Dia Mirza Bridal Ceremonies – Featuring a Stunning Anita Dongre Lehenga

Dia Mirza blew everyone away with two gorgeous appearances at both her mehendi and sangeet ceremonies! Firstly the stunning bride to be wore a highly embellished and stylish lehenga by Anita Dongre, while her husband to be Sahil showcased a charming look featuring a simple black bandgala with white pyjamas.
The outfit Dia Mirza wore at her sangeet ceremony was detailed and extravagant, whilst the colour chosen suited Dia perfectly, complimenting her whole look. She wore a beige coloured corset and a deep purple lehenga with detailed gold embellishment which included a number of sequins and stones, completing the outfit perfectly. To bring the the whole look together, Dia’s make-up was striking, including blushing cheeks and smokey eyes!

Dia’s purple lehenga look was complimented with kudan jewellery and both necklace and earrings to match the colour of the beautiful Anita Dongre Lehenga. To keep her look simple Dia kept her fingers bare for her wedding ring, complimented with sophisticated bridal mehendi which she wore on her palms and fingers.


Furthermore, Dia Mirza’s groom Sahil Sangha looked dashing in a Manish Malhotra Sherwani. He wore a deep red pocket square and completed the look with white pyjamas and simple black formal shoes.

Dia Mirza gave her fans a glimpse of the ensemble designed by Ritu Kumar at her mehendi, the outfit featured a bright yellow chanderi multi-panelled kurta, which she posted a photograph on her Twitter page, featuring Dia standing happily with Sahil.

Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha got engaged in New York earlier this year. Before the festivities Dia held an intimate pre-wedding party, which was attended by close friends of theirs Riteish Deshmukh and Genelia D'Souza.

The couple looked extremely in love at their sangeet and mehendi, and we can't just wait to see Dia as a bride. We are sure she will look amazing!

If you're looking for a similar style stunning Anita Dongre bridal lehenga, shop here!

Beautiful Styles from Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015

One of Asia’s biggest fashion events, the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week for SS'15 recently took place from the 8th of October to the 12th of October 2014 in New Dehli with the support of the the Fashion Design Council of India.

This season, around 125 renowned and young designers showcased their collections within 30 shows. The Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week SS’15 has highlighted the particularity of the Indian fashion industry, which is an igniting mix of tradition and modernity.

Let's have a look at some of the styles that caught out eye from the fashion extravaganza. More posts about Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week to follow over the next weeks.

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Our Favourite Anarkali Dresses from India

Anarkali dresses are a timeless trend that seem to be getting more and more popular as the years go by. Recently we have seen an influx of stunning anarkali dresses that have been showcased all over the recent catwalks and fashion weeks, and by some of Bollywoods biggest celebrities. Anarkali dresses are also frequently worn by an influx of teenagers not only in India but worldwide!

Deepika Padukone without a doubt has one of the best collections of Anarkali dresses that we’ve seen, showcasing her elaborate collection at a number of important events, here are some of our favourites:

Deepika Padukone | Anarkali dress collection

Deepika Padukone | Anarkali dress collection

Anarkali dresses refer to the flowing salwaar kameezes that are relatively long and are designed like frocks but without any type of slit at the side. These style of dresses generally include a kameez that falls below the knee, and a churidaar that has folds near the ankle.

In terms of styles, they are often made up of a variety of materials such as silk, satin, cotton, georgette, chiffon, net, brasso and a variety of other materials, currently the ones that are most popular involve trendy net materials. The hem and neck of anarkali dresses often have detailed and unique embellishments and embroidery, which consist of an array of sequins, beads, laces, etc.

In relation to anarkail dresses showcased at the recent Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week: Rohit Bal definitely stood out to us as being a designer not to be missed. And his show was great! Year after year, his shows prove to be an experience that’s not just about the garments, but the energy, the aura and the drama he manages to create on the ramp, and he definitely didn’t disappoint this year!
Rohit Bal | Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week | Anarkalis

Rohit Bal | Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week | Anarkalis

Rohit Bal | Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week | Anarkalis

We have seen a lot of florals already this year, but Rohit's spin on florals was daring, graphic, unique and beyond gorgeous. Beautiful Kashmiri embroidery on soft, flowy mul-muls and the most stunning collection of Anarkalis that were chic, contemporary yet rooted in Indian tradition. A definite favourite of ours!

Insight on Indian Designer Satya Paul

The Satya Paul Design Studio started in 1985 at a time when the Indian Fashion Industry was just at a promising stage. Over time it has established itself with the originality of its printed and embellished fabrics and beautiful garments. Satya Paul has quickly developed into one of the few professionally run designer brands that now competes with other high-end international fashion brands and competitors!

Satya Paul is a top design label that specialises in stunning signature prints, feminine designs and a timeless contemporary style that has caused the label to establish itself as a global brand, unhindered by national boundaries. In relation to this, Satya Paul has achieved a unique look that is instantly recognisable and extremely different from competitor Indian designers. Every Staya Paul collection focuses on a fashion forward theme, keeping the brand ahead and intune of each season's trends and looks. (See my post on Lisa Ray in a  Satya Paul Saree)

Having re-invented the traditional sari as a modern and stylish classic, Satya Paul sarees are known for their beautiful prints, innovative draping and bold colour palette. The brand has revolutionised the way fashion is perceived and viewed in India, with prints that are both wearable and at the same time beautifully creative. The creations have been inspired by classical forms of art like calligraphy, sculpture and many genres of art.

