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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.’

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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36. Sabyasachi

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha Tie The Knot

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Earlier this year Dia Mirza, former Miss Asia Pacific, Bollywood actress and producer, announced on Twitter that she was officially engaged to her long time beau Sahil Sangha.

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Sahil proposed to Dia in the middle of  Brooklyn Bridge in New York, getting down on his knees to confess his love to Dia, and she of course said yes, as the New Yorker’s and tourists alike applauded and cheered for the couple. They were in the US for the IIFA 2014 awards in Tampa Bay and it was there where she made the announcement on Twitter. Ever since that day we at Think Shaadi have been waiting in anticipation for the wedding.

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The couple had to wait a while to announce their wedding date, because they were busy working together as c0-producers on Bobby Jasoos. Dia finally let the cat of the bag in mid-July to reporters saying – “If I tell you everything right now, then there would be no surprise. But you would not need to play detective. I will get married in India itself in October.” Mirza told IANS. Then a few weeks later Dia broke the news that October 18 would be the big day!

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The three day wedding celebrations started on the 16th of October, with the mehendi function, and Dia shared the news via twitter to her fans. The celebrations were handled by wedding planners Natasha Katgara Gocal and Erina DeAbreu of Divinity Weddings, who also managed Bollywood actress Vidya Balan wedding.

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Dia wore a richly adorned marigold yellow anarkali suit, in chanderi fabric, designed by Ritu Kumar. It was teamed with a beautiful fuschia colour odhni. Sahil wore a masculine maroon kurta, to contrast Dia’s eclectic outfit.

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Ritu Kumar said in a statement described her creation: “The kurta has a vintage cut used in the courts of Agra around the 15th century. The neck is deep and worked in embroidered gota patti on net like the technique used at the time. The gold metallic taar used is of silver worked in gold thread and dori to give it a stylised plant inlay look. Each panel is highlighted with a flowering buta. The odhni is fuschia worked with small butis of the same beaten gold gota patti, a fuschia brocade deep sinjaf finishes the edges of the outfit.”

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October 17th was the Sangeet, with Dia choosing to go with a hypnotic blue and gold Anita Dongre lehenga, which she accessorised with a three string polki and pearl piece, with a large blue pendant. Sahil looked dashing in a signature black buttoned up Raghavendra Rathore bandgala.

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 Dia also choreographed a dance piece prepared specifically for the sangeet, which Sahil and his family members were eagerly awaiting to watch her perform.

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The wedding and reception took place on the 18th at Rosha Farms, a private farmhouse in Ghitorni, South Delhi. It was was very intimate affair for Indian high society standards with guest size ranging from 100-500 during the three day celebrations. Notable guests included Rajkumar Hirani, Lara Dutta and Mahesh Bhupathi, Sushmita Sen, Roshan Seth, Nikhil Advani, Aditi Rao Hydari, Pallavi Sharda and Cyrus Sahukar. There was heavy security protecting the privacy of the couple and their guests.  They were however very sweet to come out and greet the waiting news crews outside the gates, to have some snaps taken.

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Dia, went back to Ritu Kumar for the wedding day. She choose a subdued beige and green sharara inspired by Ritu Kumar’s Falaknuma collection, which highlights the heritage of craftsmanship that comes from Dia’s birth city of Hyderabad.

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The wedding has been captured by our friends at The Wedding Filmer and they caught this beautiful moment of Dia Mirza moments before Sahil’s baraat arrived at her door. Dia captioned the moment perfectly – “I feel like I’m on a movie set, waiting in my van for my diva hero to arrive.”

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Finally for the reception Dia choose to give with a gold and peach party lengha from Shantanu & Nikhil. They were thrilled to see Dia transform their outfit with such class and grace.

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Sahil once told The Bombay Times in an interview, “What I love the most about her is that in one word, she is pure. She is very giving and all heart, which is also a problem as then you need to take care of your heart. She lights up a room as soon as she walks in.” We wish the couple a very long and wonderful married life xx

Images courtsey of Dia Mirza, The Wedding Filmer, Adil Hasan, Instagram and Twitter

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

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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.”

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“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.

Tarun Tahiliani: Bridal Couture Exposition

As we trundle along towards Vogues carnival of bridal dreams, the Wedding Show, let’s take some time out to focus on those Kings and Queens of fashion who will be taking part. Recently, that fine master of the evocative and the ethereal Tarun Tahiliani, brought all his power and prestige together at his Bridal Exposition. It was the sixth edition of Tahiliani’s now legendary expositions, which was staged at The Four Seasons Hotel in the vibrant capital of fashion Mumbai, before it heads to Delhi in August. This time around Tahiliani has collaborated with World Gold Council, for Azva, Forevermark, Swarovski and Diageo – Johnnie Walker Platinum Label 18.’ It was a grand affair to stimulate the senses of the fashion conscious, carefully put together, with attention paid to detail which was reminiscent of a coronation ceremony; it defined luxury and sartorial innovation. The mannequins, which were festooned with his designs, were painted in gold, we certainly wouldn’t expect anything less, the beautiful male and female models were obviously angelic and the exhibition room was distinctly regal. For this collection Tahiliani titled it ‘The Modern Mughals’ a most apt title it has to be said, because Tahiliani singlehandedly brought those well known sartorial attributes, so emblematic of the Mughal age straight into the 21st century, an era when potential brides and grooms are so desperate for that mix of the traditional and the functional. The transcendent designs flow like honey, glistening with charm and sweetness. Don’t be mistaken though, sweet and charming they may be, but there is also Tahiliani’s trademark power intertwined between the stitching. These are statement pieces, each one possessing certain individual qualities from the last. The colours are if taken from a panoramic sunset in the countryside, deep oranges, reds, bronze, gold, silver and sun kissed greens etc. They conjure up a vision of a queen at her summer palace, essentially rural splendour at its best. As is stated, the inspirations and influences come from the Mughals, but not just from fashion, but from their jewellery, art, architecture, literature etc, and every facet of civilisation that the Mughals, with their mixture of Indian and Persian aesthetics, sensibilities and mores came up with. Going back to the modern Mughal though, for this collection modernity sits neatly and harmoniously alongside these historic influences, this is prominently seen in the fact that each design has so much accessibility and above all breathability. The bridegroom’s were certainly not left out either, the shift from all out traditionalism to exciting modern twists had their place here too, with pre-stitched dhotis and jodhpurs etc, that were not in the usual muted colour schemes, but were instead in bright and celebratory hues, not forgetting the careful stitching and embroidery. Tarun Tahiliani continues his journey as a creative master mind, surprising and delighting us all, each and every time.   Images courtsey of  Tarun Tahiliani.

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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