Think Shaadi Showcase: The Jewel of Mayfair

On the 27th February, in the luxurious surroundings of the world renowned Mayfair Hotel, a group of artisans, invited by Think Shaadi came together, and created something truly unique, an event that melded the aesthetics of East and West, in a feast of fine craftsmanship, executed with angelic precision.

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Stylish designs comprising of wedding gowns, cakes, floral displays and jewellery were a delectable feast for the eyes. With a coterie of 250 guests, from high-society, the luxury industry and media, the Jewel of Mayfair was a triumphant experiment in bringing differing aspects of the luxury wedding industry to one place.

The Event was captured on film by the photographic pioneers at Muse Motion Pictures, who took some exceptional shots of this wondrous creativity. We have to give them special thanks for beautifully capturing our first showcase.

The Jewel of Mayfair was designed by Scarlet Events, who have in the past created some outstanding events for clients in the luxury, arts, design and lifestyle sectors. The Jewel of Mayfair was orchestrated with four specific jewel themes – ruby, emerald, sapphire and diamond. The team at Scarlet Events choose the colours to showcase prevalent themes in weddings, but also jewels which typify luxury to the finest degree. It was a rich palette for the designers to work with, and what emerged was a hypnotic fairy tale.

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The Ruby room, situated in the Dazinger suite, evoked a certain regal quality, tinged with romance. Featuring a 50-foot long table, decorated with vintage gold ornamentation and replete with a variety of flowers, including Grand Prix Roses, burgundy tulips, red spray roses et al, along with fresh pomegranates, figs and grapes. The tables centrepiece was a magnificent six tier cake, inspired by the Baroque period, it was a dramatic explosion of sugary glory, festooned with edible roses, so intricately designed they looked real.

The cake was the work of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium. Founded by artisan Elizabeth Solaru, who oversees each design from her London based workshop. Elizabeth’s cakes are all about pushing the boundaries of sugar craft, keeping luxury and artistic realism at the forefront. From celebration cakes to cupcakes, Elizabeth has courted the attention of such media luminaries as Vogue, Conde Nast Brides and Hello magazine amongst many others.

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To encapsulate the essence of romance, place settings were styled by Whitehouse. A company that emerged from a passion to supply the finest crockery and glassware, Whitehouse have become renowned in the event industry for their unique tastes, sourcing each of their products from around the world, and supplying to a wealth of high profile clients. Their raison d’etre is to create elegance in a variety of forms.

The icing on the cake for the table design was the etched menus, fashioned in a gorgeous style and finished in gold. They were the brainchild of Intricate Creations, a company that works on the cutting edge of design, producing contemporary, laser-cut wedding and event stationary. Despite their thoroughly modern design approach, Intricate Creations gather their inspirations from a variety of sources, from nature, the arts and of course history. Their menu designs echoed strongly artistic motifs of the Baroque, which complimented the cake perfectly.

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A Bespoke four course dinner, for 52 lucky people, was arranged by Cinnamon Club and celebrity chef Vivek Singh of Cinnamon Restaurants. Epitomising culinary innovation, Cinnamon Club are synonymous with mouth-watering cuisine, melding a variety of flavours and recipes from around the globe, of course always made from the finest British produce. Cinnamon Club’s reputation is cemented thanks to two things, an old fashioned love for good food and a solid work ethic grounded in creativity.

The vintage style furniture came from Great Hire. A company that devotes its energies to shunning mediocrity, and embracing elegance and masterful quality furnishings. Really paying attention to each client’s desires and delivering only the very best.

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The Upper Atrium was transformed into the Sapphire room, with a distinctly Parisian feel, the theme was brought to life using predominantly blue brocade linen and French furniture. Hyacinths, forget-me-nots and hydrangeas were the dominant flowers for this setting, giving a tinge of rustic romance.

The Sapphire room was particularly relaxed and a social atmosphere prevailed, with a cocktail bar at the far end, with experimental cocktails by Drinks Fusion. Established in 2006, Drinks Fusion are all about providing thirst quenching bespoke cocktails, having worked with high profile clients in the arts, design, fashion and lifestyle sectors, to quote the team their ethos is “to bring a unique experience to our clients by providing the opportunity to taste some of the world’s finest spirits, wines and food, in a classic, contemporary and inspirational way, using only the finest ingredients.”

