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WEDDING WEDS: BIBI LONDON’S NEW BRIDAL LOUNGE

28th August 2013

BIBI LONDON– that gem of a store I raved about last year has just expanded and now has an exclusive Bridal Lounge. Gorgeous Rohit Verma, Tarun Tahiliani and Shyamal & Bhumika pieces fill the Bridal Lounge in an explosion of regal reds, creams, blues and golds in rich velvets, silks, jacquards and georgette. Yep, it really is Bride heaven. I visited the boutique recently and took a few pics to share with you. A must visit boutique for any Brides-to-be!

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Cosmopolitan India: Ft. in Trainer Trend Story

16th August 2013

I’m so excited to share the pics from this months Cosmo India! I was approached by the lovely Dessidre @ Cosmo India to take part in an upcoming Sneaker trend story and here it is! I still can’t believe me and my oh sooo awkward posing made it into the mag! : )

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Cosmopolitan, India, Trainer, sneaker, trend, anushka sharma, august, 2013

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India Bridal Fashion Week: Part 1: JJ Valaya, Shantanu & Nikhil, Kotwara by Meera & Muzaffar Ali and Jyostna Tiwari

30th July 2013

Get ready for two weeks of all things WEDDING on The Asian Fashion Journal! I will be covering India Bridal Fashion Week in three parts and will be introducing a new regular on the blog tomorrow- Wedding Wednesday!

Day 1: JJ VALAYA & SHANTANU & NIKHIL

JJ VALAYA

JJ Valaya kicked off the week. His signature rich and opulent Mughal Maharanis & Maharajas were this season given an Iberian twist. Beautiful rose embroideries reminiscent of traditional flamenco scarves, a palette of blacks, whites, reds and blues as well as bolero-esque and off the shoulder shapes all hinted at his Spanish inspiration.

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Whites & Golds @ JJ Valaya IBFW


I’m not sure about the long jacket over the Sari on the left, what do you think? but love the Trompe L’Oeil jewelry on the far right.

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Iberian-esque Boleros and embroideries

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Sheer Paneling and Off the Shoulder detailing at JJ Valaya IBFW

HOT TREND ALERT: Manish Malhotra’s last collection featured sheer paneling between borders on lenghas and anarkalis and JJ Valaya showed a few examples here too. If two of the biggest names in Indian fashion are championing sheer paneling you know its def a HOT, HOT, HOT Trend.

JJ Valaya styled some of the saris with sari purses on a sari belt. I really don’t like this- it reminds me of a bum bag (or fanny pack) !

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Showstoppers Kabir Bedi & Kangana Ranaut

SHANTANU & NIKHIL

Shantanu & Nikhil collection was a little hit and miss for me. The menswear as usual was Ah-mazing but the womenswear was not as strong or cohesive. I loved the white and gold gowns that opened the show but the jacket silhouette that followed and was repeated through the collection was sooo unflattering and the simple grey and ochre outfits were just to simple for bridal wear.

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Shantanu & Nikhil Whites & Golds IBFW 2013

Like I said I did love the white & gold gowns but I did think they were pretty similar to Marchesa’s gowns. Especially the middle one which looked similar to this gown that Naomi Watts wore last year. What do you think?

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Styles I didn’t like from Shantanu & Nikhil’s IBFW 2013 collection

I didn’t like these styles the middle is the jacket silhouette I mentioned earlier and the outfits either side are just too plain for Bridal wear.

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Menswear at Shantanu & Nikhil IBFW 2013

The yummy menswear, LOVE it all.

Day 2: Kotwara by Meera & Muzaffar Ali & Jyostna Tiwari

MEERA & MUZAFFAR ALI

Meera & Muzaffar Ali’s collection is my fav so far. I love the delicate colour palette and the beautiful examples of chikankari work and delicate embellishment. It’s one of those collections that would have been great to see up close. I wasn’t too keen on the long jackets over saris that JJ Valaya showed but here they work well in sheer embellished fabrics that enhance the sari or lengha instead of just covering it.

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White on White at Kotwara by Meera & Muzaffar Ali

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Sheer layering in Pastel and Ivory

Jyostna Tiwari

For the most part Jyostna Tiwari’s colour combinations were a little too loud and bling tastic for me but there were a couple of beautiful cocktail saris that I had to include! I think the blue sari would make a fab statement at a wedding reception.

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Gorgeous Cocktail Saris @ Jyostna Tiwari 2013

Images: Vogue India

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India Bridal Fashion Week Part 2 & 3 are coming soon! so check back.

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Tarun Tahiliani Bridal Couture Exposition 2013: The 4 C’s- Couture, Crystal, Craft & Carat

25th July 2013

There’s just something magical about Tarun Tahiliani’s Bridal Couture- the beauty of thousands of years old artistry and craftsmanship combining with the vision of such a talent. Last week Tarun presented his ‘Tarun Tahiliani Couture Exposition 2013’ at DLF Emporio Delhi where he showcased his latest work. I would have loved to have been there to see the work up close : ( but at least I found these stunning shots of to accompany the Exposition. Enjoy!

