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Showing posts with label indian fashion. Show all posts

My Favourite Show from Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2016

A lot of people are going to say that their favourite shows were the ones by the bigger designers like Tarun Tahiliani or Manish Malhotra or Sabyasachi. These shows were great and gorgeous as usual. They showcased beautiful clothes and on display was the vision of each of these legendary designers.

But none of these were my favourite. Why you ask? Let me tell you, but some highlights from these shows - only because they deserve respect.

Tarun Tahiliani

Sabyasachi Mukherjee

My favourite show? The All Plus Size show that was styled by Little Shilpa (you see the contradiction here already?!). The show itself was amazing because of the over the top vision of Little Shilpa.

After all, what is the point of a fashion show if not to delve into the mind of the designer. The clothes are part of the vision, but that is just one part. The theatre and drama are equally important.

Now, does this mean that plus size is now going to be the norm on Indian catwalks and in India? Far from it. I think this is a good first step. But it has to be clear that this is just that - a first step. It is going to take a long time for perceptions to change. And perhaps far longer for acceptance by the general public of the concept of plus size fashion.

Traditionally this segment has been ignored, shunned and even swept under the rug. But this is the first breaking out. And I loved the show for showing the courage to actually address this segment. May there be lots more shows and even more stylish looks to come!

Anita Dongre – A Busy Bee Dressing-up Bollywood Starlets

Anita Dongre is one name Bollywood swears by. This gifted designer from Mumbai is known for her bold and colourful designs. Her creations are chic, classy and fearless with lots of colours and heavy embroidery works. She specializes in bridal wear as she brings out the best of both worlds by blending vintage craftsmanship with contemporary silhouettes.

She never holds herself back from experimenting with bright hues like pinks, sunshine yellows and royal blue. She has a signature style of using traditional gota patti in her ensembles that are high on aesthetics. Let’s trace down the top Bollywood dresses by Anita Dongre.
Royal Blue Lehenga wore by Dia Mirza
The very pretty Dia Mirza chose none other than Anita Dongre’s creation for her Sangeet Ceremony in 2014. Anita Dongre has always been a go-to designer for Dia Mirza. And she dolled her up for her Sangeet. The actress looked dream-like in her Royal Blue Lehenga with golden embroidery.

Royal Blue Lehenga Set by Anita Dongre
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Gota Patti Lehenga wore by Sonakshi Sinha

The talented Dabang actress Sonakshi Sinha, wore a gorgeous off-white and golden gota patti lehenga by Anita Dongre on her brother’s mehendi ceremony. Sona looked elegant in her attire with subtle colors perfect for a daytime function. This Jaipur-inspired royal lehenga is definitely among the top Bollywood dresses by Anita Dongre.

Brocade Cream Lehenga Set by Anita Dongre

Pretty in Pink Juhi Chawla
Anita Dongre’s fan-list also includes the name of veteran actress Juhi Chawla. The actress is seen wearing her creations many a times. But what caught our attention was this pink floor-length suit with heavy gota patti upper bodice. Perfect for a formal evening!

Pink Embellished Jersey Gown by Anita Dongre

Sunshine Madhuri Dixit Nene
Madhuri’s beauty knows no bounds. Whatever she wears looks fabulous on her. And when it is Madhuri’s beauty and Anita’s ensemble, it makes a deadly combination. This is what we witnessed when we saw Madhuri wearing a sunshine yellow suit with embroidered neck designed by Anita Dongre. Look it to believe it!

Icy Blue gown wore by Vaani Kapoor
If you are wondering what to wear for a cocktail evening, take a cue from Vaani Kapoor’s icy blue gown with plunging neckline. This Anita Dongre’s design is indeed a hit for formal dinners or cocktail parties. Don’t wonder if heads turn at this pale blue cool evening gown. Without a doubt, this gown makes to our list of top Bollywood dresses by Anita Dongre.

