Saturday, 31 August 2013

JADE's Collection 2013-14 : The Gompas of Ladakh!

JADE by Monica and Karishma has always striven to create something new, something unusual. Our quest to provide the modern Indian bride the most alluring options took us across the cultural landscape of India to Ladakh and its Gompas! 

The Sanskrit name of Gompa is "Vihara" which typically form monasteries, nunneries and university that are meant for learning, lineage and sadhana located in the regions of Ladakh in India, Tibet, Bhutan and Nepal. The art and architecture of each and every Gompas differ from region to region, however, there are common features of all the Gompas! 

These Gompas are not only famous for their places of worships for Buddhist people but also famous for their architectural marvel and beautiful paintings and locations that attracted the tourists from all over the world. A large number of pilgrims and tourists also get attracted during their religious ceremonies, annual festivals, and seasonal festivals.

This Bridal Season 2013-14, witness JADE's Artistic Marvels inspired by the Gompas come alive! 

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Monica and Karishma answer all your Bridal Queries!

With the launch of our Bridal Collection 2013-14 titled 'Aum Mani Padme Hum', we invited lovely brides-to-be to ask us their Queries about Bridal Style..and here are the answers!

Q. What is the top trend this season?
A. This season, we would recommend going for more than one texture – opt for different types of embroidery that will lend a very edgy and unconventional look. And of course, you can never go wrong with pop colours!

Q. I know red lehengas are the classic option but it’s not my colour. What do I do?
A.  If you would like a traditional look that’s still unconventional, opt for warmer shades such as hues of orange, yellow, and red to lend an air of timelessness.

Q. I want to have fun at my wedding, obviously, but don’t want to be weighed down by the outfit! What do you suggest?
A.  We agree, fun is paramount! Go for lightweight lehengas made from tulle and silk. Go for embroidery in one part of the ensemble – something like this! 

Q. What are the must-have colours this season?
A. Capitalise on the weather and go for deep metallic shades such as bronze and add a bit of pure colour like candy pink! Mix and match pastels with pop hues..have fun!

Q. My fiancé and I are not into dressing up for the wedding at all but I love can I have a Jade wedding?
A. TR Jade is about unconventional style – go for an asymmetrical skirt with a corset. It’s chic and unusual!
Another great option is a floor-length anarkali - it has a fusion vibe yet it is very festive! 

Q. I love vintage style of the 50s and 60s. How do I incorporate this into my wedding?
A  Such a classy age! Make-up’s your easiest bet – stunning catlined eyes and bouffant hair! Coral lips and tightly draped saris. Loose curls and flowers in your hair!

Q. My sister loves Jade, too! Can she get a Bridesmaid outfit from Jade?
A TR. Absolutely! We’ve got a dedicated line for the Bridesmaids – something that befits the occasion but is also perfect for the sister of the bride!

Q  I  have a themed wedding, with a specific color palette can you guys customize an outfit for me?
A. We sure do! Jade is all about unconventional styling and playing with colors.
 Customization of colors can be done according to client specifications. We do have an array of fabulous palettes for you to pick from!

Q: I need an outfit for my son’s wedding; do you have something for me?
A You can totally rock one of our gorgeous chiffon saris. We do have a striking color palette. Pair it up with a bejeweled blouse and voila!

Q: I am 17 and I want to dance at my cousin’s sangeet, without being hampered! Could you help me find an outfit that gives me enough dexterity?
Ans: Our asymmetrical lehengas and Anarkalis are lightweight and very easy to carry! Look suave and chic in a Jade ensemble for your performance! J

Q: I loved your blog about adding fun props in weddings. Could you suggest some fun ideas?
A :Quirk up wedding by having fun interactive activities! Have a bangle maker, a bolly-wood prop photo booth, a short film etc Have an offbeat playlist, Make your day special and memorable by making it fun-tastic!

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Monday, 12 August 2013

JADE Inspirations : Kumbalgarh

Born as a passion bloomed into nothing less than an art-form, Jade has won admiration from all for its exquisite collections, timeless elegance and its ability to bring out the inner diva in all women! JADE is a brand that emits opulence, luxury and vintage glamour. Moreover, JADE’s opulent collections are constructed with highest form of care and precision.     

Rajasthan has served as a fashion hub for designers from India and abroad. This incessantly stylish state has innumerable and unique charms in its closet. The closer you look the more jewels you discover. In our brand new collection we have been inspired by the Grandeur of Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan. Kumbhalgarh’s natural beauty is successful in attracting many tourists; we at JADE couldn’t resist its charms either!

The fine craftsmanship is reflected in the drawings, carvings and architecture of this fort. Be it the striking citadels or the quaint patterns etched on a haveli door our search for inspiration sure does lead us places!

Our design philosophy blends contemporary fashion with vintage grace. We strive for amalgamation of indigenous textiles that are applied across modern silhouettes. JADE’s unique pieces showcase the different phases of artistic evolutions.

Channel you inner Rajasthani princess by pairing-up your luscious JADE ensemble with Chunky earrings and a choker necklace. Step up the style quotient by adding haphazard assortment of bangles and voila! You are ready to turn heads. 

