Ten Things You’ll Witness Only at an Indian Wedding

An Indian wedding is a festival in many rights. It usually comprises a week-long celebration with traditions and ceremonies that are specific to that community or region. However, there are some standard quirks that you’ll see at every Indian wedding, irrespective of which caste, creed, region or tribe you belong to. And, these are what make an Indian wedding an affair to remember.

Let’s take a look at a few:

The Shehnai

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The Shehnai is the quintessential wedding instrument for Indian festivities and ceremonies. It is a popular aero phonic, double-reed wind instrument used in North Indian music. The sound of the Shehnai is intrinsically associated with Indian wedding music and retains its charm to this day. It is predominantly associated with celebration and happiness, and no wedding ceremony is complete without a seasoned bandwala churning out heart-wrenching music from this peculiar-looking descendent of the Persian surna.

Marigold

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The marigold flower, also known locally as ‘the Genda Phool’, is another classic element in Indian weddings. Marigolds have forever been associated in India with prosperity and good fortune, and no larger-than-life celebration is complete without the presence of these sun-kissed blossoms in decorations and important ceremonies. In fact, they even hold religious significance in Hindu ceremonies. In addition, marigolds come in bright and cheery colours such as orange, yellow, and reddish-orange, which have made them a favourite with wedding decorators and event planners. They are often used for torans, draped on walls and pillars, in mandap decorations as well as in wedding garlands or they’re simply used to add colourful touches to the wedding venues.

Multiple Cuisines

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If you haven’t been to an Indian wedding yet, attend one just for the food. Food is an integral part of festivities in any part of the world, but Indians take this concept to a whole new level.  Indian cuisine is a diverse mix of regional staples from across the country, infused with their own cultural, religious flavour. However, Indian weddings usually house a host of cuisines from across the globe and not just the country. Apart from your average Indian spread of chaats, curries, breads, pulavs and biryanis, these days you’ll usually be treated to lip-smacking desi versions of Italian, Chinese, Thai and Mediterranean food as well. To experience a meal at an Indian wedding is one for every bucket list!

Haldi

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‘Haldi’, known around the world as turmeric, holds an important place in Indian wedding festivities. Though weddings in the country are generally religiously diverse, the haldi ceremony is a typically Indian tradition for every caste and creed. Known among different communities as haldi, uptan, peethi, mandha, roce and many other names, the essentials of this ceremony remain pretty much the same. In the ceremony, a paste of turmeric, sandalwood, rose water and other goodness is applied to the bride and the groom’s body before their wedding to give them that added pre-nuptial glow. In short, it’s like your very own ancient Indian spa day!

The Baraat

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The baraat is the most fun-filled Indian wedding ceremony, and Indian weddings deserve a separate category for how fun and entertaining they are. This is basically the groom’s procession of all his colourful and festive relatives and friends that commences from his house up to the wedding venue. The spruced up groom is perched on a mare (or elephant, if you’re going for the truly regal feel) in all his royalty and escorted to his eagerly waiting bride. The highlight of this ceremony is the crazy dancing the relatives indulge in during the procession. It’ll truly make you feel like Indians are the happiest people on this planet (at weddings at least).

The Sangeet

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Sangeet, or music, is synonymous with festivities in India, be it the shehnai at the wedding reception, the bhangda at the after party, the dholakwalis at the mehendi, or the sangeet ceremony before the actual wedding. The tradition, as the name suggests, is all about dance, music, and merry making. This is usually a grand, elaborate affair, encompassing the real spirit of the big fat Indian wedding. In addition, it’s a great opportunity for the wedding party to relax, unwind, enjoy the festivities, and celebrate their happiness together. It short,  the sangeet is great to break the ice between the bride and groom’s families.

The Saree

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The Saree is one Indian trend that’s garnered attention worldwide. This long, seamless fabric worn by women varies in design, colour and significance in different regions in India. The South Indian kanjivaram is poles apart from the Gujarati panetar and bandhani sarees and Mangalorean sados. Each saree is symbolic of a different tradition and ritual. Banarasi, Nauvari, Chiffon, Chanderi, the list is endless. Needless to say, you’re bound to look elegant in this gorgeous garment as it suits any body type, skin tone, and age group!

