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Top Bridal Lehenga Designer Labels for every Bride

As brides, our main sources of inspiration these days are Instagram and Pinterest. This entails spending endless hours, scrolling through pages of gorgeous lehenga designs and yet you’re still just as confused as you were at the beginning!

Aashni + Co presents.. Luxury Prêt Bridal Trunk Show

Aashni + Co Bridal Show

Meet the Designers: Gaurav Gupta, Varun Bahl and Sunita Shekhawat

Brides to be, don’t miss out on your chance to shop the latest Spring/Summer bridal collections from leading Indian designers this week!

Aashni + Co, the UK’s leading, Indian high fashion multi-brand store will be hosting a Spring/Summer 17 bridal and luxury prêt trunk show on Friday 9th June between 11am – 6pm.

Visitors to the store will have an exclusive opportunity to meet Gaurav Gupta, Varun Bahl and Sunita Shekhawat.

As a UK exclusive, fashionista’s will have the chance to discover and browse the avant-garde and fashion forward designs by Gaurav Gupta; the delicate and feminine styles with an edge by Varun Bahl; and exquisite, heirloom-worthy jewels by Sunita Shekhawat. Shoppers will also get an insight into their heirloom and existing jewellery pieces at the show from an expert and are invited to bring their pieces along.

The collections will comprise of winning bridal ensembles and trousseau staples as well as pieces for the entire wedding squad, presented by the fashion luminaries themselves.

The Spring Summer 17 Bridal & Luxury Prêt Trunk Show

Friday 9th June, 11am – 6pm

Aashni + Co, 47 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AA

Sonam and Anita grace luxury exhibition, Divalicious London

Sonam Kapoor Divalicious London

After hugely successful outings in destinations such as UAE, India, Kenya, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Hong Kong and Indonesia, it was time for London to play host to luxury boutique pop-up exhibition, ‘DIVAlicious’ at The May Fair Hotel.

Sonam Kapoor Divalicious London

Sonam Kapoor at DIVAlicious

DIVAlicious are a unique mobile fashion concept brand launched in Dubai in 2011 to popularise Indian fashion and design globally.

Presented by Dubai based multi-brand retail store The Rack – by Kachins, DIVAlicious partnered with communication consultancy, Sterling Media and Sterling Reality to bring their celebrated exhibition to London shoppers.

Bollywood actress and fashion icon, Sonam Kapoor graced the luxury-shopping event, as did renowned designer, Anita Dongre.

Anita Dongre has been at the forefront of fashion for over 20 years, having created one of the most successful fashion houses in India. A metaphor for supreme craftsmanship, her designs showcase Indian aesthetics in a contemporary language. Dongre’s Rajasthani inspired, handcrafted bridal gotapatti lehengas and handwoven heritage benarasi creations are coveted by brides across the world as well as amongst personalities and public figures.

Divalicious London Anita Dongre

DIVAlicious London marked Anita Dongre’s inaugural London showcase.

Speaking of her participation, she said,

London is an exciting city with an eclectic mix of art, architecture, fashion and business. DIVAlicious was a wonderful event to bring designers, buyers and clients on one platform. I enjoyed being back in London to showcase this season’s bridal couture. – Anita Dongre

Her commitment to revive, sustain and empower the Indian crafts and textiles is evident in her sustainable label, Grassroot.

Alchemy Anita Dongre London

We had an opportunity to ask the designer a few questions about her craft traditions, in addition to her celebrated bridal collections.

You’ve been so instrumental in reviving age-old crafts and eco fashion, how do you make it so appealing for today’s generation?

Today’s generation truly appreciates the gifts of heritage. They understand that handcrafted work translates into luxury. And in India, we have great resource of vintage crafts. As a designer, I bring these beautiful crafts from the interiors of India to the runways by moulding it into modern styles and silhouettes.

Tell us a little about the story and inspiration behind your beautiful new collection?

‘Alchemy’ celebrates the surreal and the whimsical—it combines the deserts of our muse state, Rajasthan, with verdure to present a fantastical land that glistens with the golds of the sand with a mix of a lush forest. The colour palette is reminiscent of the miscellany of the flowers, trees, dense jungles, water bodies, wildlife and the large expanse of the deserts of Rajasthan.

Your bridal collections are timeless, how would you describe the Anita Dongre bride?

All women inspire me. Women everywhere are beautifully multitasking responsibilities – at work, in the home and on a global platform with one achievement at a time. While they grow to be more and more independent, they also remain true to their roots.   

What are the top trends for brides or grooms to try this wedding season?

