Best Bridal Buys from Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2015

31 Aug

Best of lakme fashion week winter festive 2015 for brides

I know, I know. There’s been a lot of “Best Of” posts lately. Technically, they are the “Best Picks”, so what else do you want me to call them?! Ugh. #bloggerwoes

After Amazon India Couture Week and BMW India Bridal Fashion Week, there was one weekend us bloggers got a chance to breathe (because AICW and BIBFW were back to back!) This blogger of yours, though, did not breathe enough that Independence Day weekend. It was spent thoroughly enjoying late nights and hectic days…with friends. Followed by a trip to Mumbai for work (post coming up next!) which then led to…illness. Yes, I’ve been sick. For a whole week. And I’m still only starting to get better, it feels. I’m exhausted, cranky, sleepy, achy all the time. Maybe I was overworked. I don’t know. I don’t want to talk about it.

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Wedding Wardrobe: Anushka Hajela

19 Aug

Anushka was getting married. You know – Anushka! The blogger babe behind BombayBubble? Yes, the fashion blog. Her wedding had me excited even before she had shared a single image from her big day.

Why? Because, silly, when a fashion blogger gets married, music plays on cue and us wedding bloggers are the only ones who can hear it.

Anushka debuted a first peek into her March wedding recently on Instagram, and I almost unhinged my jaw at the sight of her wedding gown.

1 White wedding gown Mumbai designer Anushka Hajela Wedding Wardrobe

It was a breath-taking white wedding dress.

But how did a girl from Mumbai end up in a white wedding dress all the way over in the UK? And who made that stunning gown?

I got in touch with Anushka some time back, and she was incredibly generous in sharing every single detail from her wedding. Here is her Wedding Wardrobe story.

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Best of BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2015

13 Aug

Best of India Bridal Fashion Week 2015

2 fashion weeks back to back = 1 exhausted wedding blogger.

While it’s been a fun 2 weeks, it’s also been a bit back-breaking. But still, FUN! *falls to the ground*

We’ve shared so much new fashion with you (from India Couture Week all the way to Vogue Wedding Show), but there’s one more big one before we take a break for the weekend – our favourite bridal wear picks from BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2015 that wrapped up in Delhi this Tuesday. Go on, look at our Top Picks first, and then browse through the rest of the collections at the end of the post. 90+ outfits are in here, so take your time and see what IBFW had to offer to brides this year.

Top Picks

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Best of Vogue Wedding Show 2015

11 Aug Wedding Design Company - Table Decor with red roses- Vogue Wedding Show 2015

THE Vogue Wedding Show kicked off in Delhi this Friday, and if you’re wondering – was it really worth attending? – the answer’s a resounding yes. Of course, it’s a luxury wedding exhibition, so we expected nothing but the best-in-the business designers and jewellery makers at Taj Palace Hotel.

We spent a whole day at Vogue Wedding Show, and covered every inch of it. Not a single stone unturned. Here are the stalls we loved and our favourite pieces from the show!  Continue reading

Tarun Tahiliani at BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2015

9 Aug Wedding lehenga with dual dupatta and moon shaped motifs - Tarun Tahiliani - BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2015

I will be honest. I continue to remain rather uninspired, with all the fashion at fashion weeks this season. The only 3 designers who have sparked a little (or a lot) inside of me have been Varun Bahl (at India Couture Week), Sabyasachi (at Vogue Wedding Show) and Anita Dongre (also at Vogue Wedding Show).

While working on the Vogue Wedding Show post (it will be up on the blog shortly), I dragged myself to Day 2 of India Bridal Fashion Week. All the shows till now have been nice, but nice isn’t good enough. I want AMAZING!

Ashima Leena kicked off Day 2 with a South Indian bride collection of silk saris and temple jewellery, and I found a few pretty pieces at Falguni & Shane Peacock’s show. The last show of the evening was Tarun Tahiliani’s, and I had some hope pinned on it. TT and I have never been BFF’s, we don’t share the same design aesthetic, but he always promises to give me atleast a piece or two he knows I’ll like. He’s a very practical man, and loves giving his brides and grooms what they need – and his most recent attempt has been to create light-weight silhouettes that still look wedding-worthy, and are, at the same time, easy and convenient to carry. Who wouldn’t appreciate his effort?!

The stage looked eerie, and a blogger friend commented, “What’s up with the Nehru Planetarium look?” His Couture and Bridal 2015 collection is titled “Our Eclectic New World” and the stage literally looked like a New World…in outer space. Ok, I didn’t exactly get the set design. But I love planetariums, considering how rarely we city peeps get to gaze at a starry night. So put stars into anything, and I’ll inevitably like it :)

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Bridal Picks from Manish Malhotra | Amazon India Couture Week 2015

5 Aug Heavy Sequin Gown - Manish Malhotra - Amazon India Couture Week 2015

It sucked that we didn’t get invited to Manish Malhotra’s show. It was one of the 3 shows that took place off-site at Amazon India Couture Week, and for some reason, off-site = limited media entry. I overheard someone state matter-of-factly that only 30 Media Seats were available. Wow, that’s just great. But what about us bloggers, Manish? I thought our meeting earlier this year meant something to you.