The Safa

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Safas, pagris or turbans are known for their elegant, regal look and are a significant detail in the Indian groom’s attire. It is basically a long piece of unstitched cloth that’s wrapped around the head. Available in bright colours such as fuschia, red, orange and so on, they add a touch of grace and vibrancy to the ensemble, and can be paired brilliantly with a suit, jodhpuri, sherwani or any other traditional wedding attire.

Lots and lots of Gold

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Indians, in most parts of the world, are considered gold crazy. This isn’t far from the truth, largely because this precious metal holds a special place in Indian tradition and society as a whole. Gold purchases are also thought to be auspicious on festivals such as Dhanteras, Onam and Durga Puja. From the Indian perspective, gold not only brings good fortune, but can be an investment, a status symbol, a great ornament, a thoughtful gift item, a cherished heirloom and a religious contribution. Indian brides are usually adorned in beautiful gold jewellery as a sign of prosperity and happiness, which bodes quite well for the global gold industry.

Paan/Mukhwas

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After-meal refreshments are quite popular at Indian weddings and are the perfect end to any meal. Paan and mukhwas have been used for years by Indian royalty and locals alike as a digestive and palate cleanser. Mukhwas comprises an assortment of aromatic colourful seeds and nuts coated with various flavours. Paans basically consist of saffron, gulkand (rose jam), sweetened cashews and almonds, and other minty elements wrapped in a betel leaf. These refreshments are usually set towards the exit of the venue or near the food counters so guests can help themselves after the meal. All we can say is that these minty surprises at the end of the meal are totally worth the wait!

These little quirks and peculiarities truly help make Indian weddings memorable affairs. We’ve barely scratched the surface of what the Indian wedding scene has to offer. The details is what makes these festivities a true experience for any wedding lover.

There is a Wedding Exhibition this weekend you can not miss!

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Celebrating Vivaha welcomes you in the graciousness of indulgence, luxury, and fashion. With handpicked wedding trousseau collections from the best designers of India.Extremely personal, and sensitive to the desire of the Indian bride.

Tarun Sarda presents Celebrating Vivaha started as an exhibition representing the House of Vintage, and now it has grown to a magnanimous scale and has become the biggest consumer wedding trade fair and vintage lifestyle exhibition.

Brides from all over the country, about to commence this very special new journey with love have found Celebrating Vivaha to be the confluence of all things beautiful about an Indian wedding.

Go walk about and experience the finest that’s on offer this weekend because you are worth it!

It is happening in Mumbai this weekend, from the 4th – 6th of August at the JW Mariott Hotel in Juhu.

Source: Celebrating Vivaha

More Details Here:

Vivaha Exhibition Mumbai

 

 

This Bride Had Her Love Story Embroidered On Her Wedding Lehenga…and we love it!

Kresha Bajaj, the young designer behind the label Koëcsh, married Vanraj Zaveri earlier this year at Udaipur’s Leela Palace.

Kresha knew she wouldn’t wear her wedding lehenga again but wanted to use it in some form or another. Inspiration struck when she remembered how a newlywed in an episode of The Real Housewives had gotten her wedding dress framed and put up in her house like artwork! But what should she have on her lehenga that not just looked like art, but was meaningful enough to be framed? Her love story with Vanraj Of course!

It took months to make the lehenga. The bride and groom’s names were embroidered onto it to form a chevron pattern, as were important moments of their life together—from dating milestones to the proposal, and a hem of jumping dolphins that signified the place where everything began for them.

The Newly Weds names embroidered on the Lehenga.

The Proposal beautifully depicted. Image Credit: The House of Pixels

The venue for the big day, The Leela Palace Udaipur was part of the embroidery as well!

Beautiful Guiseppe heels were the perfect fit for the beautifully embroidered Lehenga.

The Happy Couple!

‘Creativity really does blossom where the heart is free we must say!’. Here is wishing Kresha and Vanraj the best that life has to offer in their journey together.

