Aashni & Co Wedding Show 2016


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After the resounding success of Aashni & Co Wedding show last year, it was time to appreciate the work and craftsmanship of the very best in Indian & Pakistani fashion. Last Sunday we had a unique opportunity to interact with India’s favourite and most respected designers at the Aashni & Co Wedding Show.

Personally I was really excited to meet Anju Modi and get a glimpse of her latest Baji Rao Mastani Collection. A lot of research has gone into creating the looks for Deepika as Mastani but the results have been well worth the wait.

The event also featured floral styling by Zita Elze, who recreated a breath taking, enchanted garden installation. It wowed visitors and created a standalone focal point in itself. The garden was adorned by key designers pieces, creating a magnificent entrance.

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Press and bloggers had a chance to interact face to face with their favourite designers and the find out more about their latest collections. Here are a few of my favourite designers at the show.

Anju Modi – I simply adore her designs and she has been able to differentiate herself from the crowded Indian bridal market. Her designs truly reflect her deep-rooted knowledge about various techniques and crafts. I asked her about how she manages to create this differentiation and from where she gets her inspiration. To that she replied that she likes to go back to her roots, visit the interior villages, meet the craftsmen, stay with them and absorb as much as she can from her creative surroundings. Another unique facet of her designs is the layers she adds to a garment. I asked her about this layering concept and she replied “I like the mystery that comes with layering”. It was lovely to meet and discuss fashion. She is a lovely person and very approachable. I also managed to try on an outfit of hers and it looked very graceful.


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Sabyasachi – How can we miss him. There were long queues outside his stand so you can imagine how popular he was. If you are looking for a timeless Indian wedding wear then he is your man. He has managed to change the Indian Bridal fashion scene and now owning a Sabyasachi outfit is a dream for every bride. Still he is so humble and grounded. When I asked him about that he said “ I am from a middle class family. No one in my family has done business before. I am the first one to enter this industry. So my roots keep me grounded”. His collection included heavy bridal pieces and this gorgeous sari which Deepika Padukone wore this year.


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Manish Malhotra – Manish spoke about his busy schedule and launching his Regal Threads collection which is a tribute to royal Benaras and Gujarat weaves. Beautiful collection of pink and coral lehngas were on display at his stand. The collection was definitely a hit with team bride.

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‘The Regal Threads’, Manish’s latest project

Varun Bhal – His collection was jaw dropping. I loved it. Brides, he should be on your wish list. He had an amazing collection of saris and lehengas on display. I loved this red show stopper dress dress on display.

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Deepika in Varun Bhal

Anamika Khanna – One of my other favourite designers.She was sporting her own creation (which by the way very few designers do. I wonder why) and looking very graceful. She talked about wearability of Indian garments and said if we have to bring Indian design to mainstream fashion then it has to be adapted to suit modern day wearability. She had a lovely collection of flowing capes and layered dresses.

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Masaba Gupta – Masaba who just got married said that now after getting married she understands why every bride makes such a big deal of her big day. Everyone wants to look their best so brides should be given that special attention. Her collection included long flowing capes and dresses, not necessarily for your big day but for other smaller functions.

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Here is a list of other designers at the event Anita Dongre, Nikasha, Rimple & Harpreet Narula, SVA, Akanksha Gajria, Anushree Reddy,Gaurav Gupta, Chiquitita kidswear by Payal Bahl, Nikasha, Samant Chauhan, Faraz Manan, Sonali Gupta and Ridhima Bhasin.

Jewellery and accessory collections by Amrapali and Amishi London. Amrapali also has a store in Knightsbridge, London in case you are looking for some fine jewellery.

Events like these are a good opportunity to interact with blogger friends specially this one. Victoria from London Ki Ladki 


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From Right to Left – Victoria (London Ki Ladki), Me, Nazma (Asian Fashion Blog),Rabbia (Asian Wedding Ideas) Poonam, (Maharani Diaries)  Safeera (Habibi Lifestyle), Arti (My Asian Wardrobe)

Finally this is what I wore to the event. Kept is casual and fresh for a day fashion event.


Top : Warehouse | Jeans : Next | Shoes : House of Frazer | Necklace : Anthropology

Hope you got a little glimpse into the event and your favourite collections. Here is a little teaser video and more images from the event. Enjoy it.


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The collection will be available at Aashni & Co store. If you have any queries then do contact the store team

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Aashni & Co Wedding Show London

Meet India’s top designers at the Aashni & Co Wedding Show London. Mark your diaries for this event ladies, you don’t want to miss out. After the success of last year’s wedding show Aashni & Co is hosting a grand wedding extravaganza on Sunday 10th January 2016, taking place at Ballroom Suite, The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA. Here is a list of the all the designers showcasing at the event and this year also includes a Pakistani designer – Faraz Manan.

