Did you know that its National Cupcake Week in the UK? This means it’s time to celebrate those oh so scrumptious bites of culinary heaven. There’s been something of an upsurge in our love for cupcakes in recent years, in the UK for example, the BBC’s hit show The Great British Bake Off has got the nation busily engaged in the age-old craft of baking.
There’s also been a blossoming of new cake making pop-up stores and other businesses in cities up and down the UK. This being the case, we think it is the perfect opportunity to celebrate our favourite cupcake creations from our Community xx
We at Think Shaadi have long been a fan of Anita Dongre, her minimalist take on traditional bridal wear is incredibly refreshing and her sense of modern aesthetics is aw inspiring. Anita’s design ethos is all about wearability, a method which has seen her become one of the favourite designers of brides everywhere.
Now, what is making us so excited is the recent launch of Anita’s flagship store at DLF Emporio, the sprawling 3000 sq ft. bastion of luxury. As you can see, her store is rich in Rajasthani flare, but with splashes of design modernity infused throughout. In our opinion, it’s the perfect environment for Anita’s many fans to get their design fix.
The launch attracted the great and the good from fashion and film, two which have long been interlinked, including Suneet Varma, Dia Mirza, Sangeeta Bijlani, Pernia Qureshi, Radhika Chanana, Sujata Assomull Sippy, Harmeet Bajaj et al. They were all personally greeted by Anita as they entered the store.
Anita revealed her thoughts on the store, commenting – “I am excited to launch my store at Emporio, and look forward to sharing the Anita Dongre design aesthetic with style connoisseurs of New Delhi. My design philosophy is elegant, feminine yet comfortable and I present my vision, through my latest collection India Modern, seeped in heritage without being weighed down by decorative detailing.”
There’s already been a stampede of eager customers rushing to experience the elegant sophistication of Anita’s store, not to mention the beauty of her designs, and this eagerness won’t be disappearing anytime soon.
Photos courtesy of Anita Dongre and The Delhi Bride
Donatella Versace’s sketch of Angelina’s dress design.
There’s been a stream of celebrity weddings over the past year, from Hollywood to Bollywood, the stars have been getting hitched like it’s going out of fashion! Now, where dresses are concerned, we’ve seen a healthy mixture of beautiful and daring, but it has to be said, none have been more out there than Angelina Jolie’s.
The sex kitten and queen of Hollywood sent the worlds press into a frenzy with her cascading silk dress and gorgeously crative veil, which featured colourful artwork by the couples children. The dress was personally designed by the matriach of Italian fashion Donatella Versace.
Accessories designer Judith Leiber congratulated the couples nuptials on Instagram. She raved about the Angelina’s idea of incorporating her children’s artwork into her dress design.
It wasn’t just their children’s artwork that played a part, Brad borrowed a tie from his son, and the children took centre stage in the photos. The ceremony was attended by 20 of their close friends. It was the perfect family gathering which finally ended their 9 year courtship.
The ceremony itself was a reltively muted affair, a small ceremony took place at a sweet Catholic chapel, nestled in the grounds of their rustic estate, with Brad humming the wedding march as Angelina glided down the aisle. The couple told Hello Magazine that their children were very hands-on in choosing what they wore and what their roles would be. The boys all wore a mix of white shirts and black suits, trousers and shorts, most of the girls went for white or rainbow coloured dresses.
Brad said “They all took it very seriously. Knox practiced carrying coins and acorns on his little pillow before he got the ring.” After the ceremony, guests were treated to a cake baked by the children. Brad and Angelina’s wedding has to be one of the most child friendly events in celebrity history.
Photos courtesy of the Mademoiselle Jolie tumblr blog.
Carrie Bradshaw would have been enthusing with pride after seeing Sarah Jessica Parker don a gorgeous flowing gown, that could have easily been straight out of Sex in the City. The gorgeous purple strapless gown was donned for the wedding of her producer Melinda Relyea. SJP gave fans a sneak peek of the gown on Instagram.
