Category: Indian Bridal Designers

Indian Designers create beautiful traditional clothes. Read about latest styles and reviews of the collections presented at the most important Indian fashion show by the most famous Indian designers! I also refer to the details about Indian Designers here – http://strandofsilk.com/shop-by-designer

Ultimate List of Indian Clothes Shops in London

I keep getting asked by my friends, family and of course clients about the different shops in London where they can shop for Indian clothes. After doing research each time, and replying to all of them separately, I decided that it is time to make a comprehensive list of stores to shop Indian clothes in London.

This is an evolving list where I am going to keep adding the shops as I discover more, but for the moment represents everything I know about London. If I missed out your store and you would like to get included, please get in touch with me and I’ll be happy to add you to the list.

The list has been divided by broader London areas for convenience. And I have not included any online stores in this list – there might be a separate post about this!

  • North London
    • Sonas Hauta Couture: 48 Ealing Rd, Wembley HA0 4TQ
    • Krishna Sarees: 107-109 Ealing Rd, Wembley HA0 4BP
    • Variety Silk House: 148-152 Ealing Rd, Wembley HAO 4PY
    • Hema Thakorlal: 57 Warren Rd, Neasden, London, NW2 7NH
    • Noor Fashion: 34 Mount Dr, Harrow, HA2 7RP
  • West London
    • Jaan Bridal: 1st Floor, 8 The Broadway, Southall, UB1 1PS
    • Omega Bridal: 31 The Broadway, Southall, UB1 1JY
    • Traditions: 36 The Broadway, Southall, UB1 1PT
    • Shringar: Unit 2, 44-50 The Broadway, Southall, UB1 1QB
    • Prathana London: First Floor, 49a The Broadway, Southall, UB1 1JY
    • Omega Designer Studio: 68A The Broadway, Southall, UB1 1QD
    • Sequinze: 75 The Broadway, Southall, UB1 1LA
    • Parampara Designer: 79 The Broadway, Southall, UB1 1LA
  • South London
    • Khushbu Fashions: 147 Upper Tooting Road, London SW17 7TJ
    • Prachy Creations: 101-103 Upper Tooting Road, London SW17 7TW
    • Saiqa Majeed London: 240 Upper Tooting Road, London SW17 7EX
  • East London
    • Cuckoo Fashion: 207 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1DE
    • Okay International Saree Store: 259 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1DB
    • RDC London: 187 Ilford Ln, Ilford, Town Centre IG1 2RT
    • Khwaab London:  52 Plashet Grove, London E6 1AE
    • Mahir :230 Green St, London E7 8LE
    • Raishma: 33, East Shopping Centre, 232-236 Green St, London E7 8LE
    • Daminis: 277A Green St, London E7 8LJ
    • Geeta Arts: 271 Green St, London E7 8LJ
    • Bombay Looks: 162-164 Green St, London E7 8JT
    • Bizaz Collection: 256-267 Whitechapel Road, London, E1 1BY
  • Central London
    • O’nitaa: 16 Glentworth St, London NW1 5PG
    • Aashni + Co: 47 Ledbury Rd, London W11 2AA
    • Chennai Store: 24 Marischal Road, London, SE13 5LG
    • Indian Summer: 624C Fulham Rd, London, SW6 5RS
  • Outskirts of London
    • Ali Outfits: 32 Monument Road, Woking, GU21 5LT
    • Diya: Selbourne Road, Luton, LU4 8NU
    • Memsaab Boutique: 122-124 Bury Park Rd, Luton, LU1 1HE
    • Rani Fashions: 142 – 144 Dunstable Rd, Luton LU1 1EW
    • Rivaaj: 55 Waller Avenue, Luton LU4 9RP
    • Mona Vora UK: Unit G, Queens Road, Barnet, Herts EN5 4DJ
    • Your Dazi London: 70 Barrington Rd, Bexleyheath DA7 4UW

 

The Best Indian Wedding Websites

Most people who have planned a wedding will agree that when the process of holy matrimony is described as ‘Hooked, Booked and Cooked’ it is very succinctly and accurately depicting the state of mind of the soon-to-be hitched couple. To say there are a million decisions a day to be made is putting it mildly and it only gets more complicated when you factor in having to agree with your significant other (and sometimes his family too) on everything, topped off with the bane of all wedding planning efforts – Unsolicited Advice!