Brides can go bold with gold this season! Sheer layers look light and beautiful for a summer wedding. I suggest soft pastels with exquisite handcrafted gota patti in fluid silhouettes for brides who like to be comfortable yet look gorgeous.

Grooms look best in the classic sherwani. I suggest a sage green sherwani with minimal embroidery paired with handcrafted footwear for the summer. 

Divalicious London Fashion Show

Divalicious London Fashion Show

Anita Dongre - Divalicious show

UK shoppers had a chance to view, experience and purchase creations by over 20 established and emerging Indian designers along with accessory brands from Dubai, India and Hong Kong, all inspired by the East and toned for the West. The finest Indian designer apparel was brought to the event courtesy of The Rack – by Kachins, a luxurious multi-designer retail hub part of Kachins Group, the iconic Dubai-based suit makers. Designer collections showcased at the event included Anamika Khanna, Gaurav Gupta, Pankaj & Nidhi, Payal Singhal and Tarun Tahiliani

Private banker turned fulltime fashion entrepreneur Vanitaa Bhatia launched DIVAlicious in Dubai in 2011She spoke of the success of the London event.

We had a resounding weekend in London with a great turn out. With the reception we received, I can immediately claim that we will be back again next year and hope to make it an annual spring affair for the fashion-conscious market that is London. Our next step is Nairobi, Kenya! – Vanitaa Bhatia

DIVAlicious London’s partner is the globally renowned, multi-award-winning business and communications consultancy Sterling Media. Established in 1995, the company has a specialist luxury-lifestyle division, providing strategic consultancy to a range of clients.

CEO of Sterling Group, Natasha Mudhar said:

We have had an incredible response to the event, highlighting the love of Indian fashion, design and creativity internationally. As 2017 celebrates 70 years of India and UK’s cultural partnership, we were delighted to welcome the epitome of international fashion, culture and film Sonam Kapoor to the UK. – Natasha Mudhar

Speaking about their association with DIVAlicious London, Neetu Ramchandani of The Rack – by Kachins said:

The Rack – by Kachins was launched to fill a void in the U.A.E fashion retail landscape given the non-availability of Indian designer brands in the region. Both DIVAlicous’ and our vision is in complete sync presenting a natural synergy as we strive to fulfill the demand for South Asian fashion across international shores. We were delighted to have the opportunity to bring to London a preview of our A List designer collections and to showcasing our brand to the UK shopper at DIVAlicious London, without having the need for them to travel to us in the U.A.E. – Neetu Ramchandani

Finally, UAE’s leading property developer, Danube Properties and is the market leader in affordable housing. Speaking about their association with DIVAlicious London, Rizwan Sajan, Founder and Chairman of Danube Group, said,

“We were pleased to be part of DIVAlicious in London this year, and for giving visitors a peek of our project portfolio. Since our inception in the property market, we have garnered immense interest from international markets such as London and through the DIVAlicious London exhibition were able to make our offerings known to a wider majority.” – Rizwan Sajan

Hope we don’t have to wait too long until another DIVAlicious show!

*Images courtesy of Elevate Promotions and Asian Express Newspaper.

Did you attend the London show or any other DIVAlicious show? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Step into the world of maharanis.. Sabyasachi’s back

Aashni + Co Wedding Show 2017


January saw the return of the Aashni + Co. Wedding Show. Once again, The Dorchester played host to India and Pakistan’s fashion royalty. Amongst the designers exhibiting at this breathtaking exhibition were Anushree Reddy, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Tarun Tahiliani, Rimple and Harpreet Narula, Akanksha Gajria, Elan, JADE By Monica & Karishma and Gaurang Shah.

Now in its third year running, the Aashni + Co. Wedding Show has become the go-to wedding show for brides searching for their ideal outfits. Boasting of an elegant showcase featuring the latest designs, the show enables attendees to truly experience the form, fit and detail of each garment, whilst also receiving first hand attention from the designers themselves.

Zita Elze - A+Co. Wedding Show | The Maharani Diaries

Upon entering the ballroom we were greeted to a forest of dreams created by award winning floral artist, Zita Elze. Scattered amongst the enchanted fruit laden forest were exquisitely crafted designs from participating designers. Founder and director of the show, Aashni Anshul Doshi stated that “Zita is an integral part of the show and my extension.”

