Dress to Impress with Neeta Lulla

Dress to Impress with Neeta Lulla

Neeta Lulla has been one of the most prominent names in the Indian fashion industry for almost three decades now. Her design philosophy is versatile, and her collections range from chic party wear to breathtaking, opulent bridal ensembles. If you’re looking for a wedding outfit that’ll make heads turn, pick one of the glamorous designs by this queen of bridal fashion. It doesn’t really matter whether you’re the bride, the groom, or a member of the baraat, you’re sure to find your dream fit from her festive wedding collection. Let’s take a look at the trousseau and other wedding collections by this style guru from 2013-2014.

The year that was: 2013

As usual, the India Bridal Fashion Week 2013 saw all the glitz and glamour as Neeta Lulla showcased her grand vintage collection titled ‘Bridal Goddess’ on days 5 and 6. An expert at fashion shows, Lulla’s collection of western and ethnic did not disappoint. The focus was mainly on long, white net skirts, lean tunics, tulle covers and gowns with sexy fish trails, and it was an absolute treat to behold. A very interesting ensemble was the smart use of the trench coat over belted, lace sarees. Though she stuck mainly to her traditional lehengas and sarees, there was an edge of innovation to the collection that was refreshing and left the audience enthralled.

 

Designs by Neeta Lulla. Blog by The Wedding Co.

 

Another delightful element of the event were adorable showstoppers and actor couple, Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D’souza. Riteish was adorned in a royal blue, satin, Nehru-collared jacket, which had a dash of gold patchwork, over a midnight blue kurta with floral embroidery work on it; this was paired it with plain, royal blue trousers. Genelia looked like she had stepped straight out of a fairytale, in a bouffant hairdo and copper brown, satin ball gown with a sweeping trail. The brocade in deep pink and dull gold at the borders and other similar intricate embroidery complemented the copper tinge to the gown and made for a breathtaking ensemble. This is definitely the pick of the week!

 

Actor Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia Dsouza in Neeta Lulla creations. Blog by The Wedding Co.

 

 

Actors Reitiesh Deshmukh and Genelia Dsouza with Neeta Lulla at the Indian Bridal Fashion Week 2013. Blog by The Wedding Co.

Looking ahead: 2014

 

Neeta’s new venture with ace director Subhash Ghai, called ‘The Whistling Woods – Neeta Lulla School of Fashion’, has kept her busy most of this 2014. After having designed for some of the finest Indian films and biggest stars in Indian cinema, she is now ready for the second innings in her career and plans to give back what she has learnt over the years to the students of her academy. ‘The Whistling Woods – Neeta Lulla School of Fashion is the first of its kind fashion school created by the industry, for the industry. With this venture, we aim to provide relevant practical training and in-depth industry knowledge to fashion aspirants across the country’, says Siddharth Lulla, Neeta’s son, who manages the fashion school and her other businesses. With the help of her capable son, Neeta has been busy with expanding the business at the retail distribution level too.

Her brand, along with her signature couture collections, will now venture into creating more scalable designs for the common masses. The mother-son duet even established an online store recently, which has made the brand more accessible to international clientele. With Neeta’s daughter, Nishka, now assisting her in the fashion world, we’re bound to see new innovations and ventures from this fashionista real soon. Watch this space for more!

Achievements:

Neeta’s creative genius has helped her successfully contribute to over 300 Indian movies. She has created opulent designs for large-budget ventures such as Devdas and Jodha Akbar, and also decorated Twinkle Town’s renowned names, the likes of Sridevi, Aishwarya Rai, Juhi Chawla, Kareena Kapoor, Sushmita Sen, Shilpa Shetty, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Rajinikanth, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Hrithik Roshan.

With the launch of her fashion school, Neeta, along with several other established names in Indian fashion, has moved to a 3-dimensional business module to interact with the direct consumer more. Since she has been dubbed Bollywood’s resident ‘dream maker’, we wish Neeta all the best in her endeavor to impart her experience and skill to the budding generation of fashion designers in India.

