Category: Events

Doli Diaries with Nargis Fakhri

Nargis Fakhri

A Think Shaadi event, Este Couture recently hosted a tête à tête with Bollywood actress Nargis Fakhri. Wearing a gorgeous Priyal Prakash lehenga from Este Couture, stunning jewellery from Deeya Jewellery, and beautiful hair and make-up by Ambreen Make-up Artist, the discussions ranged from Nargis’ fashion inspiration, skin care tips, staying fit, and what her future wedding and hen do would be like!

Working with Think Shaadi’s partners, the event featured fabulous floral arrangements by Neil Strain, beautifully scented candles by Tara Sofia, and candles by Essential Couture. Think Shaadi also worked alongside media partners RR Public Relations to cover this amazing event.

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Desi Rascals stars Jo and Natalie Shah also stopped by the event and took in one of the major highlights, the Openbooth -a fantastic photography experience for a great souvenir!

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You’ll be able to catch more of the event, including the interviews, on Think Shaadi’s YouTube channel.

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.

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Now as a blogger I love my job, but not only do I blog about everything bridal and luxury, I am also a professional wedding stylist. Due to my experienced background in weddings and events I have recently been hired by Altitude London to expand and develop their weddings and private events alongside a team of other professional planners. Altitude London are now re-branding their Private Events department and wanted to put on something beautiful to show off what they are capable of. So I took the opportunity to bring together a variety of suppliers to create something spectacular.

Tuesday last week Think Shaadi attended my beautifully bridal showcase Allure Altitude. It was an event that was to launch the venue out to the masses and show people that we are here and we can help create your dream wedding.

I knew I needed to execute something extremely special for the wedding planners, bloggers and magazines that attended. Having been in the industry for a while, I knew that events like this happen on a regular basis and people receive invites to almost everything, it had to be an event that was interactive and beautifully sophisticated. I opted for a refined High Tea that included cocktails, sandwiches, and treats.

 

The colour and style inspiration came from the venue itself; when I stood on Altitude 360 (29th Floor), all I kept seeing was a sea of sequined pinks and blushes and grand floral displays; as it is the current bridal colour trend I decided that I would take this fad and twist it to my own style. Rather than having the same continuous colours and flowers on the tables I decided to have the colours flow throughout the tables to make more of a wave effect.

With sequin linens from The Sweet Hostess, I started with a natural Peach tone which grew darker into more of a Rose Gold, through to a deep baby pink, then onto champagne, which turned to a glorious rich gold and ended with shimmering Silver. The colours of the linens moulded so beautifully and each table was decorated with matching styled Chandelle chairs from Great Hire.

To keep in line with the concept I brought on Amie Bone Flowers to develop something stunning to make each table personal and give the tables their own personality! Amie did not disappoint, her team brought an array of showcase centrepieces that boasted a display of colours which kept in tune with my colour scheme. Amie had the idea of making the tables fluctuate in height so that it creates a wave rather than being too static at one height and it worked incredibly well.

For me, attention to detail is everything, so in order to set off the final mood on the tables I brought in Intricate Creations to develop table names that were named after iconic buildings in London that you can spot from Altitudes skyline view. Intricate Creations used both laser cut paper and etched Perspex to show off their diverse collection of stationary. To match the table name cards they also created an incredible supplier board that had each of suppliers names etched into it who were involved on the day!

As we went for a sophisticated High Tea, it of course had to include pretty sweets and treats. Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium provided both delicious biscuits and cupcakes that scattered the tables as well as hidden in the goodie bags for our guests to take home with them. Not only did Elizabeth tease our audience with her cupcakes but put on a display of her unbelievable Marie Antoinette cakes which stood proudly on a mirrored consol table reflecting their beauty and breath taking sugar detailing.

We started off the day on the terrace, on the ground floor of Millbank Centre where I introduced ourselves in our hidden gem of a personal cinema. We then whisked our guests up to Skyloft (28th floor) for a brilliant cocktail session with Ali our very attractive barman who spoke about the history of cocktails as well as providing shots of the specially made cocktails for all to taste. Then finally up to Altitude 360 where guests enjoyed high tea with cakes and sandwiches surrounded by glorious bridal gowns from Emma Hunt London and Cinderella slippers from Freya Rose; while looking over the city of London from the 29th Floor.