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The Bridal collection by Satya Paul reflects the beauty and uniqueness every bride dreams of on their special day. A contrast of rich fabrics, fine embroidery and stunning embellishments come together to create the perfect trousseau.

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Further more, the Satya Paul menswears range includes the new age Satya Paul accessories which include neck ties, belts, wallets, and cufflinks. The collection is sure to satisfy any styling need for the successful man of today.

Here are some of our favourite pieces from Satya Paul's recent collection:

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Indian Designers | Indian Designer dress by Satya Paul

Indian Designer Top Picks: Sougat Paul

Indian Designer Sougat Paul’s stint in fashion started with studying at the prestigious N.I.F.T Kolkata. After completion of his degree he gained experience in working as a stylist in Mumbai. From there he swiftly moved on to working with various brands before venturing out to his own label in 2010. His Label then debuted in Lakme Fashion Week and quickly received a lot of accolades worldwide as a New Indian designer, his label has now showcased at Lakme Fashion week four times!

Detailing is a key part of Sougat Pauls designs, he can take inspiration from the most specific things such a basket weave to a paper cutout. His collection has been described as ‘an amalgamation of day to day thought knitted together’. Detailing has been the mainstay for his labels with a special impetus on the quality and finishing of each individual garment.
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Sougat’s collection titled ‘Decoding Zellige’ is a personal favourite of ours and is heavily inspired by Moroccan architecture, and unlike other collections inspired by Morocco, this one comes across as more subtle & thankfully not loud. The colours consist of a stunning blend of pastels with black, purple and orchard yellow. The detail-work & embellishments are kept limited to the bodice & hemlines while grand neck pieces completed the look with an elegance.

The collection also consists of more daring and unique styles such as sheer jumpsuits and structured mini dresses. Unsurprisingly Sougat Paul’s cocktail and Gala dresses are created with the same contemporary and unique flare, but teamed with subtle traditional touches, and are loved not only in India but internationally too.

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We personally love Indian designer Sougat’s latest works for the simplicity and contemporary take on traditional style. The new age sarees are particularly interesting and successful; the edgy and laid back approach to the simple saree designs work uniquely well with the bright use of colours.

Indain Designer Top Picks: Neeru Kumar

In the world of handcrafted textiles, Neeru Kumar is a rare and inspired Indian designer, who has, over the past two decades pioneered something of a revolution in Indian textiles.

She has uniquely used traditional techniques and indigenous materials, and with constant experimentation and research, Neeru has created a contemporary and fashion focused approach to textile design. The combination of her unique sensibility, especially in tone and texture, with her profound knowledge of the weaving process and other textile techniques teamed with her knowledge of the modern fashion landscape, has lead to her creating a completely innovative and modern collection of garments.  

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A 1980 graduate of the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad in India, Neeru Kumar made her first commercial breakthrough in 1989 with her signature ‘First Design’, a black and tussar weave, which was acclaimed internationally. She was then widely covered by the media as a indian designer who had achieved a rare synergy between classic textile craft and contemporary design, her work is often described as 'contemporary classic'.

Indian designer Neeru Kumar also recently launched her new label by none other than the extremely charismatic and graceful Ms.Karisma Kapoor, Bollywood superstar and Neeru's brand ambassador.  This one of its kind collection consisted of tunics and kurtis, combining the beauty of traditional Indian wear whith a western chic flare. Woven from premium quality imported fabric, these outfits are singular in design, supremely comfortable and lay great emphasis on silhouettes.

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So whether you want to get ready for college or work, a casual weekday outing, a social do or a weekend brunch, all you need to do is slip into one of Neeru Kumars outfits and presto; you're ready to make heads turn!

Here are some of our favourite items by Neeru Kumar at the moment:

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What makes these fresh and vibrant outfits unique is that though they are limited editions; they are designed keeping in mind both, teenagers and adults. 

A Designer Lehenga - Past to Present

As well as being a very popular and stylish item of clothing it is a well known fact that the designer lehenga has a very rich history because its origin can be traced back to the medieval period when the country was under Mughal occupation.

The lehenga is actually regarded as a form of skirt very similar to the one worn by people from Scotland, but is clearly vastly different in design! Over the years it has undergone major modifications because of the changing preferences of the users and now comes in many unique forms and designs.

 Cleo Lehenga Set | Indian Designers | Indian Designer Dress

The lehenga is generally adjusted at the waist and consists of different types of excellent craftsmanship that has catapulted it to be one of the most prominent ethnic wears in the current fashion market.

A Designer lehenga is one of the most important ethnic garments that has seen its popularity soar in present time, and is now also worn by a number of Bollywood celebrities not only on set but in their everyday lives. At times most of these designs are made keeping in mind the actress who is going to wear it. Hence, each Bollywod lehenga is as unique as each celebrity. Bollywood lehengas come with the most exquisite and exotic embellishments fitted on the finest of fabrics.