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The bar area was illuminated perfectly, thanks to lighting by Smoking Gun Events. A company that leads the way in creating events that cater to individual tastes and needs impeccably, they are the leaders in event lighting, understanding that an event cannot shine if it isn’t properly lit.

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The Sapphire Room also showcased the stylish and masculine tailoring of Paul Jheeta, whose suits encapsulate a mix of contemporary aesthetics and age old craftsmanship, rooted firmly in quality. Paul began his career back in 1997, working under the tutelage of Antony Price, he quickly stood out as a star tailor, understanding the minutiae of this very specific sartorial environment. After a number of years perfecting his craft, he launched his own label ‘Paul Jheeta’ back in 2008, since becoming a giant of Savile Row.

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The mezzanine, being the first section guests encountered as they entered the event, was where the Emerald room was arrange, once again a regal, imperial essence emanated from this display. There were two very prominent colours, which complimented one another, green and gold.

The front table was centred on a giant floral display, by the king of floristry Rob Van Helden. An unrivaled master in creating ethereal beauty, Dutch born Rob has provided some of the most awe inspiring bouquets etc. since 1986, garnering a reputation as an artist of merit.

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A man who sees the potential to create artistic grandeur with flowers, he has put his Midas touch to floral designs across Europe, Asia, the Far East, the Gulf and the USA, including Princess Margaret’s 70th birthday, Elton John’s civil partnership; the Beckhams’ World Cup party; the Alfred Dunhill Cup; Pierce Brosnan’s wedding and the James Bond film premieres.

An eye popping six tier cake by Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium, decorated with gold paisley designs, along with edible gold roses acted as the perfect partner for Rob’s floral designs.

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Further along, a mini-exhibition took place, with famed couture design house Oscar de la Renta displaying some of their new collection. Oscar de la Renta emerged in the swinging sixties, with an idea of creating a luxury goods company that embraced femininity and pristine aesthetics, incorporating influences from the art historical to nature and design. Despite Oscar himself passing away last year, his label dominates the bridal design scene, creating collections that brides the world over clamor for.

For the Jewel of Mayfair, Oscar de la Renta exhibited several bridal and cocktail dresses, in panoply of pastel shades, from white to yellow. The collection was also sported by graceful models, who looked every inch like seraphim’s, gliding around the exhibit.

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The models hair was styled by Aamir Naveed, a man who views hairdressing as an art form, not just an ephemeral luxury. Aamir has reworked the entire concept, creating styles that compliment a woman’s personality as well as outer beauty. He is a much sought after stylist, being the lead stylist for international fashion designer Sabyasachi Mukherji, amongst other things.

Make-up was by Ambreen, an innovative make-up artist who’s supplied her talents to a smorgasbord of celebrities from the UK, as well as Bollywood. What is unique about Ambreen is her ability to perfectly balance subtlety with extravagance. Like a true artist, she looks beyond the superficial, applying makeup that compliments bone structure, facial contours etc. Ambreen’s essential goal is to enrich a person’s youthful vitality.

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Finally, the models were given some exceptional henna designs from H Beauty. Headed by Halimah Abubacker, H Beauty reaches back into the depths of Indian history to recreate henna designs, giving of course a hint of the contemporary. She is much in demand from the media and beauty industry.

Adding the final touch of glamour to the Emerald room was the Entertainment Design Company, who exhibited some of their simply spell bounding invitation designs. A great favourite with our guests. The Entertainment Design Company is an atelier who creates stationary unlike any other, every design, no matter whether it’s big or small, is given the same attention that Michelangelo gave his sculpture of David. Making sure that the design is precise and most importantly always individual. The Entertainment Design Company has turned the previously simple matter of stationary design into an art form of sheer magnificence.

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The Diamond room was featured in the Lower Atrium, and its theme was one of ethereal and delicate intimacy, with a Perspex table and chairs, which framed the magnificent Phalaenopsis orchids, styled by Rob Van Helden, glassware by Whitehouse and of course Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium’s five tier cake, with its stunning pearl sugar peacock.

