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Anita Dongre and Sonam Kapoor at DIVALICIOUS LONDON

I recently went to DIVAlicious London which hosted renowned Indian designer Anita Dongre in exclusive soiree with Sonam Kapoor. After amassing cult popularity the world over in destinations such as the UAE, India, Kenya, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Hong Kong and Indonesia, London played host to a unique, luxury boutique pop-up exhibition – ‘DIVAlicious 2017’ – on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th March 2017 at The May Fair Hotel, London.

International film and fashion icon Sonam Kapoor graced the event. On the by-lines of the exhibition, DIVAlicious London’s partner The Rack – by Kachins presented renowned celebrity fashion designer Anita Dongre. Hot off the ramp of India’s Lakme Fashion Week’s Grand Finale, 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, Anita Dongre’s designs showcase Indian aesthetics in a contemporary language.  Inspired by Rajasthan and India’s rich craft tradition, her handcrafted bridal gotapatti lehengas and handwoven heritage benarasi creations are coveted by brides across the world. Anita Dongre’s commitment to revive, sustain and empower the Indian crafts and textiles led her to launch Grassroot, a sustainable and eco-conscious luxury prêt label. DIVAlicious London marked Anita Dongre’s inaugural London showcase. The event showcased Anita Dongre’s acclaimed collection “Alchemy” (A Magical Transformation).

Private banker turned full time fashion entrepreneur Vanitaa Bhatia launched DIVAlicious in Dubai in 2011.  This is what she had to say about the 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!”

I enjoyed exploring the new Anita Dongre’s Lakme Fashion Week’s Grand Finale collection. It was stunning and the designs were very fresh and feminine. The good thing is that these designs can be bought directly from http://shop.anitadongre.com/. Do have a look at the website and you will find all the latest pieces there.

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Anita Dongre

Anita Dongre

Me with Anita Dongre

I also came across a brand called Azuli by Nikki from Bombay. I really liked some of the pieces in her collection and tried this cream colour straight kurta. The one I am wearing in this picture has yellow embroidery but I ordered the same design with peach coloured embroidery.

Me wearing Azuli by Nikki

Azuli By Nikki

 

I also spotted this stunning pearl work kurta by Mehreen Noorani. Mehreen Noorani  is a Dubai based brand and you can find them on facebook here.

 

Next stop was Payal Jain. Her collection included lots of creams and whites. I tried this white embroidered anarkali on me. I loved the all-over embroidery and the colour.

Me in Payal Jain

 

Also spotted the lady behind CILVANA Designs wearing one of her beautiful pieces.

CILVANA Designs

 

 

In the end if was a good fashion fun day and like always, it was great to bump into some of my blogger friends. I also bumped into one of my competition winners and she was really happy to be there.

Me at the event

I hope you enjoyed exploring some new brands. Do let me know your favorites.

 

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DIVAlicious London – Fashion Event Giveaway

After enjoying huge success world over in destinations such as the UAE, India, Kenya, Singapore, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Hong Kong and Indonesia, London is set to host a unique, luxury boutique pop-up exhibition – ‘DIVAlicious 2017’ – on Saturday 25th and Sunday & 26th March 2017 at The May Fair Hotel, London. 

Time: 10:30 am – 6:30 pm

Address: The May Fair Hotel, Stratton St, Mayfair, London, W1J 8LT

We are so excited to announce a new giveaway on the blog in collaboration with DIVAlicious. One lucky winner will have the opportunity to get two complimentary tickets to the event and have the opportunity to see, experience and purchase creations by over 20 established and emerging Indian designers. For a chance to win please see the competition conditions below.

  1. The contest is applicable only to the people living in UK.
  2. LIKE my Facebook page
  3. LIKE the Facebook page of  DIVAlicious  https://www.facebook.com/pg/DDIVAliciouss
  4. Share my competition post on Facebook with  hashtag #DIVAlicious
  5. Follow me on Instagram at @Mandavi
  6. Use the hashtag #DIVAlicious in your entries on Facebook and Instagram

The last day of entry is Thursday 23th March 2017 

Good Luck !

 

DIVAlicious London – luxury boutique pop-up exhibition

The finest Indian designer apparel will be 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. The designer collections they will showcase at the event include: Anita DongreeAnamika Khanna, Gaurav Gupta, Pankaj&Nidhi, Payal Singhal and Tarun Tahiliani.

DIVAlicious was launched in Dubai by Private banker turned fulltime fashion entrepreneur Vanitaa Bhatia She says –  “DIVAlicious’ success has been driven by a gap in the market we first identified. Most of the time, international Indian fashion exhibits just cover haute designer apparel, however we also invite affordable brands to showcase their creations to provide a holistic and direct-to- consumer shopping experience for customers, under one roof.”

This is a great opportunity to explore some of the finest fashion designers from India right here in London.  So make sure you book your diaries now.

 

 

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An Autumn Diwali in London


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For a while I have been meaning to find a nice banarasi dupatta. I didn’t want anything in the red/pink colour palette. I wanted a unique colour to complement the festive season and my off-white palazzo suit. Diwali is a festive time and calls for lots of parties and events. I had to plan a few outfits for this season for various events and as usual my first point of contact for Indian clothes is Jyoti Chandhok. In her studio, there is a whole load of fabric and fashion treasure. Her designs are so classic that you can never go wrong with them. When I saw this burnt orange coloured banarasi dupatta, I simply fell in love with the colour. I loved the modern chevron design on the dupatta. The burnt orange colour was very unique and was totally apt for this Autumn.

