The Amazing Magic Singh

With clients ranging from Smirnoff Vodka, Glastonbury Festival and Topshop, and being a favourite of The Black Eyed Peas and Amitabh Bachchan, amongst others, Magic Singh (real name Amardeep Singh Dhanjal) is riding on the crest of a very successful wave. A magician who packages his magic in the most unique ways possible, he’s become one of the most sought after magic men in his field.

Magic Singh galvanises his passion and presents it in a thoroughly modern way. With magic finding itself fully rejuvenated over recent years, it’s now become a cool and highly appreciated talent, with TV, festivals and theatres clamoring to book the latest talent.

It’s thanks to men like Magic Singh for bringing magic back to its rightful place, at the very heart of the entertainment industry. Singh has created a name for himself as a true trail blazer, creating tricks and illusions that baffle the mind, but definitely make you want to see more.

His career has seen him join the mysterious and auspicious Magic Circle, contribute to global broadcasting giants like the BBC, specifically in an episode of the acclaimed documentary series Horizon and a range of high-profile events across the UK and further afield.

Some of his mind blowing include, floating sweets in the air, biting through coins using his teeth, a chosen playing card discovered in an orange fruit within the audience, spectators’ watches appearing on Magic Singh’s arm and having soft snow materialise out of thin air.

As one of the most sought after magicians in the UK, we’re honoured and delighted to have Magic Singh as a partner at Think Shaadi. We are sure his success will continue to sky rocket.

Photos courtesy of Magic Singh and Amit Amin and Naroop Singh Jhooti

Our Top 5 Sherwanis for this Wedding Season

There’s nothing more masculine, more eye catching and more beautiful than a finely designed sherwani for a wedding. Much like female wedding attire, male occasion wear has progressed dramatically in the last 15 years, with numerous collections by famed designers such as Rohit Bal and Manish Malhotra et al, exploring the many facets of sherwani design.

Finding the perfect sherwani is a lot like finding a good car, it needs to feel right, suit your individuality and above all it needs to be exquisitely designed in order to make you stand out from the crowd.

With that being said, we’ve picked the top 5 sherwani’s by some of the best designers in the business.

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1. This is from Rohit Bal’s most recent collection, a resplendent piece, the mix of black and gold makes for a classic statement. The pattern is what makes this sherwani stand out, with it’s hypnotic arrangements that were inspired by Mughal prints, although to look at it, there is definitely hints of French Rococo in their too. The black collar and cuffs set the piece off superbly.

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2. Amir Adnan is one of Pakistan’s premier menswear designers, favouring the classical styles, he is like a sartorial magician, who mixes just the right amount of patterns, motifs etc, with brilliant stitching, which always culminates in a mesmerising piece. This sherwani from his couture collection is, in one word, regal. First off the pattern is beautiful, yet understated, a lot like most of Amir’s designs, but note the intricacy of the collar and cuff design, with its floral pattern sewn in gold thread, it is overwhelmingly a masculine piece.

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3. It’s fair to say that Manish Malhotra has been one of the leading lights in traditional menswear designs, he was in fact one of the first Indian designers to give traditional Indian menswear a makeover, with his creative approach of mixing the old with the new, the indigenous with the western. This is one of his best, it’s understated yet unique and will certainly make you stand out from the crowd. Stripes are always winner, and the rich, warming colour scheme is the icing on the cake.

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4. If you’re looking for an unabashed, ornate statement piece, look no further than the mighty Tarun Tahiliani. This is from his 2014 traditional groom collection will blow quite literally blow your mind. Tarun has well and truly put his all into this creation. Th jacquard patterning is lifted from the Mughal period, looking at this it’s definitely from the ostentatious reign of Akbar. From top to bottom, no space is left unseen to, as the rich pattern covers every inch. If you wear this, it will definitely give you a sharp confidence boost.