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Adjacent was another mini-exhibition, which saw the Queen of accessory design Judith Leiber’s quirky and luxurious clutch bags. The American luxury brand is world famous for its ability to mix the fun and creative with the stylish. A firm favourite for celebrities to sport on the red carpet. Judith Leiber works on the belief that flawless design and minute attention to detail is what creates the beauty of the finished product.

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Opposite were some immensely detailed and superbly crafted shoe designs, from the London based designer Aruna Seth. A seasoned socialite with a passion for beautiful things, Aruna Seth went about launching her own design house, which catered to women who appreciate the beauty of shoe design, just as she does.

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The result of her creative endeavours is a brand that masters the art of luxury. Her designs are intensely unique, usually featuring floral and butterfly motifs. The chic shoes are crafted from the finest materials in the world, from leather, silk, ribbons and more. Both collections were exhibited on top of mirrored plinths.

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The final Aladdin’s cave of the Jewel of Mayfair was the Luxury lounge. An ordinary conference room was transformed into a bastion of colour and craftsmanship. The goal was to create a boutique like experience for the guests, with £2.5 million worth of jewellery and watches.

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The jewellery came from Amrapali, a brand born in the regal state of Rajasthan, the city of kings. Its two founders Rajiv Arora & Rajesh Ajmera were history lovers in every sense of the word, with such a devoted passion for the art of the past they set up about launching Amrapali. They are renowned for creating jewellery that in unapologetically grand and regal. Each piece is crafted to personify the rich heritage of India, marking them out with a contemporary twist.

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The watches were from Watches of Switzerland, who source some of the finest time pieces from artisans across Europe. Watches of Switzerland are a company that pay a great deal of attention to finding wrist watches that make a man or woman stand out from the crowd. Carefully procuring designs from such luxury industry stalwarts as Cartier, Rolex and Jaeger-LeCoultre et al.

Image credits: Muse Motion Pictures

Gifts for the Groom

In the great matrimonial adventure, the groom rarely gets a mention aside from during the traditional rituals, which require a good deal thought and attention, often the focus is on the bride and the wedding party. However, there is a shift happening, with weddings becoming more individualistic, the time has come for grooms to take a bit more centre stage, especially where gift giving is concerned.

Now, you can never go wrong with a watch. It’s one of those essential gifts that any man would be pleased with, and if it’s a wedding gift, then it’s guaranteed to give an extra piece of sentimental value to his big day.

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Our wonderful Think Shaadi partners Watches of Switzerland offer a handsome variety of beautifully designed and carefully chosen watches. Founded in 1924, Watches of Switzerland have garnered an implacable reputation over the years, known for their style and finesse.

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With a range of watches, from Rue Du Rhone and Breitling to Cartier and Rolex, the choices really are endless, and cater to a variety of high-end tastes.

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Of course, one of the best gifts to give a groom is a finely designed suit. Ranging from the traditional to the contemporary, there’s a wealth of styles to choose from. Think Shaadi partner Paul Jheeta, is one of our particular favourites.

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Paul is bespoke tailor, who operates on the prestigious and world famous Savile Row. It’s a close-knit establishment, but Paul, with his tenacity and talent, managed to literally become part of the fabric at Savile Row. Training in intensive pattern cutting, stand modelling and garment making for ladies and men’s wear, then working with the genius Antony Price.

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Having worked and trained with some of the best in the industry, Paul has perfected his talents to a fine degree.

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Paul works an effortless magic in creating classic suits of both Western and South Asian tradition, the stitching is always perfect and the over all execution is second to none.

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So, here is just two ideas in which to genuinely show the groom some love and attention.

The Emerald Bride

Emerald resembles successful love, it embodies unity, compassion and unconditional love. So for ‘the emerald bride’ who loves everything and all that is emerald, I have selected luxurious fashion and make-up to cater for you.

The Gown

Oscar De La Renta’s sophisticated embroidered silk faille gown oozes elegance and glamour all rolled into one; a difficult look to accomplish. The intricate detailing of jewels and gems on both the bottom, top and borders of the gown is just beautiful. This piece will definitely attract attention for all the right reasons!