I wore this dupatta on my off-white palazzo suit which I bought from India during my last trip. I bought this suit from Delhi at an exhibition. This suit is very versatile and can be easily teamed up with different coloured dupattas to create unique looks. If you want to keep the look a bit muted, then just wear a plain off-white dupatta. But if you want to go for a festive look, try a bright coloured dupatta.

I wore this dupatta for a day Diwali event and styled it with my favourite festive mojris from Jaipur. I love these juttis – they go with any ethnic look and are so comfortable. I wear them with most of my Indian outfits. See how I have styled them here and here. My earrings are from Jewellery by DivyaChugh

How did you dress up for Diwali? Would love to hear your Diwali fashion experiences. I will be sharing my actual Diwali outfit and decor ideas post soon. Till then, enjoy the Autumn sunshine.

Dupatta – Jyoti Chandhok | Earrings – Jewellery by DivyaChugh | Suit – Delhi

 

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What I am wearing this festive season Part 1 (Karva Chauth Special)

 

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Hope you all had a brilliant start to the festive season and are now getting ready for Diwali. Ten years back when I first moved to London, shopping for Indian clothes was a nightmare for me. So my Indian wardrobe was built up by yearly India trips and recycling old wardrobe into new. Ten years on, my experience has changed a bit and writing a fashion blog has expanded my Indianwear options in London. Now with a click of a button I can get a custom made sari blouse delivered to London.

Let me introduce you to Rutbaa, an online destination for all Indianwear. They have a wide range of women Indian apparels and accessories, saris, suits, lehengas and more. I personally like their sari collection. The price range is also decent and comes with a fitted blouse tailoring service. One thing I always find difficult is getting a sari blouse tailored in London so when Rutbaa asked me to try on their tailoring service, I was quite keen to personally test it out.

Today on the blog I am featuring this lovely Pink leheriya sari with an embroidered border. The sari comes with an embroidered blouse. I love the detailing on the blouse and contrasting pink embroidered patterns.Thanks to Rutbaa for sending this lovely sari along with the fitted blouse to London in less than seven working days. I wore this sari for Karva Chauth which was apt for the occasion. The contrast pink and mustard coloured sari looks very festive and is a far cry from subdued winter colours. As an Indian woman, I have the luxury of creating two wardrobes and I simply love it.

Here are some of my favorites saris form Rutbaa.com

Sari 1   Sari2  Sari3

In the next week, I will be posting some more festive looks for this season so do stay tuned.

Sari – Rutbaa | Earrings – Bubbles Jewelry | Bangles – Personal collection

Fashion

My Skirt Story – All the way from Pakistan

This is a very long overdue post. I have been itching to write it but could never prioritise it enough. Being a working mum and trying to juggle so many responsibilities makes me want to go in a dark zone and not be accountable for anything. But my blog inspires me to set my priorities and keeps pulling me back from that zone.

So, the story on the blog today is about my gorgeous embroidered skirt all the way from Pakistan. As you know, last year I was planning my outfits for my brother’s wedding and made one epic trip to India (that reminds me, I have to share my shopping stories). I had a set budget for my shopping haul and wanted to explore various designers. Also I wanted to get something which I would be able to wear in London as well. I did a lot of research on how I want my outfits to be, where I should get them from et al. This one outfit which I wore on two different occasions was not on my list. So the story goes like this – I was helping out designer Jyoti Chandhok at an event in London. I love Jyoti’s work and think she is one of the very few designers in UK who have something unique to offer. It so happened that at the same event I spotted Nabeel’s work. Unlike other vendors, Nabeel had few selected pieces on display. I was immediately drawn to his collection and specially to this lovely Afghan style embroidered cape. I loved the cape and Nabeel insisted that I should try it on. While I was trying on the cape, I had this thought of turning the cape into a skirt. I discussed the idea with Nabeel and worked on the outfit. Since Nabeel frequently travels to London he was able to deliver the outfit to me here. When I received the skirt, it was exactly what I wanted. Nabeel was able to translate my conversation on Whatsapp and bring my vision to life.

I wore this skirt on two different occasions and styled it a bit differently to create a day and evening look. For the day event I wore it with a crisp white collar shirt and a statement neck piece from Zara.

 

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Me in Nabeel’s cape

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Fashion, Interior Design

Holi Colourful Decor & Outfit Inspiration

 

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It’s been a while since I did a blog post. Quite a few things were happening at my end and my work took a back seat. As you know I went to India for my brother’s wedding and after coming back, I just didn’t want to get back to a routine. I went into procrastination overload, where I kept on delaying tasks and other things I needed to sort out. Now from last week there has been a major shift in my lifestyle and I am slowly getting back to normal – which means working on my blog and other creative projects.

On the blog today I want to share my Holi lifestyle post. Holi, the festival of colours, is one of my favourite festivals. The concept of Holi is now very much popular in Europe. During summer, Holi music festivals are a big rage. Festival goers wear white and immerse themselves in a riot of colours.

Holi is spring time in India and weather is very pleasant. In UK however we don’t have any such weather luxuries. I remember once it even snowed in London on Holi but we still went outside to play. Even though it was windy, dark and grey but our spirits were high.

Here are some pictures of the decor I did outside in my back garden. I did the decor a day before when It was sunny. Next day, due to high winds most of my streamers couldn’t bare the ballistic winds. I kept the theme yellow and pink, used streamers, paper pompoms to create a Holi setting.

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Events, Fashion

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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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. Continue Reading

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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. Continue Reading

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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

www.shivaniahluwalia.com

www.eventsbyhajira.com

  • 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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/881394541897037/

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

www.aashniandco.com

 

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