5. Raghavendra Rathore is the master of creating collections that are drench in ethereal fantasy, this also extends to his menswear collections. This recent piece, with its handsome pairing of gold and purple, it’s a supremely attractive creation. A unique factor is that it does away with the traditional collar, yet certainly doesn’t skimp on the traditional pattern design. It’s one of the most unique that we have come across, in the sense that Raghavendra is clearly pushing the creative limits.

In the end, it’s all about what you think looks good on you, but we feel that these five designers really know how to make a man look his best at a wedding.

Photos courtesy of the designers featured

Honey Kalaria: Dancer Extraordinaire

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In the field of dance, Honey Kalaria is at the top of her game. A dancer, choreographer and actress, who has worked with household names such as Shahrukh Khan, Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai, involved with famous productions such as Bride and Prejudice, Bombay Dreams and It’s a Wonderful Afterlife, and featured on a variety of top UK TV shows including This Morning, Top of the Pops and MTV’s Bust a Move.

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Is true to say that Honey is a media darling, she’s also a record breaker, breaking the Guinness Book of World Records on Sky TV, by getting the largest number of studio audience to learn Bollywood dance in the shortest time.

Honeys Dance Academy was launched in 1997. Based in Ilford, Essex, the Academy offers the most unique dance training in the UK, specialising in Bollywood dance. But it’s not just dance training that Honey and her academy offers, also provides Bollywood Dancers and Choreography services to stage spectacular dance entertainment at weddings.

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HDA wedding entertainment packages can also feature a collection of interactive services to make the Bollywood entertainment experience more memorable – From fun dance Workshops staged at Mehndi nights, amazing dance routines taught to friends and relatives to perform at family weddings, providing social dance training to enable any beginner to perform basic dance steps at parties, right through to step by step dance training offered to wedding couples to transform them into graceful performers for their special first dance.

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For her creativity with dance, Honey has garnered much praise, with the Evening Standard saying – “Honey Kalaria combines the sparkly enthusiasm of an electric fence with the smile of a girl who’s just won Miss Universe.” Honey is a gem of the industry, we at Think Shaadi hope her success continues to grow. Xx

Top 10 Necklaces For Your Sangeet

Whenever we speak of Sangeets it conventionally strikes notions of traditional attire for the bride-to-be and jewellery to accompany this. However I have searched high and low for necklaces with the elegant traditional look, which has been added with chic touches. For any brides-to-be, here are the Top 10 necklaces for your Sangeet.

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1. Now this is what I call a showstopper; if you want to make a statement this is certainly a masterpiece diamond necklace by Gehna Jewellers to indulge in for a Sangeet. Jacqueline Fernandes had been spotted wearing a similar piece last year on the catwalk and has started to trend. The diamond and emerald stones are a match made in heaven and the gold finish adds that traditional touch. This piece will add glamour to any Sangeet outfit and create the WOW factor!

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2. Amrapali’s 18k gold plated silver necklace is a gorgeous and bold statement piece, which has been handcrafted with gold plated floral beads strung together. This would suit a contemporary outfit with either simple or heavy work with elements of gold hues.

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3. This Vilandi fusion necklace is the perfect portrayal of where traditional meets present-day; the use of ruby and emerald square cut stones creates that contemporary look, whilst the round-cut american diamonds, gold finish and round white pearls adds traditional touches. This statement necklace could pair up with most Mughal or royal influenced Sangeet attire.

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4. Manish Arora is the talk of the town at the moment and if you are a fan of his contemporary jewellery, then you will love his Naho necklace. Although this does not follow the conventional heavy necklaces that are normally worn at a Sangeet, this is certainly unique and daring. The colours are perfect to suit a Sangeet outfit, especially with the gold-plated enamel with swarovski pearl beads, miniature orange hearts and tiny deep lime green grape charms. This is a fun and quirky piece, which is perfect for the modern bride who is looking for something different.

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5. Art Karat’s Aahana necklace is just dazzling, the colours and choker style necklace is faceted with ruby, white sapphire and kundan stones with an adjustable dori. As this uses a number of colours it would suit outfits which have simple kundan work and add more character to it.

