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Manish Malhotra’s Favourite Lehenga Looks

Manish Malhotra is an unconquered king of couture. Known for his bridal collection, wearing Manish’s creation is every bride’s dream. The designer has come up with the most extravagant and heavenly lehengas which are too good to be true. His forte lies in bringing the best of both worlds by blending rich Indian culture with contemporary silhouettes keeping in mind the needs of modern day bride. Here we have a list of Manish Malhotra’s all-time favourite lehengas.
The Ethnic Red Lehenga
For all those brides who want to embrace the traditional red lehenga on their D-day, the ace designer Manish’s this red lehenga is an answer to it. This gorgeous red velvet lehenga with Kashmiri Zari embroidery work is all that you need to look every bit like an Indian bride.

The short choli blouse with embellished full sleeves and scoop neck is the very essence of this pretty lehenga. The skirt has exquisite detailing and is paired with golden net dupatta. Nothing can beat this amazing Manish Malhotra’s bridal lehenga.

Anarkali Inspired Pink Lehenga
Apart from the usual short crop top and skirt silhouette, this anarkali inspired pink lehenga is like a whiff of fresh air.

With hues like pink, golden and orange, this lehenga is perfect for a bride with an edge. The long flared voluminous top made with the sheer fabric provides the utter grace to the entire ensemble. Also, the flared skirt and net dupatta makes it one of the finest Manish Malhotra’s creations.

A Lehenga with a Twist
If you are someone who likes to stand out and do things differently, this bridal lehenga is just made for you. Manish Malhotra once presented his Gloss collection at Lakme Fashion week. The theme had all the deep hues like purple, burgundy, grey, brown and wine. These unusual colours and Gothics inspired outfits caught our attention for good.

One of the lehengas worn by none other than very beautiful Kareena Kapoor made heads turn. The very subtle tie & dye silk lehenga with long anarkali top is what we call a lehenga with a twist. The top has all the sequins and blingy adornments to give it a formal look. Not to forget the wide-bordered dupatta with thread work that completes the lehenga. So, if you want something which is both classy and chic, you now know what to pick.

Emerald Lehenga
Since emerald green colour is considered auspicious for the Muslim brides, Manish Malhotra has come up with the perfect bridal wear here. This emerald green lehenga with the pink border and heavy embroidery work is one of the Manish’s best creations.

The lehenga has all the required elements to make it an ideal wear for a Muslim bride. Deep green colour, long anarkali top with sheer fabric, quarter sleeves and sequined net dupatta makes this lehenga drool worthy.

One for the Peachy Bride
Bridal wear is usually restricted to colours like red, maroon and pink which is quite cliched. To break the monotony, the talented couturier Manish Malhotra loves to play with colours. The designer brought forward a mirror work peach lehenga in his Gloss collection.

What makes this lehenga so special is its colour and understated sequin and mirror work. Its simple grey raw silk blouse and net dupatta added the required grace. This lehenga screams simplicity and sophistication at the same time.

Lehenga from the Streets of Lucknow
Lucknow is famous for its chikankari embroidery. Taking cue from this age-old traditional embroidery work, the designer created a gorgeous mint green chikankari lehenga with pink border. This particular lehenga is sheer elegance with olive green silk blouse and net dupatta. The entire lehenga is adorned with chikankari handwork to give it a feel and originality of Lucknow.

Creme and Pink makes a Deadly Combo
Manish Malhotra’s crème and pink lehenga with gold sequins all over and jaal style embroidery border is a treat to eyes. This nude shade lehenga with intricate embroidery is to die for. What makes it even more special is its neon pink contrast with gold which makes it class apart. The resham blouse and off white embroidered dupatta is the soul of this pretty lehenga.

Red Silk Jacket Lehenga
Red colour is quintessential for an Indian bride. Be it the complete red bridal attire or just a hint of red, it has to be present in a bride’s dress. Keeping this fact in mind, Manish Malhotra came out with another out of the world red lehenga.

This lehenga has signature Manish Malhotra feel to it. The skirt is off-white in colour with gota patti border. It is kept simple in order to gel it well with the heavy embroidered red raw silk long top. This high neck and 3/4th sleeve long jacket style top speaks volume about the beauty of this perfect ensemble.