Look Ravishing with Rohit Bal

Look Ravishing with Rohit Bal

Rohit Bal, the nawab of Indian fashion, needs no introduction to those who are style savvy. Born in Kashmir, Rohit started his independent career in 1990 and hasn’t looked back ever since. He is known internationally for his sophisticated cuts and comfortable fabrics, especially his bridal wear. He is a master at artfully integrating traditional and modern pattern. His designs reflect his own personality and are not restricted to any specific genre or style, but are more of a creative fusion. Let’s have a look at his creative trends from 2013-2014.

The year that was: 2013

Everyone who’s anyone in the bridal fashion industry participates in the India Bridal Fashion Week. And if you’re Rohit Bal, you’ll surely have a red carpet rolled out for you. The maestro wowed the crowd this 2013 with his exquisite collection titled ‘The Mulmul Masquerade’. True to its name, the collection paid tribute to the Indian and Elizabethan eras of grandeur and opulence.

Rohit managed to reconstruct the era where aristocracy paired with coquetry were the flavour of the age. Rich, red, velvet coronation robes and high collars and corsets combined with intricate gold embroidery and side maang tikas showcased the beautiful blend of royal India and Elizabethan England. The outfits were a fusion of subtle fabrics such as Indian muslin and patterns such as Japanese Shibori tie-dye paired with rich velvet; these were stitched together to create grand, A-line, full-length Indian silhouettes. Usually a showstopper, this time Sonam Kapoor stopped a few hearts as well, adorned in a white muslin lehenga paired with Kashmiri gold embroidery like a true Mughal bride, quite symbolic of Bal’s Kashmiri roots. All that can be said is that this ramp walk down memory lane was truly worth our wait for Rohit’s entry into IBFW.

 

Wedding Fashion by Rohit Bal. Blog by The Wedding Co.

 

 

Sonam Kapoor in Wedding Dress designed by Rohit Bal. Blog by The Wedding Co.

 

 

Wedding Fashion by Rohit Bal. Blog by The Wedding Co.

 

 

Wedding Fashion by Rohit Bal. Blog by The Wedding Co.

 

Looking ahead: 2014

Come 2014, Rohit made a big statement that he plans to make his designs more accessible to the common masses by collaborating with the online fashion portal, Jabong, to create a 48-piece ethnic collection. Priced at 5999 and upwards, it features the trendiest-styled anarkalis, lehengas, sarees, and churidar-kurtas. The collection is ‘intrinsically Indian’ and has his ‘signature look’ of embroidered motifs, block prints and bold patterns, in Rohit’s own words. Top models Alesia Raut, Candice Pinto and Dipti Gujral walked the ramp for the master at a private fashion event to reveal the clothes line. Shraddha Kapoor turned showstopper in a simple, yet classy, blue-and-white floral print anarkali with a posh, gemmed headband.

After having designed for the likes of Uma Thurman, Cindy Crawford, Pamela Anderson, Naomi Campbell and Anna Kournikova, and practically every trendsetter in B-town, and creating outfits that have been sold at even 15,000 USD, Rohit has truly stepped away from his brand image and created a collection that the average Indian can afford. If you’re looking for a designer ensemble this wedding season, I recommend high fashion at an affordable price. Three cheers for the fashionista!

Achievements:

Rohit has won many accolades and laurels in his career as a fashion designer. Best known for his use of lotus and peacock motifs, he has created a distinguishable trademark for himself in this day and age of infinite competition. Besides being a great designer, Bal is also an enterprising businessman and has collaborated with many renowned international brands, such as Hidesign, Oriflame, Mitsubishi Outlander and Windproof Zippo Lighter. He is also an ambassador for Omega watches and is sponsored by the Swatch Group.

There is so much more in his list of credits that it would take us all day to chalk out the biography of this seasoned couturier. He has been, and still is, one of the greatest contributors to the Indian fashion industry, and after his recent collaboration to reach out to the broader Indian audience, I daresay that he has made fashion more relatable to the public.

Sparkle & Sizzle with Shantanu & Nikhil

Sparkle and Sizzle with Shantanu & Nikhil

Shantanu & Nikhil may look like uppity business tycoons, but when they set out to do what they do best—couture—there are few who can match their impeccable contemporary taste. Having launched their label, ‘Shantanu & Nikhil’, in 1999, this brother duo has become a brand name to be reckoned with. The brand’s focus is on creating clothing that is trendy and chic, yet conservative, which speaks of an old-world Indianness and class that is lacking in the designs of many modern-day designers today. Let’s have a look at the designs these fashion greats gave us in 2013-2014.

