BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2014 – Part I

The 2014 India Bridal Fashion Week has started and has been sponsored by BMW this year. You’ll see from the pictures that the show had a lot of cars, as the sponsor made sure that they got the maximum bang for their buck!

The clothes, as one expects from a Bridal Fashion Week, were absolutely gorgeous and stunning. The designers who showed their collections include Gauri and Nainika, Tarun Tahiliani (my favourite), Raghvendra Rathore and some more.

Here are some of the pictures from the first two days of the India Bridal Fashion Week. I am not sure of the designers of these, but these are the styles that stood out for me and really made an impact on me.

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These are some pictures from the Tarun Tahiliani show that I really liked. His styling and presentation is so unique and beautiful. I love it!

Tarun Tahiliani at India Bridal Fashion Week
Love the Presentation and Drama

 

Beautiful bridal clothes from India Bridal Fashion Week
Beautiful styling and colours
Tarun Tahiliani - BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2014
Unique styling for men

Just wait for part two!

 

Popular Indian Wedding Lehenga Designers

Every bride dreams of a fairytale wedding in breathtaking bridal wear, be it an Indian wedding lehenga or a wedding saree, complete with exquisite jewellery and glorious red henna. When it comes to wedding shopping, brides these days want exclusive bridal wear designed by the best of the Indian wedding dress designers. We give you a quick glimpse of popular Indian Bridal designers whose designs have adorned many a beautiful brides.

Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre’s Jaipur Bridal Collection uses exquisite Gota Patti work on wedding lehengas and cholis with clean lines, perfect for the modern bride. The magnificent trousseau collection comes in an array of colours like pastel pink, lime green and beige. The heavy brocade work and intricate embroidery on the wedding lehengas add an opulent touch to the lehengas. If you are looking for a comfortable wedding dress without the usual heavy zari work, then Anita Dongre is the designer to go to. You can shop for her wedding lehengas here.

Manish Malhotra

Manish Malhotra

If you want a wedding lehenga or a wedding saree just like what your favorite actress wore on screen, chances are that it was designed by Manish Malhotra. Meet the man who has draped most of the popular Indian actresses in glittering wedding sarees and lehengas both on and off screen. His collections are vibrant, complete with delicate embroidery on rich fabrics. You can find wedding sarees and lehengas in his collection in georgette, raw silk, net, chiffon and brocade, with heavy embellishments in colours ranging from traditional red and green to more contemporary white and pinks.

Sabyasachi Mukherjee

 Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Ask any Indian woman as to who is the most popular bridal wear designer in India and you are most likely to hear the name Sabyasachi Mukherjee. He is the man who has revived the use of many dying traditional Indian textiles and crafts through his wedding sarees and wedding lehengas. He is known for using fabrics in rich hues for his outfits, ranging from deep maroons to vibrant greens. Thread work, zardosi, gota work and brocade feature prominently in his designs. Every bride gunning for the traditional look should consider a Sabyasachi wedding lehenga or saree.

Rakesh Agarvwal

 Rakesh Agarvwal’s wedding sarees and lehengas

Rakesh Agarvwal’s wedding sarees and lehengas are a testament to his mastery over drape and embroidery. The designer has worked with numerous Indian actresses, styling them for their films and public appearances. His wedding sarees are known for their unique drapes and rich embellishments, be it in the form of a brooch or a belt. The wedding lehengas designed by Rakesh Agarvwal are a treat to the eyes. In his collections, you can find bright colours matched with beautiful heavy embroidery, both on the choli and the lehenga.

Tarun Tahiliani

Tarun Tahiliani

Tarun Tahiliani is among the most popular wedding trousseau designers in India. His clothes feature rich fabrics, heavy and elaborate embroidery and lavish use of the colour gold, spelling luxury all the way. He has dressed many a stunning brides in wedding sarees and wedding lehengas encrusted with sequins, Swarovski and pearls, enhanced by embroidery, zardosi and gota work. His clothes are made of the finest of the weaves and embody a rich appeal.

Now that you know about the popular Indian wedding dress designers, go ahead and pick your wedding ensemble from one of them. They are known to weave magic with textiles and their clothes will surely leave you feeling like a queen on your wedding day.

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Wedding Sarees and Lehengas Flaunted by Hollywood Divas

Who says wedding sarees and wedding lehengas are only a part of the elaborate Indian wedding trousseau? With the growing popularity of the Indian clothing, many Hollywood models and actresses are flaunting sarees and lehengas at events, social dos and on magazine covers. Here is a look at some famous Hollywood celebrities in wedding sarees and lehengas.