Another Red from Manish Malhotra's Collection
There is no denying the fact that the way Manish Malhotra makes red look really hot, no one else can do. The best example to validate this statement is this red net lehenga with silver nakashi embroidery and Kashmiri tilla work.

The embroidery is done just at the hemline area and rest of the skirt is kept plain. Talking about the blouse, it has all over chikankari work along with the simple dupatta to make it look ravishing. This lehenga is perfect for a bride who thinks you need not be over the top to look beautiful on your wedding day.

Though Manish Malhotra’s every single garment is special in itself but above mentioned are our favourite from this talented designer’s kitty. Hope you agree with us and take inspiration from these gorgeous lehengas for your wedding day!

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Get to Know the Popular Indian Wedding Dresses

When it comes to Indian wedding, the first thing that comes into mind is the bride’s dress. Indian weddings are all about grand celebration, ceremonies, rituals, gorgeous decor and of course extravagant Indian wedding dresses to match the entire setting.

Indian wedding dresses differ from region to region and has its own significance backed by culture, tradition and customs of the particular state. Keeping in mind the rich cultural heritage of India, let’s jot down the most popular Indian wedding dresses of all time.
Lehenga Choli is undeniably the favourite dress of every bride. No matter which region she belongs, wearing lehenga choli on her wedding day would be her first choice. And why not, it is traditional and graceful at the same time. Lehenga choli looks great on every body type and it can match your budget. This wedding attire has undergone a huge transformation from being typically ethnic to modern and customised.

Though the basic silhouette of a cropped bodice paired with separate skirt remained the same but there are variations in it with time.  The length of choli and the shape of skirt have definitely been experimented a lot. Not just the bride, even bride’s sisters and friends love to adorn this outfit on weddings and other formal occasions.  From traditional intricate embroidery works like zari, motifs, zardozi to contemporary embellishments like stones, sequins, gota patti, beads etc  a lehenga choli is ought to be super stylish and highly elaborated. Following are the different styles of lehenga-choli.

Flowy Lehenga-choli
As the name suggests, flowy lehenga is a long flared skirt paired with a short fitted bodice along with a heavy duptta. This silhouette is quite traditional and is very popular among brides. Generally brides-to-be prefer flowy lehenga as it gives them the volume and make them look like a complete diva.

Bridal lehengas have over-the-top embroidery and embellishments and often made in traditional colours like deep red, orange and golden. Now a days, modern brides love to experiment with hues like green, royal blue and peach.

Stunning Ornate Red Lehenga

Fish-cut lehenga-choli
This style of lehenga-choli is totally opposite from the flowy one.  Unlike flared skirt, the fish-cut lehenga is long fitted skirt with slightly loose at the base.  Generally, fish-cut lehengas are paired with short cropped bodice or highly elaborated corset tops and dupatta.

These are a contemporary version of lehenga choli and have more of a western appeal to it. Indeed, fish-cut style is like a whiff of fresh air and brides love to flaunt their curves in this kind of silhouette.

Red Fish-TaleLehenga
Saree is unarguably the soul of Indian weddings. A red ornate saree is steeped in India’s tradition. Saree is popular Indian wedding attire. Not just the bridal red saree, India boasts to have a huge variety and style of sarees depending on the region.

Every style of saree has a deep-rooted cultural story behind it. Apart from the bridal red saree, every girl loves to include different styles of sarees in her trousseau collection too. Some of the popular styles of sarees include, Kanchipuram, Banarasi, silk, chanderi, cotton etc.

The Ishya Lehenga Saree
Anarkali suit
Anarkali suits have emerged as the latest Indian wedding dress. These flowy silhouettes give an impression of a lehenga just being more comfortable than it.  Anarkalis are regal and elegant and are inspired from Mughal era.

Basically its floor-length flared and wide suit with kalis to give it the required shape and fit. Anarkalis are adorned with exquisite embroidery and is paired with traditional kundan jewelry to get the complete bridal look. Different colours, fabrics and cuts give this garment, a whole new perspective.

Red Floor-Length Anarkali
Formal Gowns
Weddings in India are not a sole event as it is followed by a series of events before and after the wedding. For example, mehendi ceremony, sangeet ceremony and cocktail party are celebrated before the wedding and reception party is done after it. So, apart from the wedding dress, a bride needs many more formal dresses for such occasions. Here comes the formal gown in picture. Gowns are long fitted formal dress.

