Sania Maskatya

Sania Maskatiya

I have to say a big Congrats to the teams involved in the event-it was a fab evening and my fave part? Getting to chat to the ah-mazing Anita Dongre.

Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre

I asked her how she got involved with the event.

Radhika wrote to my team and I thought it was a great idea-an event with three Pakistani designers three Indian designers that have never really sold in London. So it was just a good to be a part of and to dip my toes into the London market.

and on that note I had to ask her if she had any continued plans in London.

Honestly, as a brand and as a company we are always looking to open new stores and we are considering a store in London. It’s maybe a year away….I’m hoping to come over with my other brand Global so not really ethnic.

Anita Dongre, Faisaina

Which area gives you the most pleasure designing?

So when I’m sitting on the drawing board for AND and Global Desi its great fun they are high street brands and I get a different kind of pleasure designing those two labels but the bridal market is luxury and its not bound by prices as much so maybe that is like my most luxurious de-stresser and I enjoy that the most because I’m not limited by cost, I just want to make a beautiful lengha- I want it to be light, I want my bride to enjoy it and I’m not doing it with a price point in mind.

Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre

Which bridal trends are you championing this season?

Since a few months I showed at Lakme fashion week and I showed the bandi, and its been accepted beautifully.I’m showing a couple of Bandi pieces today…showing how you wear it with a gown, showing how you wear it with the lengha, my clients have bought it with a palazzo pant and saris so its something that I put it on the ramp and I’ve told my fashion consultants on store to educate the customer and I love the way that todays young Indian woman is realising that she can invest in pieces but can get more out of them. I don’t even price a bridal lengha as one price which people are amazed so I price the choli or the bandi separately, the lengha seperately, the dupatta separately,so that my consumer comes in and buys any garment she wants and dresses it up or dresses it down

Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre

Umar Sayeed

Umar Sayeed

Me with the oh sooo talented Pakistani designer Umar Sayeed.

I’ve heard on the grapevine that following the success of the event the organisers are planning on bringing more talent over for a series of events like this one!

Thanks to Shahid Malik for the fab pics

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Cadenzza collaborates with Ash Kumar to celebrate upcoming Eid-Al-Fitr

9th May 2014

I popped into Cinnamon Soho yest for a pr event showcasing Cadenzza’s upcoming collaboration with Henna King- Ash Kumar. Cadenzza the sister brand of the mighty Swarovski was launched only last year and is a one stop shop for accessories with an edge. They stock over sixty designer brands including my label crushes- Deepa Gurani, Shourouk and Mawi. (hey what can I say- an Indian girl loves a bit of bling!) And next month the brand have called in Ash Kumar to add some sparkle to their gift boxes to celebrate Eid-Al-Fitr. All details are at the bottom of the post. : )

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cadenzza, ash kumar, henna, jewellery, eid, cinammon soho An example of the gorg metallic mehndi Ash Kumar’s team can add to your gift box.

cadenzza, ash kumar, henna, jewellery, eid, cinammon sohoI love this design by Otazu-its such a classic and yep I really did crop out my head.

cadenzza, ash kumar, henna, jewellery, eid, cinammon soho And the same necklace above can be worn as a bracelet.

cadenzza, ash kumar, henna, jewellery, eid, cinammon soho There were treats from the High Chai menu @ Cinnamon Soho- Vivek Singh’s casual dining restaurant in Soho. Def an alternative to the traditional afternoon tea- £20 for tea for two or with a cheeky Bellini for £30.

cadenzza, ash kumar, henna, jewellery, eid, cinammon soho Cinnamon Soho’s high tea includes- selection of teas/masala chai, Bombay Potato Bonda & green chutney, Bangla scotch egg and spicy kasundi relish, Tandoori chicken and chutney sandwich , Bhangra lamb slider and the sweet offerings are Ginger and garam masala cake & Spiced scone served with apple and fennel chutney

cadenzza, ash kumar, henna, jewellery, eid, cinammon sohoHad to get a henna strip done although clumsy me managed to smudge it twenty mins later!

Ash Kumar’s team will be in the following stores at these times/dates and will be offering their pretty mehndi designs on all purchases over £150

24th-27th July

Covent Garden- Sat 3-5pm / Sun 3- 5pm

Westfield Stratford- Fri 5.30-7.30pm / Sat 3-5pm

Westfield London- Fri 5.30-7.30pm / Sat 3-5pm

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FAISANA-Fashion weekend 2nd-3rd May 2014

25th April 2014

Writing this ole blog means that now and then I get an invite or two to upcoming Asian events. Some invites I’m a nah, some a hmmm and once in a while I’m a hell ya! The Fasiana– Fashion weekend takes place over the bank holiday at the May Fair Hotel and def falls into the later category. Hosted by Radhika Hasan (RHL), Aamna & Aisha (A&A) and Cchavi Seth Management the two day event brings over leading Indian designers- Anita Dongre (how much did I crush over her Jaipur Bride photoshoot earlier this year?) Rina Dhaka & Bhairavi Jaikishan and Pakistani designers Umar Sayeed, Nida Azwer and Sania Maskatiya. All the designers will be coming over to personally represent their brands.

