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SUMMER PREVIEW

One more exciting event for your diaries. SUMMER PREVIEW exhibition and trunk show on Friday 9th June, 11am – 7pm, Albemarle Suite, Grosvenor House Hotel, 86-90 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 7TN.

SUMMER PREVIEW will once again comprise a multi-designer, luxury edit of the finest fashion, accessory and lifestyle collections, hosted by fashion influencers and tastemakers, Shivani Ahluwalia and Hajira Ahmad. The free to attend event will showcase seasonal collections by leading names in South Asian couture.

Participating designers from India, Pakistan and Hong Kong include Pakistani king of couture Umar Sayeed, known worldwide for his heritage label, House of Umar Sayeed; inimitable, Pakistani fashion pioneer.

Rana Noman, sought after label Delphi, prêt and couture impresario, Reema Zahid, AnA by Anu Singh and Archana Bhushan, whose collections present a rich depiction of India’s stylistic diversity, from sarees and anarkali’s to churidar kurtas, featuring the distinctive crafts of chikan kari, gota patti and zardozi.

London-based Hema Thakorlal, known for her subtle-toned, classic sarees to bright, floor-length gowns. Kamaali Couture, synonymous with bridal and cocktail collections featuring feminine drapes and bejeweled embroideries with a touch of western aesthetics.

JMD ‘Design to Empower’, that showcases the art and craft of female artisans in India, who have learnt and practiced traditional hand embroidery techniques for generations;

JR Jewelry, combining silver pieces with precious and semi-precious stones, popular with celebrities such as Parineeti Chopra and Baahubali actress, Tamannaah Bhatia.

Rĕsa Fine Jewellery, spearheaded by Megha Malik, whose distinctive and statement pieces embody exquisite design and fine craftsmanship.

JADAU by Kanwal Toor, featuring intricate, handmade jewellery embedded with precious and semi-precious stones, marking an evolution of elegance passed down through India’s rich history of art and design; and Crystal Bags by Sago, a luxury brand that specialises in exquisite bags, encrusted with Swarovski crystals.

SUMMER PREVIEW

Friday 9th June, 11am – 7pm

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

Free to attend

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Aashni + Co presents The Spring Summer Bridal & Luxury Prêt Trunk Show

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Get ready for your exclusive Indian designer fashion trunk show hosted by Aashani & Co this Friday, 9th June  (11am – 6pm) at their multi-brand store in Notting Hill. We have heard that shoppers will have an exclusive opportunity to meet the designers themselves so do book your diaries now.

As a UK exclusive, shoppers will have the chance to discover and browse the avant-garde and fashion forward designs by Gaurav Gupta; the delicate and feminine styles with an edge by Varun Bahl; and exquisite, heirloom worthy jewels by Sunita Shekhawat.

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Shoppers will also get an insight into their heirloom and existing jewellery pieces at the show from an expert and are invited to bring their pieces along. A mix of winning ensembles and jewellery, the collections will comprise bridal and trousseau staples as well as pieces for the entire wedding squad, presented by the fashion luminaries themselves.

See details below

The Spring Summer 17 Bridal & Luxury Prêt Trunk Show

Friday 9th June, 11am – 6pm

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

Free Entry

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Fashion Capsule brings to you LONDON LUXE

 

Save the date ladies – Fashion Capsule by Mallika Jain in association Ritika Handa invites you to a Fashion & Lifestyle Exhibition “LONDON LUXE”

MAY 19th &  20th (Friday- Saturday) 2017

GROSVENOR HOUSE, JW MARRIOT LONDON

11AM-8PM (FREE ENTRY)

Fashion Capsule is a Delhi based fashion & lifestyle shopping exhibition platform that provides a retail exhibition stage to not only to India’s top designer but also emerging designers from across the world. Fashion Capsule is organised by Mallika Jain, in association with Rithika Handa, a London based events and marketing entrepreneur for fashion, interiors and lifestyle brands.

After successful shows in India, Fashion capsule is now coming to London on the 19th & 20th of May at Grosvenor House, JW Marriott Hotel. This event is especially targeting the Asian audience in UK who are looking for Indo-western couture and Pret collections. The event has curated 30 designers from India and London. These designers have been carefully handpicked to serve the London audience.  The first Fashion Capsule exhibition was held in October 2013. Since then, over half a dozen successful editions of Fashion Capsule have been organised that were all attended and appreciated.

Malika comes from a  family of successful business entrepreneurs. Given her keen interest, education and experience in fashion and lifestyle, she always dreamt of creating new and effective business opportunities for other established and upcoming designers and entrepreneurs in similar space. It was this spirit that led her to launch Fashion Capsule.

This event brings together exclusive designers from India as well as new emerging designers from India and London under one roof. An exclusive opportunity to savor the best in Asian fashion in London.

Here is a list of all designers taking part in the event.

Mynah Reynu Taandon and Nikhita , Kylee by Ruchi Jain , Suram Fashions by Gypsy Mahajan

Nikaza by Jasmine, Kyra by Shalini Bajaj, Chikankari by Kanika and Poonam Kapoor, Rubina Kapoor, Studio X1.06, Kocktail by Kanchan, Ssevo by Sumita, Rashma Sud Jewellery, Sid N Vani, Woolsutra, Sonia Ahuja, Crescent by Pooja, Fehmida Lakhwani, Sabrang by Pooja Sachdeva, Jyoti Chandhok, Hema Thakorlal, Aarsim, Amyara, Auraa Trends, Arhaans Fashion Studio, Pink Paisley.

