AICW 2015: Rohit Bal

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This season, Rohit Bhal has focused on floral prints. Even if it is a small part on the outfit, Bhal keeps the theme consistent throughout his collection. With the warm colours chosen, these outfits would suit any skin tone and brilliant for the wedding seasons as well as the weather.

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Bhal has used these prints in the right places. For occasion wear, he has carried the prints on the skirts which brings out a dramatic look and will turn heads no matter what occasion. For the more simply look he places the prints on either a top corner or bottom of a dress, which again gives a simple touch and can be worn on days where you want to simply enjoy the sunshine.

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The neutral colours are aimed for the simple yet elegant look and the vibrant, are for special occasions. Rohit Bal today has a significant presence in all the cities of India. He is considered a ‘maverick’ talent who never disappoints. His work most certainly proves how he is well known to handcraft and paying great attention to detail. Bhal’s passion doesn’t just revolve around fashion but he also launched his first restaurant ‘Veda’ in New Delhi. Rohit’s way to show his creative talent is portrayed through what he does and he brings this out through some of the work which he has Shown in major fashion capitals all over the world.

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Another major achievement is through achieving a partnership with International shoe designer, Christian Louboutin.

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Photos courtesy of Harpers Bazaar India and Rohit Bal

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

Vera Wang’s Spring 2016 Bridal Collection

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Vera Wang began a sweeping transformation of the bridal industry in 1990 with the opening of her flagship salon at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City. Even today, the salon showcases bridal collections known for its’ sophisticated drama, feminine detailing and contemporary approach to design. Vera Wang’s renown unique fashion has dressed high-profile clientèle such as Michelle Obama, Emma Watson and Sandra Bullock. Last month brought the bridal haven that is Vera Wang’s Spring 2016 Bridal Collection to Vera Wang at Brown’s just off London’s infamous Bond Street.

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The collection caters for the millennial woman who is liberal and wants to feel free. It features soft floral French nets and attention to small floral details. Vera Wang conventionally uses traditional cuts and decided to take a different approach, and execute a collection with delicate flow and gorgeous light fabrics in soft white and cream hues. The show-stopper within the collection for me was the black corset-style bridal gown with black soft feathers that crafts the skirt. Not only does this look elegant and glamorous, but it creates a dramatic look and is certainly one of a kind to walk down the aisle in.



Vera Wang also announced the début of her Spring 2016 Bride Collection via a short film titled ‘Hotel Madrid’, directed by Gordon von Steiner; this is definitely worth watching.

If you want to look seductive through sophistication on your wedding day, then Vera Wang is your ultimate answer. See my favourite selection of bridal dresses from their collection below.

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Written by Victoria Das

Victoria is a London based blogger. She has a passion for fashion and food, with a speciality in contemporary Asian fashion. Victoria runs the blog London Ki Ladki. Here’s where you can find her around the web – Facebook: London Ki Ladki – Instagram:  London Ki LadkiTwitter: London Ki Ladki

Photo Credits: Vera Wang and London Ki Ladki

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