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AICW 2015: Gaurav Gupta

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Counting the days for the Amazon India Couture week 2015, the day has finally arrived for Gupta and team. Running up to this date, the team have been practicing cat walks, and make up trials to make this day an epic one.

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Gaurav Gupta’s new collection was launched on 24th July 2015. This season Gupta has focused on intricate detail working with lace and chiffon to create a Victorian finish. The colours used such as red, purple, burgundy; all bring a vibrant look on anyone wearing a piece of Gupta’s collection.

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Along with looking at the AW2015 collection, looking at previous collections from 2011, Gupta has also portrayed his quirky personality through his work. He doesn’t only have a degree within fashion, he worked his way up by delivering his creativity such as owning a brand name like ‘Atpug Vauag’ which is the reverse of his name. This brand lead as debutant of the year.

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The collections creates a unique yet elegant and sophisticated look, which repeats the Victorian vibe that Gupta is showcasing this season.

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Photos courtesy of Amlan Paliwal/IANS, Harper’s Bazaar India and Vogue India

AICW 2015: Sabyasachi and Christian Louboutin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photos courtesy of Amlan Paliwal/IANS

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

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

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

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

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

The Marriage of Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos courtesy of Indian Express, Koimoi.com and Instagram

Vogue Wedding Show 2015

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The finest collection of matrimonial design is fast approaching. The Vogue Wedding Show, will be taking place at its usual venue, the luxurious Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi, one of India’s architectural gems. The event will bring together some of India’s finest designers, giving guests the chance to have a one-to-one experience with them, which includes Manish Malhotra, Sabyasachi, Varun Bahl, Shantanu and Nikhil et al.

The event will bring together artisans who engage in creating only the finest designs, where beauty remains a steadfast fixture. With jewellery from Tibarumals Jewelers, Bharany’s, BN Jewels and Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas, accessories from Vera Wang Wedgwood, Tea Culture of the World, Ravish Kapoor, Nordic Kandie, Ahujasons.

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With 45 brands in all, as well as industry experts, all under one roof, it’s not just one-to-one consultations guests will be privileged to, but also a workshop on styling, with Vogue India Fashion Director Anaita Shroff Adajania, who will share contemporary style tips for brides and grooms. Adajania is a woman who has a knowledge on bridal styling that is unparalleled.Personal consultation with designer Sabyasachi at Vogue Wedding Show 2014, Taj Palace, New Delhi_Aug 1-3 2014_1

Some of the delights on offer: A personal consultation with designer Sabyasachi

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Other experts giving workshops include – Wedding planner Vandana Mohan, skincare specialist Harshna Bijlani, make-up specialist Namrata Soni and celebrity nutritionist Kinita Kadakia Patel. Each workshop is individual and will go fully in-depth on each and every aspect.

A particular highlight will be the ‘Saree Pavilion’ a masterful idea, it will exhibit differing saree designs from every region of India, highlight the beautiful individuality of each state, from the evocative old world of Jaipur to the rustic magnificence of Kerala. The designs are howcased by brands including Ekaya, Lakshmi and Mangalmayee Jaipur.

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In a statement, Vogue India Editor Priya Tanna spoke of how the show turns dreams into reality – “It is an all-access pass for brides, grooms and their families to meet the country’s leading bridal wear designers, view the most unforgettable wedding jewellery and attend masterclasses conducted by an enviable line-up of industry experts in hair, make-up, beauty, nutrition and wellness.” There’s always a genuine sense of wonder at the Vogue Wedding Show, solidifying the often headache inducing process of organising a wedding.

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It is essentially the nuts and bolts of planning a wedding, encapsulated in an array of finery in supremely sumptuous surroundings. The Vogue Wedding Show covers all bases, with a particular focus on the style and craft of conjuring together a wedding injected with luxury.

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Guests to this invite only affair will be witness to a number of ingenious collaborations, not to mention many hours of inspiration, which is impossible to get anywhere else.

Photos courtesy of Errikos Andreou and Vogue India

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

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 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

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‘Monsoon Wedding’ is off to Broadway

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Mira Nair’s gorgeous, emotional and endearing 2001 film, Monsoon Wedding will soon be heading to Broadway. There’s been numerous rumours flying around the press, speculating as to how to production will be put together, and now certain things are beginning to be confirmed.

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According NBC News, Nair confirmed it during an interview at The Indo American Arts Council’s First Annual Literary Festival on November 9th 2014. “We just finished casting for Monsoon Wedding on Broadway yesterday” She also added that the show will premiere in November 2015.

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The production will have a score, of 11 songs, arranged by acclaimed Bollywood filmmaker and composer Vishal Bhardwaj, who will be working with lyricist Jaideep Sahni.

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The story of an Indian family engaged in arranging their daughters wedding, who have course has a secret to hide, is perfect material for Broadway. According to Bollywood Hungama, Nair is very specific about casting fresh faces for the musical, with none of the original cast being involved.

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We at Think Shaadi are thoroughly looking forward to this. We know Mira Nair and her team will do a sterling job! Xx

Photos courtesy of The New Yorker and Mirabai Films