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BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2020: Tarun Tahiliani

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Aptly named ‘Our New Eclectic World’, the collection presented by Tarun Tahiliani at BMW India Bridal Fashion Week includes feminine silhouettes created through light-weight fabric layered gowns, lehengas and sarees. This collection brings a Western touch to Tahiliani’s designs, giving them a modern and elegant affect.

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Combining ancient Indian artistry with the latest fashion trends and techniques, Tahiliani describes the collection as ‘A visceral blend of classic draping, poetic construction, opulent textiles and intricate embellishments. There is a need for an intelligent and seamless fusion of our past and present.’ And how right he is! The designs in this collection are collectibles and can be worn now and in years to come.

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This collection is perfect for the modern bride who wants a traditional touch in her outfits. Taking into account that this collection has been in the creation process for over a year, and that it includes Indian and French embroidery techniques, the craftsmanship is one of a kind. A master dream-weaver, Tarun Tahiliani brings a woman’s fashion dreams to life through his decadent designs, and as Tahiliani says, ‘Real luxury is when you indulge purely for yourself’.

Photo Credits: BMW India Bridal 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.

BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2020: JJ Valaya

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Known for extravagance, JJ Valaya kept to his name with his show at BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2015. Named ‘The Bolshoi Bazaar’, and inspired by the architecture of Moscow, this show featured stunning bridal and party wear in tones of red, blue and gold with intricately panelled embroidery. Gorgeous head dresses ruled the runway emphasized with pearls, tassles, beads and long draped scarves.

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Taking inspiration from different countries is what influences Valaya’s collections. Along with gorgeous embroidery, his designs incorporate digital printing and appliqué on a variety of silk fabrics. JJ Valaya’s collections are made for the bride who loves extravagance and bit of drama in her attire.

Photo Credits: BMW India Bridal Fashion Week, JJ Valaya

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.

BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2015: Suneet Varma

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The finale of BMW India Bridal Fashion Week was rightly given to the amazing designer Suneet Varma. Based on the grandeur of the Ottoman Empire and the arts and literature of Persia, this collection features an array of both vibrant and pastel coloured lehengas in hues of pink, red, gold, and blue with heavy, intricate embroidery. Impeccably styled, the outfits feature feathered accessories and opulent headpieces handmade with beaten metal in antique shades of gold.

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With head-turning collections, only Varma can truly describe his work and inspiration, “My world is about creating a dream- it is a chaotic place that I live in day in day out as I work on the collection. From the inspiration, to the sets, accessories and the music of the show- it builds up like an enormous surge and I treat it like a vast ocean of endless possibilities. And in the midst of all this chaos is the woman who is the true source of my inspiration and the collection is always her story.”

Image Credit: India Bridal Fashion Week, Suneet Varma, Harper’s Bazaar India, Elle India

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.

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

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

The Perfect Outfits for Sisters

So here comes the sister of the bride. If you are bride or groom’s sister then you have a pivotal role to play in the big fat Indian wedding. There is a lot of focus on bridal styling and outfits so in today’s post I want to share some outfit and styling ideas for the bridesmaid.

Since bridesmaids have a lot of running around to do, it is better to opt for something light and trendy. You don’t have to go overboard with your styling – there is no point in stealing limelight from the bride plus you do not want to look like the bride. Personally I think bridesmaids should opt for something that looks elegant and trendy. Here are some styling ideas that you can try. I have taken inspiration from the catwalk and India’s top designers.

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Trust me people who have most fun in weddings are the bridesmaids. Indian weddings are fun and if your sister or brother is getting married then it makes the occasion even more special. Anushree Reddy is known for her pastel flower print lehenga and her latest collection is nothing but fun and feminine. Taking inspiration from the rich heritage of Hyderabad, The Royal Courtyard collections boasts of delicate embroideries, lace and floral prints. It is a go-to collection for any bridesmaid.

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My other favourite collection is Anita Dongree’s Summer Bride 2015. The gotta patti work in soft pastel colours is drool worthy. Though it is a bridal collection, there are some great non-bridal pieces as well.

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Sari with a Twist

Sari is such an elegant outfit that you can never go wrong with it. If you want to wear a sari as your bridesmaid outfit then you can give it a bit of a twist and make it trendy and modern. Here are some sari inspirations.

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Gaurav Gupta is know for his sari gowns and twisted drapes. In this electric blue piece here gives a new dimension to the outfit.

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I am a big fan of Anamika Khanna designs. The use of intricate lace adds a vintage charm to her outfits. This white sari with a flowy cape style blouse will look very elegant on a bridesmaid.

