Dear Diary, Ma has a red Sabyasachi saree that i have loved since the first time i tried it on while playing dress up with my cousins ... I always used to tell Ma that i wanted the same saree as part of my wedding trousseau ... I grew up, forgot all about the matter, until the day before my marriage !! ... Ma said she had a special gift for me ... and handed over this beautiful vintage Sandook, a family heirloom which i had coveted for long :) ... Inside the Sandook, was a very familiar beloved jewellery case in navy velvet and i smiled knowing that Ma had gifted me one of her hammered Gold jewellery set ... Then came a set of Bell Metal Puja utensils with a twinkle eyed Thakurji on a beautiful pillow which she had embroidered herself .... And at the very bottom was a tissue wrapped bow tied parcel which i couldn't figure out .... As i looked up at Ma, she gently smiled and said that she had waited a long time to find me the perfect red Sabyasachi saree like the one she has and which i love !! ... I teared up with emotion and hugged my Ma desperately .... knowing that my carefree girlhood and reckless youth was now behind me .... and from the next day on i will be responsible for my own family and its responsibilities .... I was scared but breathless with anticipation about this new phase of life .... Knowing that Ma was just a phone call away was a much needed solace and i was determined to do her proud in my new home and family .... So i finally wore Ma's Sabyasachi Saree gift, for my first Satyanarayan Puja as a bride, at the family temple :) .... I cannot express how good it felt to see the look of utter surprise and delight in "his" eyes ... because until now, hubby thought i was a tattooed denim loving modernista who wouldn't know or care about wearing a traditional saree !! ... Well, he is in for a big surprise, because much as i love my denims, i love and cherish my carefully curated traditional trousseau too .... and i intend to delight him with more unexpected sartorial choices haha !! .... Just look at the beautiful photographs he took of me !! ... I am sending these pics to Ma in an album as a thank you for being the best Mother in the whole wide world !!! ... He says i look like my Ma in these photographs .... and you know what my darling Diary .... that is the bestest compliment anyone has everrrrr given me :D



Sabyasachi Made on Order Carma Online Shop
Sabyasachi Tulle Embroidered Saree with bead work detail Carma Online Shop


Malini Ramani is a goddess ! ... One need not pursue any further explanation for a designer who flouts the trends every season, with every collection !! ... Who makes clothes for herself ... as her myriad mood pleases ... out of a vastness of a repertoire of travels and experiences both spiritual and visual ... But strangely enough ends up designing collections for Every Woman !! ... Deeply aware of her own femininity, her designs reflects this inner wild child goddess who flits from a dreamy mermaid avataar to a royal courtesan to a worldly sophisticate to a prom ingenue all in one collection !! .... The perfect muse of Malini Ramani as befits a goddess .... is all the fallible women made infallible by her sensuously celebratory garments !! ... We at DSB have always been big fans of the feminine glamour of Malini's designs ... and present to you an outfit from her Summer 2015 Holiday capsule collection, called "Sea Side" .... The Sea Side dress reminded us of Dorothy's blue gingham in our fav movie "Wizard of Oz" and we decided to take her out sunning on a beautiful April day in Delhi .... Though our home city is not beside the sea, we do have an abundance of greens and butterflies :) ... and had great fun in this young boho hoodie dress in summer cotton, paired with an uber cool pair of Malini Ramani Kolhapuri wedge shoes !



Malini Ramani Summer Resort 2015



Malvika Poddar is a fashion entrepreneur and custodian of one of Delhi's ritziest address "Sabyasachi @ CARMA" at Mehrauli , the jewel in the crown of Carma Creative, which also operates a multi designer store CARMA at Malcha Marg, Delhi and its online estore CarmaOnlineShop.com .... all stocking high quality Indian and trousseau wear ..... It is pretty  difficult to tick in Malvika Poddar into a neat box labelled fashion entrepreneur and near to impossible to slot the Carma Boutiques as only a multi designer store because both the person and the stores are so much a part of the legendary growth of the organised fashion retail landscape of India !! .... We at DSB have been blogging for 2 years, and almost every legendary Couturier and Designer we have come across personally till now has sometime or the other, been a part of the Carma journey .... After all, Carma is India's first fashion boutique !! ... Two decades back when it started, there was hardly any designer label to speak of ... and the present Gods of Indian fashion were just about starting their careers ... One of us at DSB, was not even born when CARMA was launched by Mrs. Lekha Poddar, Malvika's mother in law ... at the historical site of Lalkot, the first of the seven cities of ancient Delhi, also home to the UNESCO World Heritage site, the Qutub Minar .... In the early days of Indian designer wear, Carma was THE fashion destination to launch a fabulous design collection .... and what once housed the carriages of Delhi royalty, housed all that was the best and new in Indian fashion luxury, leading it to be listed in British Vogue as "one of the trendiest stores in the world". 




Malvika Poddar Carma Online




Suneet Varma's ‘Decorative Arts of India’ Spring Couture 2015 show for Lakme Fashion Week draws inspiration from the incredible traditional Motifs and Embroideries of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab and the Southern states of India with Topkapi elements taken from the Mughal period .... With any other couturier, so many diverse elements would be mind bogglingly difficult to pull off ... but trust Suneet to set the right grandeur for his show sponsor Reliance Jewels crown !! ... As a brand, Suneet Varma Couture has been showcasing spectacular collaborations time and again, and his Couture show at a mainly Summer Resort Pret Fashion Week must have been a super welcome for the May June brides who are even now putting their trousseau together !! .... This is one aspect of Indian Fashion Weeks that differ vastly from the International ones ... Bridal couture is required according to the Marriage Muhurats in a calendar year and the upcoming months of May and June is heavy duty bridal season requiring ensembles for all the elaborate functions Indian marriages entails ... be it a resort beach wedding, a royal palace wedding or glamorous bachelorettes and cocktails in jet set destinations !! ... And Suneet Varma Couture is one of the go to ateliers for any bride, bridesmaid or family ! ... The ensembles he showcased for his Spring couture line superbly complements the Rajasthani Kundan, Junagarhi Polki, Filigree, Nakashi and temple jewellery that he styled with such a master eye ... For the modern Indian too, he offered stunning separates in the form of corset blouses as crop tops, cropped jackets, shirt dresses, short tunics and capri trousers .... Our absolute favourites no doubt is Rikee Chatterjee's cape with trousers (third look), Sanea Sheikh's abstract mirror work jacket (look 18), Alesia Raut's long navy coat with hand embroidered mirror work jaal (looks 25), Sucheta Sharma's blush pink saree ( look 29), Candice Pinto's divine white on white ( look 32) and that deliciously pink and peach lehenga Rikee C rocks (look 34) !! 



Suneet Varma and Nargis Fakhri Lakme Fashion Week
Suneet Varma with showstopper Nargis Fakhri at Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 15



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Pepsi Challenge Nicola Formichetti Liter of Light


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