Article Source: ShaadiSaga

Wearing a Neeta Lulla designer dress to your Wedding just got easier!

Fashion designer Neeta Lulla is popular among celebs, the celebrity fashion designer is now entering the cost effective wedding wear segment with a “budget friendly wedding” line.

Her new label ‘N Bride’, is a fine balance between haute couture and Prêt à porter for consumers who are focused on fashion aesthetics.

The USP of the brand is its ability to fuse western and ethnic silhouettes, prints and designs catering to varied tastes. This line is aimed at a budget-friendly wedding.

Lulla says it is important to cater to the big middle class, which is going to be the next big consumer of luxury.

Couture needs to be democratic and the vision is to make every garment a limited edition piece.

Priced between Rs 30,000 to Rs 1 lakh, the collection will be available at fashion stores like Aza, Ensemble, Angasutra, Label24 Dubai, Vesimi Dubai, Bibi in London and Pernia’s Pop Up as well as the flagship The House Of Neeta Lulla store in Juhu, Mumbai.

Article Source: Fashion United

8 Wedding Lehenga styles to suit your body type!

All women think of the ideal wedding lehenga for themselves from a very young age. For many, the wedding lehenga stands as a symbol which marks the beginning of a journey they have always dreamed of, and all deserve nothing but the very best.

So what then do you need to consider, in order to make sure that you get your look absolutely perfect? Besides hair, makeup and jewellery, one tiny detail which is more often than not overlooked is the body type.

In this post, reposted from looksgud.in, we show you 8 different wedding lehenga styles which can help you understand what style suits you best.

Circular / Flared Lehenga

Special Feature: Adds Extreme volume below the waist

Perfect for: Apple (or V shape), Pear Shape, Hourglass Shape, Straight (or Rectangle) Shape
Worst Choice For: Women with very slim waists (Since it can look clumsy if waists are too tiny)

Mermaid/ Fishtail Lehenga

Special Feature: Accentuates the Hips

Perfect for: Hourglass and Rectangle body shape
Worst Choice For: Apple Shape, Pear Shape and Thin Body Type

Panelled Lehenga

Special Feature: It creates a slimming Effect, Hides and Extra Flab

Perfect for: Hourglass Shape, Pear Shape, and Petite Body Type
Worst Choice For: Apple Shape, Straight (or Rectangle) Shape, and Skinny Body Type

A-Line Lehenga

Special Feature: Perfect ad Elegant, Easier to carry

Perfect for: Hourglass, Pear Shape, and Tall Body Structure
Worst Choice For: Apple and Straight (or Rectangle) Shape

Sharara cut Lehenga

Image Credit : Big Indian Wedding

Special Feature: Trousers in the form of a Lehenga

Perfect for: Apple Shape, Hourglass Shape, Pear Shape, Straight (or Rectangle) Shape, and Tall Body Structure
Worst Choice For: Petite and women with too slim legs

Straight Cut Lehenga

Special Feature: Flows with the body curves

Perfect for: Hourglass Shape, Apple Shape and Straight (or Rectangle) Shape
Worst Choice For: Pear Shape and Too thin body structure

Lehangas with a Jacket

Image Credit: Kalki Fashion

Special Feature: Hides the extra fats(if you are plump) or creates volume(if you’re too skinny)

Perfect for: Hourglass, Apple, Inverted Triangle and Tall Body Structure
Worst Choice For: Pear Shape and Petite Women

Half Saree Lehenga

Image Credit: Boutique SareeBlouse

Special Feature: Gives a Virtual Sari look

Perfect for: Hourglass, Apple, Pear Shape, and Tall Body Structure
Worst Choice For: Petite Women

A perfect lehenga according to your body type won’t only accentuate your personality but will also bring out the best in you.

5 Things you wont believe your wedding planner becomes!

“Chotu! Woh phool cross mein lagao, seedhe nai!”, an image of a sleep deprived person comes to mind, no make up, no jewelry, no heels, that is just your wedding planner being the one person you cant afford to be however with the same glee and excitement to see the big day taking shape.

