Tag: Manish Malhotra

ThinkShaadi Highlights: Vogue Wedding Show 2015

The Vogue Wedding Show 2015 took place at the Taj Palace Hotel on August 7th. A three day, invitation-only event, it saw the Crème de la Crème of the luxury industry, from designers to wedding planners, converge.

We at Think Shaadi were on the ground from the first day, getting a first hand account of all the amazing designs, masterclasses and conversations on offer.

Here are our highlights captured beautifully by ThinkShaadi Partner Stories by Joseph Radhik

Vogue Wedding Show 2015: The rundown

The Vogue Wedding Show 2015 kicked off in magnificent style at New Delhi’s hub of luxury, The Taj Palace Hotel on August 7th. A three day, invitation-only event, it saw the Crème de la Crème of the luxury industry, from designers to wedding planners, converge. We at Think Shaadi were on the ground from the first day, getting a first hand account of all the amazing designs, masterclasses and conversations on offer. Accompanying us for photography and cinematography were the ever cool and highly talented Ronnie and Shivali from Stories by Joseph Radhik.

1 General

2 General

It began with the ornate hotel transformed into a giant luxury circus, with stadium like proportions. Always praised for being the most “breathable” of wedding fairs, whereas many feel cramped and thrown together, Vogue makes sure to plan the event with military precision, giving spacial awareness a priority. This year was no different, with each area given its own enclave. We saw each artisan look at ease, as they presided over their own unique space.

For day one, we were treated to a masterclass, by Vogue India’s Fashion Director Anaita Shroff Adajania. The class was packed out, with brides-to-be and others. Anaita’s main advice was that essentially brides should always follow their instincts when it comes to choosing their wedding attire.

44. Master Class

43. Master Class

Continuing with day one, the second much-anticipated discussion took place, with, Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Vogue India’s Fashion Features Director Bandana Tewari getting into conversation, with the brand and designer exclusively announcing their upcoming collaboration. It was an exciting and intriguing talk.

3. General

JRS_vogue wedding show_210

With over 50 weddings experts, from a variety of fields, coming together, our goal was to see as many as possible. From the world of high-end fashion, we were spoiled for choice, with the likes of Manish Malhotra, Monisha Jaising, Ritu Kumar, Sabyasachi, Shantanu & Nikhil, Tarun Tahiliani, Varun Bahl, Vineet Bahl and more.

JRS_vogue wedding show_020

Now, weddings are incomplete without jewellery and the Vogue Wedding show featured the finest selection of decadent bridal gemstones by jewelers including Anmol Jewelers, Amrapali, BN Jewellers, Bharany’s, Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas, Diacolor – Fine Contemporary Jewels, Hazoorilal By Sandeep Narang, Hazoorilal Legacy – South Extension, Khanna Jewellers, Kishandas & Company for Sabyasachi, Mehta & Sons, Raj Mahtani, Rose, Sunita Shekawat Jaipur, Tibarumals Jewellers, Bespoke Vintage Jewels and Gehna Jewellers.’

13 Puneet Gupta

Taking about gifting, accessories and a special sari pavilion and here are our highlights: The majestic collection from bespoke couturier for invitations Puneet Gupta in collaboration with Swarovski was a huge hit for us, with creations that push the boundaries of invitation design.

42 Ezma

Luxury stole designers Ezma invoked an ultra contemporary store design for their display.

As the show rolled into day two, we and other guests attended a workshop by make-up doyenne Namrata Soni, who broke down the many facts and myths and instructed guests on how to wear make-up to fit with a variety of bridal events.

We also saw masterclasses by celebrity nutritionist Kinita Kadakia Patel who gave some great tips for brides-to-be on how to look good through wellness and nutrition. Renowned wedding planner Vandana Mohan gave some invaluable insights, also skin-care specialist Dr. Harshna Bijlani focused on tips and techniques on how to get a flawless, glowing skin.

39. Swati and Sunaina

40.Swati and Sunaina

Swati & Sunaina are now renowned for their collection of Indian woven textiles. Their display was influenced, of course, by the treasures of ancient Indian textile design.