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Tarun, Tahiliani, couture, exposition, 2013, The 4 C's, Couture, Crystals, Craft and Carat, indian bridal, asian, fashion, wedding, dehli, bombay. DLF Emporio, white wedding dressI know here in the U.K the Western style wedding dress is a popular choice for civil weddings but does this mean they are growing in popularity in India too?

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Tarun, Tahiliani, couture, exposition, 2013, The 4 C's, Couture, Crystals, Craft and Carat, indian bridal, asian, fashion, wedding, dehli, bombay. DLF EmporioI adore this blouse its just soooo pretty.

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Tarun, Tahiliani, couture, exposition, 2013, The 4 C's, Couture, Crystals, Craft and Carat, indian bridal, asian, fashion, wedding, dehli, bombay. DLF Emporio, white wedding dressThis colour combination and embroidered back detail is just stunning!

and you can’t forget the boys!

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Images: Tarun Tahiliani Facebook.

I found a great first hand report on the event by blogger thedelhibride and here’s a fab link to Naina’s report on 2012 Exposition (well Couture doesn’t date does it?!)

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Blog Crush: Singh Street Style

16th July 2013

Sikh style is in the spotlight once again. There was Jean Paul Gaultier S/s 13 look book featuring a turban wearing Sikh model and then there’s the ohh soo dapper Mr. Alhuwalia’s who ALWAYS looks good and now there’s Singh Street Style. Singh Street Style is my latest blog crush featuring many a stylish Singh beautifully shot around London by blog creator Pardeep Singh Bahra.

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Vogue India Guest Blog Post: Pakistan Fashion Week in London

11th July 2013

Here’s a re-blog of my latest guest blog post for Vogue.In on the recent Pakistan Fashion Week in London…..

Blogger Nina Patel highlights noteworthy designers from a sea of rich velvets and Mughal craftsmanship at a recent showcase of Pakistani fashion

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Over here in the U.K. access to Asian designer wear is limited. There are a handful of boutiques in London and some one-off fashion events throughout the year. One summer event that’s become a popular fixture is Riwayat presents Pakistan Fashion Week — a two day shopping and catwalk event in June which brings to London some of the biggest names in Pakistani fashion.

This year the designer line-up was impressive and many were showcasing brand new collections, so I made sure I was there for all the shows.

NAUMAN AFREEN

2 July

I loved this peach Pakistani/Western silhouette at Nauman Afreen. Image: Shahid Malik

3 JulyMe with Nauman Afreen. Image: Shahid Malik

4 July

RIZWAN AHMED

Rizwan Ahmed’s collection was another highlight. I talked to Rizwan about his inspirations for this collection.

“My theme and title for this collection is pastels and the inspiration is a woman living here in the U.K. Summer’s here in U.K. and I thought to do something soft but very elegant. It’s flowy, it’s a lot of volume and the colours remain pastel,” says Rizwan.

I asked Rizwan how important it is for him to show in London.

“I’ve been associated with them [Riwayat] since PFW2, then PFW3, I did Alchemy, I did the trunk show and this is the fourth time. I have hopes here, I have fans, I have customers and I have clientele waiting for the new collection to be revealed. I am the only competition to myself,” says the designer.

Below are the highlights of his show.

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RANA NOMAN

Rana Noman’s collection was my favourite. There was an emphasis on traditional craftsmanship and detailing which I found more refined and striking than some of the other bling-tastic collections.

I asked Rana about his inspiration.

“My collection for PFW4 is Naksh Kari which is inspired by the artisanal work done during the Mughal era, in the architecture, patterns, the textiles prints, the kalamkari, the colours, the fabrics that were used. It’s mixing together the old and making it into something appropriate for nowadays,” he says.

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All ramp images courtesy Shahid Malik.

JEWELLED PAKISTANI ORNAMENTS

In between shows I went backstage with my camera to get close-ups of show accessories and embroidery techniques.

I found beautiful ethnic jewellery, hair ornamentation and hats.

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Designer Rana Noman helping designer Sara Rohael Asghar dress one of her models.

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All backstage images by Nina Patel.

All ramp images courtesy Shahid Malik.

Nina Patel is author of the The Asian Fashion Journal fashion blog, her day job is as a high street womenswear designer in London.

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Ranveer Singh’s Style: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

25th June 2013

Ok, I have to admit that my Bolly crush is Ranveer Singh (I can hear you giggling through my computer screen) It all started with Band Baaja Baaraat. Yes, the crush kinda waned when his fashion choices regularly included shiny suits, bad print vests and an array of dodgy headwear but am glad to see he’s FINALLY got himself a stylist and is now looking ohhh soo dapper. Hopefully he’ll keep the stylist once the Lootera promos have finished

Here’s my style spotlight on Ranveer- The good, the bad & the ugly

The Good

5 Ranveer Singh Paul Smith and Etro Wearing Paul Smith suit & Etro pocket square

3 Ranveer Singh Etro Wearing Etro

sonHere he is with Lootera co-star Sonakshi Sinha- love this simple and elegant sari.

