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IBFW 2013 – Preeti S Kapoor’s Collection

Classy designer Preeti S Kapoor showcases her “Royal India” bridal collection at the fifth India Bridal Fashion Week 2013 on Day 5. Her latest collection has taken inspiration from different Indian states – from hills of Kashmir to sands of Kutch, history of Hyderabad to Awadh. Each ensemble tells a different story and has unique vintage Indian embroidery designs.

The ramp was lit by a row of twelve lamps and transported us to the past. The designs represented the diversity of Indian culture, through different shapes, colours, textures and fabrics. Superb cuts, edgy shapes, exquisite embroidery and magical designs, all completed the vibrant collection.

Kalidar kurtas with gota work, saris in earthy tones, white silk lehenga, brocade work on sari pallas and intricate threadwork, were blended to form perfect combinations, resulting in some stunningly ethereal outfits.

The most eye-catching piece in the entire collection was the quirky choli style. With fine cuts and distinct designs, each one was a very strong fashion statement in itself. The colour palette that has been used is also varied and is full of shades like off-white and blacks, royal purples and reds, fuchsia and orange, saffron and greens. The vibrant mix and match of colours is another example of Preeti’s impeccable creativity and design sensibilities.

The front row for Preeti’s show was full of hotshot celebs and included some famed names like Vidya Malvade, Rohit Roy, ShibaniKashyap, Alvira&Arpita Khan and Tushar Kapoor.

Showstopper Aditi Rao Hydari for Preeti S Kapoor at IBFW 2013
Showstopper Aditi Rao Hydari for Preeti S Kapoor at IBFW 2013

Bridelike Aditi Rao Hydari walks for Preeti S Kapoor
Bridelike Aditi Rao Hydari walks for Preeti S Kapoor

Aditi Rao Hydari with designer Preeti S Kapoor
Aditi Rao Hydari with designer Preeti S Kapoor

The show ended on a very dramatic note, with Bollywood’s newbie star AditiRaoHydari walking the ramp under “phoolonkichaadar”, just like a real bride, in an outrageously glamorous red lehenga, full of heavy embellishments and a pretty choliwith orange dupatta.

Saree Colours Trending This Wedding Season

Saree trends rise and end with time just like any other fashion trend. This year, the fashion market was abuzz with some fabulous styles but in typical colours. We could easily see that some colours were a favourite of many designers and Bollywood celebs. Here are a few of them-

Classic Red
In India, Red colour has always been associated with the bride and weddings. This colour gives a very ethnic appeal to the woman who carries it. Red coloured sarees are considered to be a major hit this season as it is a very glamorous colour. Team it with Gold or silver accessories and you’ll be a diva for sure!

Kareena in a bold red
Kareena in a bold red Manish Malhotra saree
Champaign Gold

The contemporary bride, her female friends seem to love this colour. Some call it beige, some call it nude, and designers say it is Champaign gold. This colour is very chic and muted. With the right kind of makeup and accessories, you can look a stunner on your D-day or at any event that you are attending.

Shilpa Shetty in a Champaign Gold sari

Neon colours seem to be the current favourite of almost every designer. Colours like Neon Green, Yellow, Pink and Peach are seen quite a lot in the fashion circuit. These colours are very cheerful and vibrant. They can lift your appeal by 360 degrees.

Priyanka Chopra in a neon
Priyanka Chopra in a neon Manish Malhotra sari

There are many shades of pink but the one shade that is a hit this season is – Fuchsia Pink. This colour is striking, girly, fun and very wedding like. This colour is mostly paired with a subtle tone like a beige, gold or red for maximum glam factor.

Look a million dollars like Katrina
Look a million dollars like Katrina is in this fuchsia pink saree

Modern Take on Traditional Sarees

A saree is a synonym with the Indian woman’s fashion but times have changed and so has the saree fashion. You have got married recently and are so not looking forward to wearing this traditional garment! But worry not, help is at hand! For one, the saree is no longer something worn by your grandmother, but one worn by style divas and Bollywood actresses. Blouses too have become…well…non-existent in some cases…and a retro high-necked in others. Go out shopping and we promise as the new bride – not only will you look traditional – but every bit as stylish as you could have dreamt of!
These days, designers put their creative best to innovate on some sassy styles of saree. Here are some of the most popular contemporary styles trending right now.

Print styles
Gone are the days when sarees used to come in a single print and design motif. Nowadays, designers are experimenting with printing styles as well. The latest trend in sarees is bold printed sarees, digital prints, neon colors, geometric patterns and abstract shapes. The market is currently flooded with a designer (Masaba Gupta) print. She uses bold, geometric patterns on neon base.

