AICW 2015: Sabyasachi and Christian Louboutin

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New Delhi: Opening show by Sabyasachi Mukherjee's at the Amazon India Couture Week (AICW) 2015, in New Delhi on July 29,2015.(Amlan Paliwal/IANS)

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It’s well known that Sabyasachi is the Emperor of divine and exuberant fashion, a studious artisan who carefully seeks out inspiration from rural arts and crafts to the art historical, creating some of the most evocative and inspiring designs. Sabyasachi was chosen to kick-start Amazon India Couture Week, and he did beautifully, showcasing a collection that celebrated distinct embroideries from differing parts of India, fashion with modern cuts and fine detailing.

New Delhi: Opening show by Sabyasachi Mukherjee's at the Amazon India Couture Week (AICW) 2015, in New Delhi on July 29,2015.(Amlan Paliwal/IANS)

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New Delhi: Opening show by Sabyasachi Mukherjee's at the Amazon India Couture Week (AICW) 2015, in New Delhi on July 29,2015.(Amlan Paliwal/IANS)

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For AICW, Sabyasachi collaborated with the God of French shoe design Christian Louboutin, who added a gorgeous injection of Parisian panache, with a eye-catching mix of refined European classicism. The collection, which saw the marriage of two of the worlds brightest designers is Bater – one of the most common hunting birds of India and depicted dark, gothic look in the form of colours and cuts.

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New Delhi: Opening show by Sabyasachi Mukherjee's at the Amazon India Couture Week (AICW) 2015, in New Delhi on July 29,2015.(Amlan Paliwal/IANS)

The set for the show resembled a rundown house, with a rustic and dilapidated feel, befitting the Gothic theme of the collection with its muted colours of gold, inky blues and black, the real injection of colour came from Christian Louboutin’s blood red shoes. Sabyasachi and Christian Louboutin were the ideal team to launch this celebration of all things couture.

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Photos courtesy of Amlan Paliwal/IANS

Alberta Ferretti Limited Edition Collection 2016

Think sixteenth chapel art; invasion majestic jewels and treasures; imagine a regal palace’s glorious interiors woven into a beautifully sophisticated garment that gleams royalty.

This is Albera Ferretti’s latest collection for 2016, her gowns have been brought to life using fabulously bright materials decorated with historic and majestic art.

The First of the collection is a piece that has been designed from something you would expect to see hand painted on the ceiling of a grand church or palace. The shape of the dress defines the femininity of the women across the neckline and waist, this gown maintains sophistication and grace, yet embodies fine detailing.

I must admit I do adore the colours that are brought out. Starting with a fine dusted gold for the arms and shoulders that mold into a much bolder rich gold tone which boarder a more heavenly picture of flowers blooming in the clouds.

The details of the flowers and the border around it are brought out by the rest of the gown; being shaded in a polished green as if straight off the walls of the Romanov palace. The model looks as though she has stepped out of a painting!

My favorite design from Alberta’s Limited Edition collection has to be the stunning Gold Chalice Gown, (This is what I have personally named it). This magnificent dress has been dipped in a lush gold complete with fine and elegant detailing.

Although, not unfortunately having seen the dress in person I can only imagine in my mind that as the model floats down the catwalk, all the intricate features glisten as she moves. Again the design and style of the dress has been kept to a very modern taste with the strapless bodice and long A Line skirt that enhances her hips. Added to this gown is a stunning Jacket adorned with an even more detailed pattern and texture to it, bringing out a much more modern touch.

On this particular model however, Ferretti has given the dresses each there own style, while staying with the same rich gold’s, the length and detailing are slightly different. The dress that shows off the jacket has a more daring approach by showing off the ankles to the Grecian sandals worn beneath.

Now the next design I absolutely fell in love with! Not only is it ordained with stunning golden lace like the other beauties, but also, it is as if the gowns have been dipped in Ruby’s! An amazingly bright red that shimmers as the model walks gracefully across the room. It makes me think of the Queens’s jewels locked away safely in the Tower of London.

Both dresses keep the same materials and colours but different in their shapes and lengths, one kept beautifully conservative with a crystal white patterned shoulders and sleeves then gracefully transforming into the ruby red ornate dress. The other a perfect dress fit for a shorter woman, a knee length, and strapless A-line gown that shows off the models slender legs and again the amazing Grecian styled heels to match.