The year that was: 2013

Day 4 of The India Bridal Fashion Week 2013 was all glitz and glamour as the fashion world saw beautiful brides and dashing grooms walk the ramp wearing Shantanu & Nikhil’s ‘To Die For’ collection for the Winter Fall 2013. The scintillating Sania Mirza even walked the ramp for this distinguished duo. As their style is principally contemporary, this showcase was no different. The theme of the collection was dedicated to the modern bride, who was adorned in A-line and fishtail silhouettes, and her leading man in bold-print, classy sherwanis, which left the audience with a renaissance-like hangover. Crisp outlines were defined to enhance the female form, and the pristine whites and subtle gold leaf and booti patterns—a refreshing change from the traditional reds and prints usually associated with Indian weddings—showcased a softer side to the Indian bride.

Wedding Attire by Shantanu and Nikhil. Blog by The Wedding Co.

Wedding Dress by Shantanu and Nikhil. Blog by The Wedding Co.

 

‘Gold in its different shades will be the new black’, is the duet’s opinion. ‘We’re talking color restraint, while still reinforcing the message of vintage decadence.’

Looking ahead: 2014

Staying true to their vintage, yet contemporary style, Shantanu & Nikhil showcased their ‘The Shadows Within’ collection at the Lakme Fashion Week 2014. This collection was almost like an aftermath to the gold leaf theme and sharp silhouettes of the IBFW display, but there was an addition of soft pink and peach tones, sober beiges and clean reds as well. Inspired by their mythical, mystical, muse, Vanessa, the collection was a beautiful mix in colours, textures and forms. Light, sheer fabrics such as organza and raw silk were perfectly balanced with rayon blends and poly jerseys. The embellishments were very delicate laces, which were highlighted with embroidery. The little something for the grooms was also reminiscent of the IBFW as looped hem kurtas were teamed with a variety of bundies in textures, weaves and colours. Sherwanis appeared in quick succession with embroidered cuffs/collars, balanced with super weaves. In other words, the duo sure has kept itself busy since the start of this year.

Wedding Fashion by Shantanu and Nikhil. Blog by The Wedding Co.

Wedding Fashion by Shantanu and Nikhil. Blog by The Wedding Co.

As an added bonus, the brothers also showcased a vintage collection for the Vogue Wedding Show 2014 with largely Victorian influences—think voluminous gowns, new age lehenga skirts and sari gowns. Vogue’s response to this collection was, ‘Our bride is a storyteller who is extremely well travelled, understated, intelligent and confident. Their ensembles present femininity draped in lush classicism. Shilpa Shetty, Ahana Deol and Avantika Malik are some of their happy, chic brides.’ Well, we wish this artistic duo all the luck for the rest of 2014!

 

Achievements

Shantanu & Nikhil have a list of credits to their name. Shantanu boasts an MBA from the University of Toledo, Ohio, whereas Nikhil is a product of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, California. Nikhil has been awarded with some of the most prestigious awards and scholarships. He was invited to design a collection for a prestigious store “Georgio Beverly Hills” in Los Angeles, and he was even featured in L. A. Times to be the only Indian designer to have displayed his designs in a show in Universal Studios, Hollywood.

Shantanu & Nikhil have always been effective in producing products that have a national as well as international appeal. Their list of clients includes eminent names such as Zaheer Khan, Irfan Pathan,  Leander Peas, Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Saif Ali Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Dia Mirza, Neha Dhupia, A.R.Rehman, Kunal Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty, Sushmita Sen and Bipasha Basu. They have two signature stores in prime locations in New Delhi and have a presence in the other metros in India, besides having a strong presence in couture stores in Dubai, Kuwait, Tokyo, Switzerland, Birmingham, London, Jeddah, New York and Vancouver.

They have many more accolades under their belt, but what drives home is the fact that Shantanu & Nikhil are both experts in their respective fields, and this marriage (pun intended) of business acumen and the knack for creating classy, urban clothing is what makes their brand the perfect model for up-and-coming entrepreneurs.