Sabyasachi – The master craftsman

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Anamika Khanna  – One of my favourite designers. Love her drapes and innovative styles

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Anita Dongre – The go to designer for all thing weddings.

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Manish Malhotra – Bollywood’s favourite designer.

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Anju Modi – Another one of my favourite designer. She designed the latest Baaji Rao Mastani collection.


Anushree Reddy – Known for her fun and floral lehngas.


Masaba – The new age designer.12360038_1184178848276826_6754311199980920382_n

Gaurav Gupta – The go to designer for concept saris and gowns

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Akanksha Gajria – Bright, young and daring Indian Wear.




Rimple & Harpreet Narula

For dramatic and elegant fashion.



Other designers include Chiquitita kidswear by Payal Bahl, Nikasha, Samant Chauhan, Sonali Gupta and Ridhima Bhasin. 

Jewellery and accessory collections by Amrapali and Amishi London will also be available at the event.

See you guys at the show. See details below

Aashni + Co Wedding Show

Tickets: £30 – General Admission

Ticket purchase via:

Website: www.wslondon.com

Tel: +44 207 985 0155

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

Email: weddingshow@aashniandco.com

THREADS – Indian Fashion Trunk Show

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I get so many queries on where to find nice Indian wear in London. Most of my acquaintances too struggle with the same problem. Personally I have always shopped my Indian wardrobe from India itself. But there have been times when I really needed something here in London and I too struggled to find something nice. Thanks to my blog, I had an opportunity to connect with some lovely brands based here which offer distinctively different designs; designs which I personally prefer and something I am more likely to wear. Today on the blog I will talk about two such brands who are trying to change people’s mindset towards Indian fashion by focusing on the authenticity of the fabric and embroideries.

First let me introduce S9 Muses. It’s the brainchild of Sita and Anjali – two fashion forward girls with a vision to offer unique designs to their customers. S9 Muses is an ode to their childhood and is derived from the neighbourhood known as Section 9 where they both spent their care-free days in Kenya. The girls are doing a brilliant job in sourcing some new-age Indian designer wear for an international audience. In their collection you will find likes of Raw Mango, Ilk, Ka/Sha,Priya Chhabria. The differentiating factor about their collection is that it is timeless and will never go out of fashion. The designs are classic with deep rooted Indian craftsmanship. Below are some of S9 Muses designs. 

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Do show S9 Muses some love here on their facebook page. S9 Muses.

Next one is my all time favourite brand based in London. Jyoti Chandhok – Quintessential Indian bridal and party wear with a regal touch. Jyoti’s design bring a touch of old work charm. She herself is a connoisseur of Indian art, jewellery and fashion. The clothes do reflect her personality which is very regal and charismatic. Jyoti’s clothes make me fall in love with them. Every piece is unique and exclusive in its own way.  Below are some of Jyoti’s designs.


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Do show Jyoti Chandhok some love here on their facebook page Jyoti Chandhok Ltd.

For the first time in London these two lovable brands have joined hands to offer London shoppers a taste of classic and royal Indian wear. I am happy to collaborate with THREADS- Indian fashion trunk show as a stylist/fashion blogger. Also I am quite excited to host a mini-styling workshop at the event to share some tips on how to style for different occasions. I will also cover the art of sari draping so don’t miss this fabulous event.  

Find out more about the event here.
Looking forward to start the new year with some fashion fun at THREADS. I hope to see some of you there. Do ping me if you are planning to come.


EVENT – THREADS – ‘Indian fashion trunk show’

DATE –    9th January 2016

VENUE – Orangery, Moor Park Golf Club Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire,   WD3 1QL

PHONE – Sita –  07703684453


Twitter –     @JyotiChandhok | @S9Muses | @Mandavikaushik

Instagram @jyoti.chandhok | @mandavi  | @S9Muses


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Party Ready With Luxemme

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It’s the season to be happy – Merry Christmas everyone! Yes party season is here and it gives you another excuse to indulge. I am sure you must have a busy calendar of office Christmas parties,Christmas lunches and drinks. Today on the blog I will talk about an evening party look featuring a LBD from Luxemme . A classic LBD (Little black dress) has always been a wardrobe favourite. It’s a fail-proof option: you can never go wrong with a classic LBD.

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Diwali Decor Inspiration

Diwali is in three days and there is a lot to do and organise. When it comes to decor ideas, there is so much inspiration on the internet for major festivals however when it comes to Diwali I do not find inspiring decor ideas. So here is my little attempt to archive decor ideas from pervious year’s Diwali celebrations at home. Hope you enjoy my mood board.

