Posts tagged ‘creative’

September 10, 2014

Stylin’ Part One: With Aki Narula 

This is kind of in continuation to my last post where I had mentioned the Treasury of Trousseau that was held in DLF Emporio the week we were in Delhi. What is the Treasury of Trousseau? In simple words, it’s where you could find three super stylists who were at your disposal (by prior appointment of course) to help you with all trousseau related issues- not all the stress related, hive inducing , lets-just-elope issues that come with wedding planning – just the outfit part. Which, if you ask me, is a HUGE deal and if I had any one of these three stylists helping me out- I might have not greyed prematurely.wedding plannin 1

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Aki Narula, Gautam Kalra and Niharika Khan were all at the DLF Emporio for 5 days and saw quite a few brides and grooms (and extended families) over those days- and helped them decide their various outfits for their weddings . It definitely helped that they had at their disposal outfits of some of the greatest designers’s in the country at Emporio.

Let me tell you some of the names of the designers who the stylists had access to- AM:PM, Abu Jani–Sandeep Khosla, Anju Modi, Ashima Leena, Ashish N Soni, Ensemble, Ganjam, Gaurav Gupta, Indian By Manish Arora, Janavi, Kotwara By Meera&Muzaffar Ali, Malini Ramani, Manav Gangwani, Monisha Jaisingh, Namarata Joshipura, Neeru Kumar, Ogaan, Peacock Bride By Falguni& Shane Peacock, Pashma, Raghavendra Rathore, Ravi Bajaj, Rina Dhaka, Rohit Bal, Rajesh Pratap Singh, Ranna Gill, Rohit Gandhi + Rahul Khanna, Rose, Shantanu&Nikhil, Signature By Satya Paul, Suneet Varma, Surekha Jain, Tarun Tahiliani, Turquoise & Gold, Varun Bahl and more. If that didn’t make you wish you were there too, I don’t know what will.

Between their appointments that lasted any where from two hours to five hours (seriously hard work-all that walking, talking, and deciding!) -the stylists were kind enough to give us some time to answer our questions.

Our first conversation was with Aki Narula- he is an Indian fashion designer and costume designer and wardrobe stylist in Bollywood, who is most known for films like,Bunty Aur Babli , Jhoom Barabar Jhoom and Dostana . His brand label “AKI” was launched in 1996.(Thanks Wikipedia for the info!) It’s his first time styling wedding clothes which gives him a nice raw and fresh outlook.Wearabout_Ak

Found this nice shot of Aki shot by Wearabout when he was guest editor for Wallpaper.

We really enjoyed our conversation with Aki, he sums up his style and aesthetic sense (which we totally agreed with ) when he says, ‘Keep it honest, true to your personality,and keep it simple.’ Chic and sophisticated- that is the key!

Our questions to him were simple (hopefully not boring) and his answers were so sensible that it almost makes you wonder- if the answers are so clear, why don’t more people see it that way? Anyway, enough babbling- to our ‘interview’-

April & Kismet (A&K hereon-now)-  If you could choose a colour aside from the typical red, pinks and oranges for a bride’s wedding outfit , what would it be?

Aki- I don’t really want to propagate any colours or trends because I feel it’s so personal bride to bride . The most important thing is for the bride to feel comfortable and beautiful internally . It’s not fair to say wear a canary yellow or a red because that’s whats in trend these days – a bride needs to choose colours that suits her. A true winner comes out when you choose a silhouette that suits your height and body type with a colour that works with your complexion.

A&K- What , according to you , are the essentials a bride should have in her trousseau?

Aki- A trousseau should consist of things that you are going to use within SIX months of your wedding. Don’t go with the idea that , ‘Maybe I will wear it when my husband’s sister gets married…’. Who knows what will change by then?

The trousseau should be all about yourself . Focus on your honeymoon- whether you are going to a hill station or a beach.It should be about everlasting memories and happiness you had while shopping for your trousseau.

A&K- What is the most common mistake an Indian bride makes?

Aki- When brides consider their outfits as jewellery and their jewellery as more jewellery! Don’t let yourself end up looking like a Christmas tree or an advertisement!

Focus on vintage pieces , minimise your jewellery and let your outfit speak for itself. Most importantly let your personality come through. People should leave saying, ‘ The bride looked gorgeous and she was wearing so & so designer’ instead of ,’The bride was wearing so & so and looked nice.’

A&K- Do you have any suggestions on how grooms can make their outfits more interesting?

Aki- Definitely don’t match your outfits to the brides! Don’t be overtly metrosexual-there is no need to wear a long chain of emeralds or a stole/scarf that just ends up looking like a rats tail!

Dress like our Father’s did- stick to off whites and beiges- bring back the man of the 60’s and 70’s. Stay far away from sky blue sherwanis and minimal embroidery on the collar or the cuff is as much embroidery as you need!

