Tag Archives: Trousseau Destination

TDB Loves: Shahpur Jat’s Abhinav Mishra & His New Collection

9 Sep Abhinav Mishra 2015 new collection at AZRA

I spotted a lehenga online last year, and it stopped me in my (digital) tracks. It was everything I always look for in a lehenga - light, pretty, and reasonably priced. And it was marked as an Abhinav Mishra design. Who is Abhinav Mishra? And why hadn’t I heard of him?

A quick Google check showed his store was located at Shahpur Jat. Interesting, I thought, that there are still stores in Shahpur Jat I don’t know about. I’ve kept track of his work for over a year now, and watched him produce outfit after outfit that I’ve loved. Consistently. I wasn’t surprised when Pernia’s Pop Up Shop introduced his designs to their online store in June this year. In fact, it gave me the confidence to start recommending him to brides. Getting listed on Pernia’s, after all, is a mark of approval on a designer’s quality.

Last Friday, I finally made my way into his Shahpur Jat store to look at the clothes in person, and see if it lives up to the hype that has had a whole year to build up in my head.

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Trousseau Destination: Anita Dongre, Delhi

12 Sep

For more trousseau destination posts, go here.

Anita Dongre Trousseau Destination DLF Emporio delhi bridal store

Trousseau heaven.

It’s been a 2 year love affair with Anita Dongre’s bridal wear, and I’m still repeating the same two words - trousseau heaven.

If you’ve been reading the blog long enough, you would’ve figured this out by now - I’m a huge fan. A kid in a candy store. Which is why you can understand why it’s been a very exciting August for me, to put it mildly Continue reading

Hauz Khas Village Favourites Revisited

16 Jul

I visited Hauz Khas Village for a meeting today, and of course, once the meeting was over I couldn’t stop myself from taking a look at the latest collection at some of my favourite stores. I would’ve visited many more, but it was raining and there were puddles forming all around at a rather rapid speed. So I just dropped by at three stores in the main lane - the ones I’ve already spoken about on the blog before: Rewaz by Dolly J, Ole Couture & Ogaan.

Rewaz has some pretty lehengas - and I saw a few that were along the same lines as the ones I’d seen at Anita Dongre’s bridal wear store in Phoenix Mills as well as at Sabyasachi’s collection at the Vogue Wedding Show - chikankari work on pastel shade lehengas with tiny sequins sparsely spread over them. Of course, they also had some pretty anarkalis that were almost gowns and some stunning lehengas. Basically, you can buy some trousseau wear from here, if you’re willing to spend over 20-30k on saris and suits. The lehengas were in the 40k+ range.

Ole Couture is still the same - I continue to think it’s kind of overpriced, but it has some great outfits. The second I walked in, there was this stunning dark blue pleated long dress with golden sequins on the upper half. So worthy of being worn to a red carpet event! Price was over 20k. I noticed how a lot of the collection was exactly the same as last year’s - saw the same lehengas and anarkalis. Also spotted a very pretty bright pink lehenga with aari work on it, that I had fallen in love with last year. My own wedding lehenga is very similar - but this one is heavier (in weight) and costs more (2.3 lakh). But a lot of last year’s collection is on sale at the moment - 10% to 25% discount. I found out that the sale is almost over, so if you’re looking to buy from there - go TOMORROW!

Ogaan is also still the same - feels like you walked into Indian wear heaven. Nikasha outfits are absolutely stunning - the gorgeous shades, the flowy anarkalis, the delicate work, I just love it all! Prices are sky-high as well, but that’s not surprising as it’s a designer wear store. If you’re looking for pricey gota patti work suits/anarkalis and saris, they have a really great collection. Saffron is another brand that has pretty gota patti pieces in the store at the moment. Prices range from 50k to 75k, so head in there only if you have deep pockets. Lehengas start at 1 lakh.

Trousseau Destination: Anita Dongre, Mumbai

21 May

anita dongre trousseau destination

Exactly a year ago…

…I was on a project in Mumbai. I had gone to Phoenix Mills in Lower Parel for an early bachelorette of sorts with my girlfriends from college. Don’t ask for the details, because you’ll never get them :)

Just when we entered the mall complex, the Anita Dongre bridal wear store caught my eye. And since I had started trousseau shopping already, I went in for a quick peek. Continue reading

Trousseau Destination: JADE

7 May

JADE by Monika & Karishma trousseau destination

JADE. The word makes me feel light-headed and dreamy. Because every time I hear it, I think of JADE, the store that I discovered shortly after my own wedding (my parents must be thanking their stars because if I had found it earlier, I would’ve spent what some might consider “a bomb” on my trousseau). And since I pinned that first JADE anarkali onto my Indian Suits board, I’ve been in constant love.