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The Jewellery

Amrapali’s Floral Carved Emerald Earrings

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Amrapali’s Floral Carved Emerald Earrings

Amrapali‘s jewellery is renown for their designs and high quality; and these earrings are like nothing I have ever seen before. The stunning floral carvings on the emeralds add personality to these and would compliment any outfit without the need of a heavy necklace.

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Wow. Wow. Wow. These rings are beauties! Emerald rings are pieces which could never go out of fashion for years to come. These have a combination of diamond and emerald which are set in silver and gold; which means you can get the best of everything all rolled into one.

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These stunning Zambian emerald floral earrings by Amrapali are a statement on their own. This would work well with a white or emerald gown, and would not need a necklace to compliment it. The mixture of delicate small and medium diamonds and emeralds emulate beautiful flowers. The emerald and diamonds are set in gold; these can pair up nicely with an outfit with gold or silver embroidery.

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 Judith Leiber’s Fern Green Satin Clutch

The sleekest clutch to accompany the gorgeous gown by Oscar De Le Renta is this impeccable fern green satin rectangular Judith Leiber clutch; simple and bold. The clutch uses a smooth silver framed push and has luscious metallic lambskin lining. This clutch could also compliment a white satin gown.

Shades Of Green Make Up By Henna-H

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The Make-Up

If you are a bride who wants those elements of emerald in your make-up or want make-up tailored to your outfit. Then Henna-H are your point of call. Henna-H is run by Halimah Abubackers. Halimah’s incredible work has appeared in the likes of Glamour magazine and Vogue as well as Asiana Wedding magazine! They have a trained make-up team to ensure you look spectacular on your special day.

If you love what you see here, you will be glad to know all these brands will be present at The Jewel Of Mayfair this month at the stunning May Fair Hotel.

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Let us know which piece is your favourite from this list by tweeting us @thinkshaadi and @londonkiladki.

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 and is the latest member of the Think Shaadi blogging family. Here’s where you can find her around the web – Facebook: London Ki LadkiInstagram:  London Ki LadkiTwitter: London Ki Ladki

The Wedding of Sanjay Hinduja and Anu Mahtani

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Described as “one of the world’s most eligible bachelors” business tycoon Sanjay Hinduja married his designer girlfriend Anu Mahtani in epic style, with a wedding that cost an estimated £15,000,000. Hinduja is the son of  Gopichand and the nephew of Srichand, two of the richest men in Britain.

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The wedding took place on February 6 at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai, obviously it was a vertable who’s who of Bollywood. Guests included Preity Zinta and Sophie Choudry, Rashmi Nigam, actor Sanjay Kapoor’s wife Maheep, designer Manish Malhotra and singer Nicole Scherzinger amongst others. J-Lo wowed the guests with a typically raunchy performance.

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Nicole Scherzinger produced some outstanding shots on Instagram.

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And J-Lo took her first ever India “selfie”

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The 800-person party then moved, on February 10, to the atmospheric lakeside Rajasthan town of Udaipur – setting for the Bond film Octopussy. Manish Malhotra designed a beautiful array of lehengas and sarees for the bride, which were stunning.

Manish, Suneet Varma and Tarun Tahiliani, amongst others, took Twitter and Instagram with gusto during festivities. Here’s some of our favourites.

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Photos courtesy of Manish Malhotra, Rachana Rajaraman, Bollywood Mantra and NDTV

The Ruby Lover: From the Seismic to the Intimate

Continuing with the ‘Ruby Lover’ theme, we turn our attentions to the reception itself.

For a truly inspiring ruby theme, flowers are the ultimate must. Our dear friend Rob Van Helden, whose floral design expertise have been recognised by royalty, pop stars, film stars and some of the biggest companies in the world today, is a genius at creating wedding flowers.

The rose, with it’s velvet like feel and symbolic attributes of love, is the ideal flower for the ruby reception. Rob has worked his magic more than once on designing unique floral decorations for wedding receptions, and the rose often plays a pivotal role.

