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Last updated: November 2013

1. INTRODUCTION

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Wedding Diary! Chapter 1: Wedding Lehengas
17 th Apr 2014

Lakme fashion Week Spring Summer 2011:

In 2011, at the Lakme Fashion Week Manish Malhotra and Anita Dongre were the only two designers who showcased Bridal Collections. The colour scheme of both the designer’s collections were quite similar; shades of blush pink, white ivory and glittery gold. Manish Malhotra’s collection incorporated beautiful heavy embroidered wedding lehenga’s, on the other hand Anita Dongre’s Timeless collection of wedding lehenga’s were light and sensuous. 

Designer Manish Malhotra's Wedding lehenga at Lakme Fashion Week 2011

Designer Anita Dongre's Wedding lehenga at Lakme Fashion Week 2011

Lakme Fashion Week Spring Summer 2012:

On the first day of the Lakme Fashion Week Spring Summer 2012, Vikram Phadnis showcased a beautiful Mughal inspired collection. Sequins bordered dupatta, vest blouses, floral printed dupatta and full lace wedding lehengas were perfectly tailored. His collection was a treat to the eyes; he not only displayed the basic light and airy colours but also included dark and rustic colours like kohl black, royal gold with hints of blue green and red. Mughal architecture inspired textured fabric was very cleverly integrated with the traditional wedding lehengas. So if your wedding theme is inspired by the Mughal era, Vikram has the perfect outfit for you.

Indian Designer Vikram Phadnis's Wedding lehenga at Lakme Fashion Week 2012

Lakme Fashion Week Spring Summer 2013:

At the Lakme Fashion Week 2013, Anushree Reddy, Gaurang Shah and Vikram Phadnis each showcased their bridal collection. All three collections were completely different. Anushree Reddy’s collection was inspired by the concept of a dreamy vintage princess. Her collection incorporated soft pastel shades like lemon yellow, mint green, cloudy white, soft pink and light blue. The wedding lehenga dupattas had light embroidery whereas her other lehengas were plain and simple.

“Gulbadan” Collection by Gaurang Shah at the Lakme Fashion Week 2013, was inspired by the Akbar’s era. The rich textiles and the beautiful gardeneur motifs gave a new dimension to the summer weddings. The Kota fabric with Mughal buttis were intricately woven to the wedding lehengas. The collection incoporated earthy tones like military green, mud brown, pale pink and mustard yellow.

Vikram Phadnis’ collection was inspired by rural India. The collection consisted of influences from traditional Indian communities like Ratnagiri and Raigad. Vibrant colours with rich fabrics revealed the true beauty of rural India. Vikram used dull brocade along with linen and voile fabulously worked together creating the perfect wedding lehengas for a traditional Indian Wedding.

Fashion Designer Anushree Reddy's Wedding lehenga at Lakme Fashion Week 2013

Indian Designer Gaurang Shah's Wedding lehenga at Lakme Fashion Week 2013

Indian Fashion Designer Vikram Phadnis's Wedding lehenga at Lakme Fashion Week 2013

Lakme Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014:

At the Lakme Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014, Tarun Tahiliani showcased his bridal collection. The ramp was brilliantly decorated like a modern Indian wedding reception. The wedding lehengas of his collection were magnificent in beautiful summer shades of beige with golden crystal embroidery handcrafted to create a rich Indian silhouette.

Anita Dongre’s collection at the Lakme Fashion Week 2014 was clean and simple with no embroidery or bright colours. Her collection included wedding lehengas in soft colours like light yellow, pale pink and ivory white. The fabric for the wedding lehenga was light cotton with a geometric and lace pattern.  Perfect wedding lehengas for a hot summer wedding.

Anushree Reddy’s collection for the Lakme Fashion Week 2014 was similar to her collection at the 2013 Lakme Fashion Week. She used light colours and fabrics for the wedding lehengas; beautiful embroidery, thick Gota Pati and a silver lace border on the dupatta. Her collection was pretty and elegant.

