Anita Dongre’s Fabulous New Store

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We at Think Shaadi have long been a fan of Anita Dongre, her minimalist take on traditional bridal wear is incredibly refreshing and her sense of modern aesthetics is aw inspiring. Anita’s design ethos is all about wearability, a method which has seen her become one of the favourite designers of brides everywhere.

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Now, what is making us so excited is the recent launch of Anita’s flagship store at DLF Emporio, the sprawling 3000 sq ft. bastion of luxury. As you can see, her store is rich in Rajasthani flare, but with splashes of design modernity infused throughout. In our opinion, it’s the perfect environment for Anita’s many fans to get their design fix.

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The launch attracted the great and the good from fashion and film, two which have long been interlinked, including Suneet Varma, Dia Mirza, Sangeeta Bijlani, Pernia Qureshi, Radhika Chanana, Sujata Assomull Sippy, Harmeet Bajaj et al. They were all personally greeted by Anita as they entered the store.

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Anita revealed her thoughts on the store, commenting – “I am excited to launch my store at Emporio, and look forward to sharing the Anita Dongre design aesthetic with style connoisseurs of New Delhi. My design philosophy is elegant, feminine yet comfortable and I present my vision, through my latest collection India Modern, seeped in heritage without being weighed down by decorative detailing.”

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There’s already been a stampede of eager customers rushing to experience the elegant sophistication of Anita’s store, not to mention the beauty of her designs, and this eagerness won’t be disappearing anytime soon.

Photos courtesy of Anita Dongre and The Delhi Bride

Brad and Angelina’s Child Friendly Wedding

Donatella Versace’s sketch of Angelina’s dress design.

There’s been a stream of celebrity weddings over the past year, from Hollywood to Bollywood, the stars have been getting hitched like it’s going out of fashion! Now, where dresses are concerned, we’ve seen a healthy mixture of beautiful and daring, but it has to be said, none have been more out there than Angelina Jolie’s.

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The sex kitten and queen of Hollywood sent the worlds press into a frenzy with her cascading silk dress and gorgeously crative veil, which featured colourful artwork by the couples children. The dress was personally designed by the matriach of Italian fashion Donatella Versace.

Accessories designer Judith Leiber congratulated the couples nuptials on Instagram. She raved about the Angelina’s idea of incorporating her children’s artwork into her dress design.

It wasn’t just their children’s artwork that played a part, Brad borrowed a tie from his son, and the children took centre stage in the photos. The ceremony was attended by 20 of their close friends. It was the perfect family gathering which finally ended their 9 year courtship.

The ceremony itself was a reltively muted affair, a small ceremony took place at a sweet Catholic chapel, nestled in the grounds of their rustic estate, with Brad humming the wedding march as Angelina glided down the aisle. The couple told Hello Magazine that their children were very hands-on in choosing what they wore and what their roles would be. The boys all wore a mix of white shirts and black suits, trousers and shorts, most of the girls went for white or rainbow coloured dresses.

Brad said “They all took it very seriously. Knox practiced carrying coins and acorns on his little pillow before he got the ring.” After the ceremony, guests were treated to a cake baked by the children. Brad and Angelina’s wedding has to be one of the most child friendly events in celebrity history.

Photos courtesy of the Mademoiselle Jolie tumblr blog.

Christian Louboutin’s Mumbai Bridal Suite

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To wear the red soles of Christian Louboutin is a dream for every single bride in the world. Now, brides in India are particularly lucky, being treated to the unique experience of having the brand’s first bespoke bridal studio, which opened in Mumbai earlier this year.

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The studio was inaugurated to mark the first anniversary of the launch of Louboutin’s Indian flagship store. You can just imagine the cheers of joy which erupted across  Mumbai when Louboutin finally opened it.

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Beautifully structured from teak, brass, and hand-carved wood, sourced from local markets, the first floor, the Horniman Circle boutique, has been designed to cater to all needs a bride can possibly imagine, with the perfectly crafted perfection that one  would only expect from Louboutin. Unashamedly decadent, with a superb fusion of modern and antique charm.