“I tend to work from the soul with my concepts, for Aashni especially, and for other major commissions. This idea was very site specific, in direct response to the beautiful Gold room at The Dorchester and with a view to showcasing the statement designer pieces that were going to be featured. I wanted to create a blend of French orchard and Garden of Eden with lots of fresh fruit and botanical touches, sculptural trees and natural materials against a darker background of bark, which was used for the floor. This was more about the atmosphere and mood and less about flowers than in previous designs for the wedding show, a magical pause before entering the main event, somewhere for people to be transported into an imaginary world. It was lovely to see how the visitors, designers and models responded to the space, creating their own stories. – Zita Elze

The relaxed atmosphere in the ballroom offered an exciting shopping experience for visitors. Aashni spoke highly of the response from happy customers. “It has been a spectacular show, surpassing even last year’s, and I thank our incredible designers. We had a great response from attendees who had the chance to see a bridal outfit to make their special day even more memorable.”

We were fortunate again this year to spend some time chatting with every bride’s dream designer, Sabyasachi Mukherjee. Fresh off the back of his recent successful couture line titled ‘Firdaus,’ the designer was all praise for the show. Sabyasachi said that brides of today should “keep a cultural identity, wear colour as it’s part of India’s heritage and invest in good textiles.”

The designer told the press,

Aashni is a great friend and her show is very well put together and organised. It feels like coming home. There is absolutely no stress and things are seamlessly planned. A lot of people in London were excited to see my latest debut collection with Christian Louboutin for shoes and handbags. I also showcased my very celebrated ‘Firdaus collection’ that has done well all over the world. I am very happy to bring this to London.” – Sabyasachi

As you can tell from the photographs, the Louboutin’s didn’t fail to impress!

Rimple Narula, one half of the designer duo and self-titled couture line, Rimple and Harpreet Narula was there riding high on the success of designing for Bollywood director Sanjay Leela Bansali’s next magnum opus, ‘Padmavati’ talked about how there isn’t much of a difference now between the international bride and the quintessential Indian bride from India. “The gap has been bridged by social media, but perhaps the only difference is the weather.” She later went on to say that “This is our third time at the show and I think London has become pretty much the second largest market, when it compares to India, looking how fashion savvy Asians are and their overwhelming response which has been really good.”

We had an opportunity to ask Rimple about the must have elements a bride should have in her trousseau.

“A bride must have anything which is timeless and classic. Feel the fabric and embroidery, see the designs and purchase something which is going to remain in your wardrobe for years to come. The hand zardosi work which we do has been around for years. These kinds of pieces are a luxury in today’s time and it will stay with you forever.” – Rimple Narula

Inimitable designer and pioneer of haute couture in India, Tarun Tahiliani talked to B4U Entertainment a little about his design sensibilities.

“Fashion has to be a fusion of who you are today and what you wear as a bride or to an event.” – Tarun Tahiliani

He also touched on the collection he bought with him to London which comprised of light and structured drapes and mixed brocades. “The collection is toned down. It’s subtle, romantic and contemporary with a very international couture fit.” 

Famous for pieces that combine the finest fabrics with exquisite craftsmanship and designs for a range of international stars, including Beyoncé in Coldplay’s “Hymn For The Weekend” music video, designer Abu Jani of the renowned designers Abu-Sandeep said, “it has been great to come to the 2017 Aashni and Co. Wedding Show and to introduce our latest brand ‘ASAL’ to the UK audience. We were enthused by the interest attendees had in our designs, which is a testament to the strong interest in Indian fashion in the UK. We hope pieces from our collection have helped to make some wedding days extra special.” 

Aashni has captured the design pulse of her clientele through extending her vision to produce an uber-luxe wedding show. She has introduced discerning wedding buyers to ensembles that are exquisite in form whilst at the same time providing the access to visionary designers of South Asian background to the residents of the UK.

Aashni at A+Co. Wedding Show | The Maharani Diaries

“I think the best part about this event is that it allows people to meet the designers behind their wedding outfits and if they wish to have a bespoke creation. Our show makes that possible and demonstrates that you don’t have to travel to India for the right designer outfit.” – Aashni Anshul Doshi

The Aashni + Co. Wedding Show is proudly supported by Zita Elze, Sony TV, Akshaya Patra, Bazaar Bride, Khush Wedding Magazine and Hello! Pakistan.

 

Garments on exhibition at the show will be available to purchase from the Aashni + Co. boutique located in Notting Hill. For further information, visit http://aashniandco.com/.

Were you at the Aashni + Co. Wedding Show this year? What was the highlight for you? Let us know in the comments below.

*Images courtesy of Muse Motion Pictures and Monica of Mango Luxe & Co.

