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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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Best Dressed and Top Fashion Looks at the IIFA Awards 2014

Deepika Padukone at the IIFA Awards 2014

Bollywood’s young brigade definitely ruled the green carpet at the IIFA Awards, showcasing a gorgeous section of Indian fashion and designers with unique styles, impressing myself, and the fans with their elegance and originality.

I have personally chosen each of these looks as I love the diversity, embellishment and colours of each of the gowns which were proudly shown off as the stars one by one graced the green carpet. Vaani Kapoor specifically stood out for me, showcasing a stunning embellished gold tone backless dress by Raakesh Agarvwal, a sure favourite of mine. The highly embellished gowns in general were definitely my preference amongst the fashion designs; it’s a key look for this season and is extremely flattering and stands out from a crowd.

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Kalki Koechlin was a key example of how to wear embellishment, wearing Gaurav Gupta, she stood out at the IIFA Awards in this dazzling soft coloured number detailed with shoulder padding detail and long sleeves which created a princess style look.

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Deepika Padukone had opted for a red gown by Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad, she looked gorgeous in this figure hugging lace number and simple updo hairstyle, and although the dark berry lips weren’t for everyone, I personally loved them! In general lip colour at the IIFA Awards was very neutral and nude, a trend and overall fashion look that has taken this season by storm, and successfully completes every look. Especially for brides, a nude lip creates a subtle but noticeable make-up look, which will go with almost every gown colour and style.

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All in all, I’d say that the Indian wedding dresses and gowns and fashion showcased at the IIFA Awards are some of the best I’ve seen for a long time, they had me wishing I owned half of them!

Here is a selection of some of my favourite styles from the IIFA Awards

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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.

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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 !

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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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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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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.

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Ameesha Patel at Day 1 of IIJW
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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
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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
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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.

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The gorgeous Lisa Ray for Farah Khan at the IIJW 2014
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Love the elegant and simple styling
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Italian Influences?
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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
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Sunny Leone for Apala by Sumit at IIJW 2014

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Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2014: Wedding Dresses Inspiration

March was a month of fashion with Lakme Fashion Week 2014 followed by Wills India Fashion Week 2014. These fashion extravaganzas saw many respected names in the fashion industry showcasing their impressive collections. So get some inspiration for your wedding dresses from these experts in the fashion world!

Designer Tarun Tahiliani opened the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn-Winter 2014 on a royal note. Tarun’s gold rush royal collection was full of beautiful silhouettes, mughal cameos and temple necklines.

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Styles

The designer’s collections consisted of ethnic saris with waist belts, dhoti pants, fully embellished, lehenga choli printed jackets, lungi skirts, kaftans with belts and intricate salwar pants which looked great!.

High collared blouses gave a regal and feminine touch to silhouettes. The dori and gota lehengas paired with brocade blouses were also a gorgeous part of his collection.

Embellished blouses, silk drapes, rich Indian heritage sari, jamawar work, corset blouses and the seven-stringed necklace also looked very appealing.

Colours

Rich tones of tapestry with a color palette ranging from a perfect blend of blacks, whites and beige, emerald, topaz kesar and deep blue.

Another talented Indian designer, Poonam Dube showcased his collection of traditional wedding dresses at Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2014.

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These dresses indeed showcased the creativity of Poonam Dubey’s designs.

Styles

Short blouses with chunet type lehengas, printed maxi’s and Marathi style sarees.

The dresses were embellished with fancy tassels, trimmed laces and were made of fabrics such as chiffon, cotton, viscose & self print stuffs.

Colours

White, yellow, copper, baby pink, brown, blue & cream.

So there you have it, from Lakme Fashion Week 2014 Bridal Collections to Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2014, you can get plenty of wonderful ideas for your wedding outfits! Remember, you don’t have to follow the trend – use these as inspiration but have your own style!

Bridal Collections: LFW 2014 (Part 2)

The much-awaited Lakmé Fashion Week 2014 showcased stunning collections from innovative and well respected designers, with beautiful bollywood stars as their showstoppers.

