WeddingSutra’s Top 10 Designers Picks at Joya

If you are a lover of all things luxe and seeking latest trends in bespoke luxury, then Joya by Cineyug is a dream come true for all shopping connoisseurs. The event on 17-18th August is at The Dome, NSCI Worli. Curated by Yasmin Morani and Priyanka Soorma Chaturvedi, JOYA showcases a mix of designers, lifestyle experiences and a gastronomic showcase of gourmet food. We spent a whole evening at Joya trying out beautiful bridal wear and jewelry so we could bring you a curated list of 10 designers that are absolutely unmissable at Joya.

1. Gaurav Gupta
If subtle luxury is your thing, then do stop by at designer Gaurav Gupta’s stall. The collection, replete with nude coloured lehangas, is an absolute must have if you love the understated look.


2. Jewels by Queenie Singh
A subtle pop of color mixed with tradition is what makes jewellery designer, Queenie Singh’s collection unique. Beautiful statement necklaces and drop earrings with gems in red and green are sure to add that little bit of drama to your ensemble.

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3. Arpita Mehta
Arpita Mehta’s trousseau collection revolved around mirror work and subtle shimmer. Choose from a wide variety of lehengas that are priced between Rs 20,000- Rs 1,00,000

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4. Ohaila Khan
If you like to experiment with your trousseau choices, then Ohaila Khan’s collection will not disappoint. The upcoming designer’s stall is a beautiful mix of lehengas in rich colours of purple, red and even peach.


5. Sangeeta Kilachand
Whoever said tradition is boring should perhaps take a cue from Sangeeta Kilachand’s designs. Comprising mostly of bandhini printed kurtis and crop waistcoats, it’s surely a stall you should stop by.

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6. Kunal Rawal
One of our favorite menswear designer’s, Kunal Rawal’s collection is an amalgamation of contemporary design and tradition. Pick from a wide array of delicately embroidered sherwanis in black, cobalt and white.

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7. Golecha’s Jewels
Everything about this stall spells luxury and opulence. If you are a lover of tradition, then you will certainly like their collection of handcrafted necklaces, jhumkis and maang tikka’s.


8. Rohit Bal
The king of couture, Rohit Bal’s collection is an ultimate destination to luxury and sophistication. Comprising of womenswear and menswear designs, the collection showcases one-of-a kind lehengas, jackets and sherwanis that look resplendent in black and gold embroidery.

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9. Faraz Manan
Dubai-based designer Faraz Manan’s collection is all about minimalism. Everything from his kurta sets to lehengas feature delicate and intricate embroidery that spells Parisian glamour.

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10. Pinky Saraf
Last but not the least, Pinky Saraf’s collection is a unique mix of geometrically patterned handcrafted potli bags and clutches in metallic colours which provide an ethnic look with a modern touch.


Photos Courtesy- Fotografia9

Austria and Spain set to host the grandest shaadis this year

Destination Vienna
Parth Jindal, son of industrialists Sangita and Sajjan Jindal is marrying Anushree Jasani, daughter of Mumbai builders Uday and Nunu Jasani, in Vienna next month. Over 800 guests are expected at the 3-day celebrations to be held at different venues including Belvedere Palace, one of the palaces of the former royal family of Austria. International sensation Enrique Iglesias will be there to enthrall guests though whether he’ll be performing at the Sangeet or the post wedding reception is a secret for now. Top shaadi singer Mika will be flying in to Vienna too. A host of big names from the world of weddings and their teams (over 180 in number) are travelling to Austria for the Jindal-Jasani wedding. Mumbai’s Aditya Motwane (Motwane Entertainment & Weddings) is orchestrating the wedding along with local hospitality and event specialists. Delhi’s Vandana Mohan is conceptualising the design and décor. Ritu Dalmia is curating the menus in coordination with high-profile chefs from Europe while the family has roped in haute couturiers like Rohit Bal and Abu-Sandeep for the ensembles.

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From top left (clockwise)- Belvedere Palace Vienna, Anushree and Parth Jindal, Sangita and Sajjan Jindal, Enrique Iglesias.

Whispers of Weddings in Monaco and Spain
Curious to know where the grandest Indian weddings are taking place in 2016? As always, you’re reading about it here first. This winter will witness some mega weddings in Jodhpur, Jaipur and Udaipur in Rajasthan, power weddings in Delhi and Mumbai of course; but finally it’s the few uber-glam yet elegant weddings in Europe which make big news. This time the locations are Monte Carlo in Monaco and Barcelona in Spain. An NRI family will host the Monte Carlo wedding in July. Spain is expected to witness two spectacular destination weddings – one celebrated by a London based NRI family and the other by a Gujarat/ Mumbai based business tycoon. The planners have requested us to keep the details under wraps now, so we can’t reveal more!