Taking cue from the western gowns, Indian bridal gowns are made with the touch of traditionalism in terms of colour and work. The basic silhouette remains the same with heavy embroidery works on the bodice or the flare. It is more of a fusion dress or you can say west meets east. The style of gown also differs depending on the preference and occasion. Some brides prefer flowy gowns and others like figure-hugging. These gowns look extremely stylish, chic and perfect for a formal evening.

Exquisite Red Ornate Gown
Now you can incorporate the ideas about the above mentioned Indian wedding dresses in your list and be the epitome of beauty and grace on your big day!

Impressions of the 'Fashion International' - Show at London Fashion Week

Last week we were talking about how to enjoy London Fashion Week even if you're not in the front-row. We had the chance to attend a fashion show on Saturday, 19th September. The show took place at the elegant Ballroom of the world famous Amba Charing Cross Hotel in London.

The show we were invited to was not a main London Fashion Week Show, it was organized by 'Fashion International'. Aga Couture London, Daniel Syiem, Forever Devine, Yuvna Kim, Lenie Boya and Omar Mansoor were the designers who presented their new Spring/Summer collection for 2016.

Each line was different and it was amazing to see six different styles: from ladylike and feminine silhouettes to very straight and clear cuts, but every piece was unique and on its way perfect.
After all presentations there was a after-show-reception where you could meet the designers with their models, talk to them and take some pictures.

To show you some inspiration for SpringSummer 2016 here are some impressions of the amazing shows!

    Designer: Aga Couture London

    Designer: Daniel Syiem

Designer: Forever Devine London

Designer: Forever Devine London

    After-show reception

London Fashion Week - Enjoy it even if you're not in the front-row!

These are the days - like each year the most famous designers and brands are going to present their Spring/Summer-Collections for 2016 at London Fashion Week. After six years at Somerset House, this year it is moved to Brewer Street in Soho: the perfect place for a city-wide fashion celebration.

"The brilliant thing about Brewer Street is that we'll be able to have natural light coming in through the roof" , said Caroline Rush, the CEO of the British Fashion Council.

The idea of this trade event? The £28 billion British fashion-industry wants to show what they created to global press, industry buyers, bloggers, photographers and chancers. So just take a look at all the beautiful models wearing clothes of the most famous designers of the world. But there will be as well some newcomers who will have their first show during the next five days. Edeline Lee, Toga and Hills & Friends are mentioned as Must-See.

When you have no possibility to go to London Fashion Week, why not checking out the London Fashion Weekend (24th - 27th September)? Host in the Saatchi Gallery you can find Trend Shows by and Designer Galleries of international and British Brands, framed by a dynamic events programme. It is the perfect alternative to get a taste of the Fashion Week including insider knowledge and style advice.

For those of you who can't wait until next weekend or are too curious to know what is IN next year: Here is the link to the live stream of London Fashion Week:

But if you don't want to watch alone, enjoy London Fashion Week at Carnaby. You can watch all the shows on a ginormous outdoor screen; and always keep your eyes open: there are a few shops giving discounts or small gifts. At least get yourself a London Fashion Week Cocktail at Riding House Cafe at the end of the day (each one is named after snappy quotes from the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour) and discuss about the stunning collections.

You don't need to sit in the front row to experience London Fashion Week, you just need to know where to go else!

Festive Saree - Drape Over India’s Pride

Saree is one of the most sensuous as well as comfortable attire of Indian women. India being a country of diverse geography, culture and religion has varied adaptations of this nine yard wonder.

Every state and region has its own style of saree which is not only popular in India but also across the globe as people are becoming increasingly interested in India’s this ethnic wear due to its style and comfort. Saree is indispensable part of any Indian woman’s wardrobe. 

It suits every body shape and age. Saree is the most preferred garment worn by Indian women on religious as well as festive occasions. So, without further ado, let’s have a look at variety of festive sarees of India.

Banarasi Saree
Banarasi saree is the first love of any Indian woman. The holy city of Banaras which is now known as Varanasi is the home of these gorgeous sarees. The city produces the finest quality of Banarasi sarees with intricate embroideries, weave, zari and brocade work. These traditional and age-old sarees can be worn on both religious as well as festive occasions.