Deepika Padukone recently stole the show when featuring in Delhi Couture Fashion Week, wearing this amazing blue embellished Lehenga.

Some of our favourite designer lehenga’s at the moment come from Siddartha Tytler. Constantly experimenting, innovating and bringing in new styles, Siddhatha’s designs are always moving quickly with the trends.

His lehenga designs are beautifully unique and interesting and come in a variety of bright colours and bold prints. His designer lehenga’s are very modern and contemporary which definitely makes them stand out from the crowd.

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You can shop the latest styles from Siddartha Tytler's collection of Designer Lehengas here

Top Picks from Indian Designers - Siddhartha Tyler

Siddhartha Tytler is a young indian designer with attitude, style and urban flair, offering an excitingly, eclectic array of style for the urban fashion victim!

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His father wanted him to become an engineer while his mother thought he’d make a good architect. But, by the age of 16, Siddartha Tytler had decided that he wanted to be a fashion designer. He was fascinated by the designer creations that he’d seen in New York during a vacation and wanted to design clothes like Versace and Armani.

According to the Indian designer “Novel silhouettes, innovative structural elements, new fangled patterns, ‘wear-ability’ and originality are the essential elements in every creation at the Siddartha Tytler studio". When creating one of his pieces several factors come into play: changing trends or the inspiration by elements that exist as part of our everyday lives.

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Siddhartha believes in unconventional elegance for a woman who knows herself and exudes confidence. Hence, there is an undeniable femininity in all of his women's wear lines. The menswear line is geared towards the metro-sexual male; stylish and sartorial.

Constantly experimenting, innovating and bringing in new styles, Siddhatha’s designs are always moving quickly with the trends.
A non conformist, Tytler’s ensembles are a cut above from what is available in the market. “ I love creating drama with cuts and colours to maintain the exclusivity of my garments” is his take. Which we love!               VERSATILE BELTED KAFTAN TOP | Indian Designers | Indian Designer Dess  BLACK MESH CAPE AND QUILTED SKIRT | Indian Designers | Indian Designer Dess

As Siddhartha puts it, "These are clothes you can wear to work, party in, or just wear to feel great about yourself. These are clothes for people who are going places".

Highly stylised and well-researched, Siddhartha's extraordinary attention to detail is witnessed in the sharply defined silhouettes of his line. We personally love the intricate detail showcased in each one of his garments. 
Making women look good is what Siddharta Tytler does best, form fitting or free-flowing, the silhouettes emphasis the natural curves of the body with a focus on surface ornamentation and appliqué. Never one to ignore bling, his forte is crystal combined with gorgeously detailed thread work. Shop Siddhartha Tytler's latest collections here

               ELEGANT BEIGE SUIT | Indian Designers | Indian Designer Dess MUSHROOM SICILIAN LACE BACKLESS DRESS | Indian Designers | Indian Designer dress

Collection of Jewellery by Designer Anita Dongre ''Pinkcity''

Anita Dongre, one of the best known and powerful Indian designer among the Indian fashion fraternity, has been leading a huge successful business for years. Indeed she is at the head of three labels: AND, ANITA DONGRE and GLOBAL DESI.

We could all think that she reached the limit of her ascent and that she has enough to manage but she is full of ambition. After designing clothes for every kind of market she recently added jewellery to her creations by launching a new collection of gold handcrafted jewellery called ‘’Pinkcity’’on 13th of August 2013. 

It is a line of Jaipur-inspired jadau jewellery designed by Anita Dongre and produced by Pradeep Jethani of Jet Gems, a jewellery designer with more than 27 years of experience. She explained that it was natural to associate with Jet Gems first because of the unparalleled expertise of Pradeep Jethani in crafting intricate bespoke jewellery and also because they share the same philosophy about beauty within perfection and precision.

Designer Anita Dongre with Designer Pradeep Jethani 

The name "Pinkcity" and it concept is inspired by the traditional legend of a princess in search of love who will find her prince only when a Pink Flamingo arrives. So the collection transcribed romanticism and dream, representing love and engagement and is also reminiscent of the charm and grandeur of the royal Moghul era.

 Painting of the Mughal era 

Each piece is handcrafted by high skilled craftsmen of Rajasthan using traditional techniques of their state including Jadau and Meenakari, one of a kind of works on the surface of metals and all with designer Anita Dongre’s aesthetic. Tradition and modernity - we can recognise the specific signature of this unique designer.

She explains, "the idea first struck when I started my menswear line two years ago, because I wanted to make my own buttons. "We started with jaali buttons, then pieces with interchangeable colours where customers could switch from about seven shades from pink and turquoise to cobalt blue’’.

The women collection is ‘’Nayantara’’ and includes Necklaces, Jhumkas, Cuffs, Bangles and Polki. The men one is ‘’Anshumat’’ and includes buttons and cufflinks. Both ranges are set in 18k and/or 22k gold, what can dazzle a connoisseur’s eyes.

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