Happy Diwali.

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Rangoli is a must on Diwali. Make sure you do one and decorate with diyas

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Use your existing living room furniture and create a Diwali theme using candles, flowers and idols

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Rangoli on floor decorated with diyas and flowers

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Use of copper ware to keep Diwali sweets

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Use multiple round trays to make your main diya thali


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Diya pattern decorated with flowers


Floating petals as your table centre piece


Festive colourful cushions


Red, Gold inspired table decor

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Brighten up your winter Diwali by using colourful outdoor lights

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Decorate idols with flowers

Diwali Festive Outfit Delight



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Past few weeks have been pretty action packed for me. I was away in India for about ten days sans my kids. It was a very emotional trip for me and I am glad that I managed to achieve what I set out for. Now back in London and gearing up for Diwali. Diwali calls for a festive Indian wardrobe and sometimes London doesn’t offer you many choices when it comes to shopping for your Indian wardrobe. I feel that what we have on offer here is very different from my personal taste and liking. But now that I have discovered Jyoti Chandhok label, I feel reassured that good Indian design can now be easily accessible in London. Jyoti’s studio in suburbs of North London is a storehouse of intricate hand embroidery and luxurious fabrics. She stocks ready to wear range and takes custom orders too. I was spoilt for choices when I visited her to choose my festive outfit for Diwali to feature on the blog.

I choose this maroon velvet lehenga with a wide gotta border. As Jyoti says it’s a ‘suchha border’, meaning pure gotta made from real gold threads as opposed to machine made gotta which uses metal threads as substitute. The velvet in the outfit gives it a very regal look and is apt for a winter festive event. I am wearing the lehenga with a beautiful gold embroidered blouse and matching maroon dupatta. Also wearing jewellery which I picked up from Khan Market during my trip to India.

For this blog shoot I have collaborated with a talented photographer mum

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Joelene has done a brilliant job and has truly captured the essence of this outfit. Moving forward I will try and do more theme based shoots and capture fashion stories in beautiful surroundings.

Diwali is on 11th November and I wish you all a very prosperous Diwali. I know it is a working day but do try and take half day or sneak out early to enjoy this lovely festival with family and friends.

Lehenga : Jyoti Chandhok 

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Fashion Evening with Manish Malhotra

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Last week I attended Aashni & Co press day with Manish Malhotra, where he unveiled his latest collection. The British Asian Trust, hosted an exclusive preview of the latest festive collection and he was announced as  the brand ambassador of the charity at the event. It was a fantastic opportunity to come up close and personal with Bollywood’s go to designer. During the press meet he talked about this work, movies and his fashion journey. So Manish was this creative young boy who was not into studies but rather focused on other interesting things like modelling and Bollywood. He loved sketching and was obsessed with films. He started off by working in a boutique and really enjoyed interacting with clients on a daily basis. During his time there he got into making his own clothes. It so happened that Sridevi  saw his work and he was invited to style her next shoot. There has been no looking back since then. He has now worked in big Bollywood movies and styled super stars. He actually introduced the concept of styling to Indian cinema. His next project was the launch of his own clothing line ten years back and now plans to open his standalone store in London. His story is very inspirational and I hope he continues to inspire us with his creations.


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Manish’s latest collection is now available at  Aashni & Co. Here is a little glimpse of what was on display. I spotted a lot of pinks with beautiful embroideries. The collection consisted of chikankari lehengas, kashmiri embroidery, sequence work and other intricate embroideries. I spotted gowns, saris, lehengas, suits and anarkalis on display. If you are planning for your big day then do have a look of his latest collection at  Aashni & Co.

Here is my photo diary from the event. Hope you enjoyed reading my experiences.      

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Diwali Trunk Show

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Another date for your diaries. Stitch Three present Diwali Trunk Show on Thursday 1st October, 11am – 7pm, at Athenaeum Hotel, 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7BJ.

Shop for the festive season with collections from some of India and Pakistan’s leading designers available at domestic retail prices. Stitch Three’s Diwali Trunk Show will present classic and contemporary collections by heritage and new gen designers alike – sumptuous and indulgent pieces by Umar Sayeed; playful and glamorous creations by Sania Maskatiya; floral ensembles by Farida Hasan; statement pieces by Maheen Karim; and digital print, versatile silhouettes by Pasho. Additionally available will be children’s lenghas and kurtas by Tiny Tales and occasion jewellery by Rubina Kapoor.