Sonam Kapoor in Hot Pink
Sonam Kapoor is a goddess of style. She is a true trendsetter and makes statement with everything that she wears. And recently, Sonam hogged the limelight as she donned Anita Dongre’s hot pink embroidered attire. She made the onlookers go wow! And why not, after all it was Sonam-wears-Anita’s creation moment!

Pink Net Brocade Flair Gown by Anita Dongre

Prachi Desai in White
As soon as Prachi Desai posed for the shutterbugs at Vogue Bridal Studio in her simple yet stylish Anita Dongre’s western dress, everyone admired her for her perfect choice of dress for the occasion. The actress flaunted a minimalistic white crop top with crocheted paired with a midi-skirt at the event. We loved her dress to the core and believe it to be one of the top Bollywood dresses by Anita Dongre.
Light Yellow Net Brocade Dress by Anita Dongre

Vidya Balan in Anarkali
Vidya Balan is not only famous for her acting skills, but also for her choice of ethnic wear. Be it a sari or a suit, she does complete justice to the dress. This voluptuous beauty was recently spotted wearing a white floor-length gotapatti embroidered anarkali suit by Anita Dongre. Do we need to say more?

Chic White Georgette Suit by Anita Dongre

Aditi Rao Hydari in maxi dress
Aditi’s latest outfit made us fall in love with this petite actress all over again! She wore a strapless ivory maxi dress at a soiree. This Anita Dongre’s creation suited her skinny frame like second skin. Her maxi dress screamed simplicity but with the touch of class. And those chand balis are to die for! Call it Aditi’s stunning looks or Anita’s finesse of design, the dress was surely a winner. And this is why it is among the top Bollywood dresses by Anita Dongre.

Timeless Gota Pati Gown by Anita Dongre

Karishma Kapoor in off-white anarkali
The ever-stunning Karishma Kapoor looked regal in her off-white and golden anarkali suit that she wore on Arpita Khan’s reception ceremony. She looked whimsical in Anita Dongre’s timeless creation.

Anita Dongre is one designer that ensures that a garment needs not to be over-the-top or too loud to catch the attention. It is the finesse; minimalism and simplicity that makes it stand out!

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Cut-out Dresses - A New Bollywood Fashion Trend to Watch-out for

Cutout dresses are a new rage among Bollywood divas. Gorgeous actresses love to flaunt their curves in cutout dresses. Since its inception last year, this Bollywood fashion trend has matured to a new level and is endorsed by who’s who of film fraternity.

This eye-ball popping fashion trend is buzzing around and is in spotlight for the striking cuts, risque slits and sheer side sections in dresses and gowns. Let’s have a look which Bollywood celeb wore it to perfection.
Sequined cutout Dress and Three-toned cutout dress

Kareena Kapoor

The sultry actress is known for her flawless fashion sense. Whatever she wears becomes viral overnight. Recently, Kareena was spotted wearing an emerald green cutout gown with a subtle cut baring her midriff.

She looked absolutely stunning and timeless. To complete her look, she sported minimal make-up, tied back hair and understated accessories. Kareena definitely knows how to endorse latest Bollywood fashion trend with utmost grace.
Malaika Arora Khan
Not just her dancing skills, Malaika is also popular for her head-turning fashion style. Her effortless sense of styling is chic and classy. She also counts on cutout dresses to enhance her envious figure. 

The actress was seen wearing an asymmetrical white gown with cutout around the neckline. She did complete justice to this latest Bollywood fashion trend of wearing cutout dresses.

Lisa Haydon
Lisa is a seductress when it comes to her bold yet beautiful fashion prowess. This supermodel and actress is a true fashion enthusiast at heart. And when she opted for the white and gold floor-length gown with a high neck and cutout around the waist, she hogged the entire limelight.

Her risque outfit became talk of the town and gave boldness a new definition.

Nargis Fakhri
Nargis Fakri mastered the hottest Bollywood fashion trend with her red-hot keyhole gown. Her red cutout dress accentuated her curves with the right amount of skin-show.