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The service at the stuido allows brides to pick their dream shoe, and then tinker with colour, fabric, heel height, even ornamentation – adding an extra bit of sparkle with solitaires and gemstones, to create that one-of-a-kind pair, added to this, the needlework is meticulously undertaken by artisans in Chennai, and all made by hand in their Paris atelier.

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There is also the option of a made-to-measure service, which allows couples to personalise their shoes with a monogramof their, along with the option to create tattoo or henna-inspired design

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And to make you feel at ease, there is a drop-down table in the atelier which has be called the sari table, meant to rest your beautiful bridal sari or lengha to help you find your sole mate!

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Christian Louboutin has a long-standing relationship with India, starting at age 15 and has since been a frequent traveller to the subcontinent. He is also well aware of the grandeur of Indian weddings. His knowledge is evident in the way he meticulously crafts for the Indian bride, having a deep understanding and passion.

“The scale, the importance, the excitement… it is difficult to understand unless you have been fortunate enough to attend one.”  he says “Weddings in Europe are not as detail-oriented as compared to here. For example, for the mehendi ceremony, it is important for the henna design to be seen, so you would need to wear a pair of sandals.”

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It takes about two to three months for the bespoke wedding footwear to be delivered. We know it will be worth the wait xx

Images courtsey of Christian Louboutin

Anamika Khanna & Raj Mahtani: London Exhibition

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This September sees the arrival, in London, of two very special talents, in the fields of fashion and jewellery design. Anamika Khanna and Raj Mahtani. The pair embodies the sensual, the evocative and the grand.

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The exhibition takes place at The Bentley Hotel, a tremendously ornate building, which will surely be the perfect setting for these creative lovers of beauty.

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Anamika became a much-lauded and not to mention much sort after designer after the launch of her international label – Ana-Mika – in 2004. Not only is she the first Indian designer to launch an international label, she was also the first to be featured at Paris Fashion Week, along with that master of colour Manish Arora.

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She is a pioneer of fashion in her own right. Anamika creates magic with figure flattening couture pieces, she has also brought the waistcoat and half draped saris into vogue. With her mixture of traditional Indian patterns, married with Western methods of design, and topped off by a insatiable enthusiasm for intricate embroidery, Anamika is an exceedingly unusual creative force in the world of Indian design.

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Her quality as a designer rests in the fact that she has a great appreciation of vintage design, each and every one of her collections is rich with historical references and tantalising vintage sweetness.

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Now, jewellery is a very difficult thing to get right, you either have the talents to design and fashion together a piece of luxury or you don’t. Raj Mahtani certainly does, with a family business created in 1880, by his great-great-grand father, which was then called Satramdas Dhalamal. In 2000 Raj took the business into the stratosphere of contemporary jewellery design, and it soon became a globally recognised design power house.

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Back in the late 19th and early 20th century, his family’s business was renowned for designing jewellery favoured by the Maharaja’s, nowadays that hint of regal flare is still burning brightly. Raj is well-known for his passionate love for Mughal design, and his jewellery reflects that.

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In a recent interview he said “I love everything about the Mughal empire – the passion, the design, the romance, the art and the cultural experiences of that time period. And of course, I love the sheer grandeur!”

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His recent designs have seen a shift towards the romantic drama of Mughal design, finely shaped gems, offset by brilliant gold and silver. His sheer genius for sourcing the most eye-catching gems is still very strong indeed. It is impossible not to fall in love with Raj’ jewellery.

This exhibition is a must for anyone who loves and appreciates quality craftmanship and historical beauty.

If you wish to attend, please RSVP Mrs Chhavi Seth-Mediratta – chhaviseth@yahoo.co.uk

All photos are the property of Anamika Khanna and Raj Mahtani

Sarah Jessica Parker and Her Latest Role

Carrie Bradshaw would have been enthusing with pride after seeing Sarah Jessica Parker don a gorgeous flowing gown, that could have easily been straight out of Sex in the City. The gorgeous purple strapless gown was donned for the wedding of her producer Melinda Relyea. SJP gave fans a sneak peek of the gown on Instagram.

