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Anushree Reddy Lakme Fashion Week 15 & Her Top Bridal Tips

3rd April 2015

I am a an Anushree fan girl. I loveee her work. Yes, her work is really obvious and lacks the creative depth and flair of the Rahul Mishra’s of the world…BUT WHO CARES!!! Sometimes you need obvious, you need pretty, you need pastels, you need florals, you need youthful, and you need super girly! and her collections have them all in spades.

I was in the Aza Altamount store for a fitting of one of her Anarkali’s. This crazy auntie gee comes over and starts swooning over it and says to me can you take it off I want my daughter to try it on. So I told the crazy lady too late I’ve already bought it- she doesn’t listen and she says that’s fine let my daughter try it on and take that one and you can place an order….errmmm no way Jose!!! See how much love people have over Anushree’s sugar and spice! (and how crazy Indian aunties are!) lol!

Anyway back to the post and to the yummy pics of her recent #RoyalCourtyard collection.

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I also had a brief chat with her at the Aashni & Co Wedding show in Jan and asked her for her top three tips for Brides….

Firstly, I think a lot of people go with what they think they are supposed to wear. I wore pink for my wedding opposed to red because that’s what I liked. Basically I think its very important to stick to what you like.

Secondly, I think its important to go heavy I think a lot of people say don’t over do it- but its your wedding you’re getting married once so you might as well dress up and go all out. I wouldn’t advise diluting a garment- you wouldn’t want to be looking like a guest on your wedding! Go all out!

Thirdly get your make up and hair right. It makes a big difference and really finishes a look. So get that right and you’re set.

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Also I’ve got to say I’m a big fan of the Anushree’s social media especially all the behind the scenes shots.

Image Credit: Anushree Reddy Instagram

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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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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Spotlight: Payal Singhal Lakme Fashion Week Winter /Festive 2013

16th Sept 2013

Yep, I’m a few weeks late with this but ohh Well! It’s a collection that’s still worth sharing!

Payal Singhal’s Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive collection was a collection of two parts. The first part was an exciting mash up of traditional shapes which were given a further edge with graphic prints in a palette of blush tones and inky blacks. The second part was more in keeping with the pretty Indo-Western aesthetic she’s known for and will keep fans happy but as you can tell it was the first part that wowed me- so here I am sharing those images!

And as for inspiration- the collection was inspired by the symmetry and the relationship between nature and architecture found in ‘Char Bagh’ which translates as four gardens and refers to the Persian style of garden where the space is divided into four equal parts by either a walkway or water channels. The most famous example is the Taj Mahal.

payal singhal, lakme fashion week, winter festive 2013, Char Bagh, Indian Fashion, half lengha, sari, Sonam KapoorI think this outfit is just so chic.

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payal singhal, lakme fashion week, winter festive 2013, Char Bagh, Indian Fashion, half lengha, sari, Sonam KapoorThe ultimate mash-up!

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payal singhal, lakme fashion week, winter festive 2013, Shibani Dandekar, Char Bagh, Indian Fashion, half lengha, sariShibani Dandekar looks fab in this graphic crop and high waist pant

payal singhal, lakme fashion week, winter festive 2013, Char Bagh, Indian Fashion, half lengha, sari, Sonam KapoorAnd if the Style Queen herself Sonam Kapoor’s loving it you know it rocks!

Images: Payal Singhal Facebook

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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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Images: my own bar the last which is via BIBI LONDON Facebook Page.

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PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2013: Sabyasachi

12th August 2013

Sabyasachi opened PCJ Delhi Couture Week with a beauty of a collection titled ‘Opium Dream’ and in turn silenced any murmurs of criticisms that lingered from his dressing Vidya Balan at Cannes. I loved it all. The muted colour palette and toile de jouy fabrics were beautifully enhanced with tilla and zardozi work, hand embroidery and applique. And as always Sabyasachi’s work was all about an understated luxury with an old world charm. It was interesting to see Sabyasachi work with sequin embellishment, he used it more as another texture to add depth and interest to tone on tone pieces. Beautiful I say just Beautiful!

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India Bridal Fashion Week: Part 3: Ardash Gill, Suneet Varma & Tarun Tahiliani

6th August 2013

Here’s my last part of my India Bridal Fashion Week coverage

Day 5: Ardash Gill & Suneet Varma

Ardash Gill

I don’t mind a bit of bling and I don’t mind loud colours but when they are combined it’s just a little too much for me! and Ardash Gill’s was just that! bold colours of fushias, bottle greens, bright oranges, deep blues met with a whole lot of metallic embellishment. It wasn’t for me but what do you think?

