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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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Ferozabad, Sabyasachi, Sabya, India, Fashion, Couture, Week, 2014, Taj, Shaadi, Wedding, Fashion Sari, Lengha

Ferozabad, Sabyasachi, Sabya, India, Fashion, Couture, Week, 2014, Taj, Shaadi, Wedding, Fashion Sari, Lengha

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 : )

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,

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.

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

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

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

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. : )

cadenzza, ash kumar, henna, jewellery, eid, cinammon soho

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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Vogue India Trend Post: Shoe trend to try: Fugly Pool Sliders

01st May 2014

Here’s my latest trend post on Vogue India- Shoe trend to try: Fugly Pool Sliders….

Metallic

Chloe @ Net a Porter

Chloe @ Net a Porter

ALDO

ALDO

Bling

Prada

Prada

Zara

Zara


Cross-Over

Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant

Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney

Sporty

Stella McCartney for Adidas

Stella McCartney for Adidas


Fugly Flats, or Fashionably Ugly Flats (yes, that’s really what they’ve been named) are everywhere this season. Designers have reworked them in different styles for S/S 14, and one example is the ’80s pool slider.

There were bling-tastic sliders at Prada and Phillip Lim, metallics at Chloé and crossover styles at Stella McCartney and Isabel Marant, not to mention the original Adidas sliders, which are back too.

For the budget shopper, you’ll find the best high street takes on the trend at Zara, Aldo and Urban Outfitters.

Images: Vogue India

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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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