A wedding planner is a fluid concept of a person who takes the form of anything you need them to be to make you feel like the princess you deserve! We do not only create your wedding sets and send out invitations, there is more to it than that!

Today we list down 5 things you wont believe we see ourselves as!

Your wedding Planner becomes your best friend.

“Salmon or Halibut, it dosen’t matter to me!” – Phoebe Buffay

“Well, it matters to me!” – Monica Geller, the wedding planner.

A wedding planner does just that, everything on your big day has to be perfect. Your wedding planner is the best friend you have and there is a high possibility that by the end of it, your wedding planner will realize what you need before you realize you need it.

Your wedding planner becomes your stylist.

Wedding planners come in with a host of experience planning soirees for the ocean of cultural diversity that is a part of India. We have a knack to put together parts of that experience to create a unique and personal style for you which we understand by being your best friend 🙂

Your wedding planner becomes your financial planner

Your money is important to you and us, we want to make sure every penny spent gives you double the happiness and joy, hence it is our responsibility to make sure you spend on the right things and get super cost-effective and luxury bargains through our network and contacts!

Your wedding planner becomes your shoulder to lean on.

All weddings are stressful, and more often than not, everyone in the family is stressed as well. Your wedding planner is your shoulder to lean on when times get too stressful, we are there to comfort you, to calm you down and make sure you are at your comfortable peak through the entire process.

Your wedding planner shares your vision.

“I don’t want to be a bride-zilla, but so far my attempts at getting people to respect my wishes aren’t working”

Your wedding planner works to become your genie, because we know it is YOUR day. Only difference with us is , there is no limit to the amount of wishes you have. We see your wedding the way you see it and work to move mountains and get that done.

At the end of it all we can say is…

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Colour Me Wedding!

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Indian weddings are all about glamour, to say the least. Luscious reds, royal goldens and imperial greens are usually preferred for D-day themes, which are untold signature tones for Indian affairs. However, the country is slowly moving out of its comfort zone, away from these safe hues and on to more daring shades.

Here are some scintillating colour palettes trending this 2015!

The Peacock

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This palette is an amazing, classy combination of the various shades of the regal bird, which are easy to incorporate and pair together. Tints of teal, gold, blue and purple make for a royal wedding like no other. These gorgeous hues will impart a surreal feel to your already dreamy wedding.

Fluorescents and Pastels

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The trend of the age has been to pair the subtle with the bold. Match the overdone exuberance of fuchsia pink with a sober splash of pastel green, or the vivacity of flaming orange with the calming ripples of aqua. You’ll make a style statement that’s sure to make the wedding party swoon.

The Colourful Trinity

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Three-colour combinations give you the liberty to customise everything from the wedding outfit to the table centrepieces.  Some popular trios are peach, gold and mint; pink, grey and ivory; and purple, silver and blue. These awesome threesomes are sure to fit into any wedding style and personality, and they’ll add that extra oomph to the celebrations to make the revelry complete.

Single Tone

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Single-tone themes are always a safe bet; you can truly play around with different patterns and shades to add a classic appeal to your wedding decor. Pick shades of green if you wish to add an earthy feel to your wedding festivities, reds to make the affair sensuous, hues of blue for that a mystical element, pinks for a fairytale-like feel, yellows for a summertime wedding, the list is endless. These numerous tints and shades will contribute that extra pizzazz to your happy day.

There are various other combinations you can choose from to ensure that your wedding affair is one worth remembering. Fusions such as black and gold, pink and navy, purple and blue or lemon and lime, though unconventional, could be absolutely breathtaking if paired well. However, if you’re looking for a bold theme, it’s best to let a professional wedding planner handle the arrangements for you so you don’t go over the top with the preparations. On that note, pick a colour theme you relate to the most, and make your wedding day your dream come true. Happy coupling!

Amaze with Anita Dongre

Amaze with Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre started her journey in high fashion in 1998, and her unique, sincere designs have made her a strong presence within the Indian fashion circuit, especially when it comes to wedding and bridal couture. Her signature style represents the modern Indian woman who is stylish, yet true to her roots. This shows in the contemporary-cum-traditional craftsmanship of her designs. Her lehengas and anarkalis are to die for, so let’s take a look at this craftsman’s creations from 2013-2014.