41. Isharya

Isharya jewelers sea of gold was an eye-catching moment.

The final day we had a chance to sit in a masterclass with leading wedding planner Vandana Mohan from The Wedding Design Company. It was brilliant to hear from the person behind some of the biggest Indian weddings ever to take place in India and abroad.

JRS_vogue wedding show_221

Over the course of the three days we were also given exclusive interviews with fashion designers and jewelers who showcased at the show.

Sabyasachi’s display of his latest collection was a feast of tradition and heritage, with deep, rich colours, consisting mainly of reds, oranges and vintage gold adornments. He has retained that signature style of making vintage elements work so effortlessly with the contemporary. It was the elaborate pattern’s that really grabbed our attention, mixing a variety of both rural and aristocratic floral themes.

37. Sabyasachi

36. Sabyasachi

38. Sabysachi

35. Sabyasachi

Jewellery was in abundance. We caught a gorgeous display with Tarang Arora of Amrapali, the jewellery designers whose creations echo the beauty of ancient arts and crafts, with evocative ornamentation and playful themes.

5. Amrapali

4. Amrapali

We were delighted to see Manish Malhotra at the Vogue Wedding Show, his collection was displayed among a beautiful selection of flowers, emphasising the feel of an opulent boudoir. The designs were intensely feminine, brocaded with intricate stitching and created a strong sense of fun and frivolity.

19 Manish Malhotra

18. manish Malhotra

17 Manish Malhotra

16. Manish Malhotra

Sunita Shekhawat emerged from the ancient surroundings of Jaipur, and uses the techniques of ‘Meenakari’ to create stunning pieces of jewellery. We spoke to Design Director Niharika Singh Shekhawat, who was very passionate about the special bridal jewellery they create.

JRS_vogue wedding show_076

JRS_vogue wedding show_075

JRS_vogue wedding show_073

Tarun Tahiliani’s display felt very intimate. A marvelously eclectic array of themes, ranging from the formal to the informal, the delicate to the strong, were channeled into this collection. He amazed us as always, bringing a myriad of differing influences to the forefront.

26.5 Tarun Tahiliani

26. Tarun Tahiliani

25. Tarun Tahiliani

24. Tarun Tahiliani

23. Tarun Tahiliani

We caught up with mumbai based Kiran Datwani of Gehna Jewelers and she was gracious to take us through their new bridal collection.

JRS_vogue wedding show_140

JRS_vogue wedding show_139

JRS_vogue wedding show_135

Working under the banner of “progressive unification” Shantanu & Nikhil were a delight, showcasing a collection that fused together the avant-garde with age-old formality. Their display was all about capturing the essence of imperial grandeur, which the idea for this collection grew from.

20. Shantanu Nikhil

21. Shantanu Nikhil

22. Shantanu Nikhil

19.5 Shantanu Nikhil

A fairly new face on the scene, Anita Dongre quickly rocketed into the stratosphere with her collections, and now she is one of India’s premier designer. For the show, her display was all about the vibrancy of youth, with a collection that focused on freedom and sex appeal.

30.5 Anita Dongre
29. Anita Dongre
30. Anita Dongre

31 Anita Dongre

Varun Bahl’s global outlook on fashion has perfected year by year, with each collection he surpasses himself. For the show, Varun displayed a collection that was whimsical in the best way, with the feel of an autumnal garden, exhibited in an exhibit of muted colours.

8. Varun Bahl

7. Varun Bahl

6. Varun Bahl

Rose jeweler’s are immersed in tradition, with influences that range from Mughal art and architecture, to nature and traditional Indian textiles. They have become the favourite for brides looking for a showstopper piece of jewellery. At the Vogue Wedding Show, Rose made an impact with their display, featuring a variety of outstanding gemstones from diamonds to rubies.

34.Rose

33.Rose

32 Rose

Sania Maskatiya, the only Pakistani designer at the show, offers sleek and streamlined designs that have a distinct youthful feel. Her collection blew us away, with their diverse range of patterns and inventive use of colours and styles.