Vibrant Spring Fashion Inspiration Shoot

Spring Fashion Shoot | The Maharani Diaries

Happy 2017 Maharanis! It might almost be the end of January, but honestly speaking, it usually takes me until around about this time until I finally swing into my groove.

Having just returned from a beautiful and relaxing holiday in Africa, I feel incredibly refreshed and excited to kick-start the year with some fresh and inspiring content. I’m looking forward to 2017 for several reasons. Firstly, this is our second official year of blogging and secondly, we’re expanding. You heard correctly. Our brand new website is launching in April and I can’t contain my excitement. But, more on that later.

I wanted to brighten up your day today with a lovely shoot I collaborated on with some talented ladies in London last year. Featuring the style-staple, the saree and a couple of gorgeous blouse pieces, the inspiration behind the shoot was obviously Spring.

The genius of the saree lies in its versatility. There are over 100 ways to wear the garment and now thanks to fashion influencers, designers and cinema, Indian women are embracing new ways in which to drape your saree. You could perhaps go to the extent to say that we are witnessing some what of a renaissance for the humble saree. With the upcoming Spring season, it’s time to experiment, adapt to new trends and re-invent your style.

The saree is also a very forgiving garment because depending on the personality of the wearer, a sari can adapt to anybody’s body size and shape. – Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Border & Fall

No doubt, our love affair with the timeless saree continues and this year, expect to see more women sporting the drape at weddings and occasions.

Recently, I raved about how much I love House Of Blouse. Rachana and Roopa Reddy have nailed it with their Bangalore based start up. I discovered them about 2 years ago when I was struggling to find the perfect saree blouse and I can assure you, I wasn’t disappointed. You can read more about House Of Blouse in our exclusive interview feature here, but for now I wanted to briefly share my experience.

House Of Blouse - Style Inpiration | The Maharani Diaries

After spending several hours trawling through the various styles and fabrics on offer, I selected my base neck and blouse shape. The next step was to find the perfect fabric and customise it. For instance, you may want a high neck or perhaps you’d like to adjust the sleeve length. It’s perfect for the style conscious Maharani’s. Finally, using the measurement guide, enter your measurements and within a few clicks, your blouse will be shipped out. There is of course an option to purchase pre-made blouses or you could browse through the gallery to seek inspiration from hundreds of customer’s creations.

I’d say the most challenging step is getting someone to measure you, but aside from this the entire process is seamless. Can I also add how exceptionally good the customer service was! I was blown away by the amount of care taken by the team to ensure that I received these beautifully handcrafted blouses in one piece.

The crop tops fit like a glove and the best part is that they can be mixed and matched with a variety of skirts, sarees, pantsuits and more. No more trips to India. Yay!

So the idea of this shoot was to find creative new ways to wear patterns and style them against a variety of lightweight textures. I wanted to show how simple it is to pair two very different crop tops with bespoke saree’s provided by the lovely Jyoti of Jyoti Chandhok Ltd.

We kept the first look neutral to ensure that the floral georgette blouse shone in that beautiful sunlight. Jyoti’s white and yellow, tussar silk, hand-woven saree was inspired by ‘Basant,’ Spring time in India. She said that the saree would be the perfect haldi function outfit for the bride to be.

We tried 2 pallu drape styles, free style and a more classic look. Both the blouse and saree are so versatile you can create relaxed or more formal looks. Accessories were kept minimal here to highlight the blouse detail. The same applied to hair and makeup. Shalomi chose a natural and effortless look, framing the eyes with the more traditional dark black kajal liner look and keeping the hair soft and tousled.

The next saree was stunning. We turned up the glam quotient by showcasing an eye-catching royal blue raw silk blouse and contrasting it against a vibrant hot pink, chiffon, bandhani leheriya saree.

Bhandani saree | The Maharani Diaries

The saree features intricate kundan stone work and is ideal for any pre-wedding or puja event. I loved how Mandavi kept the accessories minimal once again and on this occasion we opted for a sleek up-do with more defined curls and brightening up the lip colour.

Mairéad of Remain In Light Photography captured the tones and the mood brilliantly. We all had a ball working on this feature. Everybody worked so well to complement each other and being able to collaborate with such a great team of women is what I believe helped make it a success.

Florals and brights have become some what of a Spring staple. As you can see floral print separates are so much fun to style and can be paired with neutrals or bright shades. On the other hand you can opt to make a statement with brighter tones and experiment with colour blocking. Whether you’re adventurous or like to keep your look more subtle and neutral during the festive seasons, flaunt your style with vibrant and sensuous colours and patterns. Express your own individuality and personality!

