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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!

September 4, 2014

Getting bloggy with it!

(Be warned!! This post is LONG !!) 

There comes a time in every blogs life where they must decide how to deal with it- go commercial or keep it real? I think it’s evident the direction we have swayed towards. I will not lie though- there have been many times we have thought it’s time to monetise this- make it full time but then there is no denying the truth- other things are full time- this has always been our ‘fun thing’. Trying to make it something else would mean taking the joy out of it .

So many blogs have appeared now and are doing things we wanted to do , had planned to do and are doing it better than we would ever do. That helps in our decision to stay the way we are. We may only post once in a blue moon but that’s only because that is the best we can do. We can’t keep up with this intense blog race but we don’t want to NOT be a part of it . We have made so many friends along the way and have received so much love that we cannot separate from the unreal bride and this little world we have going on here! We very rarely have thought about the numbers behind it all and when we are asked about them, don’t be surprised if you get a shrug of our shoulders as a reply. We appreciate all the people who read our posts and keep coming back-we want to hold on to YOU guys!

A quote from Seth Godin comes to mind-‘Quality is now a given. Quality alone is not remarkable.Surprise and delight and connection are remarkable.’  We want to be that surprise, delight and connection in your lives and our own!

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Having said that ( I hope you all survived that long speech), we had such a wonderful week meeting all sorts of people- from bloggers, to stylists, designers and to women entrepreneurs who were all so inspiring -seriously! Some of these ladies are doing such fantastic stuff that I don’t think the word ‘inspiring’ cuts it!

Let me try and sum up the few days we had in New Delhi with a few words and a  pictures!

We began our trip by meeting up with the lovely founders of  POPxo , Priyanka and Namrata. They had organised a blogger meet up at The Lodhi in Delhi and there we met up with Akanksha Redhu, Shalini of Stylish By Nature, Style Coquettes and Ms.Coco Queen.

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 We went on to going to DLF Emporio which was one of the bigger reasons we were in Delhi- to see what was happening at the Treasury of Trousseau- an uber luxurious wedding extravaganza! What was this show about, you ask? Basically, brides and grooms had access to three awesome stylists (with a prior appointment obviously!) who help them put together the perfect trousseau! The three stylists were Aki Narula, Niharika Khan and Gautam Kalra.

Since it was at the Emporio Mall where loads of designers have their stores, the stylists had access to the latest bridal couture collections by the  designers in India post Couture Fashion Week and Indian Bridal Fashion week.The DLF Emporio Bride in Tarun Tahiliani Couture

A pretty neat idea and I am pretty sure a lot of brides (and grooms) had their wardrobe dilemmas solved over those five days while the show was on. Who wouldn’t want a professional stylist to help them with their wedding outfit woes? Honestly,I think that might be the next big thing for weddings-hiring stylists! We got to chat with the three stylists who despite having chocobloc full days (this is hard work!), took some time to talk to us.Wait for those posts-they will be up in the next day or so. And thank you to The Communication Council for calling us over!

Apart from chatting with the stylists, we wandered around the stores picking our favourite outfits and once our eyes had adjusted to the over the top blingity bling stuff, there were some real beauties in there. It’s hard to pick favourites but I think we really loved A LOT of stuff at Rohit Bals, one particular lehenga at Manish Arora’s really caught our eye , Varun Bahl’s stuff and of course Anita Dongre! Her shop is like stepping in to a Rajasthani fortress and the clothes just add to the entire feel- wanted to try everything in there(and run away whilst wearing them).

Our (very long) day ended with a party thrown by the Pink Post-it girls- Sharnamli and Mitali. They started Pink Post-it as a platform for  fresh and  young talent from all over India  to showcase their innovative designs through a series of tailor-made shopping experiences. And they are doing a fab fab job! I missed their show in Chandigarh but April played a huge part in it and we hope to see them in Chandigarh again! pink post it

We also bumped in to some Bene-babes at the Pink Post-it event who were dying to get my brows in order! (They have a new Brow bar in Delhi!).

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Thank you Shriya for the photo!

Of course each step of the way, we found  a Chandigarh connection. You can take out the girl from Chandigarh, but you can’t take Chandigarh out of the girl! Speaking of which, you must check out Needledust, another venture started by a friend, Shirin , who we bumped in to as well ! needledust (1)

That was JUST our first day out of four in Delhi. Now you know what I mean about being surrounded by super inspiring women the entire time. It is so great to know that so much is happening out there and that people are really putting their heart and souls in to what they are doing !

Talk about one LONG post- I am going to stop now but watch out for the stylist’s interviews we did at the Treasury of Trousseau. We promise you some fun tips and serious advice from them!

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!
NP_0103 NP_0106 NP_0105 NP_0104 NP_0107 NP_0108 NP_0109Nidhi got her make up done by M.A.C and her hair was done by Samir , a very talented hairstylist in Affinity Salon!

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

December 12, 2013

When Grazia Called {Month of Media Madness}

It’s just the way things work- weeks go by with nothing happening in your life and suddenly you are so busy that you have no time to do anything! Which is exactly what happened when Grazia called to say they wanted to feature us. Pretty exciting stuff considering it’s a national (and very cool) publication  and we were going to be a part of their first ever issue of Grazia Bride. Everything seemed perfect except we wouldn’t be able to make it for the shoot in Delhi due to prior commitments . We thought we had lost this very cool opportunity . Who said or rather how many people have said nothing is impossible if you just put your mind to it? We ,along with the Grazia team , decided that April and I would just have to style and shoot our own photo for the magazine! Sounds easier than it is really. For one, we had to shoot it in the same theme as the rest of the story. Secondly, we had to style ourselves AND the set (damn those gaindas that just kept falling ) AND take the picture AND worst of all- do this all while wearing high heels. Oh, did I forget to mention that we only had a few hours to do all this before I needed to catch an evening train? Somehow we managed to do all this in a few hours and just when we were ready to go-the electricity went! And it came again. Then went again. Quite the cruel joke. We did manage to get the photo though. And if I can say so myself, we did a pretty good job. What do you think? Could you tell ??

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  Here’s us in the magazine. We were in great company as well- Vishal Punjabi of The Wedding Filmer, Joseph Radhik, The Little Food Co. and Groovy Two Shoes.

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We are pretty big fans of Sabyasachi so it was doubly exciting that he was the guest editor of the magazine. I really liked what he said so I thought I would add his article as well.

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Sabyasachi Mukherjee for Grazia

A couple of other features this month have been in An Indian Summer – a discovery entirely due to chance! We were also in the Cosmpolitan , The Wedding Times TOI, Two Brown Girls and eStylista.

While we are it- might as well go check out this awesome video made by Starving Artist Videos- he never ceases to amaze does he. Click here to see the video.

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