12 Sania Maskatiya

11 Sania Maskatiya

9. Sania Maskatiya

It was an outstanding three days, and we at Think Shaadi enjoyed every minute of it. Stand by for our collection of exclusive interviews from the show.

Special thank you to Joe, Hema and Puya for all their help in covering the event!

Image Credits: Stories by Joseph Radhik

Vogue Wedding Show 2015

VOGUE WEDDING SHOW 2015_PHOTOGRAPHED BY ERRIKOS ANDREOU FOR VOGUE INDIA_3

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.

VOGUE WEDDING SHOW 2015_PHOTOGRAPHED BY ERRIKOS ANDREOU FOR VOGUE INDIA_2

Way back when: Vogue Wedding Show 2014

Way back when: Vogue Wedding Show 2014

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

Guests perusing through Anju Modi's collection at Vogue Wedding Show 2014, Taj Palace, New Delhi_Aug 1-3 2014_1

From last years show: guests perusing through Anju Modis collection

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.

VOGUE WEDDING SHOW 2015_PHOTOGRAPHED BY ERRIKOS ANDREOU FOR VOGUE INDIA_1

Flagship FernsNPetals display at Vogue Wedding Show 2014, Taj Palace, New Delhi_Aug 1-3 2014

The flagship ferns and petals display from Vogue Wedding Show 2014

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.

Anita Dongre with Bride-to-be, Bhupinder Singh Bedi  at Vogue Wedding Show 2014, Taj Palace, New Delhi_Aug 1-3 2014

Masterclass with Vogue India Fashion Director Anaita Shroff Adajania at Vogue Wedding Show 2014, Taj Palace, New Delhi_Aug 1-3 2014_2

Masterclass with Vogue India Fashion Director Anaita Shroff Adajania at Vogue Wedding Show 2014, Taj Palace, New Delhi_Aug 1-3 2014_1

First: Anita Dongre with Bride-to-be, Bhupinder Singh Bedi at Vogue Wedding Show 2014 Second and Third: Masterclass with Vogue India Fashion Director Anaita Shroff Adajania.

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.

Models showcasing an exclusive preview of Anju Modi's bridal collection ...Models showcasing an exclusive preview of Anju Modi's bridal collection ...(1)

Designer Anju Modi(centre) with models showcasing an exclusive preview o...

First and second: Models showcasing Anju Modi’s exclusive bridal collection at AZA store, Bandra, part of Vogue’s pre-Wedding Show exclusives Third: Anju Modi with models.

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

wedding1

wedding5

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.

wedding6

wedding2

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.

wedding4wedding3

Nicole Scherzinger produced some outstanding shots on Instagram.

nsns1

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

jlo

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.

2015-02-22 22.56.36tarun12015-02-22 22.57.40taruns12015-02-22 22.57.27taruns2

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

Shirin Morani and Uday Singh’s Wedding

Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 14.27.49

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.

Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 12.31.48Esha Gupta wore a Payal Singhal lehenga and Amrapali jewelry

Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 12.30.57Priyanka Chopra wore a traditional sari

Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 12.32.49Anil Kapoor looking dashing in a black suit

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

Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 15.34.29Anushka Sharma in a mint-colored anarkali

Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 12.34.22Malaika Arora Khan in Seema Khan

Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 12.34.31Manish Malhotra looking dashing as always

Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 12.32.02Ranbir Kapoor with dad, Rishi Kapoor

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

Bollywood Extravaganza: The Marriage of Riddhi Malhotra and Tejas Talwalkar

mh1

mh

Top: The Bride and Groom Bottom: The Bride and Groom with uncle Manish and brother Punit.