Crop Tops

Embellished crop tops teamed up with plain or light work lehenga is a wonderful option for a bridesmaid. With crop top lehenga you can get away by not wearing a dupatta. Crops tops can look very flattering on most most body shapes. If you don’t feel comfortable wearing a choli then crop tops are ideal.

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Something Different

If you do not want to go down the typical sari, lehenga or suit route then why not experiment with something different. Here are some outfit inspirations that you can experiment with.

Dhoti pant with a fitted jacket is a very unique combination and very different from your regular traditional outfits.

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Long Jacket teamed up with wide leg trousers is also a great alternative. Do try it if you do not want to go down the fun and feminine look.

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For more fashion inspiration have a look at some of the famous Bollywood sisters.

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Hope you got some ideas on how to style your bridesmaid outfit. Take your time to choose something that inspires you. Try on different outfits, may be take pictures and see which one looks good on you. Finally choose a dress that you like and feel good in.

By Mandavi Kaushik

DSCF3306Mandavi is a fashion stylist and blogger based in London, she has a passion for design and knows good style when she sees it. You read more from Mandavi over at her blog The Red Notebook Blog.

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Image sources – Lakme fashion week , Designer’s social media

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 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

The Traveling Trousseau: Luxury Fashion for the Globe Trotting Bride

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We at Think Shaadi stumbled across a quite fascinating article in The Indian Express not too long ago. Focusing on the recent collection by Monisha Jaising, a designer whose fame and adoration just keeps on growing. In the article, Kimi Dangor wrote – “he closing sequence of Mumbai designer Monisha Jaising’s India Couture Week show in July saw showstopper Lisa Haydon walk out in a button down white shirt, worn with a leather lehenga covered in zardozi embroidery, her slim wrists weighed down by golden swinging kalicharis and chudas. The collection “World Bride”, Jaising’s ode to the continent-hopping, convention-crushing desi dulhan was developed keeping in mind the vision of a “travelling bride, who takes her marriage vows at a temple in Rajasthan, a church in Vienna or a mosque in Beirut, and concludes the celebrations on a yacht docked in the bay of Saint Tropez”. Here was a concept not too fanciful in its supposition since, as Jaising says, every second bridal client who walks into her Pali Hill, Bandra, studio in Mumbai is priming to get gussied up for a destination wedding.”

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Definitely something no designers in Indian fashion has thought of before. It’s certainly a breath of fresh air, and indeed quite innovative to see a designer catering for the globe trotting brides out there. But, the wonderful thing is, it’s not just Jaising who’s concentrating on this trend.

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Kimi went on to say – “The growing popularity of destination weddings has also got others such as Gaurav Gupta, Kiran Uttam Ghosh and Nikasha Tawadey thinking of lighter trousseaus with easy-to-wear lehengas, fuss-free dupattas and pragmatic proportions. From Ahmedabad-based Shyamal & Bhumika, who have a sizeable international clientele, to Tarun Tahiliani, whose annual wedding exposition this year highlighted the need for modern silhouettes and shapes, designers are trading in the 14-kilo ghaghras for featherweight fluted skirts to cater to brides who’re taking the plunge in Bali and Costa Rica.”

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“Ask trousseau specialists Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, and they’ll tell you how destination weddings are shaking things up, albeit selectively. “Whether the wedding is in Jaipur, Venice or Rome, brides want to stick to the traditional for the pheras. But when it comes to the mehendi, sangeet or cocktail, funky colours, concept blouses and experiments with embroideries come into play,” says Khosla. Experimentation seems to be key with Jaising too, who has eschewed traditional silks, tissue and heavy embroidery for French lace, sequined georgette, feathers, vibrant brocade and leather. “It’s about doing traditional with a twist. The trick is to get the balance right between Indian tradition and the culture of the place where the wedding is happening,” says Jaising, citing the example of nuptials in the south of France where the bride wore French boudoir lace with Indian brocade and zardozi embroidery in a Baroque style.”

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It’s a trend that we hope many, many more designers will pick up on in 2015. Watch this space! Xx

Photos courtesy of Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, A Fashionistas Diary and Monisha Jaising

Shirin Morani and Uday Singh’s Wedding

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Wedding Season in India has been in full swing the last few weeks and over the weekend we saw Shirin Morani, daughter of producer Ali Morani tie the knot with Uday Singh, brother of actor Vikram Singh. The wedding turned out to be a star-studded affair with many of our favourite Bollywood celebs attending the festivities. Here is a selection of images from the reception.

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Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 12.33.17Jacqueline Fernandez in Shehlaa by Shehla Khan lehenga

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Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 12.33.35Gauahar Khan in a lovely sari

Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 15.53.16Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Abu Sandeep churidaar and Jimmy Choo Tribe sandals 

Images courtesy of Varinder Chawla

Think Shaadi Team xxxx