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Friday, 9 August 2013

Your Big Day!

The JADE Bride is constantly on the look out for the unusual, the unconventional, something that's off the beaten path.. Fiercely independent, she's determined that one of the most momentous events of her life be the same!

That's why we compiled a list of wedding ideas that would appeal to our JADE Brides!

1. Having a dreamy fairytale-esque wedding? Opt for antique jhoolas scattered across pavillions for intimate conversations.

2. No Indian wedding can be complete with something sweet! Delectable personalised cupcakes are quite the luxe option.

3. Weddings are the perfect time to get your photos clicked - you look fabulous! Photo Booths are a fun way to capture some memories. Get a fun background, a few props, and voila! Something you'll cherish for the rest of your life.

4. The Bangle-Maker is an idea that would appeal to ladies regardless of age, style, political affiliation!

5. Themed Weddings are quite the rage now! Why don't you discover a theme that's special for you and your fiance? Maybe you'll love travelling...a destination wedding's the way to go! Maybe you'll love the glam and masala of Bollywood..opt for a Bollywood-themed wedding! The world's your oyster.

6. The ideal solution for a tech-savvy bride! Instagram! Create a special hashtag for your wedding and have guests Instagram photos of your!

7. Create a short film around your wedding, you and your fiance!

8. Pre-Wedding Shoots can have a completely different vibe than the Wedding Shoots.. Go for a casual, very you Pre-Wedding Shoot!

9. As day turns into night, and your guests are enjoying the reception, masks a la Venetian style could be a great accessory to add a bit of style and eccentricity to your wedding!

10. And, last but not the least, why not concoct a special wedding cocktail? After all, it's your day!

Monday, 5 August 2013

JADE in spotlight!

At Jade we pride ourselves on creating dreamy one-of-kind luxury ensembles. Be it our detailed tassels, our signature JADE cross-woven borders or our luminous French chiffons. Our collections consist of majestic embroidery pieces and ornate fabrics which make JADE in a complete sense an epitome of luxury!

An elegant JADE ensemble is constructed with utmost precision and intricate detailing. The sheer volume of craftsmanship that goes into the creation of a distinct JADE ensemble usually transcends itself into our unique pieces.

In our Brand new posts on ‘The different Shades of JADE ‘we first see the ultra glamorous Deepika Padukone in a dreamy JADE Lehenga Choli.  The soft shades of pinks and metallic tones have created an edgy yet luxury feel to the entire outfit. In this vibrant JADE ensemble Deepika Padukone looks every bit of a sultry Greek goddess! Her mesmerizing personal style oozes sophistication. Turning heads wherever she goes this diva sure knows how to be spot on!

Our Next JADE entry is *drum rolls* none other than the beautiful Madhuri Dixit Nene. Dressed in a fiery gold-metal and black Anarkali ensemble, Madhuri truly defines subtle glamour.  Our sensual romantic Jade ensemble consists of intricate weaving techniques, clean detailing and dazzling sequin work, this gorgeous piece is an absolute must have!

At JADE we constantly tried to reignite and rework the definition of Indian Style to suit the needs of the modern and uber-chic Indian woman. Our distinct and exceptional designs are known for their exclusivity, simplicity and beauty. 

Visit us today to adorn yourself in a dreamy JADE ensemble! 

Friday, 2 August 2013

The Artistry at Aurangabad!

At JADE by Monica and Karishma we strive to amalgamate inspirations from our ancient historic jewels with modern day luxury. Our search for some inspiration led us to the world heritage sites Ajanta and Ellora located in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.

Our rummage through the glorious history of Aurangabad’s heritage has left us awestruck! The spell-binding beauty of Bibi-ka-Maqbara, the exquisite cave paintings in Ajanta Ellora, the Soneri Mahal and Pithakhora has convinced us that the plethora of magnificent aura has been around since like forever.

Strategically placed on the Deccan plateau this city is undoubtedly the land of plentiful. Aurangabad is heading towards rapid industrial growth, but it retains the nostalgic memories from its glorious past.

The Ajanta and Ellora caves situated in Aurangabad exhibit incredible murals and paintings molded into them that reflect the magic of Tantric Hinduism. The subtle yet striking color palettes that can be seen murals in dense caves of Ellora have been major inspirations behind JADE’s surreal ensembles.

The stunning cave paintings and stone carvings in Ajanta and Ellora mark the changing fortunes of three major religions Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism between the 5th and the 10th century CE. The unique and breathtaking cave paintings have drawn visitors from all over the world making it one of the most visited places in Maharashtra. 

The rock-cut masterpieces in Kailasha, Ellora remind us of the dedication and skills of the craftsmen of that century. Like the mesmerizing murals at Ajanta-Ellora a JADE ensemble too is created with Avant-Garde perfection! The mood and grandeur exhibited by these caves have set tones for exquisite JADE collection.

The abundance of cultural wealth cumulated in India continues to enthrall us! Our maneuvers have led us to explore desolate areas of art. At JADE our search for unique styles have led us to explore newer dimensions of our very own Jade masterpieces! 

Image Credits : World Heritage Site