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6. This delicately detailed Chandrani necklace by Art Karat is exemplary of traditional Sangeet jewellery; with the use of multiple colours in the ruby, green onyx and clear kundan stones. This is an elegant customary piece which will compliment your traditional outfit gracefully.

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7. Gehna Jewller’s Kaleidoscope necklace ticks the boxes for the ultimate traditional necklace, with its’ gold and coloured gem stones, rubies, emeralds, pearls and kundan work. Also the middle feature piece gives the necklace extra character; a royal mughal style outfit would work superbly with this.

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8. Estelle Deve’s gold-plated pewter necklace meets the Starbust Trend as picked up by ELLE India, which consists of any jewellery with bursts of diamonds, diamonds and more diamonds! This is a simple yet a bold statement piece which will add glamour to an outfit with heavy gold thread work, border or embroidery.

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9. Art Karat’s intricate Indra necklace is faceted with captivating small kundan gems; if you prefer a lengthy necklace this is ideal. With the added miniature pearls and golden balls on the chain, this would couple well with attire with pearl work or even without it. A blouse with a round neck or high neck or anarkali would be the ultimate pairing for this Indra necklace.

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10. This Diva necklace is perfect for those who plan to wear attire with hues of red and pink and prefers longer necklace. Art Karat’s incredible Diva necklace has been crafted together using white pearl, zircon and ruby jewels and a white gold finish. An outfit which has more simple work around the neckline and chest area would pair up greatly with this.

One piece of advice I would with agree with from Shilpa Shetty Kundra  was in an interview with ELLE India: “The jewellery shouldn’t overpower you and [you should] wear what you are comfortable with.” I hope this gives you inspiration on jewellery you select for your Sangeet.

Let us know which piece is your favourite from this top 10 list.

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

McQueens at Claridges: The Masterclass

Since 1991, McQueens florist has been a hot spot for the most creative floral designs in the city of London, and they have gained customers as far away as Japan and Hollywood. Set-up by Kally Ellis, a former marketer with a French merchant bank, Kally drew on her marketing skills, along with her passion for colour and design to create McQueens.

Kally says “I wanted to sell simple, stylish flowers, beautifully presented, to the London market. And I knew people would love it.” McQueens is riding high, becoming a premier name in the UK flower market, supplying such well established brands as Harrods, Rolls Royce, Christian Louboutin and Mulberry.

This December will see the amazing McQueen’s giving a masterclass at London’s bastion of luxury Claridges. It will give eager aspiring florists the chance to learn about flowers with expert guidance and discover more about flower care, whilst making their own unique festive flower arrangement, which they can take home at the end of the day.

There will be two classes on December 13, one at 10am to 12pm and another at 2 to 4pm. The classes are now fully booked, which isn’t surprising.

We are proud to have McQueens as a partner and we wish them the very best of luck with their masterclass. To all those going along, we hope you have an amazing time. Xx

Rosalind Miller Cakes and The Smarta 100 Awards

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Firstly, we would like to congratulate our dear partner Rosalind Miller Cakes for being shortlisted for the Smarta 100 Awards. Now, we at Think Shaadi would like to give a helping hand to ensure that Rosalind Miller Cakes takes home the prize.

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As we have raved about before, Rosalind Miller Cakes are the quintessential artisans in creating beautiful, eye-catching and of course extremely tasty wedding and celebration cakes. Founded by Rosalind Miller, a former lecturer in Graphic Design at the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, her passions had long been baking and design, so pairing the two to create her company was an idea of pure genius.

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In just a few short years Rosalind Miller Cakes has earned a contract to supply the prestigious Harrods in London, along with this Rosalind has amassed a great number of fans from across the UK and beyond.

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It’s all down to Rosalind and her team’s unique sense of creativity, being able to create edible works of art that truly capture something special.

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Now, Rosalind needs your help, so please head over the Smarta 100 Awards site and cast your vote. We certainly will Xx

Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha Tie The Knot

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Earlier this year Dia Mirza, former Miss Asia Pacific, Bollywood actress and producer, announced on Twitter that she was officially engaged to her long time beau Sahil Sangha.

