India’s power couple, Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma, took the internet by storm when the pictures of their private wedding ceremony, held on December 11, 2017, came out. This wedding was not just #goals—it was purely drool-worthy. The best accessory on both of them was their consistent smile that made us adore the couple even more. From the intimate ceremony to the lavish color coordination, Virushka’s wedding set major trends this wedding season.
Of course, the destination was purely magical for the perfect jodi, but what caught my attention the most was the Sabyasachi love affair that persisted throughout the festivities, and it went something like this:
Absolutely regal. Velvet surely made a comeback this winter, and Sharma carried it in the most extravagant way possible. Sabyasachi’s Gulkand Burgundy rose velvet saree complimented the backdrop of the engagement, effortlessly. The actress’ look was exemplified with the mini pearls and heavy zardosi that were hand embroidered into the ensemble. The outfit was paired with a pearl and uncut diamond choker and matching round earrings from Sabyasachi’s collection. To complete her elegant look, the “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil” star stunned with heavy kajal, fresh red roses in her sleek bun, and what the designer calls an “iconic microdot bindi.” Her handsome beau stood tall beside her in blue and sure did finish the royal-yet-chic appearance of the function.
2. The Mehendi: Best Bowling
Oh boy, oh boy! The quirky theme of “Band Baaja Baraat” was written all over #Virushka’s colorful mehendi in the midst of snowy Italy. The bright colors, worn by both Kohli and Sharma, definitely matched their fun personalities. Sharma’s ensemble is a must-have for girls looking for a sangeet outfit out on a sunny day. A floral sixties crop top contrasted with that fuschia and dark yellow/orange handwoven silk lehenga was the perfect choice for this event. I loved how she decided to keep the makeup a minimal and let the vibrant outfit do all the talking. The glowing movie star seemed to prefer having a middle part throughout the wedding events, and she did so very charmