Fashion

While I do keep an eye out for the quirky, there have been times when lines have caught my frenzy. On-the-job still remains my largest school of learning and here are some who’s wearing what as well as a few experiential pieces that I have done in the category for ramp and fashion.

Sassy Fishtail Braid Hairstyles To-be-brides Must Check Out

Jasmine Beauty Care

Woman! Keep your hair on! If you don’t want to follow convention – whether it is with cascading waves of your luscious locks or an elaborate bun hairstyle, then we have an option for you. And before you say Poola Jada over my dead body, here is what we have for you – different spins on the fishtail braid. (Written for WeddingWire India)

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Don The Phulkari Dupatta For Your ‘Punjaban’ Pre-Wedding Shoot

Sunny Dhiman Photography

When it comes to a pre-wedding photo story, you can’t beat a couple with a cause to celebrate. And when this cause is deeply etched into your cultural roots, it’s double the reason to celebrate! So, we break down the latest pre-wedding shoot trend, one we’ve seen trending from Sada Canada to Bhatinda with equal aplomb. This is the Pind Punjabi pre-wedding photoshoot, made as authentic as Makke Ki Roti, with just a single addition – the Phulkari Dupatta.

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7 Silver Oxidised Jewellery Designs to Look Dazzling This Season

Amrapali

We, those who love the darker hues of the white metal, find it a line to swear by, an accent to our individualism and thought to our beliefs. And today, as I pen this open letter to silver oxidised jewellery, I share how you can express your voice, your zest and your self with it too.

We as women are often trapped by mores of perfection, with a need to show off our dainty, feminine sides in all the fineries available. The sharpened sides (and tongues), the warrior spirits and the rougher edges are hidden perfectly away. Especially when we need to step up with our best foot forward, at our weddings. Or in the life after.

In this case, bring this sense of yourself in a jewellery box adorned with flowers that you will give value too. Use these physical talismans to showcase this side of yourself with ease.

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Match Your Mother-Daughter Dresses For Wedding This Way

Anita Dongre

Stars do it and so do designers from the latest wedding couture brands. A match-up with your darling daughter is so, so in as designer wedding wear that we can’t just talk about it enough! Here are a few mother-daughter dresses for wedding ideas that are high-brow enough to give us wedding goals.

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12 Boho Earrings We Just Can’t Get Enough of as They Are Dreamy!

Outhouse Jewellers

Think nomadic style, bohemian gipsy looks and an edge of the exotic, especially in your choices of baubles for your big day and you’re on the track that we’re talking about here. Boho jewellery, a mix of chic fashion, gipsy-inspired styles in vivid colour, styles and patterns is all the rage. And this edit on boho earrings is a celebration of that spirit, in all its glitzy appeal.

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8 Latest Wedding Trends for Outfits That We’re Currently Crushing on

Weddings by Knotty Days

Need your wedding look to be as perfect and on-point as your swishing personality and style, especially on your wedding day? Begin your journey to catch the trend with this set of latest wedding trends for your D-day.

Here, we’ve compiled the latest wedding trends that seem to be rocking both the ramp and clicks by wedding photographers aplenty. Pick the ones which suit your look the best and get inspired, ahead of your own wedding shopping journey.

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10 Anita Dongre Bridal Lehengas We Saw on Real Brides

Anita Dongre

The Anita Dongre bride story is one of someone who holds strong conviction within herself and her own preferences is looking for wearable and comfortable designs and knows that the designer will have her back for her big day.

In this edit on the Anita Dongre bridal lehenga, we count down 10 of all the beautiful women out there who chose to be an Anita Dongre bride and really loved the experience and journey of being one. The words are theirs and have simply chosen to bring them to a wider audience.

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8 Net Saree Designs for Your D-day That Will Make You Swoon

From the specialised hands of Sabyasachi and Anita Dongre to artisans who painstakingly work over a piece of the gauze-like fabric, the net saree with all of its exquisite detail is a timeless, elegant delight – one that should find space in every bride-to-be treasure trove. While there was a trend towards sequin-based, mechanised net sarees, this had come and gone with the wind.