It was a fantastically fashionable wedding for the niece of famed designer (and Bollywood favourite) Manish Malhotra. Riddhi Malhotra tied-the-knot with her fiance Tejas Talwalker, in Mumbai. Attracting a wealth of Bollywood’s great and good, like moths to a flame.

mh5mh4 mh3 Top: Priyanka Chopra Middle: Madhuri Dixit with her husband Sriram Nene Bottom: Sridevi and Boney Kapoor

Obviously the guests were, on the most part, decked out in the finest designs Riddhi’s talented uncle had to offer. It was much like one of Malhotra’s fashion shows.

mh8mh7 mh6Top: Rekha Middle: Karisma Kapoor Bottom: Vidya Balan with her husband Sidharth Roy Kapur

The star studded wedding began with the sangeet, where we saw a veritable who’s-who of the industry show up in support of Manish. The guest list included – Karisma and Kareena Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Siddharth Malhotra, Karan Johar with mum Hiroo, Malaika and Amrita Arora, Kajol, Gauri Khan, Farah Khan, Urmila Matondkar, Sanjay Kapoor, Sonakshi Sinha, Arjun Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra and more.

mh11mh10 mh9Top: Neha Dhupia Middle: Akshay Kumar with wife Twinkle Bottom: Raveena Tandon

The Bollywood divas were the ultimate stars of the show, not however outshining the loved-up bride and groom. The beauty of it, was that everyone invited really did their best in the fashion stakes. It was of course a series of events, the sangeet, wedding ceremony, reception, that was dominated by the mighty Malhotra, but we saw some other designers on show including Manish Arora and Sanjay Garg.

mh15mh14 mh13Top: Urmila Matondkar with Karisma Kapoor Middle: Urmila Matondkar Bottom: Esha Gupta

We at Think Shaadi are hoping to see a lot more fashion filled wedding events in 2015! Xx

Photos courtesy of Indian Express and Santosh Nagwekar of NDTV

Arpita and Aayush’ Star Studded Reception

arpita1A resplendent Aayush and Arpita pose for press photos

Yes, it may be overused to say, but the wedding of Arpita Khan and Ayush Sharma was a fairytale, in a palatial setting with almost all of Bollywood attending. The newlywed’s reception was no different, with the luxurious event being held on Friday at the Taj Lands End Hotel, Bandra.

arpita2The ever helpful brother assisting Arpita down stairs

The wedding cavalcade moved from Hyderabad to the trendy metropolis of Mumbai, and the guest list, with Mumbai being the Hindi film industry’s homeland, was literally a who’s who of talent.

arpita3arpita4Above: Aayush and Arpita with a selection of friends and family Below: The Khan Family

So, just who attended this lavish shindig to end all lavish shindigs? Let’s start with the Khan family. Salman khan proved the most vocal, on social media, giving us up to the minute info on all the happenings. Taking us through the wedding to the reception.

2014-11-25 18.11.47

2014-11-25 18.11.04

2014-11-25 17.44.20Salman’s intimate shots on Twitter and Instagram proved a massive hit with the public.

The celebrities were decked out in suitably gorgeous attire, Ameesha Patel attended wearing a lavish pink ensemble by Manish Malhotra, and jewels by Amol Jewellers, others donning a bit of Manish Malhotra were Patralekhaa, Sonakshi Sinha, who looked equally stunning. Gaurav Gupta proved another favourite for female guests, such as Divya Kumar Khosla, and Anita Dongre being favoured by Karisma Kapoor and Sangeeta Bijlani.

arpita5 arpita6 arpita7 arpita81. Rajkumar Rao with wife Patralekhaa 2. Sonakshi Sinha 3. Karishma Kapoor 4. Sangeeta Bijlani

Other guests included legendry actor and director Dilip Kumar, Saira Banu, Asha Parekh, Ajay Devgn, Riteish Deshmukh, Genelia D’Souza, Govinda, Vinod Khanna, Shraddha Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Lara Dutta and her husband Mahesh Bhupathi, and Jacqueline Fernandez, among others.

arpita9 arpita10 arpita11 arpita12 arpita131. Sooraj Pancholi and Kunal Khemu 2. Himesh Reshammiya along with a friend 3. Malaika Arora Khan and sister Amrita Arora 4. Farhan Akhtar and sister Zoya 5. Baba Siddique along with son Zeeshan

If you thought the wedding at Falaknuma Palace was extravagant then the reception was the cherry on the cake.