I thought we explained what wedding blogs are to you, and you…you promised you wouldn’t forget! Is this how you repay us?! For the one hundred and eighty five seconds we took out of our busy lives to introduce the concept of wedding blogging to you?! *turns away dramatically*

Well, let bygones be bygones. Maybe next time we meet you’ll have a gift ready for me. You know, to make it up to me? A lehenga maybe. Well, alright alright. Don’t get angsty *rolls her eyes* Even a dupatta will do.

I need to praise your collection now. These brides na, won’t leave me alone even for 2 minutes to speak to MM. They want to see the pictures NOW. Off you go, M. I’ll see you next at the Vogue Wedding Show, darling. *air kiss* *air kiss*

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Anju Modi at Amazon India Couture Week 2015

4 Aug

Anju Modi Amazon India Couture Week 2015

Although I cribbed about the lack of inspiration at Amazon India Couture Week 2015, one day that managed to leave us with some serious bridal wear favourites was Day 3. While Monisha Jaising gave us a fresh, young take on bridal wear with her Sailing Bride collection, Varun Bahl put up a grand show with the most elegant trousseau pieces out there.

But it was Anju Modi’s couture collection that truly kicked off the exquisite wedding line up on Day 3. Titled “Kashish”, the collection is inspired by a Persian bride’s wardrobe. Anju Modi continued her signature use of intricately and impeccably embroidered motifs, with the effortless layering only she can pull off. And with bright hues of pinks thrown in with beautiful yellows and soft blues – you can only imagine what a sight it made. Although, you don’t need to leave anything to the imagination. Here are all the images, and our favourites, for you to see. Continue reading

Varun Bahl at Amazon India Couture Week 2015

3 Aug Varun Bahl Amazon India Couture Week 2015

This was my favourite show at Couture Week – my absolute favourite. I’m obsessed with the images – zooming into the details feels like a visual treat. It was…delicious, if I may.

Firstly, Varun Bahl called this collection “Song of the Flower”. Flowers in couture? Consider us hooked.

And you cannot believe the beauty of the floral embroidery, the soft shades, the dreamy designs  – I really, really loved it. It feels like you walked into a secret garden, and rolled around in an endless land of flowers.

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Monisha Jaising at Amazon India Couture Week 2015

2 Aug

Monisha Jaising Amazon India Couture Week 2015I’m writing a Day 3 post on Day 5 of Couture Week. This is not how it usually works at the blog. We attend the show, live-tweet and update you on Instagram, all the while typing notes furiously into the phone. 12 hours later, pictures have been selected, edited & uploaded, opinions written, and a post is published. We like speed here, because we know you want to see the best bridal picks from each show the next morning. You expect it, and we love giving it to you.

So you can imagine – this time, when posts have not been published according to our usual schedule, I’ve been smacking myself on the head over and over again. While there are numerous reasons for the delayed posting schedule, there is one that finally lit the light bulb in my head. It’s been “the lack of inspiration”.

Sure, the clothes have been nice. But for some reason, they haven’t left me mesmerised, awe-struck, breathless. I haven’t felt magic unravel itself in front me. Of course, I’ve wondered – is this what happens when you’re attending your third year of fashion weeks? All the awe and wonder is unceremoniously rubbed off? The magic is gone? Or am I just tired, with all the extra work that came up right before fashion week began. But isn’t beautiful fashion supposed to leave you feeling high? Reignite a sleepy soul?

Have my expectations from fashion week become unrealistic?

Or, and really think about this one – is there a genuine lack of beauty this time around. Well, bridal beauty specifically.

While I lose sleep analysing why India Couture Week is failing to wake me up from my mental slumber, YOU still want to know what the best bridal picks were. Obviously. Trousseau shopping doesn’t stop just because one blogger didn’t fall head over heels in love at one fashion week.

And I still want to share the pieces I did like with you. So let’s share :)

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Rahul Mishra at Amazon India Couture Week 2015

31 Jul

Rahul Mishra Amazon India Couture Week 2015

Amazon India Couture Week 2015 kicked off on Wednesday. The first show was Sabyasachi’s, and you may have noticed no post was put up about his show. That’s because it wasn’t really for brides – the shock! the horror! :p And it was, well, not our taste. At all.

You can imagine, then, that I approached Day 2 of AICW with low expectations. Of course, Couture Week is not equal to Bridal Fashion Week, but considering this is India, Couture should equal Bridal!

I sat down for Rahul Mishra’s show, not expecting to find any bridal options. But considering he is known to be a master craftsman of embroidered marvels, I was still looking forward to a mesmerising show. As I read through the press kit, I realised this collection was meant for the new-age bride. I jumped, ever so slightly, on my seat – and a little glimmer of hope started to make its way into my heart. Maybe I’ll find a few outfits I can recommend to brides?

Have you guessed yet?

Yes, Rahul Mishra didn’t disappoint.  Continue reading

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