And though sequins, with a glitter base is a fad that keeps coming back – it’s the handcrafted appeal of the net saree which has maintained the test of time. Here are some net saree designs that made a place in our hearts in recent times:

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The House of Anita Dongre Explainer: What to Pick and From Where

Anita Dongre

A woman designer who rose to the top of the basis of effortless Jaipuri designs, breezy fabrics and attention to detail, Anita Dongre has become a force to reckon with among Indian designers. With offerings that cater to everyone and every budget, Anita Dongre has been able to offer the Indian market with a sheer sense of variety, without a comprise on quality.

Her offerings also help in giving back to the community, with collaborations from artisans in regional pockets to bring the craft to its own deserving place.

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5 Latest Sabyasachi Collection Trends Which You Need To Pick

‘Mainu Sabyasachi Dila De, O Saiyan Diwane!’

The recently launched latest Sabyasachi collection, Charbagh, has floored brides-to-be, design fiestas and the wider Indian bridal couture world, the way only the master designer can. Here we explore why this is the absolute best selection of his work and the unique style and appeal that the latest Sabyasachi collection has for an Indian bride.

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The All Authentic ‘How To Drape A Silk Saree’ In 3 Distinct South Indian Styles

Focuz Studios

Sheer perfection! That’s how a thin pleated silk saree appears on any South Indian bride. And we’re here to tell you how to embody this look of absolute perfection with an answer to ‘How to drape a silk saree’. Here is our answer, covering three distinct south Indian traditional saree styles – with light, breezy drapes to heavy, traditional drapes.

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60+ Blouse Designs To Skim Through Before You Flesh Out Your Bridal Fantasy

Just 24 kalis do not a lehenga make. Neither do nine yards alone justify the beauty of a bridal saree. It’s a complete package, with the most basic detail – the humble bridal blouse. And how do you find just the right one for you? You choose by gorging yourself on an appetite of the best bridal blouse designs for 2019 (including honourable ones from 2018).

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60+ Blouse Designs To Skim Through Before You Flesh Out Your Bridal Fantasy

11 Effective Wedding Shopping Hacks To Smoothly Select The Outfit of Your Dreams

SN Dhiman Photography

When getting ready for your wedding, the toughest thing to do would be the set of wedding shopping trips you would need to take across the city. It would be for your outfit, trousseau, makeup kit and a large number of gifts for everyone involved. There’s also a long list of bridal accessories you would need to complete each of your signature looks.

To help you navigate through it all, here is a list of easy-to-practice wedding shopping hacks to get the most of your grand Indian wedding experience – at a fraction of the total price.

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8 New Bridal Lehenga Tips To Keep It New Before You Don It On Your Big Day

Bhumi & Simran Photography

Having the bridal outfit of your dreams is a feeling that’s beyond explanation. Finding that right bridal lehenga, which fits you like perfection, enhancing your overall appeal requires months of research, hours of running around, painful trial sessions. And all of them boil down to that one moment – when you’re dressed in it, standing in front of a mirror and know that this is it!

However, just having a new bridal lehenga at your home is barely half the job done. What you have ‘to have and hold’ is your own personal treasure, one that requires tender, love and care before you wear it on your wedding day.

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The A-Z List of Bridal Accessories To Guide Your Own Wedding Shopping Spree

Eye of Turtle

From the tips of your toes to the top of your head, you’re covered in essentials of ‘Shringaar‘ on the most auspicious day of your life – the wedding day. This includes all the countless ornaments you wear, the items you carry and the flowers in your hair. To ensure that you get everything right, we’ve put together the essential list of bridal accessories which apply to most Indian brides.

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10 Manish Malhotra Lehengas Spotted on Real Brides You Need to Look at for Quick Inspiration

Mahima Bhatia Photography

Wearing designer Bridal Lehengas on their wedding days is a dream that’s carefully enshrined in the hearts of many a bride in India. Be it those who swear by a Sabyasachi, a Tarun Tahiliani or a Manish Malhotra, it’s what these women want, often more than everything else that’s going on around their wedding festivities. We hold a light to these beautiful women and share some of those who were able to achieve this dream. We present the brides who wore Manish Malhotra Lehengas, if not on their D-day, then at least on their Sangeet ceremony or on their reception stage.