That’s the thing about JADE - constant. They’re consistently coming up with suit after suit that I absolutely love. And I am verrry picky like that. I’ll walk into one store and maybe like a single anarkali after rummaging through the entire place. So you can imagine my surprise when I couldn’t stop pinning pretty much every anarkali JADE put a picture of online. Could this be IT? Continue reading

Trousseau Destination: Janavi

22 Apr

janavi trousseau destination

When you think about shawls, what image comes to your mind? I’ll tell you what comes to mine-

“Dull shades, or unimaginative embroidery on slightly bright shades. Necessity to drape over Indian wear in the winter, but spoils the look of the whole outfit because you’re all covered up in it.”

What if I tell you I found the perfect place to buy shawls from? A place where the shawls are pretty, in bright hues, and are embroidered with such gorgeous work that they pair up perfectly with that sari of yours?

Let me introduce you to Janavi! I’ve spoken about them earlier Continue reading

Trousseau Destination: RAS

20 Apr

RAS Trousseau Destination

A few days before my wedding, my Bua and Dadi came over to my house bearing wedding gifts - two beautiful saris! Continue reading

TDB’s Day Out! Vogue Wedding Show Day 1

4 Apr

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When you enter the driveway of Taj Palace, you can feel the buzz of Vogue Wedding Show. Once I was in, I was given a folder (which was very useful to collect all the brochures I kept getting at every stall) that contained all the information I needed to know about the show – list of designers and other wedding experts showcasing their work + maps of the two halls in which the show was taking place. The Durbar Hall has the Indian Bridal Couture and Jewellery stalls, while the Shahjehan Hall has “wedding services” companies – such as the wedding planners, invitation card designers, etc. I asked if I could bring in my SLR camera, but it was not possible. So you’ll have to make do with my description of what I saw – I hope I can add pictures later if and when Vogue makes them available.

I’ll give you a brief overview of the Indian Bridal Couture section first. Warning: If you’re a bride to be and can afford to spend upwards of 2 lakhs on a lehenga and above 1 lakh on an anarkali, you’ll find the information below actually helpful. For the rest of you, I hope I can giveaway free designer wear to my blog readers some day :) In the meanwhile, we’ll just drool over these!

1. Sabyasachi

Let’s begin with the God of bridal wear. I saw a lot of netural shades here, a lot of beige and ivory. The lehengas I liked?

  • There was one gorgeous lehenga with aari work – beige and ivory. It’s the first one you see when you walk in. The work on it was very heavy. But, heavy aari work done tastefully looks gorgeous. And Sabyasachi probably created the word tasteful in the fashion world.
  • A peach net lehenga, which is so fluffy and the color so flirty that you’ll feel like a princess in it! It had a heavily embroidered blouse and the lehenga had 2 layers. The top layer had sequins. Beneath it was another net layer that had white threadwork on it (gone are the days when we saw brocade under net – thank God, I was never able to warm up to the trend). I fell in love with this lehenga – it was just so pretty and fluffy! If you’re having a day wedding and are looking for a pastel shade lehenga, you should consider this. Price 1.95 lakh.
  • A lighter-than-salmon pink chikankari lehenga, which was also all fluffy and pink and pretty! The blouse had very neatly embroidered small flowers on it - similar to my wedding blouse actually. Wait a minute, did I just compare my wedding blouse to one from the Sabyasachi collection?! *grins* The dupatta looked like a starry night in the sky, a salmon pink sky with a generous sprinkling of tiny silver stars on it.

I also saw a unique “parsi sari” (in Sabyasachi’s words). It was a salmon pink sari, which had a pale blue border on it’s sheer heavy pallu.

About Sabyasachi - He talks the same way in real life as he talks on Band Baaja Bride (the show on NDTV). And his collection was actually wearable. It also made me wonder – are pastel shades in?

2. Anamika Khanna

Her area was full, full, full! Every time I stepped in, there were too many people around her. She had personal appointments back-to-back. Lehengas I liked?

  • A beautiful and elegant white lehenga jacket. The jacket had silver gota patti work on it, while the lehenga had silver aari work embroidered onto it. The lehenga looked fluffy mainly on account of the full ghera it had.
  • A silver gota patti work lehenga, that was so full of work that the beautiful shade of the turquoise blue base underneath only managed to peep through sparingly.
  • While I was in there, a bride was trying on an eggplant purple silk lehenga with a heavily embroidered red blouse.

I managed a peep at a cobalt blue long jacket filled with white embroidery – it was gorgeous! Also, it was just 5,000 rupees shy of 4 lakh in cost!

About Anamika Khanna – she was super sweet. I had entered her “stall” twice, and had not been able to view half the collection because of her ongoing appointments. I had spotted the cobalt blue jacket from a distance, but was not able to get to it. Finally, when I entered the third time, I asked one of the assistants to please show me the cobalt blue jacket, but once she realized it was right behind where Anamika was standing (it was quite crowded to get to that piece), she asked me to come again later please! Anamika spotted us, and quickly asked the assistant, “Which piece should I hand over to you?” She realized I wanted to look at it, and ensured I got it in my hands, even though she was in the middle of a personal appointment and really needn’t have put in the effort! I thought it was really sweet on her part to do that. Now you know why I said she was super sweet. She really is, isn’t she?

