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Aashni & Co Wedding Show

20th February 2015

I’m ridiculously late with this post…!!!

Last month the Grand Ballroom of London’s luxury hotel, the Dorchester played host to the first ever Aashni & Co Wedding Show with the crème de la crème of Indian designers and new gen talent. Aashni & Co’s Notting Hill boutique opened in 2012 and is already the leading store in London for luxe Indian designer wear. The wedding show provided an opportunity to showcase the store’s designers on a larger scale and to a larger audience.

I was lucky enough to join Aashni the store’s owner on BBC 94.9- Jo Good show that week to talk about Indian weddings and the wedding show. It was the first time I’ve been on the radio and the fifteen odd minutes we were on air seemed to fly by. It was a great experience and a big thanks to Jo, Nishy and Gurpreet @ the BBC for making the experience enjoyable. Ok back to the wedding show….

The line up at the show was pretty damn impressive with A-list design talent including Sabyasachi, Manish Malhotra, Tarun Tahliani, Anamika Khanna, Varun Bahl and talented new gen designers Sonali Gupta, Shehlaa and Arpita Mehta.

Image Credit: Adnan Qazi

Image Credit: Adnan Qazi

Aashni Anshul Doshi the founder of Aashni & Co had this to say about the show

“ I am so, so, so humbled that these designers have taken that leap of faith and have actually come down here to be in one room with each other and be part of Aashni & Co. It is time people stopped travelling all the way to India to find their wedding outfits- we wanted to bring the best of India’s bridal to our doorstep.”

I got married last year and the exhibition was a perfect opportunity to connect (translate to get star struck) with some of the designers who I wore for my wedding which included Manish Malhotra, Sabyasachi, Varun Bahl and Arpita Mehta.

_DSC0016L-R: Anushree Reddy, Anamika Khanna & Arpita Mehta: Image Credit: Shahid Malik

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_DSC0021L-R: Sabyasachi & Shehla Khan: Image Credit: Shahid Malik

_DSC0023L-R: Sonail Gupta, Tarun Tahilani & Varun Bahl: Image Credit: Shahid Malik

I caught up with Sabayasachi and asked him…

with Sabya photo credit Nina Patel

You already have a connection with London. How does the U.K bride differ to the brides back home?

“Yes, I do. I did a short stint at London Fashion Week and before I came to London with my Bridal wear. I used to also cater to the western audience here through Browns and Selfridges. So, I do have a good idea about what the girls in London want from us. They like being traditional and every single bride whether conservative, whether democratic, whether eccentric actually fantasises about looking like a princess on their wedding day. So we try and keep the fantasy in mind but make sure we keep ethnicity in mind too because of course she is an Indian Bride.”

I also asked him what tips he would give a bride when shopping for her trousseau.

“I’d tell her to do some yoga before you come shopping and get a little introspective because I think it is very easy to get swayed by other people’s opinion on what you should wear but at the end of the day its your wedding so just wear what you want to wear which means if you want to wear a GAP t-shirt and get married just do it.”

I love his answer because it’s so true wedding shopping can become stressful with everyone having an opinion on what you should and should not wear!

Tarun TahilianiTarun Tahiliani: Image Credit: Shahid Malik

Manish MalhotraManish Malhotra: Image Credit: Shahid Malik

Varun BahlVarun Bahl: Image Credit: Shahid Malik

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESYummy florals by Zita Elise Image Credit: Raj Dharar

photo boothPhoto Booth at the entrance

_DSC0027Cakes by Krishanthi- these pics don’t do the cakes justice. The designs were sooo detailed and intricate. Image Credit: Shahid Malik

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Getting a lesson on how to take a selfie by Kay from the Desi Dossier and Raj from The Secret Wedding Blog. Was good catching up with other bloggers at the event. Image Credit: Raj Dharar

The event was a first for London and it was lovely to see such a wealth of Indian craftsmanship and talent in one place. With U.K brides following the trends in India (albeit sometimes a little latter) weddings are becoming longer with more and more events to shop for. I really hope it becomes a regular event…are you reading Aashni?

Fab post event video by Aashni & Co.

Full list of exhibitors for Aashni & Co wedding show in association with Zouch & Lamare

– Anamika Khanna
– Anushree Reddy
– Arpita Mehta
– Ashima-Leena
– Elisha W
– Jaipur Gems
– Kotwara by Meera Muzaffar Ali
– Manish Malhotra
– Monisha Thahryamal
– Nikasha,
– Pallavi Jaikishan
– Rajesh Pratap Singh
– Rimple and Harpreet Narula
– Sabyasachi
– Shehlaa
– Sonali Gupta
– Tarun Tahiliani
– Varun Bahl

I have interviews with Shehla Khan, Arpita Mehta and Anushree Reddy coming up on the blog in the following weeks- so keep a look out!

