Summer of Valentine…

We love roses, we totally do… And we love fashion too, you know we do! However, not so often do we see a perfect marriage of both but you all get ready for a beautiful surprise as we both doll-up in outfits from the immensely talented designer Nitya Bajaj’s Valentine Collection where the red rose is truly the hero.

The cuts, fabrics, hues and designs truly reflect great modernity and chicness.

For both of us it was love at first sight as far as this collection was concerned as we totally fell for it the very first time we came across the stuff. Whether it was the gowns, dresses, jackets or the crop tops- we have been drooling over them all.

The post is even more special as after a very long time both of us have been captured together and that too in Germany’s cultural center- Berlin. Well, what makes it even more special is that the profound relationship of friendship too epitomizes love and we will always be each other’s Valentine. Hence, we reckon we are great ambassadors for this collection 😉

The wait is finally over, presenting to you Shagun Tomar and Sonali Vij in Label Nitya Bajaj’s Crop Top and Summer Jacket (respectively) from their splendid collection.

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Helipadonheels wishes you all lots of love and smiles!!! Here’s to the love of friendship!!!

Shop the collection @nityabajaj.com

 

 

 

 

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Manish Malhotra @ the India Couture Week 14´

Soon after the much awaited Manish Malhotra fashion show got over in the Capital, one of his show-stoppers and Bollywood’s recent sensation, Alia Bhatt posted her picture on instagram saying, “Dream come true”. I shared her sentiments as this was the very first time, one was able to witness live the opulent creations of our most loved designer. One was left asking for more as the collection was absolutely stunning. The usage of mirrors, Kashmiri-work, richness of reds and greens and the sophistication of the neutral hues-  all worked like magic on us. And not to forget his show-stoppers who took everyone by surprise. In such a splendid setting, the fashion icon managed to even make me feel like a princess!

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Manish with show-stoppers Alia and Aditya

IBFW Day 5- Adarsh Gill

Adarsh Gill, showcased her luxurious collection- ‘EVOLUTION- an ode to the contemporary Indian woman’ at the recently concluded, fourth edition of the India Bridal Fashion week in New Delhi.

She showed many techniques of embroidery through her collection which was also clubbed with the incorporation of different jewel colors. The outfits came across as very wearable for many. However, for us it did not work well.

A lot of embellished silver work in geometrical pattern was done on short dresses, fitted evening gowns and halter blouses which were teamed with black saris.  With the use of extensive romantic floral motifs and geometric patterns, complimented by bold and vibrant colors like emerald green, royal blues, fluorescent oranges, purples and reds, she showcased her version of Indian Bridal story on the ramp.

Esha Gupta who appeared in red and gold lehenga concluded the show for Adarsh Gill.

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IBFW Day 4- Rohit Bal

Now that IBFW is over, we can confess that this was the finale for us. Known as ‘India’s master of fabric and fantasy’, Rohit Bal left the onlookers in amazement with his splendid show. 

His collection, ‘The Mulmul Masquerade’ on day 4 of India Bridal Fashion Week was a beautiful definition of fusion. 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.” 

Not just the collection, even the set was very extravagant with lotus flower pendent lamps of varied sizes which were hanging down the ceiling. Backgroung songs such as ´Khoya Khoya Chand´added to the ambiance. The famous model, Nayanika Chatterjee opened the show wearing a Victorian gown. Victorian look hairstyle donned by the models, frilled high collared blouse teamed with a sari and floor sweeping jackets, reminded everything about the Elizabethan era. With the collection, he intended to take the audience on a journey through centuries of Indian and Elizabethan eras of elegance and opulence. Models sashayed down the ramp in long gowns and with extensive use of muslin in the creation of those Victorian collars, it made everything look so royal.  

From simplicity of muslin to extreme grandeur of rich velvets, the collection was signifying at the rich craftsmanship of both these periods. In the men’s collection, there were dhoti pants teamed with jackets, coats over kurtas, long coats with slits in beautiful paisley thread work worn over long skirts and teamed with pyjamis. A lot of kashmiri embroidery work was seen on gowns worn with short velvet jackets by the models in his show. MULMUL collection was all about antique gold kasab kashmiri embroidery on muslin to shibori on fabrics like voiles and chanderi.