3. Suneet Varma

He was walking around saying hello to his dear friends, saw him chatting with Anamika & Sabyasachi. I saw a classic white lehenga with a red border here. Unfortunately, it reminded me a lot of something I have seen at Frontier Raas before - isn’t it sad that I’m comparing a Suneet Varma design to Frontier? It’s obviously the other way around - they copied it from him. But the one thing I LOVED here was a heavy red anarkali! It was so, so beautiful! Everything about it was lovely – the design in which the back was cut, the way it flowed, the embroidery. Perfect for a bride’s trousseau. I want it.

4. Pallavi Jaikishan

Didn’t see her today. Her collection had a lot of pastel shades with floral threadwork (which is what Mehak of peachesandblush.com loved about her collection last year). The pieces I liked were:

  • A net pista green lehenga with gold gota patti work and chiffon flowers, paired with a bright pink blouse. Lots of floral embroidery on it.
  • A pista green sari with the same work as the lehenga
  • A pale yellow sari with bright pink border
  • A rani pink and red subtly shaded sari with relatively heavy golden emroidery

The bridal lehengas were too blingy for my taste, unfortunately. But the sari collection was nice.

5. Tarun Tahiliani

There were a lot of pastels and neutral shades in his collection as well. I’m confused though - aren’t bright colors in? Or was that last season? Fasion bloggers, help! He had a lovely toned down collection for grooms – sherwanis in shades of ivory, and black. I felt bad for the boys though – they have such limited color options. I also managed a peek at yet another salmon pink fluffy lehenga that looked very princess-like. Dreamy! And another heavily embroidered lehenga that probably weighed 10 kilos…or more!

6. Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla

They had a very limited collection on display. And out of the 4-5 that were on display, none that catered to my taste :(

Others that need a mention and no, these cannot wait till tomorrow to be written about:

1. Judith Lieber has a scheme on “a trousseau box of clutches”. These are blinged out clutches, fit for a party and cost upwards of 1 lakh each. But if you buy a box of 4, you get 20% off. Boxes of 2 and 3 can also be customized at discounted rates. I saw a very pretty pale blue clutch here that I want. On a side note, did you know that pale blue is my current favourite color? I’m obsessed with it.

2. Janavi is a must visit. I met Puneet (who, btw, I later realized is the CEO of the company) who showed me pashmina shawls in bright shades – pinks and oranges, with embroidery on them that’s similar to that done on a sari! This is all from their Wedding Collection, which may or may not be available at their DLF Emporio store post the exhibition. The shawls were really soft, and are fit to wear over a sari or suit without spoiling the whole party look you’ve got going. I fell in love with a burnt orange shawl that had antique gold, almost bronze subtle embroidery on its border (INR 20,000). You can also buy men’s stoles for INR 10,000 – put them together, and you’ve got the perfect wedding gift for a bride and groom. Janavi also had pashmina saris and cute summer stoles with colorful animals embroidered at the end of the stole.

Looking forward to Day 2 of Vogue Wedding Show!

Any one in particular you want me to meet and talk to? Have a look at the full list of wedding experts here and let me know.

You can read up on Day 2 at VWS here, and Day 3 here.

Where to shop for swim wear in Delhi

16 Aug

where to shop for swim wear in delhi

Are you heading to a beach for your honeymoon? I am! Living in Delhi, most of us don’t have appropriate beach wear. And if there’s one thing you’ll definitely need for your honeymoon trousseau, it’s a swimsuit! Whether it’s a one piece or two piece bikini, you’ll need to know where to shop from in the big, bad city of New Delhi. Continue reading

Trousseau Destination – Hauz Khas Village #4: Ole Couture

9 Aug

hauz khas village Ole Couture Trousseau destination

This is the final post in the series on designer stores in Hauz Khas Village. You can find parts 1 to 3 here, here and here.

Yet another high-end store. Ole Couture has a lot of unique pieces – in both Indian and western wear. I always find lots of pretty tops and dresses here, but never buy them because they are so expensive. They have lehengas as well, heavy and light ones. The designer will also sit down with you to design it if you please.

I found a very nice sangeet lehenga here, very “fluffy”. You know the ones that make you feel like a princess? J But we weren’t too sure what to pair it with, so we didn’t take it. And now I’m glad we didn’t. Although it’s fluffly, it doesn’t have that kind of ghera and fall that will make it twirl endlessly while you spin around on the sangeet. I want one of those. Like the one in this video below (see 1:22 to 1:30) -

Where can I find one like THIS???

Back to the store – they have party footwear as well for brides, but they’re best avoided as I didn’t find any comfortable. The bottomline on this store is – it’s got some pretty nice and different kind of Indian as well as Western wear for your trousseau needs. Do check it out, but keep in mind that it’s a pricey place.

Update: I went to a wedding recently (July, 2013) and saw a lot of the guests in Ole Couture pieces! If you can afford it, definitely buy a few pieces for your trousseau from here.


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