Shantanu and Nikhil’s bridal collection for the Lakme fashion Week 2014 was more of a Bohemian inspired look. The collection had both bold and soft colours like earthy brown, pale pink, blush peach and ivory white. There were long peplum style blouses, fabric draped in different styles to add texture to the wedding lehengas, lace crop blouses and light brocade full lehenga outfits were the items that made up their wedding collection.

Shyamal and Bhumika’s bridal collection at the Lakme Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014 was a total surprise. The Collection was surreal and majestic. The bridal collection created a romantic atmosphere on the ramp with soft luxurious colours for this summer like emerald green, burgundy wine, champagne golden and pale pink. Delicate hand crafted embroidery was perfectly combined with modern design. Their bridal collection had one of the most beautiful wedding lehengas.

 

Fashion Designer Tarun Tahiliani's Bridal collection at Lakme Fashion Week 2014

Indian Designer Anita Dongre showcases her Wedding lehenga at Lakme Fashion Week 2014

Indian Designer Anushree Reddy's wedding collection : Wedding lehenga at Lakme Fashion Week 2014

Indian duo Designer Shantanu and Nikhil's Wedding lehenga at Lakme Fashion Week 2014

Indian Designer Shyamal and Bhumika presents their Wedding Collection at Lakme Fashion Week 2014

Wills and Lakme India Fashion Weeks Infographic
11 th Apr 2014

We take a look at some of the interesting aspects from the recently concluded Lakme and Wills fashion weeks in India.

Showcasing high end Indian designers with innovative collections and inspiring shows.

 

 

Indian Fashion Weeks - Lakme Fashion Week and Wills India Fashion Week

Highlights From Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2014 Day 3 - 5
04 th Apr 2014

 

We saw an amazing array of inventive designs in the first two days of Wills India Fashion Week. From the electrifying splendour of Tarun Tahiliani’s opening show to the seductively shocking designs of Raakesh Agarvwal. We looked forward with avid excitement for the rest of the week and the surprises to come!

Day Three of Wills India Fashion Week was scintillating with Archana Rao’s ‘Frou Frou’ collection which was one of our favourite shows on this day. We were overwhelmed by an intriguing display of fitted and sheer dresses with cinched waists. The looks were soft and wonderfully fresh with subtle colours of peach, soft pinks, nudes and light blues. Each outfit was given more refined grace with elaborate lace patterns.

After Archana Rao’s astounding show at Wills India Fashion Week comprising of subtle shades of pink on beautiful silhouettes, we were then treated to the different but magnificent designs of Satya Paul. This collection was called ‘Icarus’ and the designer had created a clothing line that consisted of an amalgamation of colour blocks and metallic components. Her designs featured glamorous silhouettes covered with fragmented spreads of colour. The clothes on display were either polo necks with long sleeves, shift dresses, trousers or sarees. Her clothing line was textured with patterns inspired by the beauty of everyday activities for example the dripping of a tap or the iron burnt mark on a garment. It was an enthralling show particularly for those who love colour.

Finishing off Day Three of Wills India Fashion Week in style was designer duo Abraham & Thakore. The collection was both innovative and compelling with Khadi fabric and safari uniform styled elegantly with crisp white shirts and waist belts with tunics. The colours were muted beiges, the emphasis being on the structure of the outfits further strengthened by the strong linear motifs decorating some of the designs. Other impressive designs were the coats with intricate detailing and patterns that added intrigue to the simplistic shapes. A particularly stunning outfit was the shirt blouse that looked like a black and white saree.

We started off Day Four ecstatic after seeing Zubair Kirmani’s brilliant show. The designer’s collection was inspired by his hometown of Kashmir. Each garment celebrated the various idiosyncrasies of Kashmir. The designer is known for his detailed designs and in this particular respect he did not let us down. The silhouettes were breathtaking, each item created in Kashmir. The colours were overwhelming with greens, blues, reds, blacks and whites.

The highlight for us on Day Four of Wills India Fashion Week was Siddartha Tytler’s stunning show which burst with colour and luxurious glamour, inspired by the vivid colours of tropical birds amongst trees. He used shades of brown throughout his collection to evoke the trunk of a tree with touches of purples, blues and reds. To add even more drama to the exquisite pieces, the designer incorporated gold sequins, creating dazzling displays through the movement of the models. The collection was exciting because of the colours that danced before the spectator’s eyes through the movements of the models.

The eagerly anticipated show by Anita Dongre, on the last day of Wills India Fashion Week, did not fail to exceed our already very high expectations. The collection was called ‘An Urban Folk Tale.’ She fused a combination of traditional Indian aesthetics with fashionable chic. Her inspiration came from palaces and forts of Rajasthan. The colours she used consisted of a beautiful array of olive, plum, chocolate and indigo contributing to a bohemian feel. She incorporated digital prints of Ikkat onto silhouettes that were relaxed and flowing. The fabrics used were georgettes, chiffons and silk knits.

The grand finale was here before we could even get our bearings. The closing show had been the talking point throughout the Wills India Fashion Week as everyone expected to be bewildered and impressed. This, the designer achieved with incredible panache! Namrata Joshipura’s show was spectacular with dazzling gold metallic gowns enveloped in a rock & roll electronic light show. The designer is known for her magnificent sporty-glamorous clothing and she definitely did not disappoint on this front. Her show started with playsuits and then merged into eveningwear, which was lavish and elegant. Her styles were clean but with touches of warrior style adding metal pieces to the mouth projecting elements of the tribal onto her urban collection.

The Wills India Fashion Week was startling with glamour and allure. We loved being swept away by the eclectic and ravishing designs and look forward to next year’s as we are sure it will be as splendid.

 

 

Highlights From Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week 2014 Day 1 - 2
28 th Mar 2014

We left Lakme Fashion Week on an extreme high after witnessing spectacles of grandeur and brilliance along with designs that left us star struck! With very high expectations we welcomed Wills Fashion Week with open arms willing them to whisk us away with even more Indian splendor, this they did from the very beginning, exceeding our already high expectations.

Opening the Wills Fashion Week was the designer with the most pizazz Tarun Tahiliani. Arriving at the ramp we were immediately stunned by the breathtaking scenery. Electrifying, brightly coloured wheels hung down over the ramp providing a scintillating and textured mood as we waited with baited breath knowing that the show would be a magnificent affair. We were not wrong! The outfits were beautiful, highly decorated with gold finery. His designs featured emperor silhouettes and extensive patterns that adorned jackets with slits, sarees and long asymmetric kurtas. The Showstopper was Shilpa Shetty who looked gorgeous in a layered kanjeevaram lehenga and draped corset.

After an amazing display from Tarun Tahiliani, we were quite surprised and overwhelmed by Raakesh Agarvwal’s show. His collection revolved around dominatrix seduction and featured dramatic designs with leather, chainmail and handcuffs. It was an edgy and yet mesmerizing show using a whole array of dangerous instruments from neck braces to metal arm candy. Raakesh’s collection showcased couture gowns and swimsuits all inspired by S & M bondage, which was both thrilling and alarming at the same time.

Provocative clothing was certainly a running theme throughout Wills Fashion Week with Anupama Dayal’s collection inspired by Kamasutra and called Kama. We were overwhelmed by bursts of colourful frilled lehengas and short sexy cholis bringing together traditional style and drawing on ideas of gracious living. The colours were bold with strong greens and reds emphasizing passion and love. The designer told a beautiful story through the collection about the bride’s desire to seduce her lover. This engaging tale was told through deep necklines and flowy silhouettes. Anupama Dayal used scintillating tassels, pearl embroidery and trims to create an excellent collection.

Day One of Wills Fashion Week was an overwhelming extravaganza of dazzling hues, graceful and sharp silhouettes. Day two was an explosion of style! Our first highlight of the day was the exquisite show from Myoho. Inspired by the subtle hues and alluring styles of Morocco. The models glided down the ramp in sensuous red drapes with long flared maxis. The colours blended majestically with one another for understated and sophisticated looks, the silhouettes were clean and serene adding strength to Myoho’s designs.