Stitch Three Diwali Trunk Show, Thursday 1st October, 11am – 7pm,

Athenaeum Hotel, 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7BJ

Web : www.stitchthree.com

Facebook: Stitch Three

Twitter: @StitchThree

Instagram: @StitchThree

Winter Preview


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Last week I attended one of the most anticipated South Asian Fashion events in the run up to the festive season. Winter Preview was hosted by two of the UK’s leading South Asian fashion influencers and tastemakers: Shivani Ahluwalia and Hajira Ahmad. If you didn’t get a chance to attend the event then don’t worry – I have details of all the lovely fashion and lifestyle brands present at the event.

Jyoti Chandhok – I can’t get enough of Jyoti’s work. Jyoti showcased her new collection at the event and had a varied range of saris, suits, chikankari dupattas and men’s kurtas/jackets.I spotted some really intricate and fine embroidery on display. Jyoti’s work speaks for itself. She uses high quality fabric and all hand embroidery work. She stocks a range of work right from chikankari to gotta patti to zardosi to bead work and much more. Have a look at her facebook page here.


Beautiful chikankari work dupatta

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Love this white little number from Jyoti’s collection

Mahin Hussain – I spotted another new award winning brand Mahin Hussain. They had some beautiful wedding clutches on display. I also noticed some very fine embroidery on them. Mahin Hussain is a well know brand from Pakistan and they do a range of handbags and accessories. You can view more of their designs on their facebook page here.

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Sevo By Sumita Pershad – I always get excited when I spot well-designed Indian homeware. Sevo had a lovely collection of silver plated home accessories and some really well designed products. The price was also very reasonable. So if you are looking for some home accessories for Diwali then do have a look at Sevo’s collection.

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S.S Shawls – S.S Shawls are three generation shawl weavers from Kashmir. They had an amazing collection of very fine quality pashmina shawls and stoles. You can contact S.S. Shawls on nasir_shah20042003@yahoo.co.in


Zevar – They came from India with their rustic traditional silver jewellery designs. If you love silver jewellery then I am sure you will admire Zevar’s handmade silver collection. Have a look at their collection here.

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Love Opulence By Dinisha – Love opulence had some lovely jewellery on display. The collection was very varied. They stock some beautiful traditional jewellery  as well as statement, contemporary pieces. They also have some fusion pieces that make their collection unique. Definitely luxury fashion jewellery.  Contact them on loveopulence1@gmail.com

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Wedding Saris by Ramani – If you want a lace pre stitched sari in your choice of colour then do checkout Wedding Saris by Ramani. Find them here


Swam by Vandana Malhotra – Swam showcased some chikankari and gotapatti work. You can see pics of their work here.

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Hope you got a little glimpse into the festive event and discovered some new Asian fashion and lifestyle brands.

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Festive Asian Fashion Events In London

Some important dates for your diaries ladies. Plan your Indian wardrobes and get ready in style for the festive season. Have a look at some upcoming fashion events to sort out you fashion, jewellery and homeware shopping.

  • Winter Preview 9th Sep Grosvenor House London

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Winter preview will showcase luxury South Asian fashion and lifestyle brands. The event will feature  Jyoti Chandhok, Ramani and SVAM by Vandana Malhotra; accessory collections by Mahin Hussain, Zevar, SS Shawls, Love Opulence and Chahat; and home accessory   by Sevo.

Winter Preview is hosted by two of the UK’s leading South Asian fashion influencers and tastemakers, Shivani Ahluwalia and Hajira Ahmad.

Winter Preview

Wednesday 9th September, 11am – 7pm

Grosvenor House Hotel, 86-90, Park Lane, London W1K 7TN

Admission: Free



  • Stitch Three Diwali Trunk Show

Stitch will be hosting Diwali Trunk Show on Thursday 1st Oct at Mayfair Piccadilly. The event will be a one stop shop for the festive season showcasing top Indian and Pakistani designers. The event will showcase fashion , kidswear , jewellery and home accessories. Good new is that the truk show collection is available at local Indian and Pakistani prices. Personal shopping and styling services also available.


Thursday, October 1 at 10:00am – 7:00pm

The Athenaeum

116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7BJ London, United Kingdom

  • Designer’s Day with Manish Malhotra

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aashni co ashion fashion blog Meet the man himself at the Aashni + Co store in Notting Hill. Aashni + co will be hosting a Designer’s Day with Manish Malhotra, on Friday 25th September, 11am – 6pm at Aashni + Co, 47 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill, London W11 2AA. Manish Malhotra will be introducing his latest Bridal and Festive collections and meeting the public in-store. He will to provide style council and advise visitors on how to achieve their aspired looks.  

Aashni + Co presents Designer’s Day with Manish Malhotra

Friday 25th September, 11am – 6pm

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

Tel: +44 207 985 0155



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