Throw in a some emotionally charged high octane disagreements with your to-be, friends and siblings who have never planned a wedding before either, Google searches with 10,000 plus results on every query, finished off with quotes for everything far exceeding anything you could afford to pay and chances are that you’re ready to just give up and make a run for it to a land where there is no word for ‘wedding’ in the local vocabulary.

If you’re reading this and screaming… Yes! Yes! Yes!…for every point and are also planning an Indian wedding then there is little doubt that you have a serious score to settle with Google for being completely biased and sending mostly western wedding inspiration websites your way. Few bridal websites cater to Indian wedding planning and fewer still are even worthy of your precious time.

However if Google brought you to this page then you might as well kiss and make up because this article sums up the best wedding websites to help your navigate through the strenuous Indian wedding planning waters.

1. Wedmegood.com

Wed Me Good | The Best Indian Wedding Websites

This little hidden gem of a bridal website is the ultimate resource for uber stylish and utterly cool Indian wedding inspirations. Browse through their vast and all encompassing sections of photos and real weddings for some truly unique ideas. And to translate those wedding fantasies into reality search through the list of talented featured vendors divided up by Indian and international locations.

2. Weddingplz.com

Wedding Plz | The Best Indian Wedding Websites

Consider it Wedmegood’s younger cousin that is more focussed on actual planning versus wedding inspiration. Find everything from astrologers to dieticians to cooking classes based on your Indian city of choice plus some very nifty little tools for budget management, checklists and notes. The website also features some interestingly written articles with tips and tricks that will come in handy any time. For those outside India, the website also features upcoming wedding related events and exhibitions happening all over the country so you can plan any shopping trips around the time.

3. Strandofsilk

Strand of Silk | The Best Indian Wedding Websites

For those days when you’ve had enough of all the logistics and technicality of wedding planning distract yourself with undoubtedly the best bit of getting married – SHOPPING! Strandofsilk.com features luscious Indian designer wear from fashion favourites like Anita Dongre, MandiraWirk and Narendra Kumar for the luxefashionistas. While boho and kitschy labels like Myoho, Sougat Paul and The Purple Sack are for the spunky princesses who like their fashion with a little bit of an earthy edge. Strandofsilk.com makes Indian wedding shopping online an effortlessly smooth process so you don’t have to give up that long awaited and much needed spa weekend with the girls because you’re out last minute shopping.

4. Weddingshop.com

Wedding Shop | The Best Indian Wedding Websites

Gift registries are a borrowed but much appreciated wedding custom from western weddings that has every modern young couple breath a sigh of relief. Lets face it no one wants yet another glass casserole or old school Indian cooking appliances that take up way too much space in an already too small first home. Catering mainly in the UK, Weddingshop.com allows couples to create a gift registry that is completely personalised and useful to their future lives as man and wife.

Contemporary v/s Traditional Indian Wedding Attire

Wedding shopping! The words illicit responses from utter delight to sheer dread amongst women. The ones who relish the idea of spending hours upon hours browsing stores, online websites and meeting with various designers for their dream outfits are in shopping heaven while the ones who think shopping is a complete waste of time are filled with an impending sense of doom regarding the whole exercise. However the one common thread binding both extremes of women is confusion! How to choose your Indian Wedding Attire?

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A wedding outfit must reflect your personal style, which isn’t so difficult if you happen to be the decisive sort and know exactly what will make you look on point. But the waters get a little bit murky when it comes to Indian wedding attire mostly because Indian fashion is evolving at a tremendously fast pace. The age old traditional wedding clothing were worn over many years and passed on to future generations. These types of wedding outfits are still very popular, but as immensely talented designers churn out fresher, newer and reinvented collections each season the choice between going traditional or contemporary has never been harder. Leading to total chaos due to a plethora of luscious choices.