Anita Dongre Hapers Bazaar Bride India

Anita Dongre Hapers Bazaar Bride India

The Fasiana fashion weekend opens on 2nd May with the glamorous ‘Champagne, Canapes and Couture’ evening which features a champagne reception, walking exhibits, a fashion show, live music and a special performance by Kathak dancer Fasih ur Rahman of the Akademi institute. Tickets are available here and if you can’t make it down on Friday the event continues with a free open exhibition 12-7pm where designers will be retailing their latest ready to wear and couture pieces at their Indian and Pakistani prices.

Nida Azwer

Nida Azwer

Rina Dhaka Rina Dhaka

Website: http://www.faisanaweekend.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/faisanafashionweekend

Twitter: @FaisanaWknd #FaisanaWknd

Faisana: Fashion Weekend

Friday 2nd May 2014: Champagne, Canapes and Couture evening. Invite/ ticket only, 7-9.30pm. For tickets, email: admin@faisanaweekend.com

Saturday 3rd May 2014: Grand Trunk Show. Admission: Free to attend, 12-7pm

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My Mumbai Wedding Shopping Guide

4th April 2014

In the words of slika slika Slim shaddy- Guess whose back! (I’m sure you’ve all been missing my random music links-lol!) It’s been a long few weeks since my last post-well Nov to be exact. I was too busy getting MARRIED!!!!- still can’t believe its all over now. I will be bringing you some details of my wedding in coming posts but got to kick things off with a post that’s been in my drafts folder for TOO long.

NRI: Mumbai Wedding Shopping Guide

I had found my dream of a wedding lengha at Aashni & Co (I will be posting a review of the store soon) early last year and kinda thought well if I can find a beauty of a Sabyasachi piece in London I’ll be able to get the rest of my outfits here….but the months rolled by- we regularly checked in with our favourite U.K Asian stores and we just couldn’t find what we were looking for. So off we went last Oct (we literally booked the tickets on a Weds and headed off on Thurs!)

We didn’t really have any prior experience of shopping in Mumbai but writing the blog has helped me discover all these exciting designers whose stores went on our list and we also asked everyone possible for tips so we went with a pretty good list which grew with recommendations from people there. I can’t say it’s a comprehensive list but it’s a good starting point for NRI Brides to be doing their wedding shopping.

I say NRI Brides because the majority of outfits we bought- we had adjusted or had the blouses made and brought them back with us as we weren’t keen on having everything made and sent over. Although, we did order some made to measure pieces from Manish Malhotra and Rohit Verma which I’ll post a review on in a separate post.

Aza

Aza, Mumbai, wedding, Shaadi, sari, lengha, Nikasha

Nikasha Ss14 at Aza

Pic Credit: Aza Facebook

Aza is a multi-designer brand store and the collections vary from stores so we visited both. We had more luck at the Altamount store- I found an Arpita Mehta lengha for my Mehndi night and a Varun Bahl gown for my reception and my Mum bought a gorgeous Ridhi Mehra outfit. I have to say though if you’re looking for styles that you want to buy there and then the size range is limited. I’d say the largest size is 12/14 although if you don’t mind ordering they will order a made to measure style for you. A big thanks to Harshika at the Altamount store she really looked after us and all the pieces were altered within four days.

Altamount Road 21, Altamount Road, Mumbai – 400026.Ph: +91 22 2353 0212 / +91 98674 51199 Email: altamount@azafashions.com

Shishir, 15-A, near Maneckji Cooper School, Juhu Tara Road, Mumbai – 400049 Ph: +91 22 2661 0091 / +91 98339 51198 Email: juhu@azafashions.com

Prices start at £250

Ogaan

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Ogaan

Pic Credit: The Asian Fashion Journal

Ogaan is a multi-brand store and there’s a real mix of designers from pretty as a peach designer Anushree Reddy to more directional designers Pankaj & Nidhi and Anamika Khanna.