She chose her cut wisely and made sure that the rest of her look is low-key. Red colour suited her complexion and she surely nailed the trend.

Katrina Kaif
No words are enough to describe Katrina’s beauty. She is class apart and when this leading lady of Bollywood dons a style, it becomes the top trend. The gorgeous Katrina won over the Bollywood fashion trend of wearing the cutout dress with her cutout LBD.

She looked smouldering with her full-sleeved cutout dress with the right amount of cuts at the right places.

Priyanka Chopra
Last but certainly not the least, this multi-talented Bollywood actress knows how to be in the race of fashion. She is a fearless diva who loves to experiment with her looks. And calling her the trendsetter won’t be an exaggeration.

Recently, Priyanka was spotted wearing Gauri and Nainika cutout gown. This white cutout one-shoulder gown looked elegant on her and she looked utterly glamorous. We loved this dress on her.

Now what are you waiting for? Go ahead and get your hands on this ultimate Bollywood fashion trend of wearing a cutout dress and look like a celebrity!

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Jacket Mania - The Latest Fashion Trend in India

Are you worried about putting together your wardrobe for upcoming monsoon season in India? If you are nodding your head in a big yes, we are here to help! As soon as monsoon hits the country, we all start pondering about what clothes to wear in this season.

To cope up with monsoon and to look stylish at the same time is a tough nut to crack. So, here comes the solution, jackets. Jackets are the most ‘in’ thing this season. They not only look uber cool but are also appropriate attire for monsoon. Let’s talk about the latest fashion trend in India i.e. jackets.

Move Over Raincoat
Yes you have heard me right! Move over your boring raincoats and embrace the latest fashion trend in India of wearing a chic jacket.  Jackets come in variety of styles and fabrics and they can protect you from rain shower too.  You can pair a nice jacket with your jeans or skirt.  If you are planning a trek or just a simple stroll in rain, play around with a jacket.

Different Styles of Jackets
Since jackets are a new rage, there are myriad styles from which you can choose your pick. From light-weight to water-resistant, from silicone washed to plastic like stuff, there are jackets all over the place.

Denim Jacket
Some trends come, some trends go but denims are here to stay! A tough denim jacket or denim duster coat may come to your rescue when it’s pouring. You can wear it over your jeans or shorts and you don’t need to compromise on style this monsoon.

Jacket Mania-The Latest Fashion Trend in India! | Denim Jacket

Trench coat
Now you can protect your lovely short dress from drizzle by wearing a lightweight trench coat over it. Trench coats are a big time saviour and are indeed the latest fashion trend in India. And if you are still cribbing on the idea that it hides your glamorous dress, don’t sob and get yourself a see-through version of trench coat and get going.

Jacket Mania-The Latest Fashion Trend in India! | Trench Coat

Trust the Parkas
When rain gods show no mercy, trust the parkas. These utilitarian coats will provide you the much required sheath in the rain. If you are no-nonsense types and don’t like being frivolous, opt for the traditional parkas in navy blue and olive greens. And if you are totally opposite to it and love the playful colours, parkas in pastel colours will definitely suit your style.

Jacket Mania-The Latest Fashion Trend in India! | Trust the Parkas

Sleeveless jacket
If layering up in monsoon is not your cup of tea, get your hands on the sleeveless jackets. Sleeveless jackets are in vogue and look extremely pretty.  Don a sleeveless waistcoat over your plain dress and revamp your style. Also, you can try on sleeveless jackets with fringes or textures. Don’t forget to grab a typical Rajasthani or Gujrati mirror work jackets or an embroidered tribal jacket. These fusion jackets give you the oomph and also brighten up a gloomy rainy day.
Embroidered Tribal  Jacket

Cropped Jacket
If you have got really long legs to flaunt, cropped jackets are just right for you this monsoon. Get your hands on denim or PVC cropped jackets or go for the bomber jackets in quirky prints. Trust me; the entire spotlight will be on you as these cropped jackets are the latest fashion trend in India.
Embroidered Cropped Jacket