If you’d like to collaborate on future styled shoots or are interested in registering with The Maharani Diaries, drop us an email at info@fresheyesinc.ddns.net.

Don’t forget to like, share and comment below! 

Photography: Remain In Light Photography // Hair & Make Up: Shalomi // Styling: The Red Notebook + The Maharani Diaries // Blouses: House Of Blouse // Sarees: Jyoti Chandhok

The Couture Mantra Runway

Couture Mantra by Kiran Lally | The Maharani Diaries

Last year we introduced you to a young Melbourne designer by the name of Kiran Lally of Couture Mantra. We can proudly say that in a short time span, Kiran has come a long way.

Couture Mantra has gained a strong following on the fashion circuit with a successful presentation at the 2015 Melbourne Spring Fashion Week. An emerging South Asian fashion designer, Kiran has designed and styled for local and international celebrities. Her wedding and occasion wear has been particularly popular amongst young Australian women.

Couture Mantra by Kiran Lally | The Maharani DiariesAs the name implies, her ensembles are made from the highest quality fabrics and tailored to perfection. Couture Mantra’s elegant, feminine silhouettes are all hand-stitched with fabrics such as raw silk, nets and flat chiffons and they feature traditional casab, zardosi and mirror work.

Kiran’s design ethos is drawn from various experiences, in particular her rich Indian heritage. Her mother has also been a huge influence, inspiring her to create her eponymous label and share her work on social media platforms.

Now in her third successful year, Kiran is embarking on a new journey, presenting her latest contemporary collections at an exclusive runway show taking place this Sunday 5th June in Australia’s fashion capital, Melbourne. From versatile winter/fall fashion to summer/resort collections, we cannot wait to see what ‘The Couture Mantra Runway’ has in store for the upcoming seasons.

Attendees are in for a treat with Bollywood personality Esha Deol gracing the fashion ramp for Couture Mantra. The actress has in the past walked the runway for prominent Indian designers such as, Neeta Lulla and Shyamal & Bhumika. There will also be special performances from the Melbourne City Ballet and Mandy Dance Academy.

Couture Mantra is proudly supporting Melbourne based charity partner, Wear For Success, with funds raised going to provide opportunities for men and women facing barriers to employment, self-sufficiency and financial independence. Wear for Success provides professional clothing and career support training to people looking to re-enter the workforce after a period of unemployment, returning to the community after a period of imprisonment or illness, and people facing hardship and other barriers to success.

A runway show unlike any other, Kiran prides herself in the exceptional service she provides and through this event she wishes to empower other young women to embrace their culture and strive to achieve whatever you want to do in life.

VIP admissions on the night include food and beverage as well as a chance to meet Esha Deol and get your photo taken with her. Online ticket sales will also go into the draw to win an exclusive prize comprising of a Couture Mantra ensemble to the value of $400 along with matching statement jewellery pieces and henna tattoos.

The Couture Mantra Runway promises to be a night to remember with members of parliament, elite business personalities as well as beauty pageant winners all in attendance.

Get your girlfriends together for a fun night out at the magnificent, Regal Ballroom in Northcote, Melbourne. Tickets are priced at $49 per person or $99 for the VIP experience, which includes pre-event canapés and cocktails. For further information visit Couture Mantra’s Facebook page and book your tickets online via Try Booking.

We would like to wish all the very best to Kiran and the team at Couture Mantra. Cannot wait to cover the event. Stay tuned!

Cinema Meets Fashion – BollyGoods Edition 2

BollyGoods Edition 2 | The Maharani Diaries

After a successful first edition on her home soil, BollyGoods founder, Promila Jain Bahri thought it was high time to take her film-inspired fashion and lifestyle exhibition to international shores.

Inaugurated by first lady of Bollywood, and wife of superstar, Shah Rukh Khan, Gauri Khan, BollyGoods Edition 2 provided a platform for South Asian designers and artists to showcase their unique talents on a global scale. BollyGoods is about fashion, art and lifestyle, highlighting the creative work and aesthetics behind Indian cinema.

From left: Founder, Promila Jain Bahri, Gauri Khan, Shivani Ahluwalia

From left: Founder, Promila Jain Bahri, Gauri Khan, Shivani Ahluwalia

BollyGoods Edition 2 | The Maharani Diaries

Held at the prestigious, The Dorchester hotel, the scene was set for a busy afternoon, much to the delight of South Asian shoppers.