Ogaan Colaba, Vaswani House, First Floor. 7 Best Marg, Colaba, Mumbai – 400 039 Ph – 91-22-22833576

Prices start at £250

Fizaa

Ogaan,India, Mumbai, wedding, shaadi, sari, lengha, bride, bridal, s/s 14, Fizaa, Zarine Khan Pic Credit: Fizaa Facebook

Fizaa is a multi designer store by Zarine Khan and is actually part of the couple’s compound. It’s a tiny (and I really do mean tiny) store but there are some real gems and my sister found a gorgeous piece by Alka Suman (here’s a link to a pic of the Anarkali my sis bought that Amrita Rao wore too)

Sanjay Plaza, Juhu. A.B Nair Rd.,

Prices start at £150

*FIZAA HAS CLOSED DOWN*

Fuel

Sabyasachi, Ogaan,India, Mumbai, wedding, shaadi, sari, lengha, bride, bridal, s/s 14, Fizaa, Zarine Khan, Tip Top, Bangles, Costume Jewellery, Manish Malhotra, Diffusion, Fuel
Image credit:www.asklaila.com

Fuel is another multi brand designer store. There are three stores across Mumbai and the store in Opera House is the biggest- actually its huge and if you’re short of time this a def a must visit store. Fuel also carries a real mix of price points and styles as well as some really fab accessories. Labels stocked include Sabyasachi, Peppermint Diva, Rina Dhaka & Rohit & Rahul Ghandi.

Prices start at £150

Address: Kantilal Karia & Co.Chowpati View Building, Opp. Sukh Sagar,Opera House
Tel: (+91) 22 23693131

Address: Lakshmi Niwas,Plot no. 450/B, 14th Road, Off Linking Road, Khar West
Tel: (+91) 22 26497878

Address: SV Road, Vile Parle, Juhu, Mumbai – 400049

Ensemble

Ensemble is another multi designer store. Have to say this was the only store on the list that we experienced frosty service from the staff. I don’t know if it was a blip/bad day but we didn’t feel comfortable shopping and ended up buying Guarav Gupta pieces that we’d seen at Ensemble at alternative stores (because we didn’t even want to stay in the store long enough to try on the pieces!) I’ve still included the store on the list because they do carry a fab range of product and like I said it could have been a blip day.

Address: Great Western Building,130/132 Shahid Bhagat Singh Road,Opp. Lion Gate
Tel: (+91) 22 22843227

Address: White Hall, Ground Floor, West Wing,143, August Kranti Marg, Kemps Corner
Tel: (+91) 22 23672416

Address: Mi-Casa 28, St. Theresa Road, Off Turner Road, Opp. Tawa, Bandra West
Tel: (+91) 22 26420643

Jade by Monica & Karishma

Sabyasachi, Ogaan,India, Mumbai, wedding, shaadi, sari, lengha, bride, bridal, s/s 14, Fizaa, Zarine Khan, Tip Top, Bangles, Costume Jewellery, Manish Malhotra, Diffusion, Fuel, Jade by Monica & KarishmaImage Credit: Jade by Monica & Karishma Facebook

After drooling over Jade by Monica & Karishma over the Indian blogosphere it was soooo exciting to check out their store. I personally found the Bridal lengha range just too heavy for me but loved the heavy blouses that you could buy either on their own or mix and match with a sari or skirt. Really pretty and timeless designs. And I’m in LOVE with their Bohemian Princess collection that they recently showcased at Fashion Week!

Boutique: JADE, 6A Sukhshanti, Pedder Road, Mumbai 400026. India. Tel: +91.22.23533635, Cell: +91.9833002000, email: jade@jadecouture.com, website: http://www.jadecouture.com

Sabyasachi

Sabyasachi, Ogaan,India, Mumbai, wedding, shaadi, sari, lengha, bride, bridal, s/s 14, Fizaa, Zarine Khan, Tip Top, Bangles, Costume JewelleryImage Credit: http://www.madeinindiablog-blogspot-co-uk.jpg

Regular readers know how much I heart Sabyasachi’s work. I adore the way he celebrates and reinvents the beauty of Indian embroidery and embellishment. As I’d already bought my Sabya bridal lengha from Aashni & co we were looking for saris and unfortunately the week we’d visited the stock was really low- as in there were only three saris in stock! so unfortunately we left empty handed but the store itself (the bridal showroom is on the ground floor and the lighter pieces were upstairs in a neighboring building) is a beauty. Its like stepping back in time and a gorgeous backdrop to his designs.

Mumbai. Portfolio 52, 56, Dr. V.B. Gandhi Marg KalaGhoda. Mumbai- 400023. Ph: (022) 22623335. Mobile: 9322263359. Email:sabyasachi.mumbai@gmail.com.

Peacock Pret by Falguni and Shane Peacock

Ok so I’m not the biggest fan of the Peacock Pret by Falguni and Shande Peacock’s Indian wear (LOVE the western wear though) but I had to include their address on the list. It’s a store full of girlie colours, feathers and bling so if that’s your thing def take a look.