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When it comes to his aesthetic approach, Rob tends to work with one specific type of flower, as he says “this is the way in which flowers tend to grow in the wild.” Whereas some florists create with a dizzying mixture of flowers, Rob likes to stick to the way nature intended, and then elaborate from that.

Of course the pièce de résistance of a ruby reception is the cake. Like the crown jewels it acts as the centrepiece and Elizabeth Solaru, of Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium works certain artistry with cake design. Her raison d’être is creating visual splendour matched with exhilarating taste.

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Her designs have evoked tradition and modernity, as well as the more avant-garde.

The little touches of a wedding reception are of course what make it extra special. A beautifully designed ruby menu can bring a sense of playful delight to a table. Intricate Creations offer a range of bespoke laser-cut wedding stationary, creating age old elegance with up-to-the-minute technology.

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This wedding menu, from their Aphrodite collection, look as if it were inspired by dramatic Baroque architecture, yet with all this it feels incredibly contemporary.

All put together, these ruby themed designs create that scintillating atmosphere of love and desire simultaneously. Far from cutesy, they bring an undeniable sense of sophistication, offset by a great aesthetic quality.

Spend Valentine’s Day at Rosewood London

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With its warm welcome and sumptuous surroundings, Rosewood London is the ideal place to spend a romantic time together. A luxurious hotel in the heart of London, a mix of Edwardian charm and contemporary flare, the story of Rosewood is one built on love.

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Rosewood London is offering an exclusive package, second to none, over the Valentine’s Day weekend. Brimming with quirky activities and extraordinary touches, ‘Rosewood London is a Girl’s Best Friend’ offers the ultimate in luxury. Collaborating with trusted partners and professionals whose high level of service and quality is aligned with those of the hotel, Rosewood London has carefully curated a selection of amenities which treat that special someone to everything and more.

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The package includes a one-night stay in the Garden House Suite, a magnificent top-floor suite named after its namesake terrace which affords breathtaking views across London, a bespoke fragrance especially created by Roja Dove, the world’s most innovative fragrance creative, a bespoke piece of jewellery created by Shaun Leane, an award-winning luxury jewellery designer, a bespoke monogram by Paul Antonio, a talented calligrapher, a private fireworks display from the terrace of the Garden House Suite, live music on the terrace under cashmere blankets and much more.

Images courtesy of Rosewood London

 

The Jewel of Mayfair

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The Jewel of Mayfair, is our exclusive couture wedding event showcasing the industry’s premium suppliers.

Our guests will be immersed in an exclusive world of luxury and craftsmanship in design, fashion, décor and gastronomy.

This curated showcase will bring together, for the first time, renowned Western luxury brands with their Eastern counterparts.

This is an invitation-only event and to learn more about our exciting showcase and our partners, please go to www.jewelofmayfair.com

ThinkShaadi Team xxxx

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The Ruby Lover: Luxurious Accessories

Throughout the ages it’s rubies that have been the favoured jewel of Kings and Queens alike, with their alluring and bewitching charms, when it comes to weddings, rubies add an unmistakably sumptuous and regal touch, a safely luxurious colour for the most luxurious day of anyone’s life.

Evoking elegance, warmth and wonder, ruby is the ideal colour for a wedding reception. As a base colour it’s very easy to conjure together a simply glorious theme, and our wonderful Think Shaadi partners have a splendid array of designs in which to create something truly beautiful.

Accessories maketh the bride…..

Beginning with ruby accessories, the colour has been an integral and distinguished part of bridal wear for centuries, crossing the cultural divides and forever synonymous with love.

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You simply couldn’t have a ruby themed wedding reception without including a ruby jewel to dazzle and amaze. Amrapali Jewels, emerging from the Mughal splendour of Jaipur, they have since become globally recognised as purveyors of luxury jewellery design, with unprecedented style and grace.

This pair of stunning earnings, which mix diamonds, rubies and pearls, would be a fine addition to a brides outfit, although of course brimming with regal tones, they also offer a bride a sense subtlety, rather than being overwhelming.

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Photo courtesy of Muse Motions / Dress by Oscar de la Renta, Henna design by H. Beauty, Hair by Aamir Naveed and makeup by Ambreen.

