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    {image via ESTAA Jewellers}

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    UMRAO JAAN REMAINS a classic in the imagination of Indian cinema and popular culture.  The combination of legendary beauty, an epic romance, and grand history lend the story a sense of myth. It's no wonder that her story continues to capture the hearts of brides looking for a way to narrate their own wedding day.  Portrayed here by Sonya Jehan, photographed by Ashish Chawla, in a collection of breathtaking kundan and polki jewellery by Hazoorilal and Sons, the legend lives on.







    {images via Ashish Chawla courtesy Amarcor}

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    THE RETURN TO RETRO has brought with it an unabashed love for heavy metal hardware, sequins and glitter.  Chanel pays tribute to this look in their makeup for the season, with chunky glitter on the models' eyelids.  I am personally loving this look, perhaps in a more finely milled version, for the Rock and Romance bride.



    {images by Olivia da Costa for Chanel}

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    THOUGH THE SARIS IN this collection of images from Cineblitz, featuring Richa Chadda, are beautiful and inspiring pieces, we are taken with the hairstyles and most especially, the makeup.  Indigo eyeshadow extended outside the eye to create a cat-eye shape with a clear cut at the crease, and eyes rimmed with white liner to keep the eyes open, this look is on point.  The hair, teased and shaped into a voluminous faux-hawk updo is the right look for a rocker chic bride.






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    NOT QUITE RECOVERED FROM a weekend of wedding festivities, but feeling very inspired by all the lovely clothes and looking forward to sharing trends with you.  In the meanwhile, I found this gorgeous collection of styled images by Raman Cheema Photography, with make up by Hazara Artistry.  The girls of this gorgeous blog, aptly entitled I wear my Sari with Jeans, styled this shoot, and filled with goodness after my own heart.  I am especially a fan of the black lace sari blouse.  equally at home over a tight black minidress, this blouse complements the black and gold silk saree.  Paired with dark lips and a fishtail braid, this look is the epitome of understatement that I always prefer.  For the glam girls, an heirloom silk sari, paired golden jhumki and a cuff, should be guaranteed to have you carry the night in style.






    {images by Raman Cheema Photography with styling by I Wear My Sari With Jeans and makeup by Hazara Artistry}

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    TENA DURRANI
    Designer Tena Durrani makes elaborate and architectural embroidery easy to wear through the employment of casual silhouettes.  A v-neck, sleeveless neckline, for example, belies the elaborate beading of an open kurta and trouser suit, and the tube top underneath makes the piece incredibly sexy.  Durrani has a penchant for florals, but not so that they cover an entire garment, the whimsical patterns are interspersed with other motifs to keep the pieces sophisticated.









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    NIDA AZWER
    Nida Azwer's Hyderabadi Collection is resplendent with creamy shades of pink, coral, grey, gold, yellow, and brown.  The outfits are sewn from maisuri silks, brocades, linens, and pure chiffons.  The voluminous dupattas, long enough for double drapes, and Hyderabadi kurtas are embroidered with flowers, Mughal miniatures, birds, dragons and butterflies in delicate resham embroidery.  This couture bridal collection is dreamy and romantic.


    More after the jump....

    The designer showed the collection at her boutique, where the models mingled with guests in an intimate atmosphere, allowing them to view the details of the clothing up close.  Azwer also showed pieces from her "Shatoosh" shawl collection.



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    PARTY TIME, GIRLS' NIGHTS, bachelorettes, bridal showers, call it what you like, free from the boys, dressing for themselves, for each other. With plenty of baubles and gems.  Pretty gold bangles and chokers and blingy cocktail rings.
     

    Whimsical and playful, Estaa Jewellers translates old world classics, new world antiques and the rich heritage of Indian jewellery into terms that are sexy and sensual, made for the modern bride.  Harnessing her love for time-tested techniques like meena kari, kundan, uncut gems set in polki style and enamelled chokers.

    More after the jump....


    "GIRLS DO NOT DRESS FOR BOYS.  They dress for themselves, and of course, each other."
    - Betsey Johson


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    {images via ESTAA Jewellers}

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    UNAPOLOGETICALLY PRETTY, WHIMSICAL AND SENTIMENTAL, Little Black Bow Boutique is perfect for those girly girls out there, who want pretty and pink, and will not apologize for it.  Vintage inspired Indian clothing are the starting point of this collection, with luscious layers of tulle and lace cut out, victorian inspired rose and floral motifs, nostalgic colours and parasols.






    {all images via Little Black Bow Boutique}

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    PRIYAL PRAKASH
    Using traditional techniques of applying gold trim to fabric in the form of gota, and applying them in a throughly modern fashion to a muted palette of basic silhouettes in sarees and lenghas for an understated and elegant collection, Prakash creates a thoroughly contemporary philosophy.  Her work is romantic and ethereal, inviting more imagination through it's simplicity.







    {images 2 and 3 via Anais Events, the rest are from Priyal Prakash House of Design}

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    COMPLETELY OVERWHELMED BY coursework and end of term papers, and feeling a bit winter-weary, with the cool weather relenting every now and then to let in a bit of thaw, I am currently looking for an escape.  Is it any wonder I was drawn to these images in my lightbox, featuring the designs of Rajdeep Ranawat, photographed by Ashish Chawla.  Fantastic and painterly, the net and silk sarees with elaborate and detailed threadwork.  Beautiful bright colours and elaborate backdrops make for a beautiful escape...