I can’t remember what the prices start at but remember the semi formal saris my sis was looking at were around £1500/£2000 mark

Shop No 7, Valencia Apartment, Juhu Tara Road, Juhu, Mumbai +91 22 6741 5593

Varun Bahl

Sabyasachi, Ogaan,India, Mumbai, wedding, shaadi, sari, lengha, bride, bridal, s/s 14, Fizaa, Zarine Khan, Tip Top, Bangles, Costume Jewellery, Manish Malhotra, Diffusion, Fuel, Jade by Monica & Karishma, Varun Bahl, Karan JoharImage Credit: Varun Bahl Facebook

The Varun Bahl store is in the same building as Sabyasachi’s and he shares the store with Karan Johar (uuummm I didn’t even know Karan Johar designed Sherwanis?!) I adore Varun’s gowns (I wore one of his designs at my reception) and my sis picked up a gorgeous mint sari with applique work and sequin blouse from the store. I have to add that the service at the store could do with being improved. My sis blouse piece and petticoat needed to be ordered in from Delhi and they assured us that it would be in store ready for collection three days later (which was our last day in Mumbai). We rang in the morning and they told us the parcel would def be there for 11am. So we turned up and it wasn’t there and there didn’t seem to be any real action in locating the parcel until we said we’d call our credit card company and block the charge. Then they started ringing round for it- we went off to lunch and a few other stores and when we returned the parcel had come in. I know you could say it was only a few hours late but if all the stores we’d shopped at had done the same we prob wouldn’t have been able to get everything in eight days like we did.

Varun Bahl & Karan Johar, second floor, Dr VB Gandhi Marg, Kalaghoda, Fort, call 9833284159

Manish Malhotra

Sabyasachi, Ogaan,India, Mumbai, wedding, shaadi, sari, lengha, bride, bridal, s/s 14, Fizaa, Zarine Khan, Tip Top, Bangles, Costume Jewellery, Manish Malhotra, Diffusion

Both the Manish Bridal store and the newer diffusion store opp were soooooooo busy with Brides to be and its pretty easy to see why- the stores are full of yumminess. He is a Bridal King for a reason! I bought a pretty Ivory lengha to wear for my Civil Ceremony (I didn’t want to wear an English style dress) and had to have the piece ordered- I was reluctant to place an order but being taller than the average the piece in the showroom couldn’t be adjusted to fit. I will post a review on the Store soon.

MANISH MALHOTRA BRIDAL STORE Showroom no. 3/4/5 Vishnudham CHS, Corner of 14th Road, Linking Road,
Khar West, Mumbai – 400052 T: +91 22 235302 / 2352353

MANISH MALHOTRA DIFFUSION STORE Shivraj Heights, Corner of 14th Road, Linking Road, Khar West,
Mumbai – 400052.

Prices (for diffusion line) start at £250

Rohit Verma

I know the Hare by Rohit Verma collection was really popular at Bibi London but since Rohit stopped supplying the store the only place to get the real deal is in India. His showroom is in a real mess. Gowns, lenghas, saris and anarkalis are squashed together on rails that make it hard to browse BUT the man himself and his lovely sis know the collection inside out and instinctively know which styles suit who. Once they knew what occasions we were shopping for they pulled out some beauties and we bought several pieces.

Rohhit Verma Haute Couture, 101/64D Keshav Kunj, opposite standard Chartered Bank, Linking Road, Santacruz(West), Mumbai, Maharashtra, India 400054

Vandana

Ok so I’ve been in plenty of fabric and embellishment stores & markets in Delhi for work but I’ve never been to a store like Vandana before. If you want to design your own sari or anarkali this is the place to go. They carry hundreds of beautiful fabrics including silks, bhandanis, brocades and you go from one section to another picking out fabrics- we started off with some sari blouse fabric we liked then moved over to the chiffon section to match a sari then went downstairs to match sari borders and latkans! We ended up buying all my peach bridesmaid saris from here. We only discovered the store on our penultimate day otherwise I know we would have have bought way more! And all the staff are fantastic so even if you don’t think you are much of a designer they will help you match fabrics together.

304, 305 Rajdoot Chsl, Linking Road Khar West, Opp Rajkumar Jewellers, Mumbai 400052

Tip Top

Ogaan,India, Mumbai, wedding, shaadi, sari, lengha, bride, bridal, s/s 14, Fizaa, Zarine Khan, Tip Top, Bangles, Costume Jewellery

We were recommended Tip Top by designer Rohit Verma for bangles (they do costume jewellery too but the sets weren’t that exciting) The bangles on the other hand were drool worthy- here’s the set I had bought to go with my white Manish Malhotra lengha…Prettyyyyy

Shop No 8. Satra Park, Shimpoli Road, Borivali T: 92 283 35151

136 V.P Road, Sikka Nagar, Prarthna Samaj, Mumbai, 400 004 India

All the shops are spread across Mumbai and I’d recommend asking your concierge (we stayed at the Grand Hyatt– will post a review soon) or driver to group stores together so you don’t waste time. And yep I know there’s plenty of amazing stores that haven’t made the list- like I said these are the stores we went to-I’m sure I’ll be adding to the list.

Happy Shopping

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