Now being a wedding blogger, I did notice that Ferretti used her wild imagination to create a very unique white dress that could be used as a wedding gown! Although a very untraditional style, I would so love to see them on brides! I think it would look incredible in a venue such as the Dorchester or Banqueting Hall.

These Dresses are only the beginning of this glorious Limited Collection! In-keeping with the theme Alberta Ferretti maintained the bold colours to her designs, making each one with personality and attitude.

Using styles for the young modern woman to the sophisticated older Lady, her gowns drip in grace, intelligent and culture. View more of her Limited Edition Collection below.

 

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Photo Credits: World Of Alberta Ferretti

 

Brides Designer Catwalk, A Vogue House Event

From Venetian inspiration to the roaring ’20s, the Brides Catwalk presents fabulous bridal gowns by British designers…

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Taking place at the magnificent Corinthia Hotel London on 16th July, the evening begins with guests being treated to delicious canapés and exquisite champagne. Set up in a salon-style theme, brides-to-be watch models work their way through the room showing off gowns by Catherine Deane, Suzanne Neville, Sanyukta Shrestha and more, each design with its own stand-out elements.

Stephanie AllinFrom detailed 3D florals and feathers, to plunging back necklines and long elegant trains, the gowns break through convention with an overall ‘less is more’ philosophy in sleek and modern designs. Exaggerated waistlines and cap sleeves take over the catwalk with intricately embroidered bodices. Popular details include layering and lace; this, inspired by the 1920s, is seen strongly in Sanyukta Shrestha’s collection – which also features a jaw dropping rose lace layered bridal gown – perfect for the modern bride.

Though the gowns may look soft and demure, don’t be fooled as the designers easily describe their dresses as sexy through the low back necklines and sensual fabrics like lace and silk. Designer Suzanne Neville has worked delicate lace in to the bodice of her gowns with A-line and sheath silhouetted silk skirts creating head-turning dresses.

For a vintage charm, try on Katya Katya Shehurina’s Venetian inspired dresses. Made in pastel blue, ivory and white, and inspired by Venetian architecture, these dresses scream elegance through the delicate French lace and a gentle fall – perfect for a summer wedding.

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With a strong focus on delicacy and soft hues in the latest collections, add classic accessories to get that classic meets high-fashion look. Complete the look with the perfect bridal heels embroidered with lace or jewels.

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This event is a must for brides-to-be looking for wedding inspiration. Not only are there bridal dress designers at the event, but you’ll meet jewellery, shoe and makeup artists as well. Put this event on the list as not to miss!

Image Credits: Neha Oberoi and Brides Magazine

Video Credit: London Fitting Rooms

Written by Neha Oberoi

Originally fNeha Oberoirom Canada, Neha is a London based fashion and travel blogger. Business woman by day and blogger by night, Neha loves to analyze and has a flair for spotting upcoming fashion trends. You can see what inspires Neha and her latest outfits on her Blog; for daily fashion updates you can follow her on Instagram; or say hi on Facebook and Twitter.

Chal le Chal – Behind the Scenes

Last week we at Think Shaadi had the privilege of showing you an innovative new project from our partners at The Wedding Filmer. One of India’s most sort after wedding videographers composed their own song for newlyweds Neha and Ravi. Titled ‘Chal le Chal’ and sung by Devangi Chopra, the song is a cover of Dust to Dust by the Civil Wars.

In this exclusive behind-the-scenes video, you will see the sheer amount of effort and care taken to create this slice of musical magic. The score was carefully crafted for the couple, bringing the unique aspects of Neha and Ravi’s love truly centre stage. With it’s sweet yet passionate lyrics, the score encapsulated the magnificence and brevity of eternal love.

As you will see, the team delved deep into their creative minds to really explore this new form of bespoke.

Enjoy! Xx

Frank Gregoire Sings ‘Tum Hi Ho,’ For His Bride

Quite literally one of the sweetest moments you will see this year….

It was at Canadian Frank Gregoire’s mixed faith wedding that, after six months hard work learning Hindi from scratch, he surprised his loving bride Simran Malhotra. What proceeded was a beautifully magical moment.

