Fashion Weeks

Wedding trousseau carnival
With marriage season round the corner, designers are making the most of the time by promoting bridal wear. To ensure as much UB City Bangalore in association with Audi, the German car manufacture, starts with a week long carnival - a bridal fashion show on Sep 4, that concludes on Sep 12.

Brands like Kimaya, Minawala, Paul Smith, Canali, Etro and Estee Lauder would be showcasing their best in trousseau collection here.

Adding to the glitz, among designers Manoviraj Khosala, Sanchita Ajampur, Raj Shroff, and Neetu Gupta will be showcasing their wedding collection as part of the spectacular event. The finale will be by none other than Kimaya's own designer, Neeta Lulla. The show will be choreographed by Bangalore's Prasad Bidappa.

A host of other services being offered as part of the carnival to enthral and engage customers are:

Estee Lauder , the US based beauty product company will be treating customers to an extensive menu of their signature services.

Ermenegildo Zegna brings to its customers the world of luxury tailoring. Zegna's Su Misura Service is an entirely personal, yet streamlined service, creating suits, jackets, trousers, coats, shirts and ties of impeccable quality to the individual needs and personal taste of the client.

Louis Vuitton , the French luxury leather goods and fashion brand will be showcasing the art of decorative and innovative packaging for wedding gifts.

Jimmy Choo , the British high fashion house specializing in luxury shoes and designer bags will offer the luxury of a Foot Spa.

Minawala , the premier diamond jeweller will be showcasing their exquisite bridal collection. They would also be launching their special offer 'JOI TO JOY' which would involve payment in 12 instalments with Minawala taking care of the 12th instalment.

To make the experience more worthwhile, UB City would also be bringing together various facets that go into making a wedding special. There'll be shopping angels flitting around helping you choose from various options available, wedding planners to give you ideas on how you'd like to do your wedding or leave the entire responsibilities of the wedding on their shoulders while you are free to handle other things, choose from a plethora of weddings gifts and cards that would suit you best.

Not just this, there'll be more - from gifting and packaging to mehendi artists to cake tasting sessions and much more. Now this is sure going to be a one stop destination for all you guys wanting to shop for your wedding!

Read more: Wedding trousseau carnival - The Times of India

Kolkata gets bridal fashion week

After the third edition of the Kolkata Fashion Week (KFW) was cancelled earlier this year due to a feud between the organisers, the city of joy is gearing up to host its first bridal-wear week next month.

With participation from some of the top-notch designers like Neeta Lulla and Vikram Phadnis, the four-day 'Kolkata Couture Fashion Week' showcasing exclusive bridal collections will be held from September 9.

"With the wedding and festive season just around the corner, the time is ripe to hold such an event which will offer exquisite attire for all kinds of wedding - Bengali, Marwari, Muslim, Punjabi, Sindhi and South Indian weddings," Vivek Agarwal, chief events coordinator of Idea Weavers, the organizers of the extravaganza told us.

Earlier, a rift between Yudhajit Dutta and Prateek Sen, erstwhile partners of Mindscapes Maestros Events & Sports Management, which organized two back to back editions of the KFW last year, ensured a subsequent cancellation of the fashion blitzkrieg.

"This made sure that we have an open field left for us to enter the market. But we have a very focused approach towards fashion and therefore, we are concentrating solely on bridal wear," Agarwal said adding that the city wedding trousseau market attracts buyers from all over the country.

Adding a twist to the fashion extravaganza would be professional sari draper Dolly Jain, who was recently awarded by the Limca Book of Records for draping a sari in 125 variations.

"The young generation keeps complaining that saris are too heavy to be worn and they can't carry it properly. Through the ramp walks, I will try to show how heavy saris can be worn in a way which is very easy and comfortable," she said.

The organisers have also roped in international choreographer John Wolford, who works for the London Fashion Week.

A host of Bollywood celebrities are also expected to sashay down the ramp as showstoppers for designers which also include big names like Anju Modi and Archana Kocchar.
"We will make this event an annual one," the organsier said adding that the event was named couture week since the term couture is synonymous with bridal-wear in India.