Banarasi saree has the signature fringe like pattern along the inner and outer border called Jhhalar and elaborate engravings of figures, floral patterns, animals and other architectural ornamentation. Such patterns display craftsmanship of Mughal era and has let the tradition keep alive. Banarasi saree is the perfect blend of premium silk and rich embroidery. This piece of art is a must-have for every saree enthusiast.

Silk Saree
The silk fabric is considered as the best for sarees. There is huge variety of silk sarees ranging from region to region. Silk saree looks glamorous and rich as silk fabric has inbuilt luster in it. Commonly known as Resham, silk thread is extracted from the silk worms and is woven to make the fabric.

Silk saree is known for its texture, color variety, print and designs. Famous silk sarees include Bhagalpur silk, Mysore silk, Kanchipuram silk saree, raw silk, pure silk etc.

Kanchipuram Saree
This saree needs no introduction. This silk saree grace every Indian woman’s closet irrespective of the region. The saree is named after the small town Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu which is its place of origin.

The main characteristic of this saree is its gold dipped silver thread woven over best quality of silk. It’s traditional and classic and never goes out of vogue. It is highly expensive due to its durability, premium quality of thick silk base and of-course its beautiful adornments. It’s a popular wear for weddings in South India.

Jamavar and Organza saree
Both these sarees are originated in Uttar Pradesh. Jamavar has a typical zari thread work and jacquard weave. Generally, the weave is done in bright colors like green, orange and red. Jamavar looks extremely stylish if draped properly.

Another popular festive sari of this region is Organza saree. This is also called as Organdy. Organza sarees are made of light weight and transparent cotton and is adorned with chicken and Lukhnavi embroideries.

Chanderi Saree
Chanderi saree is the blend of silk and cotton fabric. Originated in Madhya Pradesh, it’s very ideal as its light weight, translucence, airy and easy to carry. The weave and designs on chanderi saree is subtle and minimalistic and is usually made in pastel colours.

Chanderi saree has a signature striped border and small butties all over the saree. Perfect for summers, chanderi sarees has two variants like cotton chanderi and silk chanderi and both are equally popular. With its graceful texture, chanderi saree makes a good option for festivities.

Tant Saree
Another famous festive saree includes Tant saree which was originated in West Bengal. Tant means, ’Made on the Loom’ and is hand-woven. These are not only beautiful but also a source of income for many underprivileged people living in districts of West Bengal.

The best part about having a Tant saree is that it serves both the purposes and can be worn on casual as well as formal occasions. Available in large colour palate, this light, fluffy, transparent and crisp muslin saree with silk thread border is preferred by women not only in West Bengal but pan India. If you love cotton sarees, this one is for you.

Sambalpuri Saree
Known as ‘Pride of Orissa’, Sambalpuri saree speaks volume about its grace and beauty. This is pure joy to wear as it is made of silk and cotton and is a handloom saree. This saree needs five weeks just to dye its fibres that too with natural colours.

Imagine how long it will take to be a finished product. It is the oldest form of textile decoration in the world. Also, known as ‘Ikat’, this saree has a traditional strip of an unstitched cloth from 5 to 9 meter in length. The purpose of this fabric is that it can be wrapped around the body in as many styles as you want. Ikat weave generally has geometric patterns of threadwork pallus and borders.

Chiffon Saree
Chiffon saree is the most elite saree among the lot. Chiffon fabric is a blend of synthetic fibre along with silk and cotton.

Chiffon sarees come in myriad designs, colours and embroideries and are apt for parties and other formal functions. Its flowy drape makes it the first choice of young girls.
Shaded Coral Chiffon Saree
Net Saree
Net sarees are a rage among young women. This is far beyond traditional saree and has a modern appeal to it. Net fabric comes in both soft and hard material and is dyed in different colours.

The embroidery on net saree looks amazing. It’s classy and glamorous and that is why net saree is loved by young girls and ladies.

Golden Net Saree

Georgette Saree
Georgette saree is affordable and beautiful at the same time. It’s evergreen in terms of season and occasion and can be worn on formal events.

The best part about having a georgette saree is that is easy to maintain and can be washed at home. It comes in variations like semi-georgette and pure georgette with different types of embroideries, borders and stylish pallus.
Neon Pink Georgette Saree

Bandhani Saree
From the heart of royal state of Rajasthan, Bandhani or Bandhej saree is one of the most loved festive saree. This saree is known for its tie and dye designing.