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Sahil proposed to Dia in the middle of  Brooklyn Bridge in New York, getting down on his knees to confess his love to Dia, and she of course said yes, as the New Yorker’s and tourists alike applauded and cheered for the couple. They were in the US for the IIFA 2014 awards in Tampa Bay and it was there where she made the announcement on Twitter. Ever since that day we at Think Shaadi have been waiting in anticipation for the wedding.

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The couple had to wait a while to announce their wedding date, because they were busy working together as c0-producers on Bobby Jasoos. Dia finally let the cat of the bag in mid-July to reporters saying – “If I tell you everything right now, then there would be no surprise. But you would not need to play detective. I will get married in India itself in October.” Mirza told IANS. Then a few weeks later Dia broke the news that October 18 would be the big day!

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The three day wedding celebrations started on the 16th of October, with the mehendi function, and Dia shared the news via twitter to her fans. The celebrations were handled by wedding planners Natasha Katgara Gocal and Erina DeAbreu of Divinity Weddings, who also managed Bollywood actress Vidya Balan wedding.

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Dia wore a richly adorned marigold yellow anarkali suit, in chanderi fabric, designed by Ritu Kumar. It was teamed with a beautiful fuschia colour odhni. Sahil wore a masculine maroon kurta, to contrast Dia’s eclectic outfit.

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Ritu Kumar said in a statement described her creation: “The kurta has a vintage cut used in the courts of Agra around the 15th century. The neck is deep and worked in embroidered gota patti on net like the technique used at the time. The gold metallic taar used is of silver worked in gold thread and dori to give it a stylised plant inlay look. Each panel is highlighted with a flowering buta. The odhni is fuschia worked with small butis of the same beaten gold gota patti, a fuschia brocade deep sinjaf finishes the edges of the outfit.”

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October 17th was the Sangeet, with Dia choosing to go with a hypnotic blue and gold Anita Dongre lehenga, which she accessorised with a three string polki and pearl piece, with a large blue pendant. Sahil looked dashing in a signature black buttoned up Raghavendra Rathore bandgala.

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 Dia also choreographed a dance piece prepared specifically for the sangeet, which Sahil and his family members were eagerly awaiting to watch her perform.

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The wedding and reception took place on the 18th at Rosha Farms, a private farmhouse in Ghitorni, South Delhi. It was was very intimate affair for Indian high society standards with guest size ranging from 100-500 during the three day celebrations. Notable guests included Rajkumar Hirani, Lara Dutta and Mahesh Bhupathi, Sushmita Sen, Roshan Seth, Nikhil Advani, Aditi Rao Hydari, Pallavi Sharda and Cyrus Sahukar. There was heavy security protecting the privacy of the couple and their guests.  They were however very sweet to come out and greet the waiting news crews outside the gates, to have some snaps taken.

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Dia, went back to Ritu Kumar for the wedding day. She choose a subdued beige and green sharara inspired by Ritu Kumar’s Falaknuma collection, which highlights the heritage of craftsmanship that comes from Dia’s birth city of Hyderabad.

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The wedding has been captured by our friends at The Wedding Filmer and they caught this beautiful moment of Dia Mirza moments before Sahil’s baraat arrived at her door. Dia captioned the moment perfectly – “I feel like I’m on a movie set, waiting in my van for my diva hero to arrive.”

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Finally for the reception Dia choose to give with a gold and peach party lengha from Shantanu & Nikhil. They were thrilled to see Dia transform their outfit with such class and grace.

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Sahil once told The Bombay Times in an interview, “What I love the most about her is that in one word, she is pure. She is very giving and all heart, which is also a problem as then you need to take care of your heart. She lights up a room as soon as she walks in.” We wish the couple a very long and wonderful married life xx

Images courtsey of Dia Mirza, The Wedding Filmer, Adil Hasan, Instagram and Twitter

Rosewood London: Typifying Edwardian Glamour

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It’s difficult to define luxury in one sentence; however two words certainly conjure the right thoughts and images when one thinks of luxury, Rosewood London.