“My heart sank when I first heard him sing in Hindi. It was a feeling I had never felt before,” Simran told The Huffington Post Canada. “The only thing I was thinking was, ‘How did he manage to do this?’ I was the only one at the reception who knows how hard he truly works.”

The song is from the movie “Aashiqui 2” (2013) and is about not being able to live without your beloved. It was the perfect song for Frank who told the Huffington Post – “At the time I approached Simran’s mom and she recommended a few options, one of which was ‘Tum Hi Ho.’ Once I read the translation, I realized I couldn’t have found anything more perfect to express my feelings to her,” he says.

The Wedding Filmer – Neha and Ravi

Exclusive Premier of  Chal le Chal

Think Shaadi is proud to give you the first global release from The Wedding Filmer

In the eternal quest to further the magic of bespoke, the geniuses at The Wedding Filmer composed a special song – ‘Chal le Chal – to compliment the love story between the beautiful couple Neha and Ravi. It enshrines the video perfectly, with it’s gloriously ebullient lyrics. The guys said “The song Chal le Chal is sung by our ‘little ninja’ Devangi Chopra and is a cover of Dust to Dust by the Civil Wars, the lyrics couldn’t be more apt for Indian wedding.”

The Wedding Filmer is the brainchild of award-winning filmmaker Vishal Punjabi, who runs the company with his crew of Bollywood and internationally acclaimed technicians. The soul purpose of The Wedding Filmer, as described by the team themselves is ” to bring you the magic of the movies in real, human stories that will make you cry, laugh, dance and leave you asking for more! Join his team as they travel the globe and explore the most inherent stories in the deepest, brightest and therefore truest parts of the human soul.”

 

The Marriage of Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput

It’s been a long wait for fans of Mr Kapoor, but the 34-year-old actor is finally hitched to his Delhi based girlfriend Mira Rajput. The couple were married in a toned down, yet still perfectly glamorous gurudwara at the home of wealthy industrialist Shivinder Singh in Rajkori, Delhi, before heading off to the beautifully luxurious Oberoi Hotel in Gurgaon.

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Despite its obvious grandeur and solemnity of the occasion, the couple, along with their guests, were pretty relaxed, this certainly wasn’t a stuffy affair, with everyone posting playful photos to social media. Even the couple took many moments to post intimate and loving shots of each other on the big day.

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Shahid’s father, the legendary Bollywood Pankaj Kapur who enthused with joy and love as he spoke to the media, saying – “We are very happy. Our daughter-in-law is very beautiful. It is a celebration time for our family.” There many other sweet messages coming thick and fast throughout the day.

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The wedding itself was attended by 40 guests, including family and close friends. For the exchange of vows, Mira Rajput sported a pink and green churridar suit, with an elegantly embellished dupatta over her head. Shahid wore a white kurta pyjama with an exuberant orange turban.

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As the reception came, what remained of the formalities were dispensed with, then it was time for everyone to well and truly let their hair down. From the couples stunning entrance in regal and sumptuous attire, the couple changed again, Mira was dressed in a yellow Anita Dongre lehenga, with matching gold jewellery, with playfully draped string of yellow flowers around her neck and in her hair, giving a wonderfully carefree look. Shahid had changed into a red kurta, bandhgala and black churridar.

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As the evening progressed, Shahid danced to his hit numbers ‘Dhan Tenan’, ‘Mauja Hi Mauja’, ‘Saj Dhaj Ke Tashan’ along with his new bride, family and friends. All in all, it was the perfect day, with a good variety of stunning designs being donned by the pair, a perfect ceremony and even more perfect reception.

Photos courtesy of Indian Express, Koimoi.com and Instagram

Think Shaadi Presents: The Blogger Meet-Up

Calling all fashion, beauty, lifestyle and wedding bloggers!

Calling all fashion, beauty, lifestyle and wedding bloggers!

Think Shaadi is growing quicker than ever and would love new bloggers to get on board as part of our Think Shaadi blogger team. If you are a fashion, lifestyle, beauty or wedding blogger and would be interested to join our team, we are selecting a number of bloggers to our blogger meet-up event taking place on Sunday 26th July 2015 in London. You will meet with some of our blogger team over a warm beverage and have a discussion and insight into Think Shaadi. In order to apply, please answer the following questions and send your answers to ben@thinkshaadi.com.