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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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Bibi London, BIBI, LONDON, ESSEX, Indian, fashion, designer, sherwani, lengha, sari, choli, Hare, Rohit Verma, Mansi Malhotra, Sabyasachi, Tarun Tahiliani, Payal Singhal, Rabani and Rakhi, Asifa & Nabeel, Shyamal & Bhumika, Anushree ReddyPastel Gowns in the main room

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Bibi London, BIBI, LONDON, ESSEX, Indian, fashion, designer, sherwani, lengha, sari, choli, Hare, Rohit Verma, Mansi Malhotra, Sabyasachi, Tarun Tahiliani, Payal Singhal, Rabani and Rakhi, Asifa & Nabeel, Shyamal & Bhumika, Anushree ReddyHare by Rohit Verma- There’s no mistaking the bride in this piece!

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Bibi London, BIBI, LONDON, ESSEX, Indian, fashion, designer, sherwani, lengha, sari, choli, Hare, Rohit Verma, Mansi Malhotra, Sabyasachi, Tarun Tahiliani, Payal Singhal, Rabani and Rakhi, Asifa & Nabeel, Shyamal & Bhumika, Anushree Reddybeauty back detailing.

Bibi London, BIBI, LONDON, ESSEX, Indian, fashion, designer, sherwani, lengha, sari, choli, Hare, Rohit Verma, Mansi Malhotra, Sabyasachi, Tarun Tahiliani, Payal Singhal, Rabani and Rakhi, Asifa & Nabeel, Shyamal & Bhumika, Anushree ReddyRecent Bride Fatima looks AMAZING in her Hare by Rohit Verma outfit that she bought from BIBI LONDON.

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

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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?

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

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

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

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.

Suneet Varma, India Bridal Fashion week, Aamby Valley, Lengha, choli, sharara, sari, anarkali, salwar kameez, lace, pompeii, roma, bride, groom, wedding, india, reception bridesmaidsBeautiful flocked velvet & print

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

Suneet Varma, India Bridal Fashion week, Aamby Valley, Lengha, choli, sharara, sari, anarkali, salwar kameez, lace, pompeii, roma, bride, groom, wedding, india, reception bridesmaidsWhites and Golds a key trend

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

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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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!

Tarun, Tahiliani, couture, exposition, 2013, The 4 C's, Couture, Crystals, Craft and Carat, indian bridal, asian, fashion, wedding, dehli, bombay. DLF EmporioWOW!

Tarun, Tahiliani, couture, exposition, 2013, The 4 C's, Couture, Crystals, Craft and Carat, indian bridal, asian, fashion, wedding, dehli, bombay. DLF Emporio Love the 20’s style hair and hair jewellery

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?

Tarun, Tahiliani, couture, exposition, 2013, The 4 C's, Couture, Crystals, Craft and Carat, indian bridal, asian, fashion, wedding, dehli, bombay. DLF Emporio

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.

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 dress

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!

Tarun, Tahiliani, couture, exposition, 2013, The 4 C's, Couture, Crystals, Craft and Carat, indian bridal, asian, fashion, wedding, dehli, bombay. DLF Emporio, menswear, groom,

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 dress, groom, men

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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Tarun Tahiliani New Store

14th Feb 2013

I spotted these fab images of Tarun Tahiliani’s new Defence Colony store and his S/s 13 diffusion line on Vogue India. It’s exciting to see another couture designer launch a more accessible and versatile line. My favourites are the lunghi-style skirts and the pretty embroidered blouses.

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Images Vogue India

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With Love from Taj by Pravin Talan

10th July 2012

How breath taking are these images by Pravin Talan? Each shot is dreamy, romantic, nostalgic and simply stunning. Pravin was commisioned by U.P Tourism to create a campaign to show another dimension to the Taj and to celebrate the rich history of arts, crafts and culture in Agra. Leading Indian designers from Tarun Tahiliani, Sabyasachi, Anand Kabra, Anamika Khanna, Falguni & Shane Peacock and Rohit Bal were invited to create piece inspired by the Taj Mahal.

Photos from : With Love From Taj
Styling by : Aastha Sharma & Mohit Rai

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