Continuing on the path of putting together everything needed for a luxe, elegant, and aspirational wedding, HARPER’S BAZAAR BRIDE INDIA introduces a chapter of couture and revelry for the first time in Dubai. THE COUTURE WEDDING AFFAIR curated by the Editor of HARPER’S BAZAAR BRIDE INDIA Nupur Mehta Puri kicked off on the 8th of September, 2016, bringing together 22 prominent Indian houses of fashion, jewellery, and beauty at the prestigious Palazzo Versace alongside the magazine’s sensibilities of style. Present in Dubai, UAE, for the expo are labels including Rohit Bal, Manish Arora, JJ Valaya, Gaurav Gupta, Ashima-Leena, Rahul Mishra, Amit Aggarwal, Manav Gangwani, Shivan & Narresh, Falguni and Shane Peacock, Diva’ni, Ahujasons, Gyans, Hazoorilal by Sandeep Narang, Aurelle by Leshna Shah, Jagdish Jewellers, Shri Hari Diagems, Kalyan Jewellers, Rakyan’s Fine Jewellery, Lakmé Reinvent, Big Brands, and DLF Emporio. With big names, and bigger collections, patrons of fine couture and jewels have the chance to meet and greet creators, and buy and order some of India’s most exquisite fashions.
The launch party at Astor Ballroom, St. Regis Dubai marked off this calendar event with editor of HARPER’S BAZAAR BRIDE INDIA Nupur Mehta Puri and the very graceful Falguni Mehta ushering in the curated event. Attended by prominent fashion, social, and business personalities, the evening flowed over cocktails and hors de’oeuvres. Editor Nupur Mehta Puri welcomed this one-of-a-kind event into the magazine’s diverse portfolio. “Why Dubai, one may ask and I would say why not? This amazing metropolis— which is a cultural melting point—brings together a mix of the traditional and the contemporary like no other place. This is where international fashions are given a unique personal twist and that is what HARPER’S BAZAAR BRIDE INDIA also stands for. Our magazine is a unique publication wherein we juxtapose the luxurious best of both worlds for brides, grooms, and everyone around. Hence, Dubai as a place was the apt way to begin THE COUTURE WEDDING AFFAIR. I am proud to present India’s most cherished fashion and jewelry labels for connoisseurs of couture who understand the rich legacy and absolute beauty that goes into creating heirloom styles that are just as modern.” Seen at the party were Rekha Purie, Kalli Purie, Sanjay Thapar, Nimrat Kaur, Her Excellency Sheikha Dr Hind bint Abdulaziz Al Qassimi, Ambassador of the Republic of Panama to the UAE H.E Eduardo Fonseca Ward, Simran Shroff, Minal and Hitesh Bodani, Yogesh Mehta, Ashumi Siroya, Gayatri Zaveri, Alia Fawad, Rashmi Kumari, Dr Minal Pathwardan, Madhu Ruia, Roopam Kapoor, Ritu and Deepak Arora, Rima and Dhiraj Saluja, Dr Mohammed Al Naeemat, amongst all the participating fashion fraternity of India.The event hosted by Falguni Mehta followed by a dinner at St. Regsis.
The second leg of the expo on 9th and 10th September at Palazzo Versace, allowed visitors to have an up, close and personal look at the season’s latest collections, buy, customise, and order ensembles, select finest jewellery offerings from the country, and meet the HARPER’S BAZAAR BRIDE INDIA team. As a special, the magazine is organised invite-only expert sessions to be spread out through the two days. Called FASHION
SHOW & TELL, each session included a live model display, and then a moderated session with the participating designer and jeweller wherein they answered questions and interacted with the attendees over cocktails and bites. Moderated by prominent Dubai RJ Malavika, these masterclasses were the first of their kind in the UAE. Day one included label Ashima-Leena with Jagdish Jewellers. Rahul Mishra and Namrata Soni for Lakmé Reinvent presented the second session hosted by Minal Bodani. The final session for day one was with JJ Valaya and Shri Hari Diagems hosted by Falguni Mehta. Day two witnessed the first session with Diva’Ni, Lakmé Reinvent, and Kalyan Jewellers hosted by Prachi Mishra. The next session was with Amit Aggarwal and Artfoto Studios hosted by Tehzeeb Ahmed and Rasha Shaar. Then Falguni and Shane with Aurelle by Leshna Shah. Rohit Bal and Hazoorilal by Sandeep Narang presented with hostess Simran Shroff. The final session for the expo featured Manav Gangwani and Rakyan’s Fine Jewellery hosted by Anjali Chadha. The celebration partner for these masterclasses was Grey Goose and the exclusive catering partner was Chinese Village.
The Couture Wedding Affair Curated by the Editor of HARPER’S BAZAAR BRIDE INDIA was presented in association with Hazoorilal by Sandeep Narang and powered by Lakmé Reinvent. Palazzo Versace was the hospitality partner. Masala! the international magazine partner for the event and radio partner City 1016. Outdoor partner was Capital Marketing, public relations partner was Chocolate Entertainment, and retail partner was Studio 8. Digital content partner was Artfoto Studios and décor for the event was handled by Chimoo Acharya.
Special thanks to Harper’s Bazaar Bride India and Aaanya Aggarwal ,Chocolate Entertainmemt for having us at the event.