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. The show ended with Rohit Bal and Sonam Kapoor dancing to the tunes of a bollywood number.

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IBFW Day 4- Ashima Leena

Designers Ashima and Leena Singh,need little mention of their strengths. Their almost 20 years old rock-solid label has been truly dedicated to the amalgamation of the periodic trends with modern times and has achieved applause from all across.

This time around,  the breeze of fresh air was bought in by Rhea Singh, daughter of Leena who made her official debut with the bridal collection, she will be a newest face of this legendary label. With the incorporation of Rhea’s new strategic planning skills, Ashima –Leena focused on Mughal influenced styles and techniques for their collection.

The whole traditional-classical look of the ensembles was further enhanced by side-braids which the models flaunted. The collection showed Dhotis which were teamed with short kurtas and sheer jackets with intricate zardosi work.  Another set of the collection was in soft greens, fuschia pinks with fine gota-patti work. Sharara pants, transparent embroidered pyjamis in pietra-dura motif teamed with short anarkali were few highlights of their collection. 

Nargis Fakhri in royal red jacket with intricate zari work and shimmery lehenga concluded the show on high for them.

A special whistle since my childhood friend, Heena Bhalla added much charisma by walking the ramp for them 😉

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                                         Nargis Fakhri with Ashima Leena

IBFW Day 2- Jyotsna Tiwari

Colours and festivities dominated Jyotsna Tiwari´s collection that she called ELOHIM. The show began with short fitted dresses with traditional embroidery and something we did not give a thumbs up to. But as the show progressed, there were enough designs to mesmerise us with positivity. Beautiful fusion of ankle length pants and peplum tops and tunics were our favourite. The fusion of colours such as blue and hot pink also pretty much impressed us. Her silhouttes were new and defined a modern day bride. The key of the collection was definitely peplum used in indian styles. Just for those of you who don´t know, peplum is a great pick for Indian body shapes as it accentuates them just the right way.

Jacqueline Fernandez was the show stopper who walked the ramp in a hot pink strapless dress with gold embroidery, teamed with ankle-length pencil fit pants.

On a scale of 10 we will give her a 6.5 🙂

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IBFW Day 1

India Bridal Fashion Week 2013 is on and we are busy with attending the shows and satiating our fashion cravings.

First day as most of us know saw enough chaos and delay. There was gossip that Kangana Ranaut, the showstopper for JJ Valaya caused the ruckus as a result of being unprofessionally late. However, that is not something we much care about. Let´s see what the first day openers JJ Valaya and Shantanu and Nikhil had to show us.
Starting with JJ Valaya, his collection,‘The Maharaja of Madrid’ drew inspirations from Spain. The show interestingly started with the music of birds chirping in the background and a male model playing a trumpet on a ship that was strategically placed in the middle. This was followed by kathakali dancers in synchronization with another dancer in a red gown who did a Spanish foot tapping dance. The setup and music composition clearly indicated the cultural fusion.
The collection saw use of laces, headgears, coats over sarees, ivory, huge fringes, floral prints and tule. My personal favourite were the blue tule gowns. There was also velvet to be seen like last year. In fact Kabir Bedi who was one of the showstoppers walked the ramp in royal velvet shervani with gold work. The show ended with Kangana Ranaut wearing a floor sweeping lehenga in gold work and paisley patterns. She also spotted a turban adding to the princess like look. 

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JJ Valaya with Kabir Bedi and Kangana Ranaut

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 The second show was by the stylish duo, Shantanu & Nikhil who with their collection, ´To Die For´, defined the renaissance period with a modern twist. The silhouettes were fresh with the classic opulence of gold work all over. The collection overall reflected femininity and softness. The collection had luxurious gowns, lehenas, anarkalis and all that the bride of today can ask for. My pick from the collection would be the the use of peplum tops over lehengas. The show was closed by Miss Canad, Seher Biniaz who wore a soft blush pink colour evening gown with beautiful use of French Chantilly lace. Image

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Shantanu and Nikhil with Miss Canada Seher Biniaz and models

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