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Anita Dongre at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 14

Anita Dongre has to be one of the most talented Indian designers out there. Her collections are exquisite and the pricing is just right. She is the must have designer for any bride looking to shop for her wedding.

In fact, i’d even say that guests and family members should look at Anita Dongre’s Bridal Collections because they are absolutely stunning. The colours, the detailing, everything is just in the right balance of creativity and commercial(ity).

I loved the use of unusual colours in her styles. Everyone is used to seeing Red, Pink and Yellow on brides, but this designer has taken bold steps and used Black in a way that is elegant and could certainly be considered by a bride.

There were also the traditional colours including midnight blues and rani pink’s. A lot of interesting separates on the ramp made the collection quite interesting for me. Vests and jackets could be picked up separately and worn in combination with say an anarkali or a salwar suit.

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Anita Dongre's collection at Lakme Fashion Week 2014

Anita Dongre's Indian Bridal collection at Lakme Fashion Week 2014

Browse more stunning outfits by Indian bridal designers here!

Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai – Winter Festive 2014 – Part II

So here is my second instalment from the Lakme Fashion Week (you read part I of the post, right?) ! The glamour continued on the ramp, but I had expected more. A lot of the big name bollywood stars that you’d normally expect to see at the Lakme Fashion Week were not necessarily present. A curious phase.

All the same, the clothes have been absolutely fab and I am loving every minute of the shows and the pictures that are being posted by Lakme Fashion Week officially (my source of the pictures).

The shows from this post that I really liked were Anju Modi and Sanjay Garg. Each of these designers created something very magical on the ramp, for different reasons.

Sanjay Garg

The fabrics used and the styling were very simple and exquisite. I especially loved the fact that there was no attempt to do too much, like designer’s sometimes do, but there was a confidence in the collection. The strength that this confidence adds to the styling cannot be easily described.

The colours were perfect for an Indian Wedding Dress – rich tones, brocades and a lot of splashes of gold – very important for me 🙂

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Sanjay Garg at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2014 edition
Sanjay Garg’s Collection at Lakme Fashion Week

 

Anju Modi

I loved Anju Modi’s collection. So effortlessly elegant and chic that it made me drool. The styles and the detailing were absolutely amazing, as is to be expected from a senior designer like Anju Modi. The colour scheme was perfect I think – very different and unusual for an Indian Bride, but exquisite and beautiful all the same!

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Anju Modi on the ramp at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2014

Bollywood Glam

Konkana Sen Sharma at Lakme Fashion Week
Konkana Sen Sharma
Shriya Saran at Lakme Fashion Week
Shriya Saran
Chitrangada Singh at Lakme Fashion Week
Chitrangada Singh

 

 

Lakme Fashion Week in Mumbai – Winter Festive 2014 – Part I

The Lakme Fashion Week is underway in Mumbai in India. Yet another fashion week I hear you say? It certainly is one more, but it’s exciting because Mumbai and this fashion week has been the hot-bed of Bollywood and the stars.

The designers from Mumbai, both who show there and the ones that are from there, are usually very well connected with the Bollywood stars and they get the stars to walk on the ramp for their shows. The show stoppers get as much attention as the clothes on the ramp!

This year, some Pakistani designers have also participated in the Lakme Fashion Week. A very welcome step, and one that got some beautiful styles to the Indian ramps. I love both types of designers, so for me this was very exciting!

The themes generally were very floral oriented. This did not make too much sense for an Autumn Winter collection, but certainly the styles are perfect for SS 15. Here are some of my favourite pics thus far – I have tried to balance the bridal and the non-bridal collections, since I LOVE bridal fashion but do have an interest in fashion obviously!

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Pakistani Designer Zara Shahajan at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2014 Pakistani Designer Zara Shahajan at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2014 Pakistani Designer Zara Shahajan at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2014

More from Lakme Fashion Week to follow soon, keep reading!

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 !

Indian jewellery at Exclusively.in Indian jewellery at Exclusively.in Indian jewellery at Exclusively.in

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!

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.

Lakme Fashion Week Stowstoppers

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.

Bridal Collections Kirron Kher LFW 2014 Bridal Collections Kiron Kher Gaurang Shah LFW 2014

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!

Finding Your Perfect Wedding Dresses

A brides wedding experience should be the most beautiful time in her life. However preparing for it is anything but beautiful!

Stressed Out Searching For Wedding Dresses

So how can this bridezilla time of your life be made more peaceful? Apart from finding the venue, caterer, photographer etc, finding the perfect wedding dresses for the medley of wedding functions is the main priority for most Asian brides. At the end of the day, the main aim is to look drop dead gorgeous during your wedding!

After cutting down the ridiculously long list of ‘things to do’ to just wedding dresses, we still haven’t made life easy. An Asian bride has to consider the style, material, colour, cut, embroidery, amongst other things – and this is not just for the wedding trousseau, but also for the many other functions. This is surely overwhelming for any bride!.

Where to get inspiration? Bridal magazines, shows, exhibitions, Bollywood weddings and finally blogs like Big Fat Asian Wedding are a good starting point!

The Search: It is important to start your search with an open-mind as there are endless choices out there. You may have your mind set on a certain colour or style but you will be surprised how quickly that can change.The most important thing is to wear what you feel beautiful in, whether it is in fashion right now or not. As Yves Saint Laurent said:

“Fashion fades, style is eternal”.

So don’t be afraid to have your own style – be bold and unique!

You may also have your mind set on a colour/style that you have seen look fabulous on someone else, but this can be disastrous. It is extremely important to wear wedding dresses that complements your body and to choose colours that suit your skin complexion. But of course we are not always the best judges of ourselves, so take your close friends and family to the shops and ask for their true opinions. Just go with a fresh mind and try on all the different options, you may be surprised with better options.

Stay calm: For this process to go as smoothly as possible, you must remain calm and not lose hope!! It can be a very long process, but your search will ultimately come to an end and you will undoubtedly look stunning in your wedding dresses. Just make sure you start your search with a fresh mind and explore all your options!