To really set the mood as people entered, we had a divine harpist playing in the background. This angel of music was provided to us by Prelude Entertainment who recommended the harp for an event such as this, as they believed it would bring together the ambiance of the room. And they were right! I must admit, the harp is one of my favorite instruments as they can play such modern music with an angelic sound.

Of course High Tea is traditional to have beautifully light sandwiches and sophisticated sweets to tease the taste buds. Altitude London provided our guests with the most glorious and delectable platters filled with chocolate covered strawberries, miniature raspberry tarts and sandwiches filled with English Ham and mustard, smoked salmon and cream cheese and many more, it was truly an exquisite experience.

To make sure that every part of the day was captured flawlessly John Nassari provided his incredible photography. Both he and his photography partner captured everything in such a luxurious nature as he would any wedding day.

I want to thank everyone who collaborated:

Venue & Food: Altitude London

Photography: John Nassari

Cakes: Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium

Flowers: Amie Bone Flowers

Stationary: Intricate Creations

Furniture: Great Hire

Shoes: Freya Rose

Bridal dresses: Emma Hunt London

Harpist: Prelude Entertainment

Sequin Linens: The Sweet Hostess

Aisle Runner: Confetti

The Think Shaadi Blogger Meet-Up

Think Shaadi Blogger Meet-Up Invite

Recently, we hosted our first ever London blogger meet-up, an opportunity for our existing Think Shaadi blogger team to meet a few of London’s enthusiastic bloggers and discuss interesting topics within the blogger universe. The sophisticated Villandry played the part of our perfect hub for the meet-up located on Great Portland Street.

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Villandry (Photo credit: Cherie City)

So let’s go ahead and meet the #ThinkShaadiMeetUp bloggers…

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Mandavi  from The Red Notebook Blog

Mandavi from The Red Notebook Blog works as a freelance fashion and personal stylist based in London. She studied at the London School of Styling with a background in digital design and fashion e-commerce. She joined Think Shaadi’s blogger team earlier this year, where her debut article focussed on the perfect wedding outfits for sisters.

Safeera from Habibi Lifestyle

Safeera from Habibi Lifestyle

Safeera runs Habibi Lifestyle, her blog covers Asian fashion and lifestyle. She studied journalism and currently freelances as an Editorial Manager. Habibi Lifestyle looks to include the full picture of what makes up the modern day Asian female.

Sara from Sara K Blog

Sara from Sara K Blog

Sara K Blog’s founder Sara is a British Asian fashion blogger, journalist and digital marketer in the working world. She created the blog last year in order to let British Asian women seek their own identity, without being dictated and inspire them through fashion. Sara’s blog has an interesting approach in the form of an online fashion blog magazine.

Jessica from The Deluxe Wedding Blog

Jessica from The Deluxe Wedding Blog

Jessica looks at all things luxury via her blogging platform, The Deluxe Wedding Blog. Jessica is a wedding planner and started her wedding blog venture in December 2014. She focusses on informing brides about different brands may it be fashion or stationary within the industry. She’s recently joined the Think Shaadi blogger team; have a read of her article here.

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Aditya from Mr Fashion Queen launched his blog in 2014. It focuses on online luxury fashion, looking at trends, celebrities, clothing & accessories from the western world. He gained a great deal of an international exposure after living and travelling in countries such as India, Singapore and Turkey.

And let’s not forget the hosts for the meet-up…

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Ben & Vic – #ThinkShaadiMeetUp hosts

Vic from Think Shaadi looks after their blogger community. Vic runs London Ki Ladki, an Asian fashion and food blog, and freelances in PR & Marketing by profession. She launched her blog last year with an aim to inspire British Asians on finding unique Asian fashion. From a food perspective, she focuses on discovering distinctive London restaurants to inspire others when eating out around the city of London.

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Ben & Vic engrossed in chat with Mandavi from The Red Notebook

Ben joined Think Shaadi in January 2014 as editor, as well as running his own business, Mirza Creation which offers photography, designing, editor and copy-writing services. He was excited about the meet-up and pleased to meet such magnificent bloggers. 

