The start of this month has brought in a lot of excitement with it. Everything from online shopping – mega sales to wedding exhibitions and then the onset of the new season – monsoons! I am just loving everything about this month. The summer this year has been killing and shopping especially has been so difficult to do off late. I am sure many of you just like me have resorted to more of online shopping than offline.
The other day when I was reading the newspapers I came across this article about the Fashion Jalsa 2015 Wedding Exhibition to be held in Mumbai. As you know my wedding is in December, so I am always looking out for these opportunities. More so now than ever.
In general, I love these events. I feel they are definitely worth going to if you like checking out products and designs from all over the country under one roof. I think exhibitions as a platform are so informative be it about brands, or custom designers who you can connect to later as well.
I decided I have to go for this one.
I went on the last day, quite excited of course. The exhibition as advertised in the newspaper showed a pretty picture of a woman in Bridal Lehenga boasting about free bridal makeover and free mehendi on all three days among other attractions. [Not this one that I am sharing 😛 this is just for representation purpose]
It was a Sunday and I reached the venue by noon. I wanted to avoid the crowd, but what was I thinking it was the weekend. The place was jam packed. Overall, there were like around 100 or so stalls mainly ranging from jewellery, casual & ethnic wear, art work, some food stalls and very few stalls on Lehengas. Also there were some other stalls on ethnic footwear, bags and home decor.
THE GOOD THINGS FIRST:
Triveni Ethnics is a Surat based textile manufacturer which mostly caters to wholesalers. They do not have any stores in the city but one can visit their manufacturing facility in Surat for buying directly from them. Alternatively, they also have an online shopping portal from where one can buy everything from ethnic wear to sarees, skirts, lehengas and even accessories !
My verdict: This was a total paisa vasool stall.
Their stall at the exhibition had everything from cotton kurtis to art silk sarees and also good looking Satya Paul designer replicas 🙂 There were a lot of elements that I loved about their stall.
a) The staff were very-very welcoming. Not at all the intimidating kinds. For the small stall space available there were around 3-4 people there at all times to manage the crowd and help customers find what they were looking for. I especially liked the fact that they were not pushy. I could easily look through all the designs on display and I was given my space without much khich-khich from their side. Big relief !
b) I loved the fact that they had an IPad in the stall for customers to look through additional designs if they wanted. Given the small space, it’s not possible for anyone to have everything on display. [We know that, but that doesn’t mean I as a consumer wouldn’t want to see what more they can offer] So this IPad method really helped in knowing more about them and their collection.
c) Their range i.e. price range went from a mere couple of hundreds to a cool couple of thousands. Something for everyone, right 😀 After all the exhibition was all about the “affordability” aspect too. I picked up a nice summer white long kurti for just Rs.350. It was a steal deal, I can assure you ! The material – just perfect.
d) I got into a conversation with the lady from Triveni Ethnics itself and told her that I was getting married this year end. She immediately handed me a brochure which had various value driven programs that I could avail to. I particularly liked this one – Triveni Vivah Program. In this, they help brides with their wedding trousseau and also give upto 30% discounts on MRP on all the products purchased for the wedding. Isn’t that great!
Rajwada Creation had an impressive stall showcasing the best of Jaipur cotton outfits. They had everything from cotton kurtis, printed jackets and the latest craze of palazzo pants.
You know how even if one says cotton, there is basically a lot of variants in cotton. Not every fabric feels that authentic. With Rajwada Creation, I found that their fabric was excellent. No comparison there. They had a lot of choices in terms of colors and prints which was very nice.Normally, what I saw in other stalls was that they kept one or two pieces per design, not much choices. So, if I don’t like a particular color I basically don’t have a choice then. The excuse I heard everywhere was that it’s not possible to keep everything in the space available. Fair enough. But this is where Rajwada Creation stood out.
I liked one pair of palazzo pants and asked the stall in charge person if he had others like this. He went and brought back some 15-20 designs, prints and colors to choose from !