New Horizons for Middle Eastern Magic
While Thailand, Turkey and Bali will always be the international hotspots for Indian Weddings, it’s the surge in weddings in the Middle East since 2014 that is an interesting development. A little birdie tells us Isheta Salgaoncar (Mukesh and Anil Ambani’s niece) and Neeshal Modi (Jewellery czar Nirav Modi’s brother) who were formally engaged at The Trident, Mumbai last week are now checking out some wow venues in the Middle East. While Shangri-la Muscat and the Ritz Carlton properties in Abu Dhabi and Muscat have hosted some high profile Indian weddings, the newest Middle East destination that is keen to get a slice of big Indian wedding pie is Jordan and the Delhi office of Jordan Tourism is working hard to get the wealthiest Indians to celebrate their special events there.

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Isheta Salgaoncar and Neeshal Modi with her parents Dipti and Raj Salgaoncar

Gurleen’s Round the World Roundup
With so many options around the world, where does this leave good, ol’ big fat Indian weddings held at the country’s iconic hotels and sprawling grounds? “They’re thriving,” smiles ace Wedding Designer Gurleen Puri. “Destination Weddings at the newest locales may be more fashionable, but for many families a home town affair continues to be very practical”, says Gurleen. “But there’s no denying that destination weddings are shaping trends and aspirations for well-heeled brides and grooms”, observes Gurleen who enjoys the local flavour of home town weddings as much as the fun-spirit of destination weddings. “In 2015 wedding work took me to Gujarat and Rajasthan several times and each of the assignments were challenging yet emotionally satisfying; on the travels and leisure front I enjoyed a wedding recce to Oman, after which I attended a wedding at the newly-opened Anantara property in Abu Dhabi. As a guest, each of these experiences were unique and that is what hosts look for – to give guests a unique setting through decor, food, entertainment or an all-new venue of course.”

Ensemble Sale is Back

It’s the End of Season Sale  at Ensemble. Stock up your wardrobe with the best fashion of the season at great prices!  Featuring the country’s most sought after designers including Anamika Khanna, Gaurav Gupta, Rohit Bal, Tarun Tahiliani, Rahul Khanna & Rohit Gandhi, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Pankaj & Nidhi, Gauri & Nainika, Varun Bahl and many more. It also includes a selection of Indian wear from their in-house label- The Ensemble Design Studio. Here are few interesting pieces that are going on sale.

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Creations by Ensemble Design Studio.

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Creations by Rohit Bal and Gaurav Gupta.

Mumbai: 24th – 29th June 2015
Delhi: 25th June – 8th July 2015

Lion’s Gate |Time: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Kemps Corner |Time: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Bandra |Time: 10:30 am -7:30 pm

Emporio Mall |Time: 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Santushti Shopping Arcade |Time: 10:00 am – 6:0pm

Ensemble to preview Bridal Fashion Fete in Mumbai

Ensemble presents ‘Bridal Fashion Fete 2014′ at their flagship store at Lion’s Gate on Monday, 25th August, 2014.

This season Ensemble brings you the latest from the country’s leading designers Tarun Tahiliani, Manish Malhotra, Gaurav Gupta, Varun Bahl, Rohit Bal, JJ Valaya, Amit Aggarwal, Gauri Nainika, Pankaj & Nidhi, Studio Petticoat, Anand Kabra, Amrita Thakur and also Ensemble Design Studio. Ensemble’s in-house label, ‘The Ensemble Design Studio’  is made up of a group of talented designers who understand and project the unique Ensemble aesthetic with their contemporary designs.

Tarun Tahiliani@Ensemble Bridal Fete Preview
Creation by Tarun Tahiliani

The highlights of the preview include

- Exploring traditional embroidery techniques with the ‘aari’ work sarees and ‘jhorokha’ lehengas.

- The jhorokha lehenga is inspired from Mughal era architecture. The lehenga has a special geometrical pattern created in organza, raw silk and net and the embroidery is embellished with sequins and zari.

- The aari saree collection is made by skilled aari workers using a traditional embroidery technique, highlighted with sequins and pearls. Created in the season’s trendiest colours, the fabrics include georgette and organza raw silk brocade.

- On display are long jackets with sharara pants and lehengas, outfits with floral motif embroideries, appliqués, gota patti and dori embroidery and concept sarees such as saree gowns and dhoti sarees.