There is huge variety of colors and patterns in tie and dye are available and it is a pocket-friendly saree. Jaipur is the hub of Lehariya, Bandhani and Garchola sarees.

I’m sure you are well aware now about the different types of festive sarees of India. So, what are you waiting for? Get a fabulous saree of your choice and soak your soul in festivities!
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Grab Indian Earrings and Necklaces for the Upcoming Festive Season

As the festive season is fast approaching, I'm sure you are looking for the right accessories to match with your ensemble.

If you are nodding your head in a big yes, get detailed description of array of Indian earrings and necklaces to choose from and make this festive season a memorable one.

Chandbalis are the most popular style of Indian earrings. These gorgeous traditional pieces go well with ethnic as well as contemporary dresses. This style of earrings looks extremely graceful with Indian sarees.

They are circular or semi-circular in shape and are studded with stones or pearls. Also, commonly known as ‘balis’, these earrings are the first love of Indian women.

Dangler earrings or ‘jhumka’ is another famous Indian earring that not only looks beautiful but is loved by one and all.  These hanging bell-shaped earrings are one of the most favourite pieces of accessory among the commoners and Bollywood celebrities alike. The length of a jhumka may vary from two centimetre to reaching the shoulder.

You can choose a good pair of jhumkas keeping in mind your garment and the occasion. Generally, long danglers are worn on formal occasions like wedding, mehendi ceremony or sangeet ceremony. Medium length jhumkas are perfect for formal evening or a dinner party.

The best part of having a pair of nice jhumas is that it suits all face shapes be it round, oval or a square jaw. So, without further ado, get yourself a pair of these Indian earrings and spread the festivity.

Stud earrings
Stud earrings or teardrop tops are worn on everyday basis. These earrings are small, simple and elegant and can be used on regular basis.

A stud earring is appropriate for work.  Stud earrings are usually a single stone earring in stone, pearls or even diamond that covers just the earlobe area. Single diamond earrings are known as solitaire earrings. Studs can be worn even by men as they look stylish and trendy.

Chandelier earrings
Chandelier earrings are more formal accessory. These are charming and elite and look fabulous with gowns and dresses.

The chandelier earrings come in variety of designs but diamond chandeliers are considered the best among the lot.

Ear cuff earrings
Last but not the least, our list of Indian earrings also includes ear cuff earrings.  This style of earrings is unique and doesn’t adorn earlobe rather stick to the helix of the ear. It is a curved band of metal pressed over the helix of the ear and has beautiful stones and pearls on it.

Indian Necklaces

Rani Haar
Rani Haar is one of the oldest and most flamboyant styles of Indian necklace. This type of necklace has a huge pendant attached to the long chain.

Usually it is made up of gold and is quite heavy in weight. It is long enough to sit around the bust area or even lower than that. Rani haar is never worn alone as it paired with a choker or collar style necklace for the utmost grace. This traditional style of necklace is well suited on tall ladies.

Pendant set
The Pendant set is another commonly used style of Indian necklace. A pendant set has huge piece of metal like gold or silver at the centre studded with semi-precious stones and is attached with a chain.

Such pendant sets usually comes with the matching earrings. Pendant sets look great on occasions like tea party or kitty parties.

Choker is another traditional style of necklace. Unlike a rani haar, a choker is a small necklace that is generally worn tightly around the neck.

There is a wide variety of chokers available to suit your attire. The polki, jadau, pearls; precious and semi-precious stone chokers are among the most preferred style of choker necklaces.

Diamond Necklines
Diamond necklaces or necklines are light-weight single layer necklace in diamond. These necklines are utterly graceful and elegant and look sophisticated.

Generally diamond necklines have precious stones like ruby and emerald along with diamonds to give it an elite look. Such type of necklaces are perfect for high-end business meetings or cocktail parties.

Elegant Diamond and Ruby Necklace

Collar Necklace
Collar necklace is that style of necklace which covers almost the entire chest area. These are quite big in size and sit at the base of the neck.

The perfect example of this type of necklace is the Jodha- Akbar style of collar necklace. These vintage necklaces are not often worn because of its huge size.

Now you know about the myriad styles of Indian earrings and necklaces, so make sure you choose the right pick and get going this festive season!