Wear these prints for a casual evening out with your new husband, or for a semi-formal dinner with family. You’ll be the talking point and for all the right reasons.

Style diva Sonam Kapoor
Style diva Sonam Kapoor flaunting a Masaba sari
Fabric styles

Cotton, Kanjeevaram, Benarasi are classics. But the market is flooded with chiffons, crepes, lace, georgette, mix silk and net. These fabrics are not only fashionable but also very easy to carry. There is a half- half saree concept that is very popular these days. Here, the skirt is made from a different fabric e.g. mix silk and the pallu are made of another fabric e.g. net.

It is Vidya Balan’s favourite – so why should it not be yours? Wear this to show off your slim waist in chiffon or drape the velvet pallu to hide slightly broad shoulders. Wear this saree for an evening out with your hubby or a lunch date with some aunties – you’ll get nods of approval and envy in this outfit!

Vidya Balan in a half sari
Vidya Balan in a half sari

Blouses – Oohhh!
Earlier women used to go for only a U- cut, V- cut or Square –cut necklines for their saree blouses. Now, the saree blouse designs have greatly evolved. From bikini blouse to halter, mega sleeves to tube top, backless cholis to bandeau style, there are plethora of blouse design options. Some women wear bandhgala tops, angrakhas and corsets as blouses.

Are you a new bride? Do wear the retro bandhgala blouse for a very formal dinner or get together. Wear this blouse in winters or at weddings – make a splash and be noticed and marked as the style diva you’ll be.

Trendsetter Sonam Kapoor
Trendsetter Sonam Kapoor in a high necked retro blouse

And finally…unconventional draping style
Not long ago, we all knew just three-four ways to drape the saree i.e. by only changing the pinning style of the pallu. Now, there are over a hundred ways to drape a traditional saree. Women drape in on top a trouser, jumpsuit, skirts. Also a new form of saree gown is catching up on the charts.

Try out this style for your office get together where the formal traditional look rules – and you create ripples by giving tradition such a lovely twist! Wear it at your own wedding reception if you’d like with a heavy neckpiece and minimal accessories – go ahead and dare!

Katrina in a red hot Saree gown
Katrina in a red hot Saree gown
Saris were always a favoured option with the classy elite – and now with the kind of styles and blouse options trending and available, the choices just got more exciting, hot and happening!

Wedding sari sales from street to Skype

NalliKanjivaramsari especially designed for the US market

From street to Skype, is the new trend that retailers are now following to lure the tech-savvy generation to buy their wedding saris. The increasing usage of social media and the Internet, growing competition and the radical shift towards online shopping, has motivated the retailers in Chennai to introduce sale of wedding saris on Skype.

Big retailers like Nalli, Sri Palam Silks and RmKV have understood the importance of online selling and have revamped their website to support e-commerce. From online sales and emailing pictures to the bride and their family, to conducting conference sales calls as well as promoting inter-store connectivity, the retailers are doing it all to build up a client base, not only in India, but abroad as well.

Obviously there are some challenges being faced by the retailers- it is more time-consuming, takes up a lot of effort, they need somebody who understands technology and can email pictures and conduct those sales /conference calls. Moreover, only limited designs can be put online or shared over Skype, there can be up to a 20% colour difference in case of silk saris so they have to use high-resolution images to give a more accurate idea of the intricate designs and colour of the wedding collections.

But there are serious benefits nonetheless. Statistics show that there has been a substantial increase in the online sale of wedding saris since last year. Brands are building their customer base online, both nationally and internationally. They are mainly benefitting as they can reach a large number of customers, cater the international market as well, saving the physical effort of displaying saris as clicking pictures is a one-time thing. Also, in India, buying wedding dresses/saris is usually a family/collective decision, so retailers also share the pictures of their collections with the family of the bride, which often increases their sale, as someone in the family may like a particular design, in case the bride doesn’t.

From books, gadgets, casual clothes and now the wedding dresses, e-commerce is spreading its tentacles in all the domains and making the life of the modern consumers much easier, in this fast-paced life. Let’s see what more do we get to buy online.

Trending Saree Blouses

Are you getting married anytime soon? Or maybe you’ve just got married and post wedding,this is the first time you are going out, in the festive season, meeting important relatives for the very first time? We suggest you leave the boring U- cut, V- cut and Square cut saree blouse behind and try the following styles that’d surely transform you in to a diva. How about making these a part of your bridal trousseau – feeling traditional or all set to party? Make your choice, or just get them all made anyways!
Go coy and bridal like in these full sleeve blouses, or create a sensation in the bra blouse! Either ways as a style goddess, you will score full marks.