The glamorous yet unconventional wedding took place in Greenwich, Connecticut. SJP, along with her husband Matthew Broderick were the stars of the show, but certainly did not outshine the bride, who wore a gorgeous Oscar de la Renta dress.

Images Courtsey of Sarah Jessica Parker & Instagram

DLF Emporio Presents ‘The Treasury of Trousseau’

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DLF Emporio, India’s first and finest luxury destination returns this August with the much awaited wedding show “The Treasury of Trousseau”, slated to start on the 27th of August 2014 concluding on the 31st of August. The Treasury of Trousseau is the only wedding show that brings the top stylists in the country to assist and advice patrons with all their wedding shopping and trousseau needs.  This year DLF Emporio is working with 3 of India’s top celebrity stylists whom will personally consult and advise prospective brides and grooms in putting together special looks for their wedding celebrations.

 

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Aki Narula – A recipient of the Damania Fashion Designer award, he is famed for his exuberant and vivacious collections that adorn the leading ladies of Bollywood. His big break into Bollywood came with Yash Raj Films ‘Bunty Aur Babli’. Aki is also celebrated for styling Ranbir Kapoor in ‘Rockstar’.

 

 

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Niharika Bhasin Khan – National Award-winning costume designer is best known for her looks with Bollywood actors and actresses. Her costumes for ‘The Dirty Picture’ and ‘Band Baja Baraat’ have won her National Awards, making her one of the most sought after stylists in Bollywood. She is also known for her work in ‘Rock on’ and ‘Kai Po Che’. Her styling will soon be seen in the much-anticipated movie ‘Bombay Velvet’ starring Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma.

 

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Gautam Kalra – a stylist who has partnered with panoply of leading Indian designers, his stylings have been much lauded in the scene. From working across numerous advertising campaigns to couture, styling supermodels and Bollywood actors. Gautam has worked on such high profile campaigns with world renowned names such as Tanishq, Levis, Reebok, Wills Lifestyle, Reid & Taylor and many more.

 

The wedding show at DLF Emporio will also showcase exclusive couture collections over the five days featuring coveted Indian fashion labels such as Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla, Anju Modi, Ashish N Soni, Ensemble, Gaurav Gupta, Manish Arora, Janavi, Manav Gangwani, Monisha Jaisingh, Falguni and Shane Peacock, Raghavendra Rathore, Rohit Bal, Rajesh, Shantanu & Nikhil, Suneet Varma, Tarun Tahiliani, Varun Bahl and more.

Speaking on the event, Ms. Dinaz Madhukar, Senior Vice President, DLF Emporio says, With the Treasury of Trousseau, DLF Emporio offers its patrons a unique shopping experience specially dedicated to the most special occasion in one’s life. This five day long wedding show at DLF Emporio will focus on wedding styling solutions. We are proud to present some of India’s most renowned fashion designers, international and ethnic-Indian brands to make this a memorable experience for every bride and groom. We welcome our patrons to the heart of luxury and bespoke services offered exclusively at DLF Emporio.

Designer  and Community Member Varun Bahl adds This is a great platform and what sets it apart from other such events is that you have three of the country’s leading stylists along with the designers to help people select what looks best on them.

For appointments with the personal stylists, contact DLF Emporio at +91 11 46116666

Rosalind Miller Cakes’ Glorious Floral Couture Collection

The English Country Garden cake is one most colourful of Rosalind's collection, bursting with beautiful shades of pink, purple and red.

The English Country Garden cake is one of the most colourful of Rosalind’s collection, bursting with beautiful shades of pink, purple and red. The flowers look as if they are climbing out from inside the cake.

For readers with a sweet tooth and love for all things floral, then hold on to your seats, our wonderful partner Rosalind Miller Cakes has created quite a stir in Harrods world-famous food hall, with her new evocative collection of cake designs.