1. Why would you like to work with Think Shaadi?

2. What is your blog’s primary focus?

3. What are your favourite luxury brands?

4. Are you available on Sunday 26th July 2015? 

5. Please provide a list of your social media channel links and the link to your blog. 

Good luck! We look forward to your answers and hopefully meet with you soon!

Think Shaadi Blogger Team

In Conversation with Sarah Brock

Known as one of the UK’s leading bridal makeup artists, Sarah Brock has been creating the most exquisite makeup looks for brides for years and her skills are highly sought after for weddings, both nationally and internationally. She has been selected by top Beauty Editors, Journalists, celebrities, society brides and wedding industry experts to be the makeup artist for their wedding day and has collaborated with the biggest names in bridal fashion (Jenny Packham, Sassi Holford, Philippa Lepley, Stewart Parvin and Suzanne Neville to name a few) creating the makeup looks for their stunning campaigns.

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She has created the makeup looks for over 24 covers of Conde Nast BRIDES Magazine as well as numerous fashion/makeover shoots. Most recently Sarah has been commissioned to write a regular beauty expert’s column for British Conde Nast BRIDES Magazine, titled ‘the woman who’s styled 1,000 brides’, where she shares her knowledge in bridal makeup/ beauty, snippets from her day-to-day diary and reveals what’s hot, new and gorgeous on the bridal beauty scene. Sarah also regularly contributes quotes and articles on bridal makeup and beauty to the national press and magazines, including ELLE, Marie Claire, Top Sante, The Daily Mail to name a few and various online publications including the Harvey Nichols wedding edit.

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Despite her busy schedule, Sarah was kind enough to give a few moments of her time to answer some questions, of course, about all things makeup.

Hi Sarah, please tell us how you came to be a makeup artist.

I trained to be a makeup artist 25 years ago when I lived in Devon, then when I moved to Wiltshire 19 years ago I started working as a makeup artist. I’ve worked in many different areas of makeup – I worked as the Artistic Director of Makeup for Daniel Sandler and worked at London Fashion Week and toured as part of the makeup team for GHD, but it was always the bridal makeup that I had a passion for. I am lucky enough to be a makeup artist & published beauty writer in the wedding industry, which I love.

When it comes to knowing the right makeup to use, how exactly do you approach each client?

Every bride is different – not only does the makeup look I create have to work with her dress/ colour scheme and hair, it also depends on how much makeup the bride is used to wearing. Some brides love wearing a lot of makeup and some brides wear very little on a day-to-day basis – it is important that the makeup look I creates makes a bride the most beautiful she can be, without making her look like a totally different person.

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Are there any rules that should be followed when it comes to wearing make-up?

Make sure that the makeup look you have compliments your dress and hair and doesn’t clash colour wise with the bridesmaids. Don’t choose a look that makes you look like someone totally different (you want your groom to recognise you when you walk down the aisle)!

Don’t use skincare products (moisturiser) that is too heavy or greasy, as it will make the foundation ‘slide’ off the skin

Make sure that you use a good primer after moisturiser and before foundation, as this will make your skin look better (so you need less foundation) and it will also fill in fine lines/ wrinkles and help your makeup last longer.

Opt for waterproof makeup formulations (especially around the eyes – mascara/ eyeliner)

A little bit of subtle ‘shimmer’ is great in makeup products for a wedding day, but don’t use anything too ‘sparkly’ or ‘glittery’ as this will ‘bounce’ off of flash photography.

It’s great to follow makeup trends, but don’t opt for a look that’s too fashion forward, as it will date and you will be looking at your wedding photographs for years to come.

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Are there any recurring makeup mistakes that you see?

A big mistake is to ‘pile’ the makeup on the face in thick, heavy layers – the best makeup is applied in thin, even layers – remember, you can always apply more if needed.

The other mistake (and this is the biggest one) is to not get your foundation right. If you select the correct foundation (and apply it correctly), everything else you put on top will look better. Get the shade right – do NOT go a shade darker as this will show in photos (you can do this after your makeup with a bronzer) and not only is the colour important, the formulation is too. If you have a dry skin, you need to choose a more moisturising foundation and if you have oily/ combination skin, you need to make sure that the foundation is more of a matte texture, to keep shine at bay.

For more tips and advice from Sarah, head over to her blog Bridal Beauty Buzz or follow her on Twitter @BridalBeautyBuz