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Sabyasachi Sarees and Weddings Are the Raging Mantra for the Brides and Here’s a Lookbook to Flaunt on Your D-day

Yes – we’re back at it again! After a delightful exploration of the new collection of Sabyasachi lehengas, we explore the second facet from his dreamy ‘Endless summer’ collection – his variants in sarees and salwar suits. Sabyasachi is a name we’re all too familiar with. This ace designer has designed clothes for an enormous list of leading ladies from Hollywood and Bollywood both. His designs have his name written all over it and it is not hard for even a regular non-connoisseur of Sabyasachi’s designs, to identify the regality in prints and other works in the attires. Many a time we hear ourselves scream “Oh that’s a Sabyasachi!” or asking “Oh is that a Sabyasachi?” and all that because almost one-third of the brides who have their D-day dates coming close have a booklet of cutouts from magazines and newspapers or even a folder of screenshots on their phones for deciding the decor and the bridal attire and the Mehndi ceremony dress or the sangeet look.

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Planning to Flaunt a Khada Dupatta? Master the Draping Style and Royally Make Your Way Down the Aisle Like a Queen

Makeup by Aliya Baig

Keen on a royal and elegant look for your wedding ensemble? Then, we have just the inspiration for you. From the treasure troves of the erstwhile Nizams of Hyderabad, comes the Khada Dupatta, a dupatta draping style meant to convey sophistication and grace. And while Muslim brides in Hyderabad still opt for the look, we make notes about how it’s relevant and in style for any bride-to-be (beyond region or religion). The look this real bride is sporting in this photograph oozes charm, sophistication and is one of the most graceful looks we have seen so far.

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The Jaw-dropping Christian Wedding Dress Worn by Meghan Markle and the Royal Wedding Is a Fairytale for Inspiration

The moment has come! Meghan Markle walked up the steps, took her vows and became the Duchess of Sussex in a beautiful ceremony. And we’re still dreamy-eyed over her choice of the royal wedding dress – the white Givenchy gown, with a 16-foot veil that swept the stairs of the St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Wow! While the world celebrated, we thought of picking the bridal fashion cues which we could from it. We hope that these help you during your wedding shopping expedition for your own Christian wedding dress.

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This Is How You Can Wear a Dupatta in Different Styles at Weddings and Everywhere Else

Image Amaze Photography

The humble dupatta completes, complements and even accentuates the Indian dress worn with it. It’s the veil that delicately hides a shy face; a shelter for the curious eyes who peer from within, a scarf pinned to perfection or draped casually over the head, shoulders and arms (or even one of the three). We sing of its wonders, even as we explain how to wear a dupatta in different styles.

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Serve Looks in These Sabyasachi Lehengas to Unleash the Diva in You

Keen on fulfilling your dreams of being a Sabyasachi bride? Or just taking notes for your upcoming wedding experience? The master of hand-printed floral, statement heritage jewellery and wistful wedding fashions in India, unveiled his latest spring/summer collection, ‘The Endless Summer’ and it’s right on cue with not just this season. These Lehenga ideas work well for most day experiences, from the Sangeet and Haldi ceremony to the engagement and the big day for which all the preparations are made. Sabyasachi is a name that has not only been taking the B-town by the raging trends, in fact, in the world of fashion, his is the name that begins the trends and the rest seem to fall in line and follow up.

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The Only Guide of Bridal Silk Sarees You Need to Curate for D-day

Nagendra Mayya Photography

Pressed for time to go shopping for your trousseau and add bridal silk sarees? Or volunteered to help a significant other (a friend, sister or soul sister), but can’t juggle enough time to sift through the silks for them? If that’s you and you are guiltily browsing bridal silk sarees online, wait. We are here to lend you a hand on how to go trousseau shopping online and find the right ones – at the right price.