Anand Bhushan’s collection at Wills Fashion Week was truly captivating. The show was called Broken and it was a scintillating display of styles drawing on themes of structural composition of DNA strands. Beautiful cris-crossing shapes covered the models bringing out their elegant figures. Delicate beading across tops and dresses provided the impression of strings of chromosomes clinging to the models. The designer used interesting combinations of silver leather with black.

Day Two of Wills Fashion Week ended with an enthralling show by The Woolmark Prize winner, Rahul Mishra. His show was wonderfully captivating mainly because of the incredible patterns adorning his designs. The collection was called The Lotus Effect and had incorporated a beautiful lotus floral print throughout his clothing line. Rahul was inspired by Buddha’s philosophy of the power of the lotus and used this motif to portray the course of the human race. A particular stylistic trait of his that caught our eye was his charming hand embroidery created with merino wool yarn. His woolen detailing provided a charming soft textured look.

The first two days of Wills Fashion Week has revealed why Indian fashion never ceases to amaze and excite us. We have seen innovative and glamorous shows with designs that are truly miraculous! We can’t wait to see what the last few days have in store.

 

The Latest Designer Collections From Lakmé Fashion Week 2014 Day 4-5
20 th Mar 2014

The arrival of Lakmé Fashion Week brought with it wonderfully innovative and thrilling shows from a vast variety of talented designers. One of the truly memorable shows from the first couple of days was Tarun Tahiliani’s with his eclectic and vibrant spectacle that ensured an impressive and thrilling show. We were blown away by Anita Dongre’s display that was particularly stimulating as she mixed Varanasi weaves with boho styled silhouettes. After these astonishing and exhilarating first few days we were extremely excited about the rest of the week knowing that the Lakmé Fashion Show designers would not fail to feed our fashion addiction with their spectacular designs.

Day 4 brought with it the spectacular show of Bombay based designer Ken Ferns. Bursting into the scene in 2010, the designer is known for creating designs that allude to unconventional themes, this year he did not disappoint. His show was a scintillating experience for the audience as he delighted us with his collection called, ‘Secret Garden’ giving the audience the impression of wandering through a majestic floral utopia. Inspired by the Golden Age of Portugese ceramic tile painting, he incorporated this influence into his sensuous garments that used soft colours of blue and white on pleated shorts, maxi skirts and tops with flowing sleeves. His Lakmé Fashion Show met its crescendo with Ferns’ gorgeous showstopper Gauhar Khan who glided down the ramp in a beautifully printed dress with a pencil skirt.

Next on the list of incredible shows was the designer Sonaakshi Raaj’s whose passion for the glamour and decadence of the Red Carpet influenced her Lakmé Fashion Show, ‘Broadway Affair’. The designer used timeless and intricate detailing to add texture to the silk fabrics providing a splendid seductive nature to her designs. Sonaakshi’s gowns were ceremonious in their elegance. Her pre-stitched sarees, lace blouses, halter gold bustier and cutout boleros added exciting diversity to her impressive collection.

Anju Modi’s 2014 Lakmé Fashion Show was dazzling! Modi’s collection was called ‘Seeking Paradise’ and paradise; she certainly created through her beautiful silhouettes that blossomed with light colours of blue, cream and fresh coral. Modi used intricate embroidery inspired by filigree windows and the carved arches of the doorways to Utopian paradise. Her garments featured long sleeved choli, net pinafore and dhoti.

We were devastated that Day 5 of Lakmé Fashion Week was here already although excited by the prospect of being astounded by the closing shows, knowing that Lakmé was sure to go out with an explosion of decadence and splendour. We weren’t wrong!

A collection that impressed us on Day 5 was Kunal Anil Tanna’s Lakmé Fashion Show. His collection was named ‘Indigo Summer’ and rightly so as it was suffused with gentle blue and white colours touched with dashes of orange and yellow. Kunal Anil Tanna went for style and rich Jaipur detailing and he certainly managed to pull it off!