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Adarsh Gill, India Bridal Fashion Week. IBFW, 2013, Bride, groom, Lengha, anarkali, sari, wedding, reception

The jacket over sari trend continues here. I think I may have to a trend report on IBFW and PCJ Dehli Couture Week

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Suneet Varma

Suneet Varma’s Pompeii inspired collection came with a heavy dose of styling but looking beyond the headpieces, armlets and collar necklaces there were some stunning pieces on show. Suneet reinvented the traditional silhouette in this collection, saris, blouses, pants, lenghas were all blended together resulting in some exciting fresh shapes. Blouses especially were given centre stage- there were beautiful macrame examples, corset styles and interesting cut outs. It was a fab collection and there were plenty of pieces for the modern bride.

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Suneet Varma, India Bridal Fashion week, Aamby Valley, Lengha, choli, sharara, sari, anarkali, salwar kameez, lace, pompeii, roma, bride, groom, wedding, india, reception bridesmaidsJersey sari with gold plated corset type blouse

Suneet Varma, India Bridal Fashion week, Aamby Valley, Lengha, choli, sharara, sari, anarkali, salwar kameez, lace, pompeii, roma, bride, groom, wedding, india, reception bridesmaidsI like the embellished pants under the layers of chiffon.

Suneet Varma, India Bridal Fashion week, Aamby Valley, Lengha, choli, sharara, sari, anarkali, salwar kameez, lace, pompeii, roma, bride, groom, wedding, india, reception bridesmaidsShowstopper Chitrangada Singh

Day 6 Tarun Tahiliani

Tarun Tahiliani closed India Bridal Fashion Week with the gorgeous collection that he showcased at his Tarun Tahiliani Bridal Couture Exhibition a couple of weeks ago. For my write up on the collection and more pics go here. and below is a few catwalk pics

Tarun Tahiliani, Suneet Varma, India Bridal Fashion week, Aamby Valley, Lengha, choli, sharara, sari, anarkali, salwar kameez, lace, pompeii, roma, bride, groom, wedding, india, reception bridesmaids, lisa haydon

Tarun Tahiliani, Suneet Varma, India Bridal Fashion week, Aamby Valley, Lengha, choli, sharara, sari, anarkali, salwar kameez, lace, pompeii, roma, bride, groom, wedding, india, reception bridesmaids, lisa haydon

Tarun Tahiliani, Suneet Varma, India Bridal Fashion week, Aamby Valley, Lengha, choli, sharara, sari, anarkali, salwar kameez, lace, pompeii, roma, bride, groom, wedding, india, reception bridesmaids, lisa haydon

Tarun Tahiliani, Suneet Varma, India Bridal Fashion week, Aamby Valley, Lengha, choli, sharara, sari, anarkali, salwar kameez, lace, pompeii, roma, bride, groom, wedding, india, reception bridesmaids, lisa haydon

Tarun Tahiliani, Suneet Varma, India Bridal Fashion week, Aamby Valley, Lengha, choli, sharara, sari, anarkali, salwar kameez, lace, pompeii, roma, bride, groom, wedding, india, reception bridesmaids, lisa haydon

Tarun Tahiliani, Suneet Varma, India Bridal Fashion week, Aamby Valley, Lengha, choli, sharara, sari, anarkali, salwar kameez, lace, pompeii, roma, bride, groom, wedding, india, reception bridesmaids, lisa haydon

Tarun Tahiliani, Suneet Varma, India Bridal Fashion week, Aamby Valley, Lengha, choli, sharara, sari, anarkali, salwar kameez, lace, pompeii, roma, bride, groom, wedding, india, reception bridesmaids, lisa haydon

Tarun Tahiliani, Suneet Varma, India Bridal Fashion week, Aamby Valley, Lengha, choli, sharara, sari, anarkali, salwar kameez, lace, pompeii, roma, bride, groom, wedding, india, reception bridesmaids, lisa haydonShowstopper Lisa Haydon

Images: Vogue India, Adrash Gill Facebook, India Bridal Fashion Week Facebook

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India Bridal Fashion Week 2013: Part 2: Falguni & Shane Peacock, Raghavendra Rathore & Rohit Bahl

1st August

Day 3: Falguni & Shane Peacock and Raghavendra Rathore

Falguni & Shane Peacock

I’ve already been pretty vocal about my opinion on Falguni & Shane Peacock’s work here and their latest offering hasn’t made me change my mind. They are two of India’s greatest design talents and their talents lie in non-ethnic wear. Their ethnic wear is just soooo bland in comparison and so different to their mainline style! I’m grudgingly posting a few pics from the show!