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What To Wear Advice From Grammy 2016

What to wear

As you open the doors to your closet and find a bulk of garments stare right back, do you face the same question too? What should I wear which reflects my personality, accentuates my choice and makes it seem big for a night on the town? Let’s answer this with a look at the star-studded red carpet for the Grammys 2016.

Ashish: The Indian Connect at London Fashion Week

Hop with pop next summer, courtesy bright sequins by Ashish at London Fashion Week.

London Fashion Week, one of the coveted big four fashion weeks in the world, was the central focus this week for all: from editors and stylists to fashionistas hanging on to trend reports. And what we saw this time around was a pop of teen summer enthusiasm, gliding in on skateboards at Somerset House.

All for the Indian in the house – Ashish Gupta. Find out why he’s important and why I believe the teen pop worked for him.

 Veggie Shopping, Courtesy Aartivijay Gupta

aartivijaygupta

What happens when your freshies spill into your wardrobe? That was a question I received an answer to, while watching designer Aartivijay Gupta’s collection, ‘Mandi‘, up for your gourmet delight on Day 5 of the Lakme Fashion Week (Winter / Festive) 2015.

Drama, Sculpted To Perfection: Gaurav Gupta’s Finale

Designs from Gaurav Gupta's Sculpt collection.

Designer Gaurav Gupta has had two rounds of incredible fashion collections to his name, back to back; the romantic evening silhouettes which formed the majority of his lineup at the Amazon India Couture Week, to the dramatic sculpted attires of his finale collection at the Lakme Fashion Week Winter / Festive 2015. And boy are we loving it!

Neeta Lulla’s multiple looks for the Brides to Be

Neeta Lulla with her many looks for a bride to be

What can one expect when the doyen of bridal fashions, Neeta Lulla, comes together with Lakme Salon services? The Lakme Salon Bridal show was an indepth coverage of 25 distinct looks, covering hairstyles, makeup and ensembles — all crafted with tender care.

Wearable Monochromes from AM:PM in ‘Siyah’

AM PM designs on the Lakme Fashion Week ramp.

“I so know what I want for my birthday!” That’s the thought that instantly went through my head while watching the latest designs from Ankur and Priyanka Modi’s label AM:PM. And the inlaid wood motifs were a true delight.

Golden Retro 80s Opens The Doors To LFW

The grand opening by Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla with Jawani Janeman

Disco strobe lights, gold tints and jagged mirror structures offset a granite flooring – disco beats from 80s Bollywood set the pace as models descended on the ramp in shimmering gold outfits, playfully interacting with the spell-bound audience. This was the scene for the highly anticipated Opening show from veteran designers Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla – Jawani Janeman – from the Lakme Fashion Week 2015 Winter/Festive.

Shivan & Narresh Bring Resort Flavours Out

Models lounge in Shivan & Narresh creations

Summer, helped along by a soft breeze in the air was the flavour of the day at the poolside deck of the Palladium hotel. The who’s who of Mumbai lounged on deck chairs and sank into comfortable recliners, sipping on drinks for this LFW 2015 show. This cruise / holiday mood was the perfect setting for Shivan & Narresh’s new swimwear collection, ‘Henri’s Garden‘.

That Lady in Pink

Vidya Balan Surreptitiously follows Textiles on Day 2

A saxophone filled the gap for the vocals on ‘Kuch Na Kaho’ while regally majestic ladies took restive, barefoot steps on the white ramp, pausing just so slightly, after each and everyone. And while my heart soared at the uniquely Indian textiles which dominated the stage, I couldn’t help but notice the lady in pink, who studiously inspected every garment on display.

‘Behurupiyas’ Pay Ode To Khand And Khadi

Designer Vaishali Shadangule takes a bow. (Image from Lakme Fashion Week)

Traditional performing arts were the cue which designer Vaishali Shadangul took for her collection at the Lakme Fashion Week Summer / Resort wear. ‘Behrupia’ or Songadi akins a thread to the disguises of  form of India in Maharashtra, Vaishali Shadangule’s collection called ‘Behrupia‘ (or Songadi) inspired her to use this theme.