On arriving at Neeta Lulla’s Lakmé Fashion Show we were intrigued and excited by the stage set. The ceiling was covered in a textured array of white paper origami birds to create that subtle beauty of spring. She used hot tropical colours, which were balanced with Aztec and Carnival influences through her monochromatic range that was particularly visually stunning. Neeta’s designs were showcased through a rainbow of colours, brown, chutney green, orange, shocking pink and blue. Within each of these colour sections the designer showcased maxis, tube dresses, practical blouses, sarees and simple cholis. Stealing the show was the beautiful Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra who elegantly strolled down the ramp in a long white silk kaftan. Neeta Lulla’s collection was both eye-catching and resplendent.

Finally the great closing Lakmé Fashion Show was upon us and what a magnificent show it was! Located on the immaculate lawns of the venue the ramp gleamed with reflections from the multitude of mirrors that ran along the length of the runway. The trees that rose up around the ramp further enhanced this eerie spectacle. Rajesh Pratap Singh’s collection was called ‘Illusion’ and this ephemeral name he conjured effectively through the glowing helmets that the models wore with transparent graphic footwear and his signature white shirts. Rajesh’s designs were divided into day and night. The day mood started with light coloured outfits in soft fabrics with fluid silhouettes. These then merged gradually into metallic yarns and sheer glass weaves eventually climaxing in black shades with silver features. The show drew to a close with the actress Kareena Kapoor gliding down the ramp in a long black dazzling gown.

We were incredibly impressed by this year’s Lakmé Fashion Show where we had witnessed an amazing array of new clothes for Spring/Summer 2014.

 

SVA's latest collection from Lakmé Fashion Week 2014
14 th Mar 2014

SVA's collection was elegant and refined using light colours to create that summer look but also drawing on traditional Indian styles. Bold lines highlighted the charming structures of the outfits.

Photos: Lakmé Fashion Week

The Latest Designer Collections From Lakmé Fashion Week 2014 Day 1 - 3
14 th Mar 2014

 

The great long-awaited Mumbai fashion week, Lakmé Fashion Show started with an explosion of luxury, and sumptuous charm with Manish Malhotra’s collection ‘Summer Affair’. Considered one of India’s most successful fashion designers and known for designing the costumes for top Bollywood stars such as Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif and many more.

Manish Malhotra’s opening show at the Lakmé Fashion Show was a splendid artistic spectacle. He brought the beauty of nature onto the ramp with charming, twisting branches that weaved along the edges of the ramp. Displays of decorative blossom burst out above the audience and creepers wound down from the ceiling emphasizing the beauty of spring. Manish Malhotra’s collection merged beautifully with the decorative surroundings, featuring sherwanis, slim pants, pre-stitched saris, cholis and long gowns. The colours were light and summery with grey and shades of pink. The fantastic show was closed by actress Sonakshi Sinha who walked elegantly down the ramp in an alluring black gown with white embroidery.

Sougat Paul’s inspiration for his collection was of extreme detailing in the textures of everyday objects. His gowns were vibrant with block colours of green, brown and white. Other outfits sparkled with sequins and detailed embroidery.

One of the best new collections on Day One of the Lakmé Fashion Show was the collection by Narendra Kumar called ‘Dark Love’. His collection was inspired by the artist Franz Kline, an abstract expressionist who created dynamic paintings with heavy architectural shapes, giving the impression of spontaneous drama. Kumar’s collection evoked Kline’s artistic principles. His new suits were cleanly cut and structured. He evoked the various stages of love with bold, contrasting colours. His yellow and bright blue jumpsuits suggested a celebration of joy. His use of rust and burgundy and his black suits emphasized darkness.

Finishing off Day One of the Lakmé Fashion Show in style was the extravagant Tarun Tahiliani who decorated the ramp with bouquets of white organza leaves that hung down from the ceiling. His designs featured an eclectic range of monotones and bright opulent colours. His models looked graceful in his black and white sarees. His other clothes were kurtas, dhoti sarees, kalidaar kurtas and draped dhoti pants.