Golden Meadows is very much a Queen's cake, with brilliant shimmering second tier, and the tiny flowers in a circle. Rosalind said

Golden Meadows is very much a Queen’s cake, wouldn’t you say, with its brilliant regal second tier, and the tiny flowers dancing around in formation. Rosalind said “This cake was inspired by tiny meadow flowers and floral hair garlands, which when combined with the gold leaf create a magical and ethereal feel.”

Rosalind Miller has inspired and wowed us once more; these gorgeously crafted cakes are from Rosalind’s ‘Floral Couture’ collection, inspired by intricate floral gowns and the tranquil beauty of the English country garden. They were launched at Bride the Show 2014, and proved to be the star turn.

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Embroidered Flowers has a very nostalgic feel to it, the halcyon days of sweet Edwardian refinement. Echoes of tea time at the Ritz come to mind.

As always Rosalind has conjured up all the beauty and majesty of nature, creating delicate flowers that look almost like bone china. This perfect marriage between fashion and the English countryside couldn’t have been more spectacular.

Photos courtesy of Rosalind Miller Cakes.

Suneet Varma: The Princess of Shekhawati

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Regal Rajasthan was the inspiration for this collection, presented at the BMW India Bridal Fashion Week. As Suneet Varma went all out to create an evocative and sensual panoply of designs, that made us fall in love with him all over again.

Now, it’s all very well and good for us at Think Shaadi to talk about the outstanding show, which we will be doing later, but the preparation is where the magic really happens. It’s was a frenetic time for Suneet and his team, but as he is a consummate professional, it was a beautifully ordered kind of freneticism, one in which all the last-minute details were perfectly pieced together.

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As Suneet remarked “It’s all about draping, styling and the finer details of each ensemble, until we reach perfection.” Perfection is of course what all good shows are about, and if you’re Suneet Varma, then it has to be a certain kind of perfection which supersedes everyone else. This was achieved through carefully going through every aspect, whether it be big or small, from the jewellery, hair, makeup, design presentation and so on.

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After days of careful consideration over each design and model, the show finally arrives, when all the fastidious preparations come to a head.

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Rajasthan, as one of the most colourful states in India, with its elaborate and brightly painted havelis has always been beacon for artists, designers, writers and so on.

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Specifically inspired by Shekhawati in northern Rajasthan, the city is famous for its richly painted havelis and inspiring aesthetics, built by wealthy Marwari merchants, the havelis were decorated by some of the most outstanding artists from England, Spain, India and Italy.

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Suneet spoke of Shekhawati and the deep influence it had on this collection – “I have visited Shekhawati several times‐ and each time am awestruck at the beauty and splendour of this renowned city. The very idea and opulence of living in hand painted Havelis is very inspiring for me. The stark and bright colored sprawling Havelis with incredible detailing and architecture against the blue skies of Rajasthan are magical.”

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Suneet’s imagination ran wild with this collection, The Princess of Shekhawati is traditional, yet with subtle modern twists. Like Shekhawati itself, the designs mix both age-old Indian and European artistry, the influences are maximised with fine execution.

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Festooned with piercing crystals and gems, they fit the with the variety of palettes which are a range of feminine pastels, blushing pinks and reds and midnight shades. The collection is designed in three sections – dawn, dusk and divine.

Each section is all about layering, the different ways one can achieve the perfect layered effect, from two piece sarees with embellished corset blouses with delicate antique zardosi, long anarkali kurtas with mirrorwork and thread embroidered all over jaal to short tunics with colour on color thread and Swarovski crystals with draped dhoti salwars, Angrakha style kalidar kurtas worn with short cropped jackets with draped collars and delicate bead embroidery.

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This collection of artistic dreams come to life is a masterful example of how architecture influences fashion. The show was triumphant in revealing this aspect, with the princess of cinema, Kangana Ranaut as the cherry on the cake. It was she who embodied Suneet’s Princess of Shekhawati in a way no other woman on that catwalk could.