Paris Hilton in a Swarovski Saree

     Paris Hilton in a Swarovski Saree

Hotel heiress Paris Hilton posed for the Bridal issue of Marie Claire in a Swarovski studded Tarun Tahiliani saree. The gorgeous net saree in silver colour was studded with Swarovski crystals all over the body and had a rich embellished silver border. She paired it with an off shoulder embellished blouse and a studded bangle. Despite going easy on the accessories, she looked mind-blowing on the magazine cover.

Halle Berry in a Traditional Red Saree

Halle Berry in a Traditional Red Saree

In a scene in the movie Cloud Atlas, Halle Berry is seen wearing a traditional red wedding saree, complete with bangles and henna tattoo on her hands and a nose pin too, just like a newlywed Indian bride. She teams the heavily embroidered saree with a silk blouse with a zari border. Going by the way she carried herself, it is very hard to say that the outfit was donned by a non-Indian.

Victoria Beckham for Vogue India Bridal Issue

Victoria Beckham for Vogue India Bridal Issue

Victoria Beckham donned a Tarun Tahiliani Saree for the Vogue India Bridal Issue that featured wedding sarees and wedding lehengas by popular Indian designers. The gorgeous red saree with elaborate embellishments resembling a wedding lehenga completely complemented her complexion. Despite minimal accessories, she looked every part the regal bride.

Naomi Campbell in a Black Saree 

Naomi Campbell in a Black Saree

Naomi Campbell scorched the ramp in a black and gold wedding saree in black net with exquisite sequins work. The gold brocade border, gold floral embellishments along the border and the gold skirt added a lot of sparkle to the look. A chunky gold cuff was the sole accessory she sported with the saree.

Pamela Anderson in a Turquoise Wedding Lehenga

Pamela Anderson in a Turquoise Wedding Lehenga

Pamela Anderson sizzed on the screen in a turquoise wedding lehenga during the filming of a popular TV Show. The shimmering wedding lehenga came with a brocade blouse that stopped just short of the waist. The flowy lehenga with gold thread work ensured that she sparkled on the screen. She teamed the lehenga with matching gold and turquoise bangles,an emerald maang tika and a kundan necklace studded with emerald.

Liz Hurley in a Pink Wedding Lehenga 

Liz Hurley in a Pink Wedding Lehenga

Elizabeth Hurley chose a pink wedding lehenga for her wedding ceremony with Arun Nayyar. The wedding lehenga came with a beautifully crafted choli that fitted her like a dream. The beauty of the wedding lehenga was that you could not make out where the choli ended and where the lehenga began. The lehenga came with a floral climber design all over which she paired with sparkling diamond jewellery.

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India Couture Week Highlights

This post is a visual treat and I am going to just put some very nice pictures I found on Harper’s Bazaar from the India Couture Week. A lot of different places covered the event, but I like these pictures because they look natural and not artificial or from the ramp.

Indian Couture Week | Anju Modi - Love the short Jackets
Anju Modi – Love the short Jackets
Anju Modi - Headpieces at the India Couture Week
Anju Modi – the headpieces are so nice!
Anju Modi at the India Couture Week
Anju Modi – the look here is so southern Italian !
Manish Arora at the India Couture Week
What inspirational headgear !
Manish Arora at the India Couture Week
Manish Arora – LOVE the makeup!

As I started to look at the images again, I realised that there are a lot of pictures that I love for different reasons, so there might be more posts about India Couture Week in the future!

The event was interesting because it really highlighted the high-fashion side of Indian clothes – one that is normally dominated by a lot of commercial designs and styles.

Selecting Indian Bridal Jewellery

Bridal shopping is always fun (frustrating I hear you say? Not online – read this great article) and one of the best parts about the experience is shopping for your Indian bridal jewellery

In the past gold used to be a favourite for bridal jewellery but this is no longer the case. Brides have been experimenting with colour, stones and styles. If you thought that you are spoilt for choice when it comes to clothing, you’ll be jumping with joy at the prospect of selecting from a huge range of jewellery. Some of the more common styles are elaborated upon. I’d love to hear your thoughts on my selection!