Tarun Tahiliani focused on making sure his new line was wearable but also making use of the traditional techniques and fabrics. His outfits were made from chiffons, summer cottons and featuring chikankari, jamazaar work and paisley motifs. Finishing off his spectacular show was the actress Jacqueline Fernandez who wore a magnificent Tahiliani anarkali.

The SVA designers on Day Three of the Lakmé Fashion Show created splendour through their collection that drew on historical couture effortlessly combined with contemporary styles with pure fabrics and soulful details.

Anita Dongre’s long anticipated show was not a disappointment. Her clothes featured pastel and subtle colours creating serene, summery looks with delicate textiles. Scintillating designs hung on both male and female models.

We can’t wait for the closing of Lakmé Fashion Show, which will be showcasing the epic new collection of the designer Rajesh Pratap Singh. His collection is inspired by illusion and will feature designs with metallic colours for innovative new looks for summer.

Styling Tips for Holi 'Festival of Colours'
14 th Mar 2014

Holi, also known as the ‘Festival of Colours’, is a Hindu celebration which commemorates the triumph of good over evil. This year it is taking place on Monday 17th March, as it is celebrated the day after the full moon in March each year. The name ‘Holi’ came from Hindus’ Lord Krishna who played pranks on girls by soaking them in water and colours.

How is it celebrated?

On the eve of Holi, bonfires are lit to burn evil spirits, originating from the burning and destruction of the demoness Holika. This is then followed by a carefree play with dry powder and coloured water out in the open streets, parks and gardens, all over the world.

 In India, everyone is out on the open streets, playing music and drums, singing and dancing, whilst colour and water is thrown in all directions. Everyone, even strangers, take part in the fun, with some also using water guns and balloons. It is a wonderful festival which bridges any social gap and brings everyone together.  

What to wear?

If you decide to take part in this messy fun, be sure to wear suitable attire, as you will undoubtedly get wet and stain your clothes - for this part of the day, wearing old clothes is advised.

However, this barbaric play is usually followed by a calm time with friends and family where you finally have a chance to dress up, as you should during a festival. If you are spending the evening with the family, then a simple but vibrant anarkali or salwar would be appropriate. But if you are continuing the celebration with friends a chic dress will be perfect!

 

Sougat Paul's Collection at Lakme Fashion Week 2014
12 th Mar 2014

Sougat Paul's show 'Soup' at Lakme Fashion Week today featured flowing drapes and classic detailing. He combined extensive embroidery and sequins in some of his outfits with bold colours and dramatic prints in other designs.

 

Photos: Lakme Fashion Week

Gulaab Gang in Pink Sarees are an inspiration for International Women's Day
06 th Mar 2014

International Women’s Day will be celebrated by all proud-to-be women worldwide on Saturday 8th March 2014. This day started in 1910 at the second international conference of working women held in Copenhagen and is now an official holiday in many countries. Events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate achievements.

One event that will surely inspire women is the release of Bollywood movie Gulaab Gang which stars beautiful Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla. This movie which portrays women empowerment is set to release on 7th March, a day prior to International Women’s Day.

Madhuri Dixit-Nene plays the gang leader, while Juhi Chawla plays a negative role as a power-hungry politician.

This movie tells the story of a gang leader formulating a gang of women "who come together to be economically self-sustaining. They weave baskets, make masala and weave clothes. They are essentially saree weavers and that’s how they end up coming together," explains director Somik Sen.

The all-women gang members go against the common norm of a male dominated world. “You can say that it is a matriarchal society. I wanted to reverse the trend where men are either hero or villain, or both. It is sort of a Utopian idea in Bollywood where women are the hero as well as the villain”, added Sen. This movie will surprise us all with fighting scenes from the women, even from 46-year-old Madhuri Dixit who will be doing dare-devil fighting scenes.

Throughout this inspirational movie for women, the weaving gang members wear pink sarees. If you would like to embrace women empowerment and follow the fashion of these women, then check out our stunning collection of pink sarees.

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