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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.

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

Nikki Tibbles: Luxury Florist

Launched in 1993, Nikki Tibbles Wild at Heart has been creating exceptional floral displays for events and weddings across London and the UK, drawing inspirations from a range of sources, Nikki Tibbles is famed for creativity and quality, bringing aesthetic beauty to the forefront, not to mention artistic innovation.

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For Think Shaadi Boutique, which took place at the chic May Fair hotel and featured new collections by legendary Indian fashion designers Suneet Varma and Tarun Tahiliani, as well as accessories supremo Judith Leiber. The event was set beautifully by Nikki Tibbles, who created several eye-catching bespoke arrangements, of pink and purple hydrangea, pink piano and spray roses, purple and blue delphinium, guelder rose and clematis and placed them into golden brass urns and bronze fish bowls which were placed around the room to complement the space in a fun and uplifting way.

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On the inspiration for the arrangements, Nikki Tibbles says – “For the flowers, we took inspiration from the vibrant fabric colours used in the stunning bridal collections at the showcase.” The designs were a vibrant and exotic mix of colours and brought a great joie de vivre to the event.

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Nikki Tibbles went on to say – “We put together a sumptuous mix of bright and bold seasonal flowers to accentuate the intricately beaded dresses and floral paisley patterns, and of course the exclusive Judith Leiber rose clutch which we absolutely loved.”

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The bespoke floral arrangements included pink and purple hydrangea, pink piano roses, spray roses and guelder roses, purple and blue delphinium, and clematis. They were displayed in golden brass urns and bronze fish bowls which were placed around the room to complement the space in a fun and uplifting way.

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These outstanding arrangements, with their hypnotic colours and perfect form delighted guests and designers alike.

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Bollywood Extravaganza: The Marriage of Riddhi Malhotra and Tejas Talwalkar

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Gianvito Rossi at the Italian Embassy

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Luxury was taken to a new level earlier this week, as Gianvito Rossi, the Italian maverick of shoe design, was given the ultimate accolade, having the Italian Ambassador, in Paris, host a dinner in his honour, which was also to partly celebrate the union of Gianvito with the German luxury online store mytheresa.com. It was an evening of unparalleled sensuality and beauty, the ornate surroundings of the embassy were the perfect surroundings to honour a man who has achieved what his late father Sergio Rossi did. Which is to design some of the most enviable and eye catching shoes in the history womens wear.

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The event, although fairly small scale in comparison with other Gianvito Rossi events, had its share of big name stars in attendance, such as Hollywood heartthrob Jared Leto, along with some other familiar faces from the world of fashion and design, including Anya Ziorova, Elena Perminova and Maria Bogdanovich, not forgetting to mention royalty of course, with Saudi Arabia’s Princess Deena al-Juhani Abdulaziz also in attendance.

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Gianvito Rossi learned and perfected his craft for shoe design working under the tutelage of his father, who grew his brand up from nothing. The quintessentially Italian trait of superb fashion design courses through his veins, and he was quick to understand the craft and the method. Gianvito has now become synonymous with creating shoes that really work for women, as well as being detailed and easy on the eye, as this example, from his Autumn collection, shows.

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Gianvito creates shoes which are statement pieces, bold and artistically vibrant, yet demure and feminine at the same time. It’s a magnificent combination that only he can master properly. It’s hard to find anyone else who works with this formula in such a intriguing way.

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Gianvito’s designs are especially versatile, with collections that range from perfect office wear to evening wear, but of course we at Think Shaadi have a particular love for the perfect wedding shoes, and Gianvito is the Crown Prince when it comes to this. We’re particularly taken with these precious designs, from his Spring/Summer collection.

The first is a gorgeous pair of plexi jewel tone pumps and the second is an exuberant pair of Ellipsis metallic pumps.

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All photos belong to Gianvito Rossi

Vogue Wedding Show: Tarun Tahiliani and Manish Malhotra

As the Vogue Wedding Show fast approaches, we at Think Shaadi thought we’d take some time out to focus on two of the major designers, who will be showcasing their designs at this year’s show –  Tarun Tahiliani and Manish Malhotra. Now, they’re two men who really know their craft, each it is safe to say are the reigning kings of their field, but how do these two giants of fashion differ, in creative output?