The glamorous yet unconventional wedding took place in Greenwich, Connecticut. SJP, along with her husband Matthew Broderick were the stars of the show, but certainly did not outshine the bride, who wore a gorgeous Oscar de la Renta dress.
Images Courtsey of Sarah Jessica Parker & Instagram
The English Country Garden cake is one of the most colourful of Rosalind’s collection, bursting with beautiful shades of pink, purple and red. The flowers look as if they are climbing out from inside the cake.
For readers with a sweet tooth and love for all things floral, then hold on to your seats, our wonderful partner Rosalind Miller Cakes has created quite a stir in Harrods world-famous food hall, with her new evocative collection of cake designs.
Golden Meadows is very much a Queen’s cake, wouldn’t you say, with its brilliant regal second tier, and the tiny flowers dancing around in formation. Rosalind said “This cake was inspired by tiny meadow flowers and floral hair garlands, which when combined with the gold leaf create a magical and ethereal feel.”
Rosalind Miller has inspired and wowed us once more; these gorgeously crafted cakes are from Rosalind’s ‘Floral Couture’ collection, inspired by intricate floral gowns and the tranquil beauty of the English country garden. They were launched at Bride the Show 2014, and proved to be the star turn.
Embroidered Flowers has a very nostalgic feel to it, the halcyon days of sweet Edwardian refinement. Echoes of tea time at the Ritz come to mind.
As always Rosalind has conjured up all the beauty and majesty of nature, creating delicate flowers that look almost like bone china. This perfect marriage between fashion and the English countryside couldn’t have been more spectacular.
Regal Rajasthan was the inspiration for this collection, presented at the BMW India Bridal Fashion Week. As Suneet Varma went all out to create an evocative and sensual panoply of designs, that made us fall in love with him all over again.
Now, it’s all very well and good for us at Think Shaadi to talk about the outstanding show, which we will be doing later, but the preparation is where the magic really happens. It’s was a frenetic time for Suneet and his team, but as he is a consummate professional, it was a beautifully ordered kind of freneticism, one in which all the last-minute details were perfectly pieced together.
As Suneet remarked “It’s all about draping, styling and the finer details of each ensemble, until we reach perfection.” Perfection is of course what all good shows are about, and if you’re Suneet Varma, then it has to be a certain kind of perfection which supersedes everyone else. This was achieved through carefully going through every aspect, whether it be big or small, from the jewellery, hair, makeup, design presentation and so on.
After days of careful consideration over each design and model, the show finally arrives, when all the fastidious preparations come to a head.
Rajasthan, as one of the most colourful states in India, with its elaborate and brightly painted havelis has always been beacon for artists, designers, writers and so on.
Specifically inspired by Shekhawati in northern Rajasthan, the city is famous for its richly painted havelis and inspiring aesthetics, built by wealthy Marwari merchants, the havelis were decorated by some of the most outstanding artists from England, Spain, India and Italy.
Suneet spoke of Shekhawati and the deep influence it had on this collection – “I have visited Shekhawati several times‐ and each time am awestruck at the beauty and splendour of this renowned city. The very idea and opulence of living in hand painted Havelis is very inspiring for me. The stark and bright colored sprawling Havelis with incredible detailing and architecture against the blue skies of Rajasthan are magical.”
Suneet’s imagination ran wild with this collection, The Princess of Shekhawati is traditional, yet with subtle modern twists. Like Shekhawati itself, the designs mix both age-old Indian and European artistry, the influences are maximised with fine execution.
Festooned with piercing crystals and gems, they fit the with the variety of palettes which are a range of feminine pastels, blushing pinks and reds and midnight shades. The collection is designed in three sections – dawn, dusk and divine.
Each section is all about layering, the different ways one can achieve the perfect layered effect, from two piece sarees with embellished corset blouses with delicate antique zardosi, long anarkali kurtas with mirrorwork and thread embroidered all over jaal to short tunics with colour on color thread and Swarovski crystals with draped dhoti salwars, Angrakha style kalidar kurtas worn with short cropped jackets with draped collars and delicate bead embroidery.