Peplum style jacket
Another style of jacket which is a big hit this season is peplum jacket.  You can wear a peplum jacket with jeans, leggings and pencil skirts. These jackets are very feminine and suits all body types. The flare accentuates the waist and makes you look more curvy. Peplums looks great in bright colours like yellow and neons.
Peplum Style Jacket

Printed Zipper Jacket
One can never go wrong with the printed zipper jacket. An eye-catching print with a front zip makes a lethal combination. This printed jacket is perfect for a formal dinner or an evening party. Grab one of these and enjoy the spotlight!
Printed Zipper Jacket

Now you know how to make the most of this monsoon season with the latest fashion trend in India. Zip up a nice jacket and enjoy the rain!

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Lakme Fashion Week Designers for Winter-Festive 2015

Lakme Fashion Week is a fashion show that will be held at Hotel Palladium in Mumbai this year, the commercial capital of India. Two times a year, in February and August, the fashion elite of India meet and enjoy the greatest fashion show in India. The Winter-Festive 2015 edition will start on August 26th 2015.

For the occasion a lot of designers will be present to show the entire world the beauty and trends of the season. The Lakme Fashion week designers will have four days to present their collection, until the 30th of August when the event finishes. It is a special year for Lakme Fashion week, which will celebrate its 15th birthday. A lot of the Lakme Fashion week designers that have participated in the past are returning to the show and have already practiced their shows.

In fact, the Lakme Fashion week has already helped a lot of designers and models to launch their career, and given a chance to six lucky newbies who have been selected to present in the GenNext show as Lakme Fashion week designers. These young designers will have the chance to interact with some legendary designers, and learn from them.

There will be a lot of big names within the Lakme Fashion week designers, such as Manish Malhotra and Gaurav Gupta, who will close the show. Despite showcasing at countless fashion shows in the past, the fantasy designer confessed to be stressed, as he said in an interview: "This year, LFW completes 15 years, and Gaurav Gupta ten years, so it's a milestone moment in my career".

Lakme Fashion Week Designers for Winter-Festive 2015 | Gaurav Gupta Show at Lakme Fashion Week 2014
Gaurav Gupta show - Lakmé Fashion Week 2014
Many great designers have already closed the event via the grand finale show, such as Manish Malhotra and Anamika Khanna. Manish Malhotra will also celebrate the successful ten-years of his label in August. He has promised an awesome collection, full of elegance and style.

More than eighty of India’s top fashion designers will be present at the event and all of them will continue to integrate India into the global fashion world, with a mix of traditional Indian and contemporary outfits.

Once again, a lot of famous models and Indian celebrities will walk for the Lakme Fashion Week designers, such as the renowned diva Aishwarya Rai for Manish Malhotra, and the beautiful Esha Gupta for designer Arpita Mehta. Some of the Lakme Fashion week designers prefer giving a chance to newbies model, such as the popular duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla, who be opening this crazy week with their show. Their collection promises to be a “tribute to the 70’s and 80’s”, with colorful and glamorous couture. We had love the Lakme Fashion Show Summer/Resort 2015, and the Winter-Festive show 2015 will start in a great way! We look forward to it!

Indian Wedding Planning Tips for a Rainy Wedding

No matter how much you prepare for your wedding day, somethings are still not in your hands like weather. Even if you have checked the forecast earlier, Mother Nature can still play its role. Yes, it may rain on your D-day.

A rainy wedding may sound utterly romantic but it calls for serious planning. Rain should not dampen your spirit, so one has to make the arrangements accordingly. Here are few Indian wedding planning tips to make your wedding a memorable one, without rain playing havoc.

Indian Wedding Planning Tips for a Rainy Wedding! | Bride Smiling Under the Rain

Bride’s Make-up
No bride would want her make-up and hair to get spoiled on the best day of her life. So, to avoid this nightmare from turning into reality, ask your make-up artist to use water-proof and water resistant cosmetics on your big day. Make sure your make-up lasts long especially your eye-liner and mascara. Use make-up spray to seal the make-up in its place.