We are very proud to have Suneet Varma as part of our community, to see more from Suneet head over to www.thinkshaadi.com to request an invite X

Photos courtesy of Suneet Varma

Vogue Wedding Show: A View From the Inside

Vogue Wedding Show 2014 opened its doors for brides-to-be at the Taj Palace hotel, New Delhi on August 1

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Team Vogue was present at the Vogue Wedding Show in full strength. From left to right senior fashion features editor Priyanka Khanna, marketing director Oona Dhabar, fashion director Anaita Shroff Adajania and editor Priya Tanna, who hosted a lunch for Delhi’s who’s who.

As the prestigious Vogue Wedding Show erupted with all the glamour, sophistication and glorious creations we expected last weekend, here at Think Shaadi we thought we’d lift the lid on what’s going on behind the scenes, giving you some quotes from those who make this show the most evocative and exciting of the fashion calendar. We had a number of enthusiastic brides and their families attend the show, from whom we received some glowing reviews.

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The Vogue India Editor Priya Tanna said “An Indian wedding celebrates love, the coming together of families and the beauty of tradition. At the Vogue Wedding Show, we have curated a three-day bridal extravaganza showcasing the best, latest and most exclusive services in the bridal world. It will turn the wedding of your dreams into reality. It is an all-access pass for brides, grooms and their families to meet the country’s leading bridal wear designers, view the most unforgettable wedding jewellery and attend masterclasses conducted by an enviable line-up of industry experts in hair, make-up, beauty, nutrition and wellness.”

Manish Malhotra says that traditonal red and gold are the only two colours a bride-to-be needs on her palette in 2014.

A very happy bride tries on a Manish Malhotra creation.

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On the gloriously historic and luxurious venue Deepa Misra Harris, Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing, Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces says “Weddings at the Taj have always been iconic – offering our guests magical settings, inspired cuisine and attentive service. Over a century, we have perfected our Timeless Weddings product and have been the preferred venue for innumerable weddings, engagement parties, renewal of vows and have welcomed honeymoon couples across the world.”

A very happy bride tries on a lehenga by Anita Dongre.

“Our partnership with Vogue for the wedding show over these two years is a step towards furthering our commitment in staying current and yet timeless when it comes to orchestrating that ‘perfect in the moment wedding.”

Sabyasachi Mukherjee never ceases to dazzle us with his use of unusual fabrics, intricate embroidery and romance.

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For Vogue to create such a magnificent show, it helps to secure some good associations, and they have done so with Forevermark Media. President of Forevermark says of his companies association with the Vogue Wedding Show “Forevermark is proud of its association with the Vogue Wedding Show. Every Forevermark diamond is inscribed with our promise: a promise that it is beautiful, rare and responsibly sourced making it less than 1% of the world’s diamonds.”

Nirav Modi’s oasis of glitz.

“The beauty of a Forevermark diamond is brought out through the world’s finest craftsmen using skill and artistry passed down through the generations. It gives us a chance to be showcased and complement the explosion of stunning creations exhibited by India’s leading designers. It is an absolute delight to be present at a platform that appeals to the sensibilities and tastes of the modern day bride.”

Need we mention that the Vogue Wedding Show is also an hypnotic kaleidoscope of jewells.

Another of the shows partners, Abanti Sankaranarayanan, Managing Director of Diageo India added “We are very excited to partner with this unique extravaganza presented by Vogue, which perfectly blends sophistication, luxury and grandeur in equal measures. We believe that Diageo’s vast portfolio of preciously crafted liquids and rare blends like Johnnie Walker Blue Label, Johnnie Walker Platinum Label 18, Johnnie Walker Gold Label, CIROC, Singleton and many more, extend a delightful and enriching experience at every wedding.”

Guests consult Tarun Tahiliani on the chicest bridal wear trends.

“Our bespoke wedding solutions include an array of sensorial offerings like specially curated menus and cocktails, customized bars, whisky/malt appreciation sessions and interactions with expert mixologists. At the heart of all these are our liquids, that indulge your senses in rare and exotic flavours, making every moment of this ultimate celebration unforgettable.”

Gaurav Gupta proudly poses amongst his beautiful designs.

With gracious thanks to Vogue India for use of photos.