This collection of artistic dreams come to life is a masterful example of how architecture influences fashion. The show was triumphant in revealing this aspect, with the princess of cinema, Kangana Ranaut as the cherry on the cake. It was she who embodied Suneet’s Princess of Shekhawati in a way no other woman on that catwalk could.
We are very proud to have Suneet Varma as part of our community, to see more from Suneet head over to www.thinkshaadi.com to request an invite X
Here at Think Shaadi we were amazed at the July cover of Harpers’ Bazaar Bride. Featuring the ethereal Jacqueline Fernandez, who is currently starring in Sajid Nadiadwala‘s action comedy ‘Kick’, alongside Salman Khan and Randeep Hooda. Fernandez sparkles in a kaleidoscopic creation by India’s king of all things sartorially adventurous Manish Arora.
This was an edgy shift away from Harpers’ Bazaar Bride’s usual themes, which often embrace the formal. The photographer behind it is Prasad Naik, one of the industries most sought after creatives. His photography truly pushes the boundaries, Naik weaves the young, the beautiful and the bold effortlessly.
After completing art school in 1996, Naik launched himself into the world of professional photography, and his since worked on numerous editorials with some of the most prestigious publications, including ELLE India, L’Officiel, Vogue, Marie Claire India, Flim Fare et al.
We got the opportunity to have a quick chat with Naik about his shoot for Harpers’ Bazaar Bride. “I had been working with Harper’s Bazaar for years and know the Editor and the whole team” says Naik “Some of them have now joined Harper’s Bazaar Bride and called me for the cover and cover story shoot.
On the preperation behind the shoot, Naik says “We treated all the shots like a goodpicture and then took a unanimous decision on which is the best and suitable for the cover. It was quite unique as this was the first time I shot for a bridal magazine. The shoot went on for approximately 5 hours and we did about 4 to 5 changes.
It’s been super to get some background info on how this amazing cover came to be. We’re waiting to see another colaboration between Naik and Hapers’ Bazaar Bride very soon! X
Luxury was taken to a new level earlier this week, as Gianvito Rossi, the Italian maverick of shoe design, was given the ultimate accolade, having the Italian Ambassador, in Paris, host a dinner in his honour, which was also to partly celebrate the union of Gianvito with the German luxury online store mytheresa.com. It was an evening of unparalleled sensuality and beauty, the ornate surroundings of the embassy were the perfect surroundings to honour a man who has achieved what his late father Sergio Rossi did. Which is to design some of the most enviable and eye catching shoes in the history womens wear.
Top: Rickie de Sole, Gianvito Rossi Bottom:Gianvito Rossi, Jared Leto and Justin O’Shea.
The event, although fairly small scale in comparison with other Gianvito Rossi events, had its share of big name stars in attendance, such as Hollywood heartthrob Jared Leto, along with some other familiar faces from the world of fashion and design, including Anya Ziorova, Elena Perminova and Maria Bogdanovich, not forgetting to mention royalty of course, with Saudi Arabia’s Princess Deena al-Juhani Abdulaziz also in attendance.
Top:Gianvito Rossi, Italian Ambassador Giandomenico MaglianoBottom:Anya Ziourova, Maria Bogdanovich, Gianvito Rossi & Inga Rubenstein.
Gianvito Rossi learned and perfected his craft for shoe design working under the tutelage of his father, who grew his brand up from nothing. The quintessentially Italian trait of superb fashion design courses through his veins, and he was quick to understand the craft and the method. Gianvito has now become synonymous with creating shoes that really work for women, as well as being detailed and easy on the eye, as this example, from his Autumn collection, shows.
Gianvito creates shoes which are statement pieces, bold and artistically vibrant, yet demure and feminine at the same time. It’s a magnificent combination that only he can master properly. It’s hard to find anyone else who works with this formula in such a intriguing way.