As for a neat yet stunning bag, this design by the much lauded Judith Leiber is a playful yet stylish accessory for a bride wanting to mix colours with confidence. An icon of couture, Leiber has been designing for over 50 years, and has amassed a panoply of devotees, including nearly every First Lady of the United States.

London based Aruna Seth has steadily become a remarkable force in the world of shoe design, making an impact with her range of intricately created shoes, which emphasise comfort and elegance, with a degree of unparalleled craftsmanship.

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This eye catching pair of 110mm heels, from the Farfalla range offer a striking accompaniment to a bride looking for a distinctive splash of ruby, and the additional silver and crystal butterfly motif is the cherry on the cake.

The Wedding of Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Khemu

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The youngest daughter of Sharmila Tagore and Mansoor Ali Khan, and younger sister of Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan exchanged wedding vows with Kunal Khemu on January 25, 2015, in an intimate ceremony. Following the beautifully elegant wedding, a reception was organised, which was attended by family and close friends from the industry. Soha and Kunal looked the perfect couple. Soha wore a pink and gold coloured Lehenga designed by Sanjay Garg while Kunal looked ever the handsome dandy.

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Praatika Mehra, writing in Vogue India, gave a fabulous rundown of who wore what, as she revealed – “The Kapoor sisters wore their favourite designer’s creations. Kareena Kapoor Khan opted for a mint green Manish Malhotra lehenga; her elder sister Karisma looked sombre in a white, gold threadwork embellished kurta-jacket. The other sister-duo of Bollywood – Malaika Arora Khan and Amrita Arora wore a Preeti S Kapoor lehenga and pink Shantanu & Nikhil number respectively.

The royal reception was attended by the Khans’ and Khemus’ closest friends from the industry. From cricketer Yuvraj Singh to the biggest Bollywood names – Karan Johar, Arpita Khan Sharma, Neha Dupia and Konkana Sen – the wedding became the prime focus of their well-wishers’ Instagram feed.”

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It was a sumptuous wedding, and we know that they will have a long and happy married life. Xx

Photos courtesy of cine josh, Vogue India, Bollywood Mantra and Indian Express

Gaurav Gupta: 10th Anniversary Exhibition

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A prince among men, Gaurav Gupta has been a force of pure unadulterated creativity for decades. His designs are a bewitching amalgamation of history, luxury, beauty and style, superseded by none. The end of 2014 marked 10 years since the launch of his brand and opening of his first store, it was a thoroughly illuminating celebration.

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An iconic exhibition was staged at Delhi Art Gallery, which saw his most recent collection exhibited alongside a vast collection of beautiful portrait photography and art that inspired the collection.

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As noted by One Soul Life – “The occasion was hosted at DAG on Thursday 27th November 2014. Many celebrities and known faces attended in Gaurav Gupta’s couture. Shruti Hassan, Anushka Manchanda, Kiran Rao, Manasi Scott, Suchitra Pillai and Bandana Tewari with models Ricky and Tara were seen. Also present were Arjun Kapoor, Obit Marwah, Zayed Khan amongst many others.”

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The exhibition was an innovative exploration into the mind of a sartorial genius, featuring video projections of the design process, an exclusive display of Gaurav’s graduation collection, along with photos and iconic designs that charted his rise and creative enrichment over the years.

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Much like his store, the exhibition was a heady mix of magic realism and unabashed fantasy, age old grandeur was mixed with the modern in perfect synchronicity.

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Something else proved special about this exhibit, as the Times of India discovered during an interview with Gaurav – “He also unveils his first ever campaign with his muse Kalki. In his words, “Kalki is fantastical. She embodies mystery, womanhood and a childlike quality. She is a progressive artist in every way and that shows in the different expressions of her creativity — from theatre to philanthropy, cinema and fashion.”

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As Gaurav Gupta reached a milestone, he has certainly not grown complacent, he still has that intense hunger to create and master the alchemy of beautiful design. Forever expanding and perfecting his craft.

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To put it simply, Guarav Gupta we salute you! Xx

Photos courtesy of One Soul Life