The year that was: 2013

Anita’s designs are strongly inspired by her native roots, and this was quite apparent in her exquisite collection for the Lakme Fashion Week 2013 Winter/Festive, titled ‘The Jaipur Bride’. It showcased the modern Indian bride in a chic, yet traditional avatar. The theme of the collection was the use of authentic, intricate Jaipuri ‘gotta patti’ embroidery, which adorned the regal anarkalis, exquisite lehengas, and even the chic cocktail gowns. There were ensembles in white and gold, pastel greens, neon pinks and oranges, vibrant blues, and they were all blended into this one collection symbolic of Anita’s interpretation of the modern Indian wedding, which is colourful, yet classy and tasteful. Palazzo pants, stylized lungi pants and loosely draped maxi dresses provided a fun element and are sure to be eye-catchers in the coming wedding seasons.

 

Wedding Reception Dress by Anita Dongre. Blog by The Wedding Co.

 

 

Wedding Reception Dress by Anita Dongre. Blog by The Wedding Co.

 

 

Wedding Dress by Anita Dongre. Blog by The Wedding Co.

 

Another highlight of the show was the music by artist Sona Mahapatra. Her beautiful renditions of thumri, sufi and other folk music fused with a rock, contemporary edge complimented the theme of the show perfectly. This one truly was a crowd pleaser.

Looking ahead: 2014

Anita’s brand is expanding on a global level everyday, and she has surely kept busy this 2014 as well. Her Spring/Summer collection keeps true to what is normally relatable to the summer, such as pastels; whites; loose, flowy lines; and so forth.Celebrating the season, her ‘Sonnets of Spring’ collection is characterised by gorgeous digital and geometric prints in soft, pastel hues. You will also find kaftans, anarkalis, tunics, shift dresses, fitted trousers and elegant eveningwear in this collection, in summer-friendly fabrics such as mal, georgette, chiffon, linen and cotton. Along with this, she has also come up with a line of menswear, which includes classic linen shirts, shirts with digital prints, bandis, deconstructed and half-lined linen blazers, casual linen jodhpuris dipped in hues of aqua, coral, light pink, white and blue. So you can look forward to some clean cuts, patterns and colours for a truly spectacular summer/spring wedding.

Anita’s fashion brands, AND and Global Desi, are two of the most popular ones currently trending the nation. The brands aim at striking a balance between designer wear that is priced exorbitantly and mass market produce that is cheap and commonplace, and creating good-quality, high-fashion clothes that are affordable, yet stylish and unique. This concept has been so well received that expansion plans for her brands are already underway. She successfully launched Global Desi in Mauritius just last year. Well, we hope she launches many more stores this 2014 and wows the rest of the world with her designs as well!

Achievements:

Along with being an ace designer, Anita is also a conscious and responsible public figure. She has contributed to different areas of Indian society with her influence and reach. She is a vegan and an active member of PETA, where she has been in the forefront in the fight for animal rights.

Women empowerment is a cause she truly believes in and has done a great deal for. She is known for employing artisans in Rajasthan to create handcrafted materials for her creations, which is helping to revive and preserve several dying art forms in India. This is also helping to generate employment for a sector that has been fading out since the Industrial revolution. Mijwan is a village in UP that specializes in Chikankari; in association with actor Shabana Azmi, Anita supports the women of this village by commissioning Chikankari work from them, which she uses in her designs. She also contributes to a social organization run by Mana Shetty that provides livelihood to economically backward women with the help of the waste material provided by fashion designers.

While all these achievements are already medals on her chest, Anita was also presented with an award for ‘Excellence in Fashion Design’ by The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry Ladies Organization, Bombay Chapter in 2013. We could go on about the honors and recognitions that she has received, but what is remarkable is that in whichever contribution she has made to Indian society, be it through her designs, charity or philanthropy, it’s her heart and sincerity that really shine through. We applaud this maestro and look forward to her innovations in future as well.

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.