Gold Jewellery
Perhaps the most traditional form of jewellery that transcends time and cultures. All Indian communities buy gold jewellery – in differing amounts. It is considered auspicious and everlasting. You can select very traditional sets like these (from exclusively.in),

Gold Necklace Gold Necklace

Or opt to add a touch of gold in the form of earrings like these,

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Try to avoid overloading gold on the wedding day, you don’t want it to outshine your look! Certainly buy extra pieces as the wedding is the time to splurge and spoil yourself
Indian Diamond Jewellery
Diamonds are a girls best friends – and we want as many friends attending our wedding as possible !

Important things to remember while selecting diamond jewellery are the diamonds (see a guide to selecting the right diamonds here) and then of course the metal used to set the stones.

Blue Nile is an online retailer of jewellery and I think they have rather good customer service. I’ve bought smaller products from them in the past only though.

For the wedding day, some brides like to stack up the diamonds while others are more subdued and toned down. The choice is yours really and diamonds being fairly neutral do not necessarily detract from your overall look. In this instance, I have to admit that more is better rather than less is more !

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Coloured Stones
The range of coloured stones jewellery available is vast to suit all tastes and budgets. Quality of stones can vary though and this affects the resale value of the piece – so this is important to keep in mind.

Coloured stones can be rather tricky to combine for me, because they are less versatile than gold or diamonds – but combined in the right way, they can create a stunning look. (See my post on IIJW for some inspirational catwalk looks for Indian Jewellery).

Traditional colours like green and red are very good investments as these can be easily re-used for even your evening looks. I like the selection from exclusively.in – they have a very good range of products to suit my current budget !

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Polki / Jadau / Un-cut Diamonds
This type of jewellery looks very stunning and can easily add a vintage touch to your overall look. I especially like the larger stones and if they are set in a necklace, even better.

For example, this piece from the IIJW was absolutely stunning!

Indian bridal Jewellery at the IIJW
Bridal jewellery shopping is exciting – an as with all aspect of your bridal shopping, enjoy the experience! Indian bridal jewellery is beautiful, times less and obviously a necessity if you’re the bride !

Click on the link if you want to see more Indian wedding jewellery, for bride and guests!

Day 3 (Final Day) of the IIJW 14 – Traditional Indian Jewellery

 

 

Derewala

An interesting mix of styles. The traditional indian jewellery could be interesting, but not sure of the contemporary uses.

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Sun Jewels

Graduates from the prestigious designer institute, NID presented their collections, featured by Sun Jewels. The styles were certainly contemporary and some pieces could jump right into my wardrobe immediately.

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Saboo Fine Jewels

A lot of Polki and Jadau, very nicely presented collection. Brides watch out, the styles here are ideal!

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Mahabir and KIK Jewells

I really liked the collection. The diamonds and the stones were set very nicely and the presentation was tasteful. A lot of traditional jewellery to select from.

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Golecha Jewels

If you have Sridevi on the ramp for a brand, you’d expect class and grace in the collections. And this collection did not disappoint. The collection of traditional indian jewellery on the ramp were exquisite, and perfect for brides. I am in love with this collection.

Traditional Indian Jewellery - Indian Jewellery by Golecha Jewels at IIJW 14
The beautiful Sridevi for Golecha Jewels

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Nazraana by Rio Tinto

A stylish collection that included contemporary and traditional styles. Sonam Kapoor walked the ramp for the brand, and she looked GREAT !

Gorgeous Sonam Kapoor on the ramp at IIJW 14 | Indian Jewellery
Gorgeous Sonam Kapoor on the ramp at IIJW 14

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Bridhichand Ghanshyamdas

A very elaborate collection of traditional styles including polki, jadau and pearls. I liked the collection and thought that it really represented the range of jewellery that brides could find appealing.

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IIJW – Day 2 – More Indian Bridal Jewellery

Day 2 of the IIJW was a lot less spectacular, for me at least, in terms of the jewellery on display. Some of the styles were stunning – absolutely stunning. I’d have picked out a lot of the indian jewellery pieces had I been attending an important wedding.

I do have a gripe though, I wish that there were more of these shows here in the UK. Maybe soon !

See also Day 3!

Aks Jewels

I didn’t like these styles. Very average design and no imagination as far as I am concerned.

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Swarovski

They took us on a journey through very different types of wedding ceremonies – loved the concept. The execution was also very good!

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Dipti Amisha

For me again, a lack-lustre collection that just seemed like a lot of different styles thrown together rather than a thought through ensemble.