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We were interested to know which brands everyone adored, and just to name a few Victoria Beckham, Rohit Bal, Manish Arora, Vera Wang and Dior made it to the favourite list. It was interesting to see how many of the brands mentioned were either American or Indian. For everyone, they felt as a blogger “no no” was slating brands and product placement within blog posts, which is a controversial topic as this can be deemed as being a way of being dishonest to your readers. In regards to challenges they felt they faced in the “bloggersphere” industry, it was the classic “quantity vs. quality” issue; when stakeholders want to collaborate with a blogger – they focus on the number of readers following the blog and it’s social media platforms, as opposed to looking beyond this at the quality of work and readers.

The meet-up was full of interesting discussion and immense laughter; a great deal of learnings came out of the meet-up that we all walked away with. As a result of such a triumphant meet-up, we hope to host another one soon! Thank you to those who joined us at the blogger meet-up, you were all an absolute delight and so enthusiastic and passionate about blogging! If you are an avid wedding, lifestyle, fashion or beauty blogger interested in joining Think Shaadi’s blogger team, then please email ben@thinkshaadi.com. 

Photography by Dev Joshi Photography

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

Think Shaadi’s Boutique Presents: Judith Leiber Couture, Suneet Varma and Tarun Tahiliani

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Friday 15th May, at the Penthouse Suite of the Mayfair Hotel bought one of the defining moments in the Asian fashion fraternity in London: Judith Leiber, Tarun Tahiliani and Suneet Varma all showcased in the same room. Think Shaadi presented their latest collections from the three esteemed designers. It was the first time that these three luxury brands exhibited their collections at the same venue in London. Suneet Varma and Tarun Tahiliani were also both there in person and Mrs. Sangeeta Assomull represented Judith Leiber.

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Suneet Varma exhibited his SS15 collection, titled ‘Decorative Arts of India‘ which drew its inspiration from traditional motifs and embroideries of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab and the Southern states of India. His collection spoke of romance, femininity and flirtatiousness, where traditional Indian mets with a modern twist; gorgeous gulaal and fuchsia pinks from rose to deep magenta lie within his collection.

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The collection features two-piece sarees with embellished corset blouses with delicate antique zardosi, long anarkali kurtas with mirrorwork and thread embroidered all over jaal, short tunics with color-on-color thread and Swarovski crystals with draped dhoti salwars, Angrakha style kalidar kurtas which have short cropped jackets with draped collars and delicate bead embroidery. The key fabrics used with these are silk chiffon, georgette, silk jacquard and jewel-toned rich velvets. Suneet used stark white and ivory with color-on-color aari embroidery, dark navy and cobalt blue with antique, burnt gold and copper thread embellish these stunning lehengas, and also mirror work embellishment with large borders in thread embroidery; perfect for an evening wedding function. Sheer chiffon sarees decked with gold aari and thread embroidery in large floral motifs reminiscent of Punjab royalty also features in the collection. There are a mix of traditional Indian textiles in bright colors combined with the sensibility of the regal costumes of India.

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The collection’s highlights also include sheer sarees with velvet jackets, lightweight silk skirts and tunics with nostalgic antique embroideries, block printed ensembles in many shades of blue, Persian blue, turquoise, and navy teamed with dull gold. The sheer tulle sarees had grey and oyster pearls encrusted with stunning Swarovski crystals with intricate embroideries. and long kalidar kurtas in black, teal, ivory and red used thread embroidery in topkapi motifs. I admire how he has placed thought into every slight detail of each piece, may it be the use of nostalgic antique embroideries or the use of a variety of luscious fabrics. His collection in-fact does have a characterful piece to suit any occasion for the bride or even the bride’s immediate family members. Haven spoken to Suneet Varma, he thoroughly enjoyed the showcased and being no stranger to London he is a fan of the city!

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The Gold Rose – one of 5 in the world

Judith Leiber Couture exclusively unveiled The Gold Rose bag at the Think Shaadi boutique event, which is in-fact one in five in the world! This bag literally had a persona of it’s own, where it’s three tones of golden crystal encrusted extraordinaire of a bag mesmerized me. The bespoke additions to Judith Leiber Couture were the radiant Jelly Bean Collection and The Slide Lock personalized monogram minauideres.

The Jelly Bean Collection

The Jelly Bean Collection

The Jelly Bean Collection featuring three classic silhouettes in sixteen vibrant shades. This bold take on timeless glamour creates a kaleidoscope of brilliant color. The bespoke personalized monogram minauideres were also showcased at the event. This timeless classics are available in various color options with limitless combinations monogrammed with up to three initials. This is the perfect personalised gift for the bride, which would definitely make her feel special.