It also doesn’t help that nearly every female within a 20 mile radius of you will suddenly feel the incredible urge to dole out advice regarding what she thinks is the latest trend in Indian wedding dressing and what she would do if it was her time to shine. You might get adept at treating unsolicited advice as white noise after a few hundred times and imagine clubbing them over the head with a heavy object as you nod and smile aimlessly but sometimes a piece of that annoying advice will get stuck in your head and mess with your decisions.

In an effort to simplify things and make life a little bit easier during this hectic and stressful time we break down traditional and contemporary Indian wedding attire down to its bare bones with examples for (hopefully) quicker conclusions.

Salwar Kameez

Starting with the most versatile and confusion inducing choice – the Indian version of the pantsuit – Salwar Kameez.

To make it simple let silhouettes and embroideries be your distinction between traditional and contemporary. Traditional silhouettes have straightforward cuts and shapes. The embroideries on traditional Salwar Kameez styles are simple with Indian motifs and colours. These styles tend to be more wearable regardless of current trends making them classic and investment worthy.

Traditional Salwar Collection | Contemporary v/s Traditional Indian Wedding Attire

Contemporary Salwar Kameez styles tend to have more stylised silhouettes and abstract or western embroidery motifs. As with anything trendy the contemporary styles run the risk of becoming dated very quickly as each new season brings with it a different version of the contemporary Salwar Kameez.

Contemporary Salwar Kameez Collection | Contemporary v/s Traditional Indian Wedding Attire

Lehengas

Moving on to the Salwar Kameez’s super dressy cousin – the Lehenga. Lehengas can be divided up into traditional and contemporary based on styling, fabrics and the amount of embellishments.

Traditional Indian lehengas have short cholis with sleeves in varying lengths, flared skirts and feature a long dupatta that can be draped in different styles. These lehengas tend to be heavier on embroidery and made in luxurious silks or brocades. Both these elements tend to make traditional Indian lehengas very heavy to wear but the weight is a small price to pay for their unmatched grandeur and opulence.

Traditional Lehenga Collection | Contemporary v/s Traditional Indian Wedding Attire

Contemporary Indian lehengas break the mould with their silhouettes, minimal embroideries and sometimes do away with the dupatta. Women who want to be able to move around without being bogged down by their heavy outfits will love the contemporary styles. The availability of a variety of silhouettes that feature the lehenga and cholis in different cuts and shapes and the subdued embellishments make these ideal for those who want their clothes to be an extension of their personality.

Contemporary Lehenga Collection | Contemporary v/s Traditional Indian Wedding Attire

Sarees

The most quintessentially Indian piece of clothing is undoubtedly the saree. It is also a necessity in every Indian woman’s closet irrespective of her age. In the past sarees have always been more traditional and have been considered family heirlooms. The custom of daughters wearing their mother’s wedding saree at their own wedding is still prevalent even today. However the creative geniuses of Indian fashion have given the humble saree a modern day facelift and created a myriad of styles. Sarees can be distinguished as traditional or contemporary by the way they are draped, the fabric and the kind of embellishments.

Local craftsmen who have honed their skills over many generations make traditional sarees from indigenous Indian fabrics. Each state in India has its own distinctive style of saree that is worn by the women who reside there. Traditional Indian sarees are always in style and add a certain vintage charm to any look.

Traditional Saree Collection | Contemporary v/s Traditional Indian Wedding Attire

Contemporary Indian sarees are the new age evolution of the traditional saree. They are made in lighter fabrics like net and georgette that are easy to drape and hug the shape of the body creating the illusion of curves. Contemporary sarees can be simply or heavily embellished with different types of materials. Some sarees are also pre-stitched and pre-draped for women who can’t be bothered with the hassle of draping and pinning down the pleats. Contemporary sarees may not have the old world charm of traditional sarees but there is no denying their endless possibilities of creative styling.

Contemporary Saree Collection | Contemporary v/s Traditional Indian Wedding Attire

This post is provided by Strand of Silk, an online retailer of contemporary Indian fashion and bridal wear.

