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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!