BollyGoods Edition 2 | The Maharani Diaries

Eminent fashion designers, Gauri & Nainika and Manish Arora presented stunning modern and eclectic pret collections as well as up and coming contemporary fashion designer and ex-television presenter, Roshni Chopra.

BollyGoods Edition 2 | The Maharani Diaries

BollyGoods Edition 2 | The Maharani Diaries

Indian songstress, Kanika Kapoor and her mother Poonam showcased their recently launched fashion line inspired by the ‘chikankari’ work of their hometown, Lucknow. Loved Poonam’s lightweight summery collection which featured an array of suits, sari’s and lehenga-choli’s. A number of emerging designers were also invited, giving shoppers a variety of choice.

BollyGoods Edition 2 | The Maharani Diaries

BollyGoods Edition 2 | The Maharani Diaries

Popular multi-designer London boutique, Onitaa brought a variety of opulent formal and bridal couture to the show. Loved their stand.

BollyGoods Edition 2 | The Maharani Diaries

Another designer who caught my attention was Abha Dalmia. Her traditional benarasi silk sari’s were absolutely stunning. Sadly, Abha only showcases her collections at trunk shows, so keep an eye out for her ensembles at the bridal shows around India.

Couldn’t help but take notice of the beautifully hand crafted jewellery on display from jewellers to the movie, “Bajirao Mastani,” Shri Hari Diagems and UK based Deevara Jewels and Red Dot Jewels who have recently launched a new flagship store in Pinner.

Models were draped in designer wear and jewellery throughout the afternoon to highlight the work of local and international designers.

See below for some of our favourite looks.

Ms Bahri was very pleased with the success of the event and here’s a little of what she had to say:

“We’re delighted by the tremendous response and welcome that BollyGoods has received today in London. I wanted to celebrate and share the creativity from the celluloid world globally. BollyGoods is all about design and the lifestyle of the stars. People love Bollywood and are hugely influenced by its fashion and lifestyle. That’s what I want to share with discerning fans and, after several successful events in India, we have now brought BollyGoods to the UK for the first time.” – Promila Jain Bahri

London-based luxury consultant, influencer and stylist, Shivani Ahluwalia spoke of bringing the show to the UK.

“Today has given us the opportunity to showcase the art, craft and design that is synonymous with Bollywood to discerning buyers of luxury pieces and Bollywood enthusiasts alike. We are extremely proud of what we have achieved today and we look forward to hosting another edition of BollyGoods in London soon.” – Shivani Ahluwalia

Official charity partner, The British Asian Trust proudly supported the event.

BollyGoods Edition 2 | The Maharani Diaries

BollyGoods Edition 2 | The Maharani Diaries

Full video highlights as follows –> https://vimeo.com/167312846

Were you at BollyGoods Edition 2? Let us know or perhaps you’d like to see something of this scale in your city. Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments feed below.

*Images and content courtesy of The Maharani Diaries, Shahid Malik and Media Hive World.

MET Gala 2016 Favourites

MET GALA 2016 | The Maharani Diaries

One of the most exclusive red-carpet events on the fashion calendar is undoubtedly the Met Gala. Based in New York city, the Met Ball (as it’s more formerly known as), fundraising gala is presented in honour of the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit.

So, in short this event is a pretty big deal.

Held on the first Monday in May, fashion’s night of nights is attended by well-known celebrities from primarily the arts and fashion industries.

To heighten the anticipation, every year organisers come up with a particular theme. This year’s “futuristic” theme saw all kinds of outfits. From the outrageous to the over-the-top or whatever you’d like to call it, here are the most eye-catching ensembles from this year’s fashion extravaganza.

Presenting, “Manus X Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology.” Haute couture in the age of modern machinery.. This is the future.

Beyoncé

Love it or hate it, Queen Bey’s fitted, nude latex Givenchy gown was compared to endoplasmic reticulum (you know that… okay, never mind). Loved the Lorrain Schwartz jewellery as well.

Kim Kardashian

This year a number of a-listers favoured silver. The stars took the machine theme quite literally, but Kim looked flattering in this sassy body hugging, Balmain ensemble. Let’s not talk about that guy behind her though.

Blake Lively

Let’s face it. Blake looks beautiful in anything. This blush pink silk organza and chiffon Burberry gown complimented her angelic makeup and hairstyle. The mum-to-be was looking radiant.

 

Gigi Hadid          

Everyone went gaga for Gigi who stunned in a Tommy Hilfiger evening gown and Lynn Ban jewellery. Her man, Zayn also turned up the heat quotient in a smashing Versace suit and Jimmy Choo shoes. Pity for the armor though.