Velvet Full Sleeves
This style is a trademark of ace Bollywood fashion designer Sabyasachi. This style has a full sleeve blouse in velvet fabric and has white thread embroidery on entire sleeves. To make it look more fashionable, women opt for embellished embroidery at the neck area. This lets you skip the neck jewellery all together.

Kajol makes the saree blouse look glam!
Kajol makes the saree blouse look glam!
Full Sleeves

Diwali comes when there is a nip in the air, so if you feel cold already, you can opt for a full sleeve blouse in silk, sheer fabric or even lace. If you want to add bling then you can have slightly shiny lace sleeves.

Anushka Sharma in a Sabyasachi blouse
Anushka Sharma in a Sabyasachi blouse

Metal work Blouses
This type of blouse has a metallic finish and an edgy appeal to it. You just need a slick hairstyle and a monotone saree to go with it. You can skip the jewellery with such type of blouse.

Nargis Fakhri in a metalwork blouse at the IIFA awards
Nargis Fakhri in a metalwork blouse at the IIFA awards

Age old Halter
Halters never go out of fashion. If your saree has moderate embellishments, you can opt for a halter blouse in shimmer material to add a spark to your look.

Karisma Kapoor spells class in this halter necked saree blouse
Karisma Kapoor spells class in this halter necked saree blouse

Bra Blouse
This type of blouse is thicker than a noodle strap blouse and thinner than a sleeveless strap blouse. Once you choose to go for it, make sure you don’t choose a flashy colour or beige/nude or primary bra shades. You can opt for a shimmer bra blouse as a safe option.

Kareena Kapoor in Manish Malhotra saree paired with a bra blouse
Kareena Kapoor in Manish Malhotra saree paired with a bra blouse

Neon Blouse
If you want to keep it simple yet stylish this festive season, then go for aNeon blouse. Neon is in this fashion season and if you are up for an experiment then go for it!

Style diva Sonam Kapoor showing off her neon blouse
Style diva Sonam Kapoor showing off her neon blouse
Find that tailor, spend a few extra bucks to look like a million dollars in any of these blouses. And if you or your husband are feeling extra indulgent – walk into the Sabyasachi or Manish Malhotra boutique and have them make these. Especially for you!

Kalkifashion unveils Indian Wedding Saris ensemble

Designer bridal sari from Kalkifashion.com

Kalkifashion, an online retail brand which was formerly known as barcode91.com, unveiled their latest selection of saris for summer and winter weddings and bridal wear.

Kalkifashion started their online portal kalkifashion.com in the year 2011 and has retail outlets in Mumbai. Their portal sells beautiful selection of Indian ethnic designer wear at affordable prices.Kalkifashion also sells merchandise from many ace fashion designers including Satya Paul, Neeta Lulla, Kalki, Ritu Kumar and Manish Malhotra.

Their latest collection features an exotic range of saris with stunning designs in vibrant shades of baby pink, mauve, dull gold, white, shiny grey, sea green along with deep, dark colours like wine, magenta, olive green and royal purple with added heavy embellishments. Fabrics like brocades, Kanjeevaram/Kancheepuram, fine velvets and thick silks have been used along with light fabrics like tissue, organza, net, chiffon, crepe and georgette, to balance out the whole outfit and make it suitable to wear in different seasons.

The latest wedding ensemble not only has sari options for the bride, but also for the guests and relatives, who crave high-end fashion. Each of their outfits is a masterpiece in itself and has been created with extreme care. The intricate resham stitches, golden thread work, brocade coloured stones, diamante, pearls and corals, beads, zardosi threads, the fine detailing and sequins have been put together beautifully to create aesthetic designs.

Kalkifashion.com also offers a wide range of unique services like express shipping, hefty discounts, customisation and stitching options, making their range more wearable and suitable for the brides-to-be. They deal in extensive ethnic solutions and offersalwarkameez, lehenga saris, kurtis and bridal wear on their portal. The collection is so ethereal that it makes it difficult for the ladies to pick one single dress and leaves them yearning to buy more.

Chhabra 555’slatest bridal ensemble is beguiling the brides

It takes beauty, fashion and passion to turn an ordinary wedding into an extra-ordinary event that you’ll remember for the rest of your life. Every bride wants to look special on that day and embrace the memories forever. So Chhabra 555 launches their bridal ensemble granting every brides’ wish to have that perfect look with a dress that she feels has been designed just for HER!