Bridal collection 2014 from Anita Dongre

Hot Bridal Picks from Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week SS15

It feels like just the other day I was anticipating the arrival of fashion week and before I know it, it’s done and dusted! Indeed, the Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week SS15 has come to a close, but I am still not over the hot fashion trends that set the ramp on fire! With the wedding season upon us, there is no better time than to provide all my readers with an overview of my favourite Indian designer bridal looks on the ramp. After all, if you are shopping for the wedding season, you may as well do it in style. 😉

Viral, Ashish & Vikrant: Designing for Meaning

Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week SS15 certainly garnered my oohs and aahs over some of the exquisite collections that adorned the ramp this year. Now what can I say about Viral, Ashish and Vikrant’s collection, Virtues, on Day 2 of Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week? Their collection put the phrase, designing for meaning, truly into perspective. The first half of the show featured a display of powder blue pinstripes, leading into a stunning kaleidoscope of red hues, flowing silhouettes and elegant detailing. You will certainly be able to find a quirky, fusion element in this collection, with detailed dresses, jacket kurtas and asymmetrical dresses that flow gracefully with every step. The collection shed light on HIV and made prominent the message of equality. Amidst the glitz and glam of Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week, I think it is equally important to address a strong message such as this, and through what better medium than design? Overall, the collection struck the right chord with the cuts, fabrics, colours and detailing, making it an ideal choice for brides to flaunt at their outdoor mehendi event. The best thing I like about this collection is that the styles look so effortless and comfortable to carry off, yet give off such a chic vibe!

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A beautiful number from the Virtues collection by Ashish, Viral and Vikrant at Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week SS15.
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A spectacular parade of corals on Day 4 of Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week SS15.

Rabani & Rakha: Go Gold Goddess

Day 4 of Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week saw Rabani and Rakha’s stunning gold palette dawn the ramp. Indeed, bridalwear has expanded beyond the horizons of red…and nowadays you can even paint the town red in a stunning gold number. 😉 The collection had beautiful accents of ivory and sun-kissed peach. The highlight of Rabani and Rakha’s collection at Wills Lifestyle Fashion week were their subtly embroidered net sarees and gold sequined blouses that definitely upped the glam factor. Along with traditional Indian attire, the collection saw a fusion of gorgeous dresses and gowns, cleverly layered with luxurious lace, tulle, embroidery and brocade work. For a chance to shine and feel like a gold goddess, I would definitely opt for a gold number for one of my wedding functions!

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Rabani and Rakha shine with an all gold collection at Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week SS15.

Sahil Kochhar: Floral Garden

The Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week also saw designer Sahil Kochhar display his beautiful collection on Day 4. There are two words I have for this collection and those are, hello details! This collection certainly stole my heart; everything about the collection was stunning from the colour choices, to the geometric embroidery, floral detailing and intricate cutwork done skilfully in the gowns and jackets. Sahil’s collection cleverly incorporates Sanjhi, which is a unique and intricate paper cutting craft from Mathura, India, through the use of stencils and embroidery in striking colour combinations. Taking a closer look at the sheer work gone into his designs, I am especially in awe of his 3D hand cut petal embroidery. Sahil’s all silk concept and beautiful detailing make the collection so apt for a bridal function, such as a Sangeet, and give it an oh so luxurious and unique touch!

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A stunning orange number from Sahil Kochhar’s collection.
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One word…stunning!

Rohit Bal: Royal Rose

They say the best things come to those who wait and this was certainly true for Rohit Bal’s finale collection at Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week. Think for a second that you are being transported into a fairytale era, where dusty pink roses and a sweet fragrance lingering in the air are the norm. Let’s not forget the soft, romantic flow of the moon and shimmering lights encapsulating the place. Rightly so, this year’s theme was Gulbagh, a garden of roses, drawing inspiration from the flora of Kashmir. Rohit Bal’s collection showcased rich hues of cream, red, white, gold and burgundy. The designer certainly knows what he does best and infuses his trademark colours of gold and off-white once again into his collcetion. Rohit Bal definitely created a memorable experience on the ramp, continuing to weave magic into Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week. This collection really does tick all the boxes for a bride’s dream wedding outfit!