Rachel McAdams

Rachel’s Valentino gown was too beautiful. One of the very few gold dresses on the red carpet on this occasion. The glamorous gown features a sheer skirt, but it’s simply all class. Simply stunning.

Jessica Chastain

Jessica’s voluminous, silk peacock blue Prada gown was made for her. Particularly loved the striking black crystal embroidery motifs.

Naomi Watts

We have to admit, we have a bit of a girl crush when it comes to Naomi Watts. Yet another celeb who opted for futuristic shimmery silver and Burberry as well. Loved the fishtale cut. She complimented her gown with beautiful Fred Leighton jewels and a Rauwolf cluth.

Margot Robbie

Another Aussie babe, Margot always brings her A game style and sass to the red carpet. Her svelte figure was perfect for this sustainable white cut-out Calvin Klein gown. Paired with Tiffany & Co. jewels, it was so refreshing to see a classic white gown on the red carpet.

Nicole Kidman

Wow, the Aussie brigade was in force tonight. Actress, Nicole Kidman went down the Cher route on this occasion, but she pulled it off! She looked gorgeous in an elegantly Alexander McQueen caped gown embellished with moon and star motifs.

Emma Watson

This beautiful lady opted for a classic cut, monochrome Calvin Klein black and white train “gown” (if you’d like to call it that) made from recycled plastic bottles! Amazing right?! Calvin Klein took an opportunity to highlight the achievements in eco fashion with this 5 piece ensemble and it no doubt went unnoticed.

Zoe Deutch

Zoe looked ethereal in this sheer floral embroidered Dolce & Gabbana gown. Definitely in my top 5.

Kate Hudson

Bridal goals…!!! Wow, literally speechless. Imagine walking down the isle or burning up the dance floor at your reception party in this daring, strapless Versace gown! The actress kept things real with natural make up and back swept hair. Absolutely stunning.

Karolina Kurkova

Karolina slayed in this sheer, bridal inspired Marchesa gown which had 150 purple toned LED lights attached to it!

Kendall Jenner

Somewhat controversial, I thought Kendall looked stunning in this structured Balmain gown. Wearing her hair up in a sleek up-do ponytail, Kendall slayed like model material.

Kylie Jenner

Another Jenner, another Balmain number. Kylie made a fabulous debut on the Met Gala red carpet. She looked a million dollars in this heavily embellished crystal gown. The 18 year old star also sported a new bob haircut on the night which of course made headlines the next day!

Kate Bosworth

A surprise entrant on our faves list, Kate looked elegant in Dolce & Gabbana as she walked down the red carpet. Gorgeous tiara as well.

Zoe Saldana

Point to note: When you want to make an entrance, opt for a gown with a fabulous train. Zoe showed some serious fashionista attitude upon her entry onto the red carpet. Love, love, love how she pulled off this Dolce & Gabbana dress.

Adriana Lima

Adriana looked delightful in a Giambattista Valli dress and Chopard jewels. Bridesmaids calling?

Rita Ora

Not sure why she gets invited, but that’s besides the point right?! The pop-star shone in this feathery Vera Wang dress.

Claire Danes

One of my absolute favourites from Met Gala 2016. Claire Danes was a vision in a glow and the dark, Zac Posen Cinderella themed gown. Check it out! Seriously swooning!

Rosie Huntington – Whitely

Rosie was effortlessly elegant in a classic ivory Ralph Lauren gown. This screams bridal and her man, Jason Statham was dapper in a Ralph Lauren tuxedo.

Bella Hadid

Another haute couture couple to make quite the entry, was Bella and her boyfriend, The Weeknd. They both looked incredible in Givenchy.

Taylor Swift

Honourable mention goes to Taylor Swift who made another rocking red carpet entrance. Her Louis Vuitton dress is so rock-chick glam and we can’t get enough of it.

Emily Ratajkowski

Yes, we don’t know how to pronounce her surname too.. But how good did she look?! Nepali designer, Prabal Gurung is fast becoming a household name amongst tinsel town. Emily carried off this figure hugging monochrome dress with class.

Karlie Kloss

Karlie Kloss Brandon Maxwell made all sorts of headlines at this year’s Met’s. Post event, designer/stylist, Brandon Maxwell chopped it in half to transform it into a hot mini party dress.