If you get little wet, don’t panic and wipe off your face as it will remove your make-up. Instead just pat your face lightly and you are good to go. You can also opt for air-brush make-up as it has tendency to last longer than the usual one. So, don’t freak out while doing Indian wedding planning in monsoon and make the most of it.

Turn Bane into Boon 

Rains are usually associated with chaos and mud. But if planned properly, this inclement weather can become the perfect backdrop for your wedding. Generally, Indian wedding planning is done for winter season but if you are someone who likes to break the norms, monsoon wedding is just perfect. 

One can get one’s favourite venue at cheaper rates as weddings in monsoon season are unconventional. Also one can bargain with caterers and decorators and can get pocket-friendly prices.

Make your List 'Rain-checked’
No Indian wedding planning is complete without a rain-check. Even if you are expecting a dry day on your wedding, one should be equipped with the ‘Plan-B ’just in case it pours.  Make sure you book an indoor wedding venue.

And if you are daring enough to go for an outdoor location, ask your wedding planner for the water-proof tents. Along with this, arrange the umbrellas beforehand for the guests. Also, arrange for carpools and hire few cabs that can pick and drop your guests in case of a rain shower.
Indian Wedding Planning Tips for a Rainy Wedding! | Wedding Under Umbrellas
Power Backup
As soon as monsoon hits the country, we all face the common problem of power cuts. So, to avoid this disaster on your crucial day, make sure you arrange for the power backup while doing wedding planning in India. It’s very important to have power backup facility so that you can enjoy an uninterrupted wedding.

Rain-Theme Décor
If you are thinking out-of-the box by doing Indian wedding planning in monsoon season, the décor should be in conformity with the rain theme.  You can bring the essence of rainy season by experimenting with fountains, lots of colorful umbrellas and rainbow inspired furniture. Also, you can add a touch of rain theme by decking up the venue with lots of aromatic candles and artificial flowers.
Indian Wedding Planning Tips for a Rainy Wedding! | Rain-Theme Decor

Menu Must-Have’s
Rainy season is synonymous with famous Indian chai and pakora. Chai and pakoras make the lethal combination and is a must have for every Indian on a rainy day.  So, if you are planning a quirky monsoon wedding, go ahead by introducing a stall of desi chai and pakora.

Indian wedding planning for monsoon season is incomplete without mouth-watering jalebis.  Live jalebi counters will definitely curb the craving for guests with sweet tooth. Lots of soups and rain themed candies for kids will be another highlight of the wedding.

Indian Wedding Planning Tips for a Rainy Wedding! | Menu Must-Have's

Rain Dance
Chuck out the regular sangeet ceremony from your Indian wedding planning list and surprise your friends and relatives with the rain dance party.  Let the guests tap their feet on classic monsoon songs of Bollywood and beat the heat with rain-dance.

Also, you can arrange pool party to get the real feeling of monsoon. You can take the party to another level by bringing in the props like raincoats, rain boots and umbrellas. I’m sure it will be a big hit among the guests and they will remember your wedding forever.

Indian Wedding Planning Tips for a Rainy Wedding! | Rain Dance

Photo-Shoot in Rain
One of the most significant aspects in Indian wedding planning is the couple’s photo-shoot.  And getting your photo-shoot done in rain is way beyond adorable. Not just you can have fun in the rain with your beloved but raindrops in background gives an effect of millions of shining diamonds.

Trust me; the photographs will be artistic, magical and stunning. But make sure, your photographer is willing to shoot in rain and is experienced enough to get the right click. P.S. don’t worry about your bridal attire, after all to get the memories of lifetime; you can do a little sacrifice by getting drenched.

Indian Wedding Planning Tips for a Rainy Wedding! | Photo-Shoot in Rain

I’m sure if you follow these wonderful Indian wedding planning tips, you will never regret your decision of a rainy wedding!

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