I do plan to attend this event and will share with you my favourite finds of the day. If you plan to attend then do come to say hello.

“LONDON LUXE”  MAY 19th & 20th (Friday- Saturday) 2017

GROSVENOR HOUSE, J W MARRIOT LONDON 11AM-8PM

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Enquiries- fashioncapsule2012@gmail.com

 

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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.

Anita Dongre

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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Embellished jumper for festive brunches


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Who doesn’t love this time of the year ? Our inner child screams with excitement; festive clothing, festive makeup, parties, brunches and family gatherings. The merry time of the year is coming up, and we as girls have to be prepared.

However, Holiday season also means a lot of time spent in the house, as well as many cooking hours in the kitchen in order to please our beloved ones. So, why not please ourselves too in between, by attending some festive brunches with friends? Whether you choose eggs Benedict or avocado on toast, you have to be dressed with something that will boost your mood and make you feel beautiful and ready to celebrate. And what is better than a perfect festive jumper, like the one I’m wearing here!

A pretty festive jumper is the ultimate piece of clothing that instantly yells Holidays. It is also one of the easiest tops to style, as it makes a statement on its own and you just have to keep simple the rest of your outfit and accessories. The best part? These kind of jumpers go with anything; from your favourite pair of jeans, to denim or leather skirts. As you can see, I paired a navy embellished jumper, with a mid-length black leather skirt to add some toughness  to the look and simple ankle boots that dress it down for morning time adventures. The white shirt under the jumper, not only keeps me warm, but also creates a great contrast, enhancing the jumper’s pattern even more. A simple black bag will complete the look in the most effortless way.

Fortunately, the latest fashion trends call for sequins, glitter and sparkle. So, a jumper featuring any of these is an ideal option that turns your appearance into a stylish, chic and  super festive one!

Now you can enjoy being outside as much as staying inside! Stay beautiful and get ready to sparkle!

 

Outfits details 

Skirt – Warehouse | Shirt – Gap | Shoes – Zara| Jumper = J Crew

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Diwali Decor and Outfit Inspiration

Hope you all had a lovely time this Diwali. Now that the festival is over, all we are left with are the messed-up Rangolis, melted tea light candles and leftover sweets. Snippets of your home remind you of the festive time you had with your loved ones. I love the excitement and the whole run up to Diwali. Sorting out my festive wardrobe and thinking about Diwali decor really gets my creative juices flowing. Living in London where I have limited access to resources does limit me from going full out, but I do try and work around my limitations.

Diwali is my favourite festival and I have fond memories of this festival as a child. As a mum I would like to give my kids the same memories. Being a working mum of two young kids, I find it challenging to balance everything – work, home, kids and my blog. But I guess I get a kick from doing what I am doing and I am passionate about it. I just about manage it all and carry on. Enough on the story of my life, let’s focus on some festive decor inspiration.

This is how I decorated my place for Diwali. Hope you enjoy my picture story here.

Diwali Table Decor

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This arrangement is very easy to create. Simply use a neutral table runner and adorn it with silver and copper accessories. To give final touches, sprinkle some rose petals and your Diwali table is ready.

Rangoli Stencils


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I used some Rangoli stencils (got them from India) to create patterns on the floor.

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Diwali sweets is the biggest attraction for everyone. Right from the little ones to the big kids. We all love mithai. This Diwali I tried to use cake stands and glass boxes to create a mithai centrepiece. I have to tell you it was difficult to keep my kids off from this centrepiece and take a picture before the sweets disappeared.

Diwali Rangoli Pattern


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I have a wooden floor at my place so usually my rangoli pattern would look very dull. This time I used only one colour and did the outline with white which gave some contrast to the pattern. I also used golden tea light holders for decoration.

My Diwali Outfit 

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So finally, what I wore this Diwali. I wore this Afghani embroidery skirt from Nabeel. I used a traditional maang tikka (bought from Amrapali) to give my outfit a traditional look and my Zara necklace to still keep it modern. I tried to fuse modern and traditional into one look. I wore this skirt slightly differently from how I wore it last time. See how I wore it earlier here.

Hope you enjoyed my Diwali story here. In the next few weeks I’ll be sharing a lot more about winter and party fashion so stay tuned.

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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

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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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Soft Minty Hues


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When it comes to Indian clothes we would have loads of bright colours in our wardrobe. Bright pinks, red and yellows. We don’t really experiment much with soft pastel colours. Today on the blog I am sharing this soft mint coloured outfit from Palanquine. Keeping up the palazzo trend, the outfit consist of a soft mint suit with wide leg palazzos. The palazzo pants have an interesting zig zag pattern going across the bottom which adds a fun twist to the outfit. It comes with a sheer dupatta with cute flower embroidery. This outfit is perfect guest outfit for a pre-wedding function like Mehndi. I paired this outfit with some traditional Indian jewellery and mojris. Continue Reading

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