Katy Perry

Katy and her man, Orlando Bloom gave us 90s flashbacks, sporting Tamagotchi’s (remember those?) on their outfits. Sadly the two didn’t walk in together and thank goodness as they looked poles apart. As outrageous as she looked though, Katy was there to make a statement and she did deliver. I mean it’s not something you’d rock up to a wedding in, but it’s Prada!

Cindy Crawford

Gosh Balmain dresses were everywhere to be seen on this night. Veteran of the red carpet and quite possibly one of the most beautiful models ever, Cindy Crawford shone in her shimmery, Balmain gown.

What did you think of this year’s MET Gala red carpet? Who were your favourites? Let us know in the comments feed below.

BollyGoods Edition 2 – Celluloid Inspired Fashion & Lifestyle

BollyGoods

A unique exhibition inspired by the celluloid world, presented by the extended Bollywood fraternity.

The art and aesthetic behind Indian cinema will be curated on one, high end exhibition platform at BollyGoods Edition 2, London on this Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May 2016Hosted by members of the extended Bollywood fraternity, BollyGoods is a unique presentation of celluloid inspired fashion, design, art and lifestyle, highlighting the rich creativity beyond the screen magic of the world’s largest film industry.

BollyGoods Edition 2, London will be inaugurated by First Lady of Bollywood Gauri Khan – Indian film producer, co-founder of film production and distribution company, Red Chillies Entertainment, interior designer, wife of superstar, Shah Rukh Khan and one of the most stylish women in Bollywood.

One of India’s most celebrated designer’s Rohit Bal will be presenting his latest prêt collections at the event along with other exhibitors such as design duo Rohit + Rahul, whose outfits have graced red carpets the world over and are a favourite with Bollywood’s gliteratti, including Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh, Freida Pinto, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and many more. Eminent, contemporary designers, Gauri and Nainika and Manish Arora will also showcase their timeless couture on the day.

Among the jewellers exhibiting is Shri Hari Diagems by Vinay Gupta, who created the exquisite jewellery worn by Deepika Padukone in blockbuster Bollywood hit, Bajirao Mastani’ as well as also designed jewellery for Mira Rajput’s wedding last year.

Other jewellery exhibitors include model turned designer, Queenie Singh, who has accessorized personalities such as Hilary Clinton, the Queen of Morocco and Kangana Ranaut and Roshni Chopra, actress cum television presenter and now designer.

BollyGoods is the brainchild of Delhi-based entrepreneur, Promila Jain Bahri, a design enthusiast who has enjoyed a successful career in the world of aesthetics. A key influencer in India’s fashion and retail sector for the past two decades, she launched India’s first domestic-born childrenswear label, ‘Li’l Tomatoes’, with over 100 stores across the country. Cultivating her passion for the arts, she founded ‘Gallery of Galleries’ and ‘Ananda the Bliss.’ Combining her prowess in both spheres, she has gone on to pioneer the BollyGoods brand.

“I wanted to celebrate and share the creativity from the celluloid world with the wider world. BollyGoods is all about design and the lifestyle of the stars. The whole idea is to bring together the hugely talented family of superstars who are accomplished designers in their own right. People love Bollywood and are hugely influenced by its fashion and lifestyle. That’s what I want to share with discerning fans.” – Promila Jain Bahri

Bringing the concept to the UK is London-based luxury consultant, influencer and stylist, Shivani Ahluwalia.

“I’ve worked in the luxury sector for years and bringing BollyGoods to the UK is an incredible opportunity for us to showcase the art, craft and design that is synonymous with the industry to purveyors of luxury goods and Bollywood enthusiasts alike. The UK has never before hosted an event of this kind and we are extremely excited to be bringing BollyGoods to London.” – Shivani Ahluwalia

BollyGoods Edition 2’s official charity partner is The British Asian Trust, founded in 2007 by HRH The Prince of Wales. Focusing on South Asia, a region where 500 million people survive on less than $2 a day, the Trust understand that the root causes of poverty go beyond a shortage of money, food and shelter. Complex issues with education, healthcare and employment opportunities keep many people on the margins. In response to this need, their programmes work to improve the quality of education, facilitate skills and training to support livelihoods, highlight the urgent need to combat child trafficking and to break the silence about mental health issues. To date, they have had a positive impact on the lives of more than 3 million people through a pioneering approach of collective giving to create impactful and sustainable change.

BollyGoods Edition 2 takes place on Bank Holiday, Monday 2nd May from 1:30pm – 8pm at The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA. Tickets are 30£ each and available to purchase from www.chillitickets.com

*For further press information and enquiries, please contact Tony Gill of Media Hive via email, tony@mediahiveworld.com or call, +44 7970 034 636.