arpita14 arpita15 arpita16 1. Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan 2. Lara Dutta and Mahesh Bhupathi, Genelia and Riteish Deshmukh, Imran Khan and Avantika 3. Actors Hrithik Roshan, Aditya Roy Kapur, Sidharth Malhotra

Photos courtesy of Pink Villa, NDTV, Express, Instagram and Twitter

Our Top 5 Sherwanis for this Wedding Season

There’s nothing more masculine, more eye catching and more beautiful than a finely designed sherwani for a wedding. Much like female wedding attire, male occasion wear has progressed dramatically in the last 15 years, with numerous collections by famed designers such as Rohit Bal and Manish Malhotra et al, exploring the many facets of sherwani design.

Finding the perfect sherwani is a lot like finding a good car, it needs to feel right, suit your individuality and above all it needs to be exquisitely designed in order to make you stand out from the crowd.

With that being said, we’ve picked the top 5 sherwani’s by some of the best designers in the business.

rohit12oct13

1. This is from Rohit Bal’s most recent collection, a resplendent piece, the mix of black and gold makes for a classic statement. The pattern is what makes this sherwani stand out, with it’s hypnotic arrangements that were inspired by Mughal prints, although to look at it, there is definitely hints of French Rococo in their too. The black collar and cuffs set the piece off superbly.

Amir-Adnan-Sherwani-012

2. Amir Adnan is one of Pakistan’s premier menswear designers, favouring the classical styles, he is like a sartorial magician, who mixes just the right amount of patterns, motifs etc, with brilliant stitching, which always culminates in a mesmerising piece. This sherwani from his couture collection is, in one word, regal. First off the pattern is beautiful, yet understated, a lot like most of Amir’s designs, but note the intricacy of the collar and cuff design, with its floral pattern sewn in gold thread, it is overwhelmingly a masculine piece.

MM6

3. It’s fair to say that Manish Malhotra has been one of the leading lights in traditional menswear designs, he was in fact one of the first Indian designers to give traditional Indian menswear a makeover, with his creative approach of mixing the old with the new, the indigenous with the western. This is one of his best, it’s understated yet unique and will certainly make you stand out from the crowd. Stripes are always winner, and the rich, warming colour scheme is the icing on the cake.

Tarun-Tahiliani-Traditional-Groom-Collection

4. If you’re looking for an unabashed, ornate statement piece, look no further than the mighty Tarun Tahiliani. This is from his 2014 traditional groom collection will blow quite literally blow your mind. Tarun has well and truly put his all into this creation. Th jacquard patterning is lifted from the Mughal period, looking at this it’s definitely from the ostentatious reign of Akbar. From top to bottom, no space is left unseen to, as the rich pattern covers every inch. If you wear this, it will definitely give you a sharp confidence boost.

5. Raghavendra Rathore is the master of creating collections that are drench in ethereal fantasy, this also extends to his menswear collections. This recent piece, with its handsome pairing of gold and purple, it’s a supremely attractive creation. A unique factor is that it does away with the traditional collar, yet certainly doesn’t skimp on the traditional pattern design. It’s one of the most unique that we have come across, in the sense that Raghavendra is clearly pushing the creative limits.

In the end, it’s all about what you think looks good on you, but we feel that these five designers really know how to make a man look his best at a wedding.

Photos courtesy of the designers featured

Vogue Wedding Show: A View From the Inside

Vogue Wedding Show 2014 opened its doors for brides-to-be at the Taj Palace hotel, New Delhi on August 1

The decor in the foyer of the Taj Palace hotel, New Delhi.

Team Vogue was present at the Vogue Wedding Show in full strength. From left to right senior fashion features editor Priyanka Khanna, marketing director Oona Dhabar, fashion director Anaita Shroff Adajania and editor Priya Tanna, who hosted a lunch for Delhi’s who’s who.

As the prestigious Vogue Wedding Show erupted with all the glamour, sophistication and glorious creations we expected last weekend, here at Think Shaadi we thought we’d lift the lid on what’s going on behind the scenes, giving you some quotes from those who make this show the most evocative and exciting of the fashion calendar. We had a number of enthusiastic brides and their families attend the show, from whom we received some glowing reviews.