Tips and Tricks of Indian Bridal Make-up

Every bride, ever since she is a little girl dreams to look like a princess on her D-day.  From her bridal wear to hairdo and make-up, she picturise it and fantasise about it her whole life. She strives for perfection and this drives her crazy.

So, if you are also one such bride-to-be and is stressed about the Indian bridal make-up tricks, worry not as we are going to share the tips for perfect make-up on your wedding day.

Choose your cosmetics wisely
Make sure you choose the right products keeping in mind your skin type. Use cosmetics which are tried and tested by you earlier. Don’t fall prey to experimentation on your special day as if the product doesn’t suit you, it might lead to skin allergy or rashes which may spoil the most crucial day of your life.

Prep up for pre-bridal
For the much required wedding glow, one should always resort to pre-bridal pampering session. The cleansing and facial regimen will give you the glow and radiance you always want. Make sure that you cleanse, tone, moisturise and exfoliate your face regularly.

It is very important that your skin is hydrated properly to give you a fresh look on your wedding day. You can use home-made face packs to get rid of oil and acne as well as for the unblemished complexion you are striving for.

Make-up Hacks
Make-up may make or break the look. Wearing right amount of make-up is very important. It shouldn’t be over the top and shouldn’t give you a cakey look.

Go for an understated and subtle make-up that enhances your features and suits your skin type.

For the Face
Start with applying primer. The primer helps to even the skin. It also helps the make-up to stay longer. Once you are done with primer, proceed with the foundation. Foundation is the base of any make-up. Make sure you use the colour that matches your skin type.

Check the colour in day light to be sure before you use it on your wedding day. Another point to be considered while selecting the foundation is that it should be long-lasting matte finished foundation. Apply foundation evenly on the face and let it settle for a while.

Dust the pressed powder over the foundation to set the foundation and to keep it in place. Also, it helps to absorb any extra oil that comes out of the pores. The next step is using a concealer over the areas like under-eye circles, corners of the nose and lips. It hides discolouration, blemishes and any acne spots on the skin and makes you look flawless.

If you have a broad nose or round cheeks and you are worried your pictures won’t come as good as you want them to be, try contouring. Contouring is an art of re-shaping the features with the use of one shade darker foundation or bronzer than your actual skin tone.

It is like giving an illusion of a sharp nose and chiseled cheeks with the darker foundation. This makes you look sharp, sleek and picture-perfect.

Blush and Illuminator
Once you are done with the base, next step in Indian bridal make-up is to lighten and brighten the face. For that, one needs to use the blush powder in shades of pink, peach or rose. Blush is used on the apple of cheeks, bridge of the nose and slightly on the forehead to give an impression of natural pink colour of the skin.

This not only makes your face look radiant and glowing but also makes you look ravishing in the photographs. After blush, make sure you use an illuminator on your cheeks to have a little tint of shimmer which is very important for a bride. After all, it’s your day and you need to shine!  

For the eyes
Eye make-up is the most important part of Indian bridal make-up. It’s the dramatic eye make-up which brings the real change. A beautifully done eye make-up is a blessing for any bride. It not only makes you look like a diva but also enhances the best feature of your face.

That is why, eye make-up is extremely crucial and it should be done with the utmost care. For that, start with applying primer and foundation over the eyes.

Use a brow pencil which is a shade darker than your brow hair to darken your eyebrows and to give them a defined shape. After that use an eye shadow that matches with your attire and apply it evenly. Make sure you apply it till the edge of an eye.

Outline and define your eyes by using an eye-liner and kajal pencil. Use a hint of shimmer to highlight your eye-shadow. Lastly, make use of an eye-curler and water-proof mascara for the fuller butterfly eye-lashes.   And let your eyes do the talking!

For the lips
Use a warm and flattering lip shade while doing Indian bridal make-up. Make sure you use neutral colour lipstick or lip gloss if your eye-make is dark. Don’t highlight both lips and eyes at the same time. Apply lipstick with the help of lip brush along the natural line of lips.

The lipstick should be applied from one corner to the other evenly. Use lip-liner as the same colour of the lipstick to make it more defined. Avoid dark coloured lip-liners as it looks artificial in photographs.

I’m sure with these handy Indian bridal make-up tips, you will nail it and look like the most stunning bride you always dreamt to be!

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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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