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Here is Part 2 of the Bridal Collections showcased at Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014. Get more inspiration from these talented designers for your lavish wedding!

Designer Anushree Reddy’s ‘The Tale of a Bow’ bridal collections had customising vintage zardozi work with a touch of bling sequence work on fabrics such as malkha, chanderi, mulmul, kota, tulle and satin in forms of elaborate drapes.

Styles

Exaggerated volume was meticulously tailored to create dramatic anarkalis, crop blouses, sarees and lehengas. To create the vintage and antique look, zardozi had been especially dyed with tea leaves.

Colours

An interesting colour palette of vintage pink, grey, teal blue, soft blush contrasted with strong blood red and pure untouched natural beige dominated the collection.

Stunning Ileana D’cruz was the showstopper for Anushree Reddy’s beautiful bridal collections.

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Designer Tarun Tahiliani’s show opened with his fabulous collections such as a black lean gown followed by bolero with embroidered draped dhoti pants.

Styles

Models entered the runway wearing  a black and white serenade of kurtas, bridal saris with knitted lace gilets, drawstring kaftan, dhoti sari, lehenga cholis with net dupattas and kalidaar embellished kurtas.

Following this,Tarun opened a Pandora’s Box of delicious relaxed ready-to- wear resort fashion in sorbet shades. Summer cottons and sushi voiles came alive with thread and chikan work. Ombre added shades to chiffon saris while kimkhab kurtas were a vision in sheer silk.

Colours

Colours caused a riot on the ramp, as indigo, mustard, fuchsia turned into sunset hues while the black, white, ivory and beige kept the tones under control.

Elegant actress Jacquelines Fernandez walked the ramp for renowned bridal designer Tarun Tahiliani.

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Bridal Collections: LFW 2014 (Part 1)

Perfectly color coordinated Men and Women’s bridal outfits gave a new definition to wedding trousseaux at Lakmé Fashion Week 2014. All these bridal collections filled the atmosphere with a feeling of royalty. The dramatic silhouettes presented by the designers took the audience back to the Mughal Era.

Bridal Collection Lakme Fashion Week 2014

Designers like Gaurang Shah, Shyamal & Bhumika, Anushree Reddy, Tarun Tahiliani and many others showcased their exquisite Summer/Resort bridal collections at the fashion show.

Chogas, kalidar lehengas, sherwanis and panelled kurtas were showcased for men. Whilst, embroidered kali details were displayed for saris, angarkhas, zari zardozi embroidery work.

Designer Gaurang Shah, presented his ‘Chandbali’ collection which were a rainbow of colors and styles in an ode to the modern bride at the Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014.

Styles

His garments were mostly kanjeevarams with kalamkari creations. The dresses he presented were inspired by panchantantra stories and highlighted the intricate Korvai weaving known for its grace and elegance.

Bringing to centre stage, the ancient Jamdani weaving technique, Gaurang’s “Chandbali” was poetry in fabric form as he presented the odhna weaves on organza while the embroidery on khadi recreated the antique zardosi style.

Colours

The collection was designed in hues of surkh red, gulabi pink, zard yellow, narangi orange, sabz green ensuring the 21st century bride had ample options.

The show stopper for his show was Kirron Kher in a shocking pink brocade sari.

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Designers Shyamal and Bhumika presented their spring/summer bridal wear collection at the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2014.

For the ensemble called “A Mystical Garden” the ballroom was turned into a garden with the backdrop of flower bouquets and flowers lined on both the sides of the ramp.

Styles

A variety of silhouettes were showcased like flared skirts, flared maxis and gowns, ankle-length dress, short top over embroidered churidar and corset over panelled net skirt, saris.

The men’s wear had jackets, pleated shirts, trousers and polo pants.

Colours

Colors that dominated the runway included peach, beige, rose, rose pink, aqua, peach, and chocolate brown.

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See also part two!