One of the world’s most exclusive Indian wedding show’s returns for its 5th year, the Aashni + Co Wedding Show. A wonderland of bridal and beauty luxe!
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!
We take you inside one of London’s most luxurious bridal shows. Now in its second year running, the Aashni + Co Wedding Show brings together some of the hottest names in Indian and Pakistani bridal haute couture.
Held at luxury 5 star hotel, The Dorchester, this year’s event drew in large crowds and featured exquisite designer wear from the likes of Sabyasachi, Manish Malhotra and Varun Bahl.
Amazon India Couture Week 2015 closed out amid much fanfare with two of the most glamorous actresses in Bollywood, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Kangana Ranaut both strutting their stuff on the runway for designer’s Manish Malhotra and Manav Gangwani respectively.
Manav Gangwani is one of the most promising designer’s to come out of India. At just 34 years of age he has already carved a niche for himself as a highly acclaimed fashion designer. Widely recognised for designing opulent couture, Gangwani is incredibly popular amongst high profile celebrities like Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue, Preity Zinta, Priyanka Chopra, Shahrukh Khan and even Salman Khan. His label has become a force to be reckoned with in the high end luxury fashion market.
Heavily inspired by the French romanticism period, his aptly titled collection, ‘Le’Amoureuse,’ unveiled beautifully structured silhouettes fit for a modern princess. Gangwani has infused his designs with a lot of romance, elegance and vibrancy. His sensuous mens and women’s collection featured luxurious gowns with long trails, capes, sari gowns, tailored suits, coats and dhoti pants.
As like most designers at this year’s Couture Week, the pieces showcased rich craftsmanship and exquisite thread work with intricate floral embroidery and swarovski crystal embellishments. The rich colour palette was mostly comprised of jewel tones as well as bright corals and turquoise hues.
Bollywood actress of the moment, Kangana Ranaut wore a sumptuous, glittery purple gown complemented with bold and heavy smokey eye makeup and wearing minimal accessories. Her gown weighed around 30 kilograms, but the confident actress looked incredibly comfortable as she effortlessly sashayed down the catwalk.
Gangwani’s whimsical and romantic creations exude grace and royalty. He narrated a beautiful tale on the runway with silhouettes in many deep, contrasting hues, celebrating the sensuality and confidence of a woman. A woman who isn’t afraid to step outside her comfort zone and make a bold statement.
“When a designer chooses a colour palette, it reflects his mindset at that point of time. For me, grey is related to smoke which starts my creative journey. The colour story then leads to coral which depicts fire and moves to aqua that is used to extinguish the fire. It ends with purple which depicts victory and power. Therefore, against all odds, victory is achieved.” – Manav Gangwani
These bold and statement ensembles are perfect for the bride and groom who want to give their wedding the royal treatment. Manav Gangwani’s classic yet contemporary designs offer unparalleled opulence. Absolutely magnificent.
In what was a fitting grand finale, renowned fashion guru, Manish Malhotra wowed audience and celebrities alike with his charming display of old-world, 1950’s inspired silhouettes. As the man himself so eloquently put it, this was a time “when western fashion was being revolutionised and fashion shows had a sense of an intimate experience and luxury.”
Manish unveiled his newest collection titled ‘The Empress Story’ at an opulent offsite location with a select few from the Bollywood fraternity making a presence. Against a lavish backdrop featuring a beautiful ornate chandelier and luscious roses, models sashayed down the runway in a range of beautiful silhouettes in bespoke styles, cuts and vibrant colours.
Best known for his exquisitely crafted bridal wear, Manish’s dedication to his aesthetics are what has set him apart from other designers. This year he showcased intricately embellished festive gowns in rich textures and jewel-like tones. Each outfit was infused with Indian design sensibilities. The voluminous gowns, lehenga-choli’s and structured mens suits featured elaborate flora and fauna motif appliqués in delicate thread work and zardosi embroidery. The varied colour palette shifted from gorgeous jewel-like tones such as metallic silvers and golds, luscious burgundy’s, deep blues onto then the more subtle rose pinks, greys, blacks and coffee brown. Adding to the grandeur of the runway event, models wore handcrafted shoes and adorned masquerade masks designed by Nitya Arora of Valliyan.
Making some what of a mini comeback to the runway scene, Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looked ethereal as Manish’s showstopper. After a 5 year hiatus, Aishwarya oozed confidence dressed in a striking heavily embroidered burgundy coloured skirt, matching top and sparkling gold shrug.
“2015 is a very special year for me as it marks 25 years as a costume stylist/director and 10 years of my label ‘Manish Malhotra.’ What makes it even more special is Aishwarya returned to runway after five years as the showstopper for my show. She is a style icon. She is beautiful and stunning.” – Manish Malhotra
Whilst many were swept away by Aishwarya’s presence and her wonderful ensemble, one of the most impressive pieces for us was the sensuous sleeveless deep red silhouette hand stitched with intricate shiny embroidery patterns. Understated elegance for the modern Indian bride, this gown would make for the perfect reception party wear. Menswear was just as classy, with the designer sharing a preview of his limited edition mens collection and for the first time revealing unique shoe wear.