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A beautiful gold and maroon lehenga from Rohit Bal’s collection.

The collections showcased at Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week SS15 are sure to catch the fancy of brides wanting to experiment or get inspired for their bridal attire. These designs are sure to make you look and feel like an absolute diva on your wedding day!

Pakistani Designer Zara Shahjahan's beautiful collection "City of Gardens: at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2014.

Pakistani Designer Zara Shahjahan's beautiful collection "City of Gardens" at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2014. #beautiful #fashion #nofilter #love

Beautiful Patterned Scarves for All Occasions by Charu Desi

Scarves are most definitely our hot topic of this week! These stunning brightly coloured and crazily patterned scarves by Charu Desi are a complete showstopper and would transform any outfit.

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A great way to style these patterned scarves is by teaming them with a classic little black dress or t-shirt. This creates a bold and beautiful statement without overwhelming the eye. Unless of course you love bright clashing colours and mixing prints, then mix and match as much as you like!

A personal favourite combination of mine is teaming this classic black embroidered notches dress by Abraham & Thakore with this gorgeous bright door print scarf by Charu Desi, creating a perfect casual outfit for any day occasion. This scarf has to be a favourite of mine, the bright citrus colours teamed with the detailed and quirky print and silky fabric creates a luxury look that could be worn with any simple and classic outfit.

Abraham & Thakore - Black Embroidered Notches Dress Charu Desi - Vibrant Door Print Scarf

These scarfs can also be worn in a variety of ways, for example loosely wrapping around your neck once for a cosy and stylish look. You can wear it around your neck loosely knotted, or draped over your head in a snood fashion for those colder days.

These Charu Desi patterned scarves are perfect for the Auntnm/Winter months that are quickly approaching, mixed with some very uncertain weather forecasts! The silky fabric means they are not too warm, nor too cold so are great to wear on a day to day basis.

Charu Desi - Multicolour Chandni Chowk Scarf

Try also teaming one of these gorgeous scarfs with a simple tunic dress such as this tan and red Tritik silk tunic by Neeru Kumar, this colourful combo would be perfect for smart casual evening out, teamed with a simple pair of trousers and a pair of strappy heels, would most definitely turn some heads!

Neeru Kumar-_tan and red tritik silk tunic

 

 

Bangalore Fashion Week 2014 – The Highlights and Bridal Gown Favourites

A bit of a delayed post, but here is a summery of some of my favourite looks, designers and shows from Bangalore Fashion Week (BFW). The recently concluded beautiful designs, bridal gowns, innovation and more, left me falling in love with the work and craftsmanship of some of the designers. The four-day fashion spectacular brought with it some of the biggest names as well as some emerging talents in the fashion landscape of the country. Accessory designer from Delhi Vrinda kept the audience intrigued and wanting more with her jewellery collection influenced by the Greek goddess Athena. Focussing on the power of free will, she was said to have made her pieces for the strong women of today.

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For all you beautiful brides to be out there who are looking for the perfect bridal gown, Amita Gupta has come to the rescue. The designer weaved magic into these bridal gowns with bling and gold in her collection showcased at the BFW. Her gorgeous gowns stood out beautifully with their rich drapes of material. The show stopping items of her collection were definitely the saree gowns in crimson, deep browns and dull golds.
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Well-known in the Bangalore Fashion Week circles, Mandeep Litt wooed the audience with his fabulous designs in a variety of colours from deep reds to cream tones. His ‘Colonial Raj meets the Maharaja’ inspiration used sophisticated drapery styles in rich velvet.

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To finish off the amazing shows of from the 4 days,  Soha Ali Khan sizzled on the ramp on the last night of BFW, which was a complete showstopper. She walked for the grand finale wearing clothes created by Indian bridal designers duo, Ashima Leena. The audience held their breath as she swirled and twirled on the stage in a gorgeous bridal gown, oozing grace and elegance, looking like a complete bridal beauty.

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