Go Trendy with Tarun Tahiliani

Go Trendy with Tarun Tahiliani

We have lots of designers in India who like to combine the traditional with the modern. But, what sets Tarun Tahiliani apart from them is the touch of finesse and refinement he brings to his designs. His bridal collections are quintessentially rich and true to Indian culture, teamed with unmatched Italian pattern cuts and constructions. In short, they’re something every bride and groom’s dream outfit would look like. So, let’s have a look at this master’s bridal collections from 2013-2014.

The year that was: 2013

The India Bridal Fashion Week 2013 saw Tarun Tahiliani’s latest collection of Indian textiles and techniques in a chic, contemporary camouflage. Aptly named ‘Marriage, Mystic and Magic’, his impeccably crafted collection was a fitting end to the 6-day bridal festival.

The extraordinary display began with a welcome dance by the Attakkalari group, in the true Indian baaraat style. As this collection was an inspired fusion of contemporary and traditional, the dance performance truly complemented the grand set.

The intention was to create an interesting mix of traditional crafts and sparkling crystals and carats for the bride and groom as well as their families. Anarkalis in hues of pistachio and green, intricately worked on pyjamas, sherwanis in silk with jackets, and a contrasting combination of beiges and reds combined with intricate embroidery comprised his sensuous bridal collection. The dusky bombshell Lisa Haydon stole the show in an embroidered lehenga in soft pastel hues with crystal embellishments.

 

Wedding Couture by Tarun Tahiliani. Blog by The Wedding Co.

 

 

Lisa Hayden wearing a Tarun Tahiliani Wedding Dress. Blog by The Wedding Co.

 

This show was an absolute pleasure to view, like true art in motion. All in all, it was a successful event and year for the king of high fashion.

Looking ahead: 2014

Tarun Tahiliani opened the Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) Autumn-Winter 2014, and stunned his audience yet again with a celebration of Indian heritage and colours. His ensemble comprised gorgeous silhouettes in raw silk, zari, chanderi, and chikankari at it’s intricate best. The highlight of the show was Shilpa Shetty, who dazzled the attendees in a kanjeevaram lehenga and draped corset, as a special favour, of course, to her long-time friend.

 

Shilpa Shetty dorns a Tarun Tahiliani wedding creation. Blog by The Wedding Co.

 

For this collection, there was a special emphasis on the prints such as multi-scarf patterns. Unconventional sarees, dhoti skirts, jackets with slits, short crop jackets and long, asymmetric kurtas gave coventional couture an international edge.

When asked about the inspiration for this collection, he said, “The idea of this collection traces its root in the early tradition of the country when the clothes would mould to fit the body and not vice versa”.

This was truly identifiable in his collection, as the outfits truly looked like they were made for the gorgeous models that donned them. It truly seems like the theme and inspiration for most designers this year is going to be the old India, so keep your eyes peeled on this master’s bridal work that is to come.

Achievements:

Tarun’s list of achievements is endless, but we’d surely like to highlight some of the milestones of his career.

  • He opened his first fashion boutique, ‘Ensemble’, in India in 1987.
  • He has worked with ‘Save the Children’ India to urge the government to increase the health budget to 3 per cent ahead of the budget announcement.
  • He organized his first solo show called ‘Rubaiyat’ at a gala fundraiser event held in Dorchester Hotel, London in 1994.
  • He became the first designer from the country to get an invitation to exhibit his collection on the grand international platform—The Milan Fashion Week.
  • In 2013, Tahiliani wowed the world when he launched his ‘Kumbhback’ collection on the second day of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Autumn/Spring in 2013, inspired by the Maha Kumbh Mela.
  • He has designed for the likes of many national and international celebrities, such as Aishwarya Rai, Shilpa Shetty, Kabir Bedi, Rani Mukherjee, Ayesha Takia, Yami Gautam, Indrani Dasgupta, Meher Jesia Rampal, Fern Mallis, Naomi Campbell, Elizabeth Hurley, Oprah Winfrey, and Isabella Blow, to name a few.

These accomplishments are just a drop in the vast ocean of work that Tarun Tahiliani has offered India and the world. His designs aren’t just outfits; they’re a way of life that many from the upper crust of Indian society have adopted. His designs take inspiration from the icon that is the modern Indian woman. If this is the image that defines you, opt for a Tarun Tahiliani for both bride and groom. Go ahead, celebrate!