4 Ranveer Singh Burberry and Paul SmithWearing Burberry Suit & Paul Smith tie

7 Ranveer Singh Burberry Suit, Paul Smith tieWearing Burberry suit & Etro tie

The Bad

Ranveer Singh BADLeft pic he’s wearing a vest with a vulgar message! middle pic one of his horrible hats! and right pic a beautiful Ermenegildo Zegna suit styled so badly

The Ugly

9Image from Miss Malini and she’s so right to fine him for this ugly outfit- I think it could even be described one step further as a (f)ugly

Images Purple Window and Miss Malini

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Karishma Shahani Khan: Katha S/s 13

27th June 2013

The thing with living in London and blogging about Asian Fashion is that I miss out on soooo many exciting events in India! The fashion weeks especially! and one show that I really would have liked to attend was Karishma Shahani Khan’s S/s 13 show. I’ve profiled her graduate collection- ‘Yatra’ and her A/w 12 collection ‘Chauraha‘ previously and her s/s 13 Katha collection is another must share. She is a master of print and colour and her latest Ramayana inspired hand drawn prints are just stunning. Her prints are combined with intricate surface embellishments and embroideries and breezy silhouettes. Enjoy her latest lookbook and collection detail pics…

KS_Katha_Invitation Emaileranother invite for an event I couldn’t go to : (

Katha 1

Katha detail

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Katha 2

Ka sha the printing press

Katha 3

Katha 4

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katha 5

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Bridal details at ‘Riwayat presents Pakistan Fashion Week 4’

27th June 2013

I was kindly given FROW seats at the recent ‘Riwayat presents Pakistan Fashion Week 4’. I didn’t think there were enough designers showing (there were 21 showing, several of which were lawn textile collections) for me to do my usual trend report. So, I’ve decided to put together a Bridal details/highlights report instead.

Headwear

Headwear came in the form of fascinators, elaborate Matha Pattis and stunning Mughal inspired pieces and made an interesting change to just seeing a draped dupatta covering the head. SRA’s headwear pieces were beautiful and the showstoppers piece made a huge statement.

Headwear 1L-R Bombay Stores, Gul Ahmed Textiles & Waseem Noor

Headwear 2L-R SRA- Sara Rohael Asghar The show stopper’s headpiece definitely made a statement. The head piece in the far right pic was my fav and the back detail was as pretty as the front.

Trailing hems

As I’m not so familiar with Pakistani fashion I don’t know if the trails at the back of the garment is something that’s been around for a while or not. I’ve picked out a few trailing hems which really were quite long. SRA had even added an extra flounce piece to the hems to add even more length to the garment.

TrailsL-R Naurangg by Uzma Shah & Moeezza Rabbani, Rana Noman & Rizwan Ahmed

Trails 2L-R SRA, Surrekham- Shehla Shaharyar, SRA

Velvets

Some rich velvet bridal pieces were shown in a few collections. I like the regal and luxurious tone the fabric brings to the pieces.

Velvet 2L-R Rana Noman & SRA

Velvet 1L-R Bombay Stores & Naurangg by Uzma Shah & Moeezza Rabbani

Dip Hems

I know dip hems (shorter at the front- longer at the back) have been around for a while and here’s some of my fav examples for PFW4

dip hemsL-R Naumeen Afreen, Rizwan Ahmed & Tasmiya

Back Details

The highlight of being on the front row was noticing all the details and there were some pretty back details. The split backs at Tasimayah and Zeeshan Bariwala and I loved Rana Noman’s sari blouse back detail (screams Bipasha Basu doesn’t it?)

Back details 1L-R Rana Noman, Rana Noman & Rizwan Ahmed

back details 2L-R Shakir Designs, Tasmiyah & Zeeshan Bariwala

I’ve got to finish my post with my favourite piece from PFW4. It’s by Nauman Afreen and the picture really doesn’t do it justice. The tone on tone embroidery was just so yum and that delicate shade of grey with a flash of fuchsia all made it so elegant. (yep I want it! Lol )

Nauman

Event produced by: Riwayat LTD London
Head stylist: Huma Tahir
Make up by Taniya Khan
Hair by Reena & Sonya
Photography by Shahid Malik

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Friday Fives: Atsu Sekhose A/w 13

14th June 2013

Sometimes its all about the eye-candy! and I spotted these serious eye- candy pics on Vogue.In this week- ‘Atsu Sekhose’s- tribal ballgowns’. Just like the wow- Project Renaissance set out to do, Atsu has created this stunner of a collection inspired by fabrics, colours, weaves and embellishment from his native Nagaland.

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