Gianvito’s designs are especially versatile, with collections that range from perfect office wear to evening wear, but of course we at Think Shaadi have a particular love for the perfect wedding shoes, and Gianvito is the Crown Prince when it comes to this. We’re particularly taken with these precious designs, from his Spring/Summer collection.
The first is a gorgeous pair of plexi jewel tone pumps and the second is an exuberant pair of Ellipsis metallic pumps.
Since we last spoke about self-taught henna artist Pavan Ahluwalia, she’s gone onwards and upwards, finally opening up her henna bar at Selfridges. With it being the first of its kind, Pavan had a curious public clamouring to get a personal design.
Opening on May 1st, with typical style and finesse, her new outlet offers a range of personal services, including henna tattoos, bridal consultation and private henna bar hire. It gives Pavan a greater opportunity to flex her creative muscle, mixing her trademark ancient inspired artistry with contemporary style.
On twitter she simply wrote “this is a dream come true!” A dream which we think will continue to rise in popularity. The bar is housed in a minimalistic setting, free from distractions, it’s an oasis for customers to sit and indulge in the age old traditions of henna.
Pavan’s passion for design has only intensified with her Selfridges venture; we’re keeping our eyes firmly fixed on her career, anticipating what beauty she will conjure up next.
In recent years the city of London has fast become the European hub for Indian and Pakistani fashion. With stores dedicated to high-end South Asian designers, numerous trunk shows and small scale events staged. Interest from the fashion press has intensified, and we are very pleased to announce that this spring sees three spectacular events happening in the city.
Faisana Fashion Weekend at the Mayfair Hotel: May 2nd – 3rd
The fashion extravaganza kicks off with Faisana Fashion Weekend, at London’s gorgeous May Fair Hotel. The event marks a first for South Asian design in the UK, organised by two purveyors of luxury fashion Radhika Hassan and Aamna & Aisha. The weekend will showcase three Pakistani and three Indian designers, each at the top of their game.
The designers include Umar Sayeed, a man who has systematically revolutionised Pakistani fashion, with his glamorous collections. Sayeed is a genius of understated beauty, working on men’s, women’s and bridal wear. Anita Dongre is the crown princess of Indian fashion, with a career that spans 20 years; she creates designs that carefully mix traditional Indian techniques with sweet contemporary shapes. Other designers include Rina Dhaka who incorporates unique bohemian flavours into her designs, Bhairavi Jaikishan who gives her creations the explorer treatment, incorporating a range of both Eastern and Western sensibilities, Nida Azwer whose influences reach far back in to the depths of South Asian history and finally Sania Maskatiya, who works along the lines of elegance and comfort respectively.
Suneet Varma Trunk Show, Nobu London: May 8th – 9th
We don’t need to tell you that Suneet Varma is a man whose designs have brought Indian fashion to global attention. For over 25 years he has mastered the art of designing women’s and bridal wear that epitomises luxurious elegance, incorporating a smorgasbord of varied cultural and historical influences.
Varma will be displaying some of his most recent designs, along with collections from sought after luxury handbag designer Judith Leiber and Mumbai based fine-jewellery designer Kajal Assomull. It will be an intimate affair taking place at London’s celebrated Japanese restaurant Nobu in the heart of West London.
The final event this month sees Tarun Tahiliani host a trunk show at Aashni & Co, Notting Hill’s hub for designer Indian fashion. Tahiliani is a true renaissance man, famed for his fusion of traditional Indian textiles and European silhouettes; he has also worked his magic over interior design and wedding events.
His collection is an ethereal cornucopia, fashioned from the finest silks, lace and summer cottons, structured by age old Brahmanical patterns, accentuating that restrained regal tone which Tahiliani has become so loved for. Layers are flamboyant and create an intense poetical feel.
We hope events like these become ever more frequent and London’s taste for South Asian fashion continues to rise.