Price of the products ranged from 500 upwards with jackets costing flat 550 and kurtis and palazzo pants costing flat 1000 bucks.
My verdict: Good stuff at a break even price point.
Ok. I can’t find them anywhere on facebook, google or instagram. I can see some accounts by the same name but the company is not the same. Sorry guys. The exhibition had a no photography policy so I don’t have any pictures from their collection (or the event) to share with you all 🙁 Although the ones I am sharing here are very much similar to the ones I saw from the brand.
Their visiting card as you can see tells that they also have Lehengas and Sarees, but unfortunately I didn’t find either of them at the stall. How I wish they had something showcased. I am sure it would have been fantastic stuff to check out.
THE OK-OK STUFF:
I am not giving the names of any of the stalls because honestly there wasn’t anything wow here. In total I think I can count like 3-4 stalls which showcased Lehengas and Anarkalis and none of them had anything value-affordable Bridal as such. At least I couldn’t see myself wearing one on my wedding.
I did see one or two custom designer stalls which had brilliant Lehengas and Anarkalis but the price was way too steep. Think starting 30-40k upwards. Also given the floor space, there wasn’t much of choice to look at. I think if you are paying a high price then it is mandatory to see everything available and then make a decision. I don’t know how many can just pick from the selected outfits on display.
The good thing about these stalls was that you could take all their visiting cards and later get in touch with them to have custom designed outfits for yourself. The only plus point I saw from the entire exercise.
My verdict: Not worth it.
A big part of the exhibition was all about precious and semi-precious jewellery. There was a gorgeous spread of earrings, neck pieces, chokers and statement pieces ranging from couple of hundreds to a few thousands. Given the look of the item, I felt it was a little pricey but was worth it as the designs and colors were quite unique in itself.
My verdict: Price worthy buy.
Casual Wear – Kaftan Kurtis
Ok. I don’t know exactly what are they called. Just imagine a Kaftan in the kurti format and volia what you get is almost 50% of the stalls having just that. There was everything from satin to chiffon, embellishments and heavy work outfits. One could find animal prints to multi-color splashed designs. The range started from 1500 upwards for a basic kaftan-kurti all the way to some stalls having floor length Kaftan-kurtis starting at 6500! Yikkes!
The designs and prints were definitely eye catchy and most of the crowd were seen hoarding these stalls to look at these pieces. But I saw more of window shopping than actual shopping. I myself wished to pick one of the kaftans, it was so tempting at the time, but with the price I just couldn’t bring myself to.
My verdict/confusion: Why were they even there?!
Are they an extension to the current craze of maxi dresses or an extension to the one side slit maxi. Are they here to eventually replace the extended stay of the Anarkalis or for some other xyz reason. I am normally pro fashion but this one I totally missed. Even google baba is not able to come up with a picture of the kind that I saw… 😕 May be they are called something entirely different. Kindly enlighten if anybody knows 🙂
THE ABSOLUTE NO-NO:
Mehendi and Make Up
They say nothing good comes for free and this holds true here. For an entire two lines given in the advertisement to lure potential customers to come visit, this was a real cheap shot. Everything was wrong about this stall. The staff was not friendly. They didn’t want to actually do anything for free. It looked more like a painful task for them than anything else.
The free mehendi design was for a single finger 😕 I came home and finished the rest of the fingers to make it look normal! While the mehendi lady was doing the ‘design’, I inquired about her charges for bridal mehendi which she informed me would go upwards 11000 for elbow length !!!
Her only explanation for the exorbitant rates was her 25 years of experience in the industry. But I didn’t quite see that experience showing in my hand.
Also, there was no counter for bridal makeover. I was at the exhibition for a couple of hours, I didn’t see anywhere anybody getting any kind of makeover. Overall the whole thing felt more like a sham than anything.
My verdict: Absolute bakwaas.