Conde Nast India’s managing director, Alex Kuruvilla

Sabina Chopra, in Sabyasachi, talking about her experience at the Vogue Wedding Show

Vogue digital editor Sita Wadhwani collaborating with producer Zara Chowdhary of The Wedding Filmer on a VWS film series.

The Vogue India Editor Priya Tanna said “An Indian wedding celebrates love, the coming together of families and the beauty of tradition. At the Vogue Wedding Show, we have curated a three-day bridal extravaganza showcasing the best, latest and most exclusive services in the bridal world. It will turn the wedding of your 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.”

Manish Malhotra says that traditonal red and gold are the only two colours a bride-to-be needs on her palette in 2014.

A very happy bride tries on a Manish Malhotra creation.

Manish Malhotra mingles and shows off his creations.

On the gloriously historic and luxurious venue Deepa Misra Harris, Senior Vice President, Global Sales & Marketing, Taj Hotels, Resorts & Palaces says “Weddings at the Taj have always been iconic – offering our guests magical settings, inspired cuisine and attentive service. Over a century, we have perfected our Timeless Weddings product and have been the preferred venue for innumerable weddings, engagement parties, renewal of vows and have welcomed honeymoon couples across the world.”

A very happy bride tries on a lehenga by Anita Dongre.

“Our partnership with Vogue for the wedding show over these two years is a step towards furthering our commitment in staying current and yet timeless when it comes to orchestrating that ‘perfect in the moment wedding.”

Sabyasachi Mukherjee never ceases to dazzle us with his use of unusual fabrics, intricate embroidery and romance.

Sabyasachi’s glorious creations.

For Vogue to create such a magnificent show, it helps to secure some good associations, and they have done so with Forevermark Media. President of Forevermark says of his companies association with the Vogue Wedding Show “Forevermark is proud of its association with the Vogue Wedding Show. Every Forevermark diamond is inscribed with our promise: a promise that it is beautiful, rare and responsibly sourced making it less than 1% of the world’s diamonds.”

Nirav Modi’s oasis of glitz.

“The beauty of a Forevermark diamond is brought out through the world’s finest craftsmen using skill and artistry passed down through the generations. It gives us a chance to be showcased and complement the explosion of stunning creations exhibited by India’s leading designers. It is an absolute delight to be present at a platform that appeals to the sensibilities and tastes of the modern day bride.”

Need we mention that the Vogue Wedding Show is also an hypnotic kaleidoscope of jewells.

Another of the shows partners, Abanti Sankaranarayanan, Managing Director of Diageo India added “We are very excited to partner with this unique extravaganza presented by Vogue, which perfectly blends sophistication, luxury and grandeur in equal measures. We believe that Diageo’s vast portfolio of preciously crafted liquids and rare blends like Johnnie Walker Blue Label, Johnnie Walker Platinum Label 18, Johnnie Walker Gold Label, CIROC, Singleton and many more, extend a delightful and enriching experience at every wedding.”

Guests consult Tarun Tahiliani on the chicest bridal wear trends.

“Our bespoke wedding solutions include an array of sensorial offerings like specially curated menus and cocktails, customized bars, whisky/malt appreciation sessions and interactions with expert mixologists. At the heart of all these are our liquids, that indulge your senses in rare and exotic flavours, making every moment of this ultimate celebration unforgettable.”

Gaurav Gupta proudly poses amongst his beautiful designs.

With gracious thanks to Vogue India for use of photos.

The Vogue Wedding Show 2014

With the Vogue Wedding Show just over a week away, taking place at  Taj Palace, New Delhi. We thought we’d cast our luxury loving eyes over some of the designers, handpicked by the Vogue team, to take part this year. As we have mentioned before, this year sees a wealth of talent, known for their creative zeal and meticulous attention to detail, ranging from couture to jewellery.