A&K- Our last question is whether you think the bride’s outfit match the decor? We are pretty certain what your answer is going to be but…..

Aki- Do you dress up matching the upholstery in your house?? ( ha! we pretty much LOVED this answer!)

We will end with some wise words from Aki- Keep it classic and keep it beautiful. Clothes are an emotional journey. Channelise your choices!

I hope you enjoyed our little chat with Aki as much as we did- there is some great advice out there- take it- the man knows what he is talking about. Simple, elegant, true to yourself and sensible. That’s what it should be about!

Next stylist… Gautam Kalra!

May 26, 2014

Favourite Brides  Nidhi

I posted a wedding yesterday on my (other) blog -Nidhi & Prabs but I thought it deserved a mention here on The Unreal Bride as well. Mostly because Nidhi is what I would call an ‘Unreal Bride’ and also the fact that she designed her gorgeous outfit herself. I didn’t want our readers to miss out here !! Nidhi runs a studio called Blush -click here for her website and if you happen to be in Chandigarh today and tomorrow , you can stop by and see her new Summer Collection !

It is always great to work at a wedding where the bride is wearing something she has created herself. That is pretty much taking Do-it-yourself to another level!
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All photos are property of Kismet Jewell Nakai. Please no stealing or using without credit! Thank you!

 

May 9, 2014

Photo Booth :Yasmeen & Sidak

It has been so long since we set up an outdoor photo booth but this March, we got the opportunity again on a glorious sunny winter afternoon . Our bride was pretty clear with what she wanted and boy! did we like her idea of a minimalistic photo booth. Thanks to pinterest (as always) , we got some great ideas and references and thanks to our help from Bollywood, we got the perfect hearts for the back drop!FL_0026 FL_0032 FL_0028 FL_0030 FL_0034 FL_0035 FL_0036 FL_0037 FL_0038 FL_0039 FL_0040 FL_0041 FL_0025 FL_0042 FL_0043 FL_0044 FL_0045 FL_0046 FL_0047 FL_0048 FL_0049 FL_0050 FL_0033 FL_0051

May 1, 2014

Of Marry-ment and Marigolds

The internet is a wonderful place-the kind of connections you can make because of it are countless. If used correctly that is. Ofcourse, it gives stalkers the best opportunity to stalk and be creepy but you have to be a smart internet user. Anyway, you all already know that. I am only talking about it because it was because of our mutual healthy stalking that I discovered the amazing photographers Sitwat & Insiya who are based in Karachi.

First, we stalked each other on Instagram (or was it facebook?), then Twitter, then email and finally we exchanged phone numbers ! It’s equal parts amazing and cool to find people just like you not so far (but far enough) away. Most our conversations were/are centred around possible meetings, collaborations and even holidays. I haven’t met these girls but I feel like I have known them forever . Is it because I stalk them ? Possibly. It’s healthy stalking though! Heh.

One of these attempts to meet was when Sitwat asked me to come and photograph her wedding in Karachi. WHATTTT!!!? Super huge honour right there in itself when a fellow photographer asks you to come photograph their wedding. Trying to be as un-excited as possible so we didn’t jinx it -I couldn’t help but be super excited. I missed an amazing opportunity to travel to Pakistan earlier and I sure as heck didn’t want to miss this one.Alas, the visa procedures are SO OUT OF CONTROL that I didn’t get mine and I didn’t get to go for the wedding. This is the really short and sweet version of my story but do you sense the bitterness?

Instead, Insiya had to shoot her best friend(s) wedding- it’s kind of not fun if you have to concentrate on photographing AND having fun AND being a good friend during a wedding. Ever tried to shoot a wedding wearing full wedding outfit gear? Not easy.Despite that she did an awesome job.

I HAD to share some photos of this unreal bride from across the border- a wedding I should have shot but didn’t. I am definitely going to pay them a visit one of these days. Let’s see who stops me then!

All photos have been shot by Insiya Syed except for a few right at the end which have been shot by Kohi Marri.

Sitwat’s outfit is by :Feeha Jamshed

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Oh,how we all love these selfies! See.We are same same but different!

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Insiya instagramming and being a good friend of the bride while she isn’t taking pictures!

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Possibly my favourite photo of the lot. Reminds me SO much of our first shoot – Groom Hunting. This is just so real that it’s unreal!

Just a friendly reminder to please refrain from stealing or using these photos without the permission of the photographers. That is just not cool when you do that.

March 23, 2014

What did you wear?

Wedding season has come and gone but not without some amazing designs and clothes to check out. Before you (we) know it, wedding season will be back again-well at least the planning part of it! Maybe the Unreal Bride will be a bit more proactive. We can only hope.

What were you all wearing this season?

SFWPhotograph by Kismet Jewell Nakai

Clothes by Nancy Bhaika (for more information, call +91 9872135578)

Model : Tara the Princess

 

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