Tag: Couture

Lakme Fashion Week Grand Finale: Gaurav Gupta

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In a spectacular grand finale to Lakme Fashion Week, designer Gaurav Gupta presented his futuristic collection in celebration of his 10-year journey in fashion.

Sculpted and draped to perfection, this collection features figure flattering dresses perfect for red carpet glamour. Sleek and sexy with a strong sari inspiration are the best ways to describe this collection. Gupta uses strong colours of white, black, grey and red to create a feminine silhouette.

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Show stopper Bollywood actress Kareena Kapoor stunned in a grogeous figure hugging black dress with a mermaid style skirt. Gupta’s creativity continues to wow as we see more and more of his amazing work!

Image credit: Lakme Fashion Week

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.

AICW 2015: Rohit Bal

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This season, Rohit Bhal has focused on floral prints. Even if it is a small part on the outfit, Bhal keeps the theme consistent throughout his collection. With the warm colours chosen, these outfits would suit any skin tone and brilliant for the wedding seasons as well as the weather.

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Bhal has used these prints in the right places. For occasion wear, he has carried the prints on the skirts which brings out a dramatic look and will turn heads no matter what occasion. For the more simply look he places the prints on either a top corner or bottom of a dress, which again gives a simple touch and can be worn on days where you want to simply enjoy the sunshine.

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The neutral colours are aimed for the simple yet elegant look and the vibrant, are for special occasions. Rohit Bal today has a significant presence in all the cities of India. He is considered a ‘maverick’ talent who never disappoints. His work most certainly proves how he is well known to handcraft and paying great attention to detail. Bhal’s passion doesn’t just revolve around fashion but he also launched his first restaurant ‘Veda’ in New Delhi. Rohit’s way to show his creative talent is portrayed through what he does and he brings this out through some of the work which he has Shown in major fashion capitals all over the world.

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Another major achievement is through achieving a partnership with International shoe designer, Christian Louboutin.

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Photos courtesy of Harpers Bazaar India and Rohit Bal

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.

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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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

The Wedding of Sanjay Hinduja and Anu Mahtani

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

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

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Nicole Scherzinger produced some outstanding shots on Instagram.

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

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

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

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

The Ruby Lover: Luxurious Accessories

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

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

Accessories maketh the bride…..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Community Highlight – Varun Bahl

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Varun Bahl graduated from the prestigious National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), New Delhi and started his label in 2001 and within three years the brand received both international acclaim and commercial success when he showcased his Spring/Summer 2004 collection in Italy. It was there, with a tough jury of the top 10 design stores in Italy such as Tessabit, Sugar, Penelope, and Luisa Via Roma that Varun Bahl’s collection was awarded the ‘Best of the Season’ award competing with designers from across the world.

Varun is a designer who works intuitively; he knows what men and women with active lives and individual style want. He is passionate about both the design process and the ultimate product and is fuelled by his artistic sensibility and discerning eye for detail. His brand is well known for looking beyond the current trends and his customer is someone who wants elegant and non-conformist design. This is what makes his bridal couture very unique.

The brand itself excels at blending vintage with contemporary, antique with new, and manages, every time, to come up with another new and original pattern. Varun  is also known for his innovative use of fabrics that he creates especially for his collections. His palette resembles that of an artist – replete with nuanced colour, texture and form.

It is absolutely impossible not to feel like a princess on your big day when you wear one Varun Bahl’s creations!

The following are some of our favorites from PCJ Delhi Couture Week 2013

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Community Highlight – Gaurav Gupta

We are proud to introduce our Community Member Gaurav Gupta.

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Gaurav is one of the leading fashion designers in the world. Putting modern Indian couture on the global map, his collections have been spotted at various red carpet events such as the Emmys and Golden Globes – worn by celebrities such as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Nicole Scherzinger, Deepika Padukone, Kalki Koechelin, Kelly Rowland,  Sonam Kapoor, Madhuri Dixit, Katrina Kaif, & Priyanka Chopra. He is frequently featured in publications like – Vogue, L’offcial, ELLE Magazine & Marie Claire.

Alumnus of both Central Saint Martins College of Art (London) and the Design and National Institute of Fashion Technology (Delhi), he was given the ‘Future of Couture’ award from the Mayor of Rome at the Altaroma Altamoda. Prior to starting his own label, Gaurav worked with illustrious designers including Hussein Chalayan, Tristan Webber and Stella McCartney.

Gaurav’s creativity and innovation is visible through his work with the lines and motion of fabric. His unmistakable take on three-dimensional embroidery and volume have created a distinctive style. His brand is truly for the modern and discerning bride!

 

Below are some of our favourites from PCJ Delhi Couture week 2013