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The capital’s latest luxury hotel, Rosewood London, based in Holborn, is a sprawling building, completed in 1914, and after extensive renovation finally opened its doors to an anticipatory clientele last year. We at Think Shaadi would like to congratulate Rosewood London on celebrating their 1 year anniversary this month, and of course for winning a wealth of awards and accolades over the last few months, including Best New Hotel in the World at the UltraTravel 100 Awards, Hotel of the Year at AA Hospitality Awards, Hotel of the Year 2014 at the Virtuoso Best of the Best Awards, along with being included in Conde Nast Traveler’s Hot List and Best Travel + Leisure in It List.

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An oasis of relaxation, slap bang in the heart of Britain’s bustling metropolis, Rosewood London is an impressive historic building, Edwardian in its facade, with typical French motifs, and a large courtyard, reminiscent of a French chateau. What we must remember is that King Edward VII was a devout Francophile, and during his short reign British architecture reflected that.

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Walking into this vast, carefully looked after, courtyard, you are taken back by the fairytale exterior. Rich in elaborate brocades and distinctly French filigree patterns, it’s easy to see why Rosewood London has caused a stir amongst luxury connoisseurs.

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Inside the theme is something of a mixture, the designs do not fit with one particular era, instead Rosewood London decided to recapture the luxury of differing times.

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The accommodations, event spaces and public areas were designed by the world renowned Tony Chi and Associates, who brought the intoxicating flavours of minimalism and understated beauty together, giving the areas a magnificently relaxing and comfortable feel, yet never negating the age old feel of luxury, which the building possesses in spades.

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Tony Chi and Associates worked with an array of materials including lacquer, textured wood veneers and prismatic mirrors, to create this elegant fusion of modernity and old world style. The rooms are distinctly Tony Chi and Associates, with his highly recognisable stamp across it.

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It’s wonderfully evocative, Tony Chi and Associates has created the perfect setting for honeymooners, travellers and anyone with a desire to simultaneously get away from it all, yet be at the centre of all London has to offer.

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Holborn Dining Room and Delicatessen offers guests a warm and cosy atmosphere, yet is in no way cramped or cluttered. Designed by another world renowned artisan Martin Brudnizki, the theme feels a little like a New York speakeasy from the 1920’s, mixing a rich array of chic furniture, with a touch of the old and outstanding wood and mirror motifs.

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A striking salon tucked away in the heart of Rosewood London, the Mirror Room is the social hub of the hotel, offering innovative, elegant dining and afternoon tea. A veritable jewel box of a dining room, with mirrors on the walls and ceiling, the tables are laid with exquisite Limoges china, sparkling crystal and refined silverware. Whether meeting for a relaxed breakfast, light lunch, afternoon tea or a decadent dinner, it is the place to see and be seen on High Holborn.

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Rosewood London offers a selection of inspiring spaces to host a special event. The heritage Chairman Boardrooms showcase original architectural features of the former Pearl Assurance building whilst the Living Room provides a contemporary venue with eccentric artwork and intricate design details.

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Gerald Scarfe, renowned British artist and caricaturist has lent his name and artistic vision to Scarfes Bar where his collection of amusing and conversation-provoking paintings adorn the marble walls. A creative menu of cocktails and complimentary live music six nights a week all add to the conviviality and certainly give true meaning to the phrase ‘get scarfed’  at Gerald’s eponymous bar where potions and paintings meet.

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Rosewood London is an outstanding achievement in luxury and high-end service. It adds to London’s status as the prime destination for all those dedicated to savouring the joys of luxury.

Photos Courtesy of Rosewood London

Rohit Bal’s Spectacular Ode to Heritage

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Rohit Bal is a designer one would have to describe as quintessentially Indian, in both design as well as the execution of his shows. Although born in Kashmir, as a designer he is definitely a product of New Delhi, a place which has given birth to a succession of talent, each more intriguing than the last.