Dipti-Amisha's collection of Indian bridal jewellery at IIJW 2014
Raveena Tandon on the ramp

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Ganjam

I had a lot of expectations from this show, because the brand is a heritage brand in south India. They have made jewellery for kings of the days gone by. I did like the combination of simpler styles and the more elaborate pieces. Certainly going to be buying from this collection!

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PN Gadgil Jewellers

Very average collection. Some of the styles had some imagination and something dreamy about them, but most of them were very standard and things that have been seen many times before.

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Gitanjali Gems

After the collection on Day 1, Gitanjali took a more fun approach to the show on day 2. There was entertainment on the ramp and everyone looked like they were having a great time. The collection? decide for yourself.

Shraddha Kapoor on the ramp for Gitanjali at the IIJW 2014
Shraddha Kapoor on the ramp for Gitanjali

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Beautiful Indian Jewellery from Day 1 of IIJW

Continuing on the previous post about the IIJW, here are my favourite pics from Day 1 of the show. The day obviously had beautiful Indian jewellery, but also an equally interesting mix of designer clothes.

See also Day 2!

Gitanjali Gems

This is a famous company from India and the collections were very traditional. Perfect for brides, but not for a lot of other occasions.

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Neha Dhupia – Day 1 of IIJW
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Day 1 of IIJW

Surya Golds

A good mix of traditional styles and of easy to wear styles. I liked the elegant styling and the simple lines used in the collections.

Ameesha Patel at Day 1 of IIJW | Bollywood and Indian Jewellery
Ameesha Patel at Day 1 of IIJW
Surya Golds Collection at IIJW | Indian jewellery on the ramp
Surya Golds Collection at IIJW
Surya Golds Collection at IIJW | Indian jewellery on the ramp
Surya Golds Collection at IIJW

Moni Agarwal

Very elaborate styles that are perfect for brides. I liked the mix of Polki and coloured stones a lot.

Chitrangada Singh for Moni Agarwal at IIJW 2014 | Polki Jewellery
Chitrangada Singh for Moni Agarwal at IIJW 2014
Moni Agarwal at IIJW 2014 | Polki Jewellery
Coloured stones and Polki on the ramp for Moni Agarwal at IIJW 2014

Jewels by Preeti

Relaxed styles. Easy to combine. I especially liked the Chokers.

Kalki Koechlin for Jewels by Preeti at IIJW 2014 | Indian Jewellery
Kalki Koechlin for Jewels by Preeti at IIJW 2014
Jewels by Preeti at IIJW 2014 | Indian Jewellery
A model presents Jewels by Preeti at IIJW 2014

Shobha Shringar

A lot of Pearls, Jadau and coloured stones. The styles are not necessarily my taste, but can certainly create a stunning impact.

Dia Mirza for Shobha Shringar at the IIJW 2014 | Indian Jewellery
Dia Mirza for Shobha Shringar at the IIJW 2014
Shobha Shringar at the IIJW 2014 | Indian Jewellery
A model on the ramp for Shobha Shringar at the IIJW 2014

Farah Khan

Loved her styles. Very feminine and easy to wear.

Lisa Ray for Farah Khan at the IIJW 2014 | Indian Jewellery and Indian Bridal Jewellery
The gorgeous Lisa Ray for Farah Khan at the IIJW 2014
Farah Khan at the IIJW 2014 | Indian Jewellery and Indian Bridal Jewellery
Love the elegant and simple styling
Farah Khan at the IIJW 2014 | Indian Jewellery and Indian Bridal Jewellery
Italian Influences?
Farah Khan at the IIJW 2014 | Indian Jewellery and Indian Bridal Jewellery
Beautiful style that can be so versatile !

 

Laksh Pahuja

The collection was very detail oriented. A lot of inspirational pieces, but could be tough to combine.

Model for Laksh Pahuja at IIJW 2014 | Indian Jewellery
Model for Laksh Pahuja at IIJW 2014
Model for Laksh Pahuja at IIJW 2014 | Indian Jewellery
Model for Laksh Pahuja at IIJW 2014

Apala

Sunny Leone for Apala by Sumit at IIJW 2014 | Indian Jewellery
Sunny Leone for Apala by Sumit at IIJW 2014
Sunny Leone for Apala by Sumit at IIJW 2014 | Indian bridal Jewellery
Sunny Leone for Apala by Sumit at IIJW 2014

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