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Tarun Tahiliani is renowned for his sweet and sensual creations, which are rich in classicism and elegant allure, this is especially the case when it comes to his bridal wear designs. However, in his recent collections, and particularly for his latest bridal collection, his creative eye has shifted, one has to say, shifted dramatically.

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In a recent Vogue India interview, which he did in preparation for his sixth couture exposition (taking place in Bombay July 11th, then Delhi August 2nd) he made one of the biggest statements we’ve heard in the world of Indian fashion “brides aren’t happy with richly embroidered sacks anymore.”

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The interview was an eye opener for sure, and he reiterated some of his comments for a recent Bridal Studio session, in Chennai. Curious fashionistas got the chance to savour a taste of his new found creative zeal, first hand.

It’s clear to see that Tarun is really breaking the mould, his latest bridal collection is a refreshing fusion of traditional Mughal inspirations and contemporary desires, he has long spoke of a need to incorporate the ability for brides to move about more, in respect to dancing and that general desire for formality yet relaxation at the same time.

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A sensual play with pastels and more muted, sunset colours, offset with crystal brocades have been the forumla here, the designs are more reserved, yet still keep the hypnotic air of tradition and don’t stray too far from beautiful convention. In a recent interview Tarun related his thoughts on bridal wear inspiration, saying “the wedding is the one time every woman looks readiant and beautiful – if she doesn’t go the extreme way in styling. Indian miniatures always inspire me. Historically too, all the women admired for their sense of style have had a strong identity, one that’s true to who they are. Think Gayatri Devi, Elizabeth Taylor, Rekha etc.”

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Tarun’s creatively capricious mindset is typical of Delhi sensibilites, with its long history of creatives who ferociously explore the hinterland of design, and of course keep alive that desire to experience the new, in all its forms.

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Manish Malhotra, on the other hand, has always taken and reshaped the old to fit with the new. When it comes to his bridal collections, the themes have always been broad, plentiful and sensual, all at the same time. He is quintessentially Bombay, his fusions of differeng cultural styles aptly fit the famous port city, which has seen the world cross through its gates.

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It’s easy to see Manish’ mentality during an interview, again at a Bridal Studio session, this time in Hyderabad. He possesses this ability to tap into the desires of the brides and families he works with.

Manish, much like Tarun has had a few metamorphosis’ in his creative approach. When he started out, tradition sprinkled with a few magical ounces of modernity were his trademark, but over the seasons, his bridal collections have changed and found, what one would describe as a complete regeneration. Simplistic elegance, coupled with intricacy of detailing is the current essence of Manish Malhotra.

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He recently mused on his creative process, saying “my signature work is amalgamation of various art forms like chikankari craftsmanship from Mijwan, intricate Kasmiri work and real zari work in classic silhouttes, creating vintage elegance along with opulent old world charm.”

The fairytale approach has never left Manish, he’s a designer who has always maintained that steadfast degree of creative enthusiasm, throughout all of his collections. The same applies to his latest bridal collection, which playfully mixes a neon palette, with the more muted and subtle. In shape and form however, it has to be said that the modern is one step ahead of the traditional.

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Image credits: Vogue Wedding Show, Tarun Tahiliani  & Manish Malhotra

The Vogue Wedding Show Is Coming

In just over a month the magically evocative cavalcade of the Vogue Wedding Show, in partnership with the Taj Group, will be taking place at The Taj Palace, New Delhi, August 1 – 3. As always it will be a tour-de-force in the world of luxury Indian weddings, highlighting couture and jewellery. The show will feature some of the finest designers in Indian fashion, with sartorial giants like  Tarun Tahiliani, Suneet Varma, Sabyasachi Mukherjee and Manish Malhotra et al and the leading lights of jewellery design such as Nirav Modi and Rose.

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The show will be an extravaganza of artistry, quality and unrivalled beauty. The spectacles of reverie this year range in inspiration and style, from traditional contours to sharpe modern shapes, every design will be sure to excite and intrique. The preview shows with Vogue’s Bridal Studio are now well and truly underway, giving people a sneek peek of the delights to come. The first being staged in Kolkata, with Sabyasachi. If your look for your bridal outfits and need advice, you have to watch this wonderful interview by the editor of Vogue, Priya Tanna.

You can check out all the latest info about the Vogue Wedding Show by heading to Twitter and searching for the hashtag #VogueWeddingShow. We at Think Shaadi will be doing it religiously.

Image credits: Vogue Wedding Show &  Tarun Tahiliani