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The Slide Lock personalized monogram minauideres

Within the spectrum of color are three of their most popular styles; the Slide Lock minaudière, the Ritz Fizz soft crystal clutch and a signature crocodile box. The palate includes a range of hues from light rose to hyacinth, to capri blue, to sunflower and peony. Without a doubt the Jelly Bean Collection offers a worthy indulgence and so the beautiful colors in the Judith Leiber metallic snakeskin clutch, the Samantha with silvertone hardware are paved with Austrian crystal envelope flap-top.

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Judith Leiber Couture

Judith Leiber Couture’s collections really had something for everyone, where it be a fun pop of colour clutch from their Jelly Bean Collection or a sophisticated yet statement piece with their metallic snakeskin clutch. I look forward to what Judith Leiber Couture has more in store in the near future.

Tarun Tahiliani

Tarun Tahiliani

Tarun Tahiliani exhibited his Bridal Couture and Spring/Summer ’15 collections. The Spring Summer‘15 collection is inspired by the beautiful works of art done by the Singh Twins, artists who are based in the U.K. Their miniature style of paintings translates beautifully to printed clothing in the ready-to-wear range. The bridal and couture line that reflects the global Indian today is a fusion of Indian craftsmanship, perfected over generations with the fit, finish and functionality of western clothing. Tarun Tahiliani is best known for his classic drapes. His characteristic style and distinctive signature is visible in his creations which are a unique blend of traditional Indian sensibility, yet relevant to a contemporary environment. Works by The Singh Twins,acclaimed artists from the UK, play muse to this collection. In the unique genre of Past Modern, as opposed to Post Modern, The Singh Twins are two artists, twin sisters working as one, in tandem.  Reviving the technique of miniature painting and juxtaposing it with modern iconography, they create vibrant and detailed work that questions the conventional notion of the arts.

The miniature style of painting translates beautifully to digitally printed clothing in the ready-to-wear range. The illustrative style of the padhsahnama makes them look like they belong in the gilded age of the past but you will find the modern, social commentary if you look for it. Selectively chosen elements from different paintings ensure that the wit is not lost in translation. The colour inspirations are so unexpected that it could only exist in nature. The blue orange hue of a macaw, the reds and yellows of the rising sun – the palette pays homage to the Indian identity that celebrates colour with gusto, in a bohemian or a sophisticated setting. Not restricted to a pre-designed ensemble, the separates enable experimentation. The dhoti skirts and the lungi skirts are one-of-a-kind pieces in light fabric that fit effortlessly for the day. Jewel Tees can be transformative for the evening with jewel tones combining hand painted gold kalis giving it the grandeur and aplomb of a Klimt painting.

The bridal and couture line reflects the global Indian today, who is making choices which help him embrace his cultural inheritance as well as straddle the diaspora of identities that is modern living. A mélange of Indian craftsmanship perfected over generations with the fit, finish and functionality of western clothing. With the use of modern fabric like sheer silks, reshams and tullé; the ensemble becomes lighter, giving ease of movement. Drape and Structure – the definitive of a Tarun Tahiliani creation perfected over the years is permeating to its Couture sensibilities. Using stitched-in pleats and belted saris gives a contemporary element to traditional style and is added comfort, keeping everything in place. The colour scheme stretches to include blushes of light pink, jade and mauve reminiscent of American realist painter Edward Hopper. Light resham on ivory in soft shades create a pastoral fantasy as the light bounces off the sheer tulle. Muted tones and breezy layers of the anarkali kurta are as light as a summer’s day.

From draped drama the collection moves into the realm of intricate zari, and resham embroideries, chanderi cutwork and Lucknawi chikankari with its range of occasion wear.  Shades of twinkling champagne, playful pinks, rich gold and passionate reds encompasses  silhouettes that range from regal and festive to feminine and youthful. Lehengas, lehenga saris, saris, anarkalis and kurtas sheathed in splendour, create an aura around the adorned as if she “walks in beauty”. The regal jamawar bodice gets counter balanced by a stoic obi belt. Plentiful kalis of the anarkali frolic next to an airy mukaish dupatta. Lightness and comfort work in tandem with style and heritage to create a balance and traditional wear steps out of its cave and evolves into a fun, unencumbered experience.