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Creations by Varun Bahl

Widening their colour palette this season, Ensemble’s bridal pieces are available in rich blues, emerald and pastels, besides the traditional hues of reds, oranges and gold.

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Ethereal dreamy fabrics, delicate embroideries, beautiful hues, and floral motif detailing, the handwork on this season’s wedding collection is truly inspiring. Drop by Ensemble and make your bridal shopping experience special!

Monday, 25th August 2014, 11.00 am onward
Ensemble, Lion’s Gate: 022-2287 2882-130/ 132, Great Western Building, Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg, Mumbai -23

Gold Dazzles at amfAR India Gala

Ace Indian designers Abu Jani & Sandeep Khosla, Tarun Tahiliani and Rohit Bal showcased unique creations at ‘The Gold Fashion Show’ presented by amfAR India (the world’s leading non-profit organization dedicated to the support of AIDS research and HIV prevention) in collaboration with LoveGold- an initiative by World Gold Council.

Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla ensembles, Jewellery by Azva

Rohit Bal ensembles, Jewellery by Azva

Tarun Tahiliani ensembles, Jewellery by Azva

The spectacular fashion show celebrated exquisite gold jewellery in a modern Indian context as the designer trio presented five unique creations accessorized with beautiful gold jewellery. All the models wore beautiful statement gold jewellery from Azva. Indian and International Celebrities like Sharon Stone, Hillary Swank, Kesha, Neeta Ambani, Shobha De, and Nargis Fakhri were also seen wearing resplendent gold jewellery.

Neeta Ambani glows in gold

Shobha De and Sharon Stone adorned in gold jewellery

Kesha wears a gold creation by Azva

Photographs Courtesy- LoveGold

AZVA Presents ‘The Mulmul Masquerade’ by Rohit Bal

Rohit Bal left the audience completely spell bound with his collection- ‘The Mulmul Masquerade’ on day 4 of India Bridal Fashion Week. Sharing his excitement on IBFW he said, “I have done so many couture shows in the past, but I never showed my bridal collection on the ramp, and it’s an amazing time to showcase bridal collection.” Nayanika Chatterjee opened the show wearing a Victorian gown. Victorian look hairstyle donned by the models, frilled high collared blouse teamed with a saree and a long robe like floor sweeping jackets, reminded everyone about the Elizabethan era.

From the simplicity of muslin to extreme grandeur of rich velvets, the collection was inspired by the rich craftsmanship of both the periods. To match the taste of Indian bride, a couple of heavy gold embroidered velvet red lehengas were also presented towards the end. The highlight of the evening was when Sonam Kapoor in beautiful muslin and paisley pattern lehenga closed the show for Rohit Bal as his show stopper. All the models wore intricate bridal jewellery by Azva.

Rohit Bal at Delhi Couture Week 2011

Who else but Rohit Bal could give a stylish grand finale to Delhi Couture Week 2011. Intricately detailed and immaculately stitched, the collection used zardozi work, applique work, cutwork and embroideries. Take a look at the stunning ensembles here.

Varun Gandhi’s Wedding

Varun Gandhi and his bride have kept a very low profile (we haven’t even seen a couple picture of Varun and Yamini) but there’s a lot of buzz about this wedding. After all, who wouldn’t be curious to read the wedding details of the scion of India’s now most famous family?

Yamini Roy and Varun Gandhi

The Hindu wedding ceremony is at the Kanchi Shankarachaya’s temple on Hanuman Ghat, Varanasi. The Shankaracharya will preside over the morning wedding ceremony, after which the newly-weds and their close ones will return to Delhi by a private aircraft. The reception for 1,200 guests is at Ashoka Hotel, Delhi on March 8th. Here’s more about the people working behind the scenes.

Decor by Sumant Jayakrishnan: The groom’s mother is India’s most well-known environmentalist and animal rights activist, so obviously we’ll see the most eco-friendly decor here. Jayakrishnan, an NID alumni and his team (most of whom are architecture graduates) have created the most exotic visual experiences for some of the most high-profile weddings in Delhi. In an earlier interview to WeddingSutra, Jayakrishnan said: “Since I’m from a theatrical background, I enjoy creating the visual ambience for the drama that unfolds at any event—be it a wedding, luxury launch, fashion show or award function.” Every season, Delhi’s most sought-after Production designer takes on 4-5 wedding events only, and he prefers working at large, private spaces like Delhi’s farmhouses vis-a-vis Hotel and Banquet-like set-ups.