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With a degree in History from St. Stephens College, it is the past which remains a source of inspiration for Bal, he’s developed a distinctive quality for reaching far back into the depths of history and creating modern beauty from it.

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Made famous for his speciality of including Lotus and Peacock motifs into his designs, he is a designer who is steadfast in capturing the richness of Indian fashion, infusing art historical passion with contemporary design aesthetics.

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Recently he proved his worth as a designer who can not only create gorgeous designs, but also put together a breathtaking show. At Will Fashion Week, Bal was one of the final designers to showcase his collection.

It’s not unusual to say, but the majority of shows which take place during the end of most fashion weeks are never anything exciting, but Rohit Bal well and truly broke with tradition.

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The venue was Quli Khan’s Tomb at the Mehrauli Archaeological site in Delhi. For a designer known for a love of history, it was indeed the perfect setting. To begin, the soundtrack to the show was perfect, with live music performed by Shubha Mudgal.

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The tone and theme of this setting was romance, heaps of it, along with ancient mystery, classical style and evocative luxury, with a set designed by Sumant Jayakrishnan. Everything here, down to the last detail, was about framing the collection in the best of Indian heritage and culture.

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The show attracted a throng of guests, with the famed French shoe designer Christian Louboutin gracing the front row. It has to be said that Rohit Bal is one of few Indian designers to attract attention from his design contemporaries around the globe.

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Bal’s collection is titled “Gulbagh” and the inspiration was Mughal opulence, not the city dwelling Mughal’s we usually think of though, the great warriors and statesman, but the Mughal’s at leisure, in their pleasure palaces, nestled in the valleys of Kashmir.

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As per usual Bal’s design techniques mixed the age old with the contemporary, incorporating vegetable dyes and gold leaf for embellishments, and a range of fabrics like chanderi, fine mulmul, matka silk and velvet.

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The collection was very distinctive in the fact that Bal incorporated a wealth of flora and fauna into his patterns, from roses and other delicate flowers, to tree leaves. The effect was truly mesmerising, as all the embellishments were brought forth in mesmerising colours such as reds, purples, cream, greens and blues.

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With petite female models in prettily adorned lehengas with peplum blouses, embroidered jackets and saris, and princely male models (one of which was the king of machismo Arjun Rampal) doned in handsome achkans and churidars, the collection was a triumph.

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Without hesitation, Rohit Bal deserved his rapturous standing ovation.

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Bruce Russell and The Bridal Room

We have long been in awe of our friend, the great wedding planner Bruce Russell, a man who truly has the Midas touch, conjuring beauty for couples across the world.

We at Think Shaadi were enthusing with excitement when we discovered Bruce will be launching The Bridal Room, the first British luxury destination for brides. A curated marketplace which offers brides panoply of luxury products, services and suppliers that will help create the ultimate wedding experience.

Famed as a perfectionist, Bruce has cast his creative eye over this digital platform, to make sure that each experience satisfies the bride in search of perfection, working with the crème da la crème of luxury wedding brands, including our good friends Peggy Porschen and Philippa Craddock, along with the amazing Bruce Oldfield OBE, Mich Turner MBE, Errol Douglas MBE and Theo Fennell et al.

With its maxim – Unlocking the world of bridal elegance – it is a sterling achievement in the field of wedding arranging, acting as a guiding hand through the often frenetic and dizzying decisions that fall at the feet of couples everywhere.

The guidance on offer at The Bridal Room ranges from Wedding Wellbeing, Bridal Retreats, to master classes offered by Philippa Craddock, Rachel Vosper and Laurent Perrier. A quick peruse through the website, and it’s clear this is a digital bridal platform with true clout.

The Bridal Room is the perfect oasis, free of confusing language and endless directories; Bruce has made sure to make it manageable for brides to organise, simplifying the methods, and make it a beautiful experience Xx

Photos courtesy of Bruce Russell