As seen throughout Amazon India Couture Week, understated drama seemed to be one of the key recurring beauty trends with models wearing romantic, smokey eye looks, nude lips, contoured cheeks and shiny glossy hair. MAC‘s star makeup artist, Mickey Contractor added a new dimension to the traditional smokey eye look by teaming shimmery burgundy hues with thin eye liner and heavy mascara.
Manish Malhotra’s collection epitomises grace, mid-20th century splendour and royal opulence. These ensembles were a refreshing departure from his usual work, with the designer producing more restrained pieces that highlight and also celebrate the intricacies of traditional craftsmanship. He has proved once again why he is so popular with South Asian brides from all over the globe.
“2015 marks an important milestone as the ‘Manish Malhotra’ label celebrates 10 years and 25 years a costume director. ‘The Empress Story’ is a special collection as it not only ends the beautiful decade that was, but also represents the beginning of a new phase for the brand. It captures the excitement and thrill of taking the next step, while taking pride in its foundations. With ‘The Empress Story,’ I return to my love for timeless aesthetics and structure along with fine craftsmanship that has taken months to translate onto fabric. All the elements in the collection do speak a common, universal language of elegance and élan. Much like the power of femininity, these will never go out of style.” – Manish Malhotra
What a fabulous finale to this week long celebration of refined Indian couture. Don’t forget to stay tuned to the blog for the best trends from India Bridal Fashion Week and Lakmé Fashion Week Autumn/Winter.
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What were your highlights from the final day of Amazon India Couture Week?
India Couture Week is returning tonight promising to be bigger and better than ever with a few exciting surprises thrown in. The event hosted by the Fashion Design Council India in association with title sponsor, Amazon India, Amazon India Couture Week 2015 will span over 5 days at the Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi. 12 of India’s finest couturiers will be showcasing timeless collections in front of a lucky audiences and the designers are set to mesmerize on this occasion with glitz, glamour and Bollywood showstoppers. Here are a few things we are looking forward to covering from Amazon India Couture Week 2015.
Day 1 featured a mixed bag of tassels, neon prints and even frills, but all eyes were on the maestro, Manish Malhotra for the unveiling of his socially conscious blue themed collection.
Pallavi Singhee’s collection, titled ‘A La Suite’ featured stunning lightweight gowns in pastel shades. Her textured silhouettes had a summery feel to them with floral motifs and lots of interesting, bespoke lace detailing. There were midi dresses, culotte pants and crop tops.
Sagarika Gatke as the showstopper in an off-white organza sheer gown was a refreshing way to end the showcase. Sagarika’s open hair and black heels complemented her dreamy and free-flowing ensemble.
The youthful collection had a very western feel with delicate touches of Indian sensibilities. ‘A La Suite’ was Pallavi’s extension of her popular ‘Verb’ label which has been going strong for almost 10 years. It was another successful showing from the talented designer.
DESIGNER PALLAVI SINGHEE WITH SHOWSTOPPER, SAGARIKA ON DAY 1 OF LAKMÉ FASHION WEEK SPRING/SUMMER 2015.
A relative up and comer in Indian design and fashion, Yogesh Chaudhary showcased some beautiful bridal ensembles under his new collection, titled ‘Mithu.’
From the looks of it, Yogesh’s inspiration was evidently drawn from bird life. The delightful ensembles featured a vast array of different prints and materials. The hybrid sari-choli like ensemble was a real winner here. Another notable stand out was the understated, yet beautiful and elegant black sari.
DESIGNER, YOGESH CHAUDHARY.
Their designs often reflect a grunge like feel to them. However, on this occasion their garments looked anything but grunge. The 3D textures, monochromatic prints, floral motifs and frills were a standout. The bespoke collection featured contrasting colours and the addition of the textures to cotton and net fabrics was simply outstanding.
Manish Malhotra is a name synonomous with Bollywood and bridal wear. His designs have been flaunted by the best in Bollywood as well as some Hollywood stars.
On this particular night, Manish’s collection was all about gender equality. The message was presented in a unique manner with models holding placards reading “justice,” “equality” and “gender.” ‘The Blue Runway’ collection was showcased in association with WEvolve which is a global campaign challenging the issue of gender based violence.
The ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream‘ like setting provided the perfect backdrop for Manish’s beautiful ensembles which featured vibrant lehenga’s in cream, yellow and blue hues and intricate thread work, mirror work and elaborate floral embroidery.
A Manish Malhotra runway showing in India always brings out the Bollywood stars and this time they came out in force supporting not just the designer but a worthy campaign. Hollywood actress, Rosario Dawson was also present to lend her support.
DESIGNER, MANISH MALHOTRA WITH HOLLYWOOD ACTRESS, ROSARIA DAWSON.
“Fashion has a comprehensive and universal appeal and can thus, be a powerful instrument to raise awareness and promote action.” – Manish Malhotra.