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Rohit Bal, India Bridal Fashion Week, IBFW, bridal, wedding, reception, sari, lengha, saree, mughal, royal, JJ Valaya, Shantanu & Nikhil, Falguni & Shane Peacock,  men, groom, sonam kapoor, anarkali

Raghavendra Rathore

Overall, I have to say I wasn’t keen on Raghavendra Rathore’s collection. Although the antique gold embellishment was beautiful the fact that it was pretty much the only type of embroidery in the show made it become a little monotonous. I did like some of the more Middle-Eastern silhouettes- the Kaftans and Abayas not sure if they were really Bridal wear though. And the menswear- hmmm, I like the fact it was different but whether it was good different I’m not sure. What do you make of the collection?

Rohit Bal, India Bridal Fashion Week, IBFW, bridal, wedding, reception, sari, lengha, saree, mughal, royal, JJ Valaya, Shantanu & Nikhil, Falguni & Shane Peacock,  men, groom, sonam kapoor, anarkali, neha dupia, raghavendra, rathore

Rohit Bal, India Bridal Fashion Week, IBFW, bridal, wedding, reception, sari, lengha, saree, mughal, royal, JJ Valaya, Shantanu & Nikhil, Falguni & Shane Peacock,  men, groom, sonam kapoor, anarkali, neha dupia, raghavendra, rathore

Day 4: Rohit Bahl

Rohit Bal’s show was OMG, WOW, WOW, WOW! Now this is what you call a Bridal collection. Beautiful Victoriana influences met with regal Indian colours, embroideries and silhouettes that just screamed LUXURY. Enough of my babbling enjoy the pictures!

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Love the sheer high neck detail on the blouse on the left and the dreamy tone on tone tie dye.

Rohit Bal, India Bridal Fashion Week, IBFW, bridal, wedding, reception, sari, lengha, saree, mughal, royal Rich Velvets and Ivory Muslin

Rohit Bal, India Bridal Fashion Week, IBFW, bridal, wedding, reception, sari, lengha, saree, mughal, royal, JJ Valaya, Shantanu & Nikhil, Falguni & Shane Peacock, Longer lines for Menswear

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Rohit Bal, India Bridal Fashion Week, IBFW, bridal, wedding, reception, sari, lengha, saree, mughal, royal, JJ Valaya, Shantanu & Nikhil, Falguni & Shane Peacock,  men, groom, sonam kapoor, anarkali

Rohit Bal, India Bridal Fashion Week, IBFW, bridal, wedding, reception, sari, lengha, saree, mughal, royal, JJ Valaya, Shantanu & Nikhil, Falguni & Shane Peacock,  men, groom, sonam kapoor, anarkali

Rohit Bal, India Bridal Fashion Week, IBFW, bridal, wedding, reception, sari, lengha, saree, mughal, royal, JJ Valaya, Shantanu & Nikhil, Falguni & Shane Peacock,  men, groom, sonam kapoor, anarkali

Image: Vogue India and India Bridal Fashion Week Facebook

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Wedding Weds: Blush & Gold

31st July

I’m introducing a new regular on the blog- Wedding Wednesday. Regular readers will know I’m getting married next year and this new regular on the blog is a place for me to indulge in all things weddings. Yep, I know I already blog about Bridal wear but this is going to be more on the lines of mood boards, hair/make up inspiration, tips on how to pick your suppliers & my fav- D.I.Y tutorials. I’ve shared a couple of D.I.Y projects before (which I really enjoyed putting together!)- D.I.Y Wedding Favours- Orange & Cardamom biscuits, D.I.Y Wedding/Engagement Cake Stand & D.I.Y Thank You Cards.

My first post is a re-post of my latest Pinterest mood board on Blush & Gold.

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blush, pink, rose, gold, ivory, wedding, inspiration, flowers, centerpieces, bouquet, receptions, indian, bride, groom, india, fashion, sana safinaz, anita dongre, wedding invitations, table settingsAnita Dongre lengha on the left.

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blush, pink, rose, gold, ivory, wedding, inspiration, flowers, centerpieces, bouquet, receptions, indian, bride, groom, india, fashion, sana safinaz, anita dongre, wedding invitations, table settingsSana Safinaz outfit on the left and Sonam Kapoor in Shehla Khan on right

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blush, pink, rose, gold, ivory, wedding, inspiration, flowers, centerpieces, bouquet, receptions, indian, bride, groom, india, fashion, sana safinaz, anita dongre, wedding invitations, table settings

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