Wear by Rohit Bal: In an interview to Bombay Times, Bal made an interesting comment on the dress sense of young scions of political families: “They don’t want anything flashy and ostentatious”. So Bal has designed two extremely simple and elegant outfits for Varun. While he has not revealed much, there’s buzz that Varun will wear a dhoti-kurta in white and gold for the wedding and a traditional churidar-achkan teamed with old polka buttons for the reception. Yamini, will not be wearing a designer creation for the Reception but a 100 year old brocade Benarasi, that belonged to Varun’s great grandmother, Kamala Nehru. Her mother-in-law will wear a sari with the Nandi bull motif designed by Madhu Jain, who specialises in reviving heirloom saris.

From left to right. Sumant Jayakrishnan, Rohit Bal and Puneet Sikand

Pan-Indian menu by Puneet Sikand: The vegetarian fare will include dishes from Kashmir, Bengal, Awadh (UP), Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Sikand, who runs Delhi’s Kitchen Art Company, is known for creating the most contemporary cuisine in traditional flavours; Kitchen Art’s offering includes a no-onion, no-garlic option for weddings, bar-be-que and South Indian delicacies for the mehendi and a continental bar-be-que, crepe station and stir fry station for the sangeet and cocktails.

Devina Vadera’s stylish Wedding in Goa

Devina Vadera, daughter of Bindu Vadera, Delhi’s prominent socialite/businesswoman, got married to Finance professional Anmol Bhandari. Devina works with her mother at Varya Design Studio, an exclusive home furnishing and accessories store in Delhi.

The celebrations commenced with a Sangeet on 12th Jan at their Farmhouse in Sultanpur, Delhi. For the Sangeet, Devina wore a flowy Tarun Tahiliani lehenga.

The wedding party then moved to Goa. A welcome celebration was held at Devina’s friend home in Dona Paula and the Mehendi the next morning.

The theme for the Mehendi was ‘brighter the better’. Devina wore a blush pink lycra saree, which looked oh-so-perfect for a shaadi by the beach. It was made by Delhi-based duo Shivan and Narresh.

The Sikh wedding ceremony was held in the morning of 16th Jan. Tarun Tahiliani, designed for Devina a net Anarkali with lotus embellishments all around, and a bit of pearl and Swarovski embroidery. Anmol wore a sherwani by Rohit Bal. For the reception on 16th Jan, Devina wore a Marchesa gown.

Sumant Jayakrishnan did the set/ design & decor for all the events in Delhi and Goa

More Wedding Details

Makeup artist: Ashima Kapoor
Photographer: Ronicka Kandhari and Vickrant Mahajan
Food in Delhi: Puneet Sikand
Food in Goa: Taj
Wedding logistics/ co-ordination: Shaadi Online

Anushka, the Wedding Planner’s Style

Costume designer Niharika Khan designed 15 costumes for actress Anushka Sharma who plays the role of Wedding Planner Shruti in Band Baaja Baraat. This was an interesting assignment for Niharika since the film featured weddings set in varied locations—a budget wedding in a middle-class locality in Delhi, a big fat wedding in Sainik Farm and a destination wedding in Rajasthan. Explains Niharika: “Director Maneesh Sharma briefed me to design the wardrobe according to the profile of the wedding. So for upmarket weddings, I chose subtler colors, handmade embroideries in fabrics like real silk, georgette, velvets and chiffon by designers like Varun Bahl, Rohit Bal and Tarun Tahiliani.”

What about the creations for the budget weddings? She explains: “For the first wedding, set in Janakpuri we chose a lime green chiffon mirror work kurta. It was ‘Jhatak’ (in the words of the film) and we added baubles intermittently on the contrast dupatta.” In the second part of the film, Shruti moves to a new turf, Delhi’s elite Sainik Farm. Explains Khan: “For Shruti’s first assignment at Sainik Farm we wanted to show that she has made the effort to wear an outfit that ‘fits’ in with the Sainik Farms style and yet, is something which she loves—rich, colourful and vibrant. It was a purple and orange anarkali. I bought the brocade and border from Vandana Fabrics in Bandra after which it was embroidered and tailored to our specifications.”

For the grand finale i.e. Shruti’s own wedding, the cream gold orange and pink lehenga was designed by Varun Bahl. Says Niharika: “When it’s time for her own wedding, Shruti has evolved. She has travelled, earned money and knows a lot about bridal fashion & style (in the film she helps brides with wedding shopping). For this outfit, most time was spent on the embroideries– birds/peacocks in an oriental inspiration, and after rejecting sample after sample, the perfect size, shape & design for the panel emerged. The blouse was sexy, embroidered and the dupatta in net fabric. After that Varun Bahl weaved his magic.”