Lara Dutta- Chhabra 555 collection
Lara Dutta- Chhabra 555 collection

Chhabra 555 was founded half a century ago, in the year 1954 by Late Krishan LalChhabra and is now among one of the most reputed chains of retail stores operating in India. Chhabra 555 deals primarily in ethnic wear and sells saris, suits, designer lehangas, dress materials and textiles with over 50 showrooms across the country.

Bridal collection from chhabra 555
Bridal collection from chhabra 555

Their exclusive bridal collection is a range of outfits created with blends of velvets, brocades, silk and satins, with the added glitz and glimmer using heavy embellishments. The intricate detailing, exotic thread work, wonderful textures and contemporary designs in hues and shades of vibrant colours, makes the entire selection extremely stunning, elegant and desirable.

All the dresses are classically designed with a modern edge. Stylised jacket with lehengas, embellished blouses, saris with intricate hand-crafted work and borders, heavy suits and reshamdrapes, all form part of their latest bridal collection. Thecomplete range includes a huge variety of dresses that compliments different styles and are suitable to be worn on various wedding functions by the brides.

The latest bridal range starts from Rs. 20,000 onwards and is available in all Chhabra 555 showrooms. This is one collection that all the soon-to-be brides HAVE to get their hands onto.

Net your Saris up

One of the most sensual looks rated for women is the Sari. It is sensual, elegant and enhances a woman’s beauty and hence Indian women are the most desired. Sari is the traditional wear of an Indian woman, which not only highlights the poise, but also the beauty of her physical appearance. Year after year the sari got a refurbished look by various designers and brands. Sari has been a prevalent look in every state and their versatility allows it to be sported at every occasion.

Net saris are the latest trend!
Whether a Kanjeevaram or heavy brocade sari; occasions may fall short but not their types. One such trend which has created a rage in the market is the net sari. They are sheer, heavily worked and look perfect to be donned on an auspicious occasion.
The trend of the net saris made it at the weddings after the actresses of the famous K-series in India sported some of their looks. They are graceful, stunning and give a feel of panache to the wearer, as the bride or the special guest swaying down the central aisle to greet the couple. Designers like Rana Gill, Neeta Lulla, Rohit Bal were some of the early designers to have adapted this style and given a revolutionary change to it with half sari and lehanga sari.

A Neeta Lulla net sari
A Neeta Lulla net sari
Net saris are the latest trend!

Take care when wearing net sari as they are prone to tear keeping in mind their net work.

It is advised to be pleated well and not let loose. Not only will it fluff up and feel like you’ve put on weight, but it can get snagged somewhere.

Jewellery or accessories if sharp are best avoided rather pearls and round cornered pieces go best with this attire.

Designer Talk!
Talking of the net sari trend Designer Payal Jain stated, “Sari was one such discovery made by the Indians which stayed long in the country. The net version of the sari is one of the superlative styles and the most picked up because of its gracious flow and transparent feel. They are best worn in bright colours with heavy gold and silver motifs to accentuate the beauty of a woman.”
So with the wedding season at its peak the net sari are the best investments one can do to complete their wardrobe.

Online Shopping for Bridal Wear

Online shopping for bridal wear is easy, time-saving and money saving. You don’t have to run to different markets for buying bridal wear of your choice. You need just to open a bridal wear website and choose any of the products listed there. There are plenty of wedding dress websites that offer wide variety of lehengas, saris, gharara, and gowns at reasonable rates. Some of the popular names are: CTC Plaza, Meena Bazaar, Chhabra 5555, and Jabong.

If you love to wear designer dresses then you can visit any of the famous fashion designer websites and buy the latest wedding dress. Many fashion designers maintain online fashion shopping websites from where you can easily buy their products. Although, online bridal dress shopping is convenient and takes less time still you need to be very cautious before buying a bridal dress online.

Smart tips for bridal wear online shopping are given below:

Visit only popular fashion websites that are popular and reliable. You can gather information about online wedding dress companies from Internet news sources, directories, and rating services.

Thoroughly check products of different fashion websites.

Choose a dress according to your requirement and budget.

Properly check total cost of the chosen dress.

Check for expected delivery dates, shipping and handling fees, warranties, return policies, and other important information.

Read properly all the terms & conditions provided by the chosen clothing website.

If possible then opt for cash on delivery (COD) payment mode.

Before doing online payment transaction, make sure that the website is secure.

Always print or save electronically any records related to your online transactions. It will help you to keep track of shipping dates, shipping and handling fees, and other details of your transactions.


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