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Nikki Tibbles of Wild Flowers

Think Shaadi was ably assisted by florist Nikki Tibbles of Wild at Heart, famed for her luxurious and opulent floral arrangements. Caterers Tamarind Collection, who operate four restaurants in London and LA, part of Tamarind Events Catering and have a Michelin Star under their belt arranged the delectable food. Haslem Productions who offer technical design and installation for events across London and the UK. Finally, Admiral Crichton, London based party planners and caterer to HRH The Prince of Wales, who helped realise the event.

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Tamarind Collection Caterers

Think Shaadi’s first boutique event was a fine showcase from a few of the most talented extraordinaires within luxury fashion fraternity and was a great success with an immensity of positive response. I look forward to this hopefully being one of many to come.

Let us know what you liked from these three esteemed designers at Think Shaadi’s boutique event 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. Here’s where you can find her around the web – Facebook: London Ki Ladki – Instagram:  London Ki LadkiTwitter: London Ki Ladki

Judith Leiber: Champion of Elegance and Style

Judith Leiber is a true style magician, able to create some of the most mesmerising purse and clutch bag designs in the world. Injecting her designs with the eccentric and avant-garde, from there fashioning them with the most beautiful jewels. Leiber’s designs have been sported by numerous starlets and big names in Hollywood, there isn’t one red carpet event where a Judith Leiber bag hasn’t been part of.

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Most recently at the New York Met Gala, where a procession of luxurious designer gowns were accompanied by a number of Leiber’s wondrous bags, Adriana Lima sported the Baguettes Goddess Clutch, for Behati Prinsloo the Shanti Peacock Crystal Minaudiere was the ideal accessory, Chrissy Teigen was seen with the Fluttering Geisha Clutch and Diane Kruger looked perfect with the Heart Crystal Minaudiere.

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Judith Leiber’s latest ‘Monogram’ collection mixes a distinctively eye catching yet minimalist style, drenched in Leiber’s trademark aesthetic. There’s an element of eccentricity underneath, as is to be expected. For inspiration, rather than shapes and animals this time, it was from patterns of the past that were drew fascination, a magnificent array of colourful, rainbow designs that are simply outstanding.

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Judith Leiber, along with Suneet Varma and Tarun Tahiliani, will be showcasing her ‘Monogram’ collection today, at the Think Shaadi Boutique event, an exclusive exhibit of some luxurious designs.

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Let us know what you think and by tweeting @thinkshaadi and @ShaadiEditor

To contact Think Shaadi in regards to the event, please contact Think Shaadi on community@thinkshaadi.com.

Tarun Tahiliani: A Wonderful Drama

Tarun Tahiliani’s bridal collection, shown at India Couture Week, is a rich and evocative drama, adorned with a lustre of tradition and ancient crafts. It has been said that Tahiliani really knows how to put together a collection, it’s something that fashion devotees anticipate with immense glee, and as always he doesn’t disappoint.

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His collections always emanate with a warm and sensuous glow. Forever original, this time around Tahiliani sought out inspiration from the ancient regional crafts of India, rendering it with his trademark razzle dazzle. For the couture range he created a wildly dramatic array of gowns, tempered by a delicate palette of colours, extraordinarily feminine in execution, he managed to balance so harmoniously the elements of frenzy with the demure.

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Tahiliani’s previous collection was all regal splendour, cherry picking his inspirations from the beauty of Mughal India, this time it was about the crafts that India has been famous for for centuries. The wondrous textile industry that began in the small villages and towns.

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The echoes of a thousand artisans are woven into this collection, from the material to the intricate embroidery, it pays a glorious homage to the stylistics and craftsmanship of the past. Each design incorporates something individual, something of heritage, from their Tahiliani injects a flurry of modernity and crowns it with his luxurious touch.

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In Tahiliani’s own words – “Glimpses of shimmering gold, hues of soft pastels and a whimsical frothiness are reminiscent of an era of charm and elegance. Creating couture which keeps distinctive Indian crafts alive, while exploring visions in sparkling crystal and carat, reflects emotions that give shape to sensuous, elegant and bespoke luxury for brides, grooms and their families as well as for other occasions. This collection will be living, breathing heritage, melded with the fresh vibrancy and essence of modern India.” As always, Tarun Tahiliani reminds us that the flower of creativity can only truly flourish when designers pay their respects to what has gone before.