    {all images via Amarcor Agency}

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    TO COMPLEMENT THE painstakingly embroidered pieces in his collection, Manish Malhotra often chooses to go with a rather bare finish for his models.  We stay focused on the gold zari and ivory threadwork set against wine-red and champagne suits.  And, as our eyes are eventually drawn upwards, one can't help but be captivated by the flawless finish of the models' skin and their big, bright eyes, set off by the perfect set of false lashes.




    {images: 1, 3, and 4 via MAC Cosmetics.  2 via Pout Pretty}

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    IN A DEPARTURE FROM THE usual matchy matchy style of Indian bridal, where the groom's sherwani matches the bride  and he never vies to outdo her, designer Rohit bal opted to deconstruct the bride's outfit and let the groom's outfit pop in candy colours.  Lenghas, sarees, and shalwar suits were kept to a strict palette of the lightest tone of ivory and an antique yellow gold.  To keep with this neutral theme, the makeup was a diffused smokey eye, coffee-coloured lips and wispy, doll-like lashes.







    {All images via MAC Cosmetics on Tumblr}

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    Soften a classic red lip by finishing with an updated ombre.  Oxblood pairs beautifully with cream and black and thick, doll-like eyelashes.  Add some bronzer and sweep your hair back into a bouffant bun with a thick braid for accent, to achieve that classic sepia-toned vintage vignette.

    {via Border and Fall, make-up artistry by Ralph Daniels}


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  • 02/20/15--08:57: Designs on Love: White Space

  • BECAUSE IN LOVE, saying very little can speak volumes. A simple curving mehndi design which cleverly uses the empty spaces to enhance the beauty of the artist's handiwork is a gorgeous take on Arabic henna design.

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    IF VINTAGE OMBRE IS not your thing, a harder, more contemporary look is easy to achieve with  grey-black eyeshadow, smoked up to the browline for added drama and thickly lined lower lashes.  Balance the look with a peachy coral lip and tanned skin.  Brows should be neatly groomed but not overly drawn.  Set it off with some tribal jewellery and bold black and jewel tones to complete the rock princess look.

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    IF THE COLOR OF LOVE were to be something other than red, we suspect it might be orange.  From creamy shades of apricot to vivacious vermillion, orange is a passionate colour.  It's golden tones when set against a beautiful silken sari set off the complexion beautifully. Wear it alone for a romantic, earthy affect, or pair it with another colour for a striking affect.  Any way you choose, designers are embracing orange in their collections and it's showing up on editorial spreads for bridal fashion everywhere we look.











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    THE FAINT OF HEART shouldn't stop here, these colors are for the bold only. Color, as we've previously observed is making an unapologetic return the Indian fashion scene with designer Manish Arora's nomad-inspired designs leading the fray.  The bolder, the better, bands of colour in indigo, coral, parrot green and lemon yellow bring to mind the riotous celebrations of Holi.






    {images: Anushka Menon for Kundalini Arts, Holi Hands by Prasanth Chandan, Jacqueline Fernandez for Harper's Bazaar via, Sonam Kapoor in Manish Arora for Harper's bazaar via, Manish Arora via Anarkali Love, 6 via}

    p.s. more bridal inspiraton here.


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    PAINTED CAKES HAVE BEEN a bit of an obsession lately, because art is always welcome and edible art is really, truly just sublime.  Floral maxi dresses and roses are the stuff that summer is made of...now you can wear your love, and eat it too.


    {images: Lisa Haydon for Sunaina Puri, Painted Cake by Cake Inc.via}

    p.s. more delightful pairs this way...


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  • 04/14/15--14:14: Designs on Love: Twinsies

  • MATCHING HENNA MOTIFS for your bridal party are a pretty and simple way to tie it all together and add some fun to the day's preparations.  For bridesmaids that are henna-shy, this simple paisley motif that extends in a single line from the index fingertip to the wrist is an homage to tradition that will keep the aunties happy and not overwhelm.

    {image via almond leaf studios}

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    MODELS PREPARE FOR the runway at the Pakistan Fashion Design Council's annual Pakistan Sunsilk Fashion Week show. Nomi Ansari and Fahad Hussayn have already graced the ramp with their collections.  Coming up are Zara Shahjahan, Arsalan Iqbal, and Nida Azwer.

    {image via PFDC Official Facebook}

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    A THROWBACK TO TRADITION, KOHL is a central tool in an Indian woman's beauty kit.  So many love songs have been written about surma, a.k.a kajal, that it borders on cliche.  And yet, here it is again, charming it's way back to the forefront, because for the bride who wishes to make a calculated statement, it is really all one needs.  By bringing the focus to the eyes, on an otherwise barely there makeup look, the single line of surma brings a flush of light to the whole face.








    {images:  Telugu Actress Amala Paul /Guerlain Kohl Loose Powder via/Anita Dongre via Pernia's Pop-Up Shop/4/5/via The Scarlet Window}

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    A perfect match for the kundan work on her jewellery, this bride's picture perfect shot of her henna is that much more enticing for the addition of tiny crystal gems to set off the henna.