So, what makes the designers this year so special? Well let’s take a look at a handful of them. Firstly, there’s a common connection that binds all of them, whether it be the fashion designers or the jewellery designers. They each and every one possesses a pioneer spirit, a spirit which is deeply rooted in an age old sense of creativity.

Sabyasachi is the quintessential Indian designer; his inspirations are drawn from the rich and colourful history of Indian textiles, art, architecture and literature. His creations are always bathed in an historical flare, all encompassing patterns that dance across the fabric, yet forever with a lyrical sense of symmetry.

352

Manish Malhotra’s infectious joie de vivre for both women’s and menswear has always made him standout from the crowd, there’s no mistaking a Manish Malhotra design, the cuts, shapes, styles and embroidery are easy to spot, and of course easy to fall in love with. His bridal collections alone never fail to create a new feeling of wonder and awe with every season that goes by, typifying Bollywood decadence.

tarune

Well, what to say about Tarun Tahiliani. He is the man who encapsulates the Delhi glitterati, a playful and eternally curious creative sensibility. Tarun is a designer who continually shifts and morphs his style, melding together the traditional to the contemporary seamlessly.

GG (47)

Gaurav Gupta is a man who takes the words sexy and sultry to an entirely new level. Much like Manish, Gaurav has been a star of the Indian fashion industry since he first emerged into the spotlight, a tour de force, taking his female muse and turns them into princesses.


JJ Valaya brings power, unfettered power we should say, to his designs. It’s all about larger-than-life glamour, statement pieces which meld luxury and effortless grace together, in a magnificent bejewelled cocktail.

Shantanu & Nikhil’s design approach has attitude, flare and an unmistakeable panache, which is impossible to ignore. With creations that proudly mix together Indian culture with Western mores, It’s no surprise that they are the favourites, not just in South Asia, but across the world.

If you want feminine charm, look no further than Anita Dongre, her unmistakeable technique of balancing the beauty of the old, with the functionality of the new, is something so many designers find impossible to do. Anita is fast becoming the queen in her field, and it’s easy to see why.

Moving on to the jewellery designers, this year sees a number of big names, for example, Begani Jewels make for the perfect wedding accessories, with a finely tuned approach to design, Begani’s foundation is simplicity, and their pieces can go two ways, sticking with the simple, maximising minimalist beauty, to embracing the ornate and ostentatious.

Amrapali has created a language all of their own, a simplistic yet creatively virulent process, which merges ethnic styling with contemporary zeal, that crossed the cultural divides.

Vacheron Constantin is renowned the world over for producing aesthetically pleasing and vibrant time pieces, they have an age old technique which draws upon the exquisite and the divine. They are the masters of luxury.

Nirav Modi is all about classical design, with an emphasis on the sensual and delicate. His inspiration moves from culture to culture, whether it is Medieval Dutch art or French turn of the century Art Nouveau. Nirav is all about conjuring up the beauty of the world in jewellery form.

Decadence is the word du jour when it comes to Rose, founded by Biren Vaidya, when you look at his designs, images of age old glamour and distinction come to mind. Biren’s aesthetic is all about embracing the colour, the beauty of life.

Screen Shot 2014-07-25 at 09.31.03

It’s not just fashion and jewellery designers who will feature in the show, there’s also graphic designers such as Vivek Sahni, who has singlehandedly transformed the business of wedding invitations into an art form all of its own. Vivek’s designs are intricately made, miniature masterpieces that capture the personal feelings of love and excitement.

Screen Shot 2014-07-25 at 09.30.18

Then there is Vandana Mohan of The Wedding Design Company, Vandana goes way beyond the ordinary, staging weddings which are like fantastical dreams come to life. Her raison d’être is events, and over the years she has worked on some of the most inspiring and luxurious weddings in the world.

So, these are just some of the many designers and artisans at this year’s Vogue Wedding Show. It will be one of the most hottest and luxurious shows in the fashion calendar.

With only one week left, register now to get invited to the year’s most exclusive bridal extravaganza The Vogue Wedding Show 2014.

Images credit : Vogue Wedding Show on behalf of the participating brands.