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Most recently, at Lakme Fashion Week, Tarun showcased his Summer Resort collection, which is a kaleidoscope of colours, a sheer explosion of fun and frivolity prevailed. The theme embodies a party, a mardi gras of festive patterns and cleverly matched colours.

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Bohemian chic is the prevailing feel, with floaty cottons and an eclectic array of silks. The collection is a bountiful display of relaxation and freedom.

Chitrangda Singh walks for Tarun Tahiliani at the Grand Finale of Lakme Fashion Week 2015

We at Think Shaadi are delighted to announce that Tarun Tahiliani will be in London on May 15th for Think Shaadi Boutique.

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Let us know which is your favourite piece by Tarun Tahiliani by tweeting @thinkshaadi and @ShaadiEditor.

Suneet Varma: Decorative Arts Of India

We know Suneet Varma as one of the emerging maestros’ of the Indian fashion fraternity. Suneet’s journey started from graduating at the London College of Fashion, leading on to his work with Yves Saint Laurent in Paris. His milestones grew throughout the years from hosting India’s first international fashion and style program, ‘Suneet Varma’s Style Guru’  for Star World TV, to being a franchisee partner in India for ‘Armani Junior’. Suneet Varma’s latest collection was showcased at the Spring Couture 2015 Show for Lakme Fashion Week at the Palladium Hotel, Mumbai. His collection titled ‘Decorative Arts of India’ speaks of romance, femininity and flirtatiousness. It draws inspiration from the traditional motifs and embroideries of Gujarat, Punjab, Rajasthan and the Southern states of India. Suneet says, “India has had centuries of old love affair with couture or made to measure for pleasure. There is no denying the luxurious indulgence of precious finery, the magical beauty of one‐ off embellished wedding attire and the sparkle of personalized jewels that are made to match with it.”

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The collection has customary Indian attire with a contemporary twist. This time Suneet uses a lot of shades of red from sindoor to fuchsia pinks from rose to deep magenta that lie within Rajasthan. Stark white and ivory with color-on-color aari embroidery, dark navy and cobalt blue with antique, burnt gold and copper thread embellish these stunning lehengas. Some of the pieces imbue in mirror work embellishment within the large borders in the thread embroidery. These impeccable details and fabrics create a distinct regal look.

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The silhouettes of long and slender layering in sheer fabrics from the two-piece sarees with embellished corset blouses, delicate antique zardosi, long anarkali kurtas with mirror work and thread embroidered all over jaal accolade the collection. The short tunics have colour-on-colour thread and Swarovski crystals with draped dhoti salwars, Angrakha style kalidar kurtas worn with short cropped jackets with draped collars and delicate bead embroidery. The fabrics used in those are in luscious silk chiffon, Georgette, silk jacquard and jewel-toned rich velvets; with yet again these characteristics pervading royalty and luxuriousness.

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The collection also features sheer chiffon sarees decked with gold aari and thread embroidery in large floral motifs reminiscent of the beauty of the Punjab royalty. A mix of traditional Indian textiles in bright colors combined with the sensibility of the royal costumes of India. The collection uses white on white thread embroidery with a dash of colour on long and short tunics with Capri trousers and Patiala salwars with tasseled triangular stoles.

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Overall, there is an array of sophistication executed in many forms within Suneet’s attire from the silhouettes of the collection which are slim, sheer and narrow with very delicate embroideries down to the use of lavishing fabrics. I admire how he has placed thought into every slight detail of each piece, may it be the use of nostalgic antique embroideries or using a variety of blue shades. His collection really does depict the ‘Decorative Arts Of India’. Now to see my personal top 3 favourite pieces from the collection (talk about a hard choice to make!).

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After participating in shows across the world including Paris, Hong Kong, Berlin and Los Angeles. I am thrilled to say Suneet Varma will be back in London to showcase his extraordinary latest collection, bridal and couture pieces at Think Shaadi’s Boutique Showcase event on Friday 15th May 2015.

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Let us know which is your favourite piece by Suneet Varma by tweeting @thinkshaadi and @londonkiladki.

To contact Think Shaadi in regards to the event, please contact Think Shaadi on community@thinkshaadi.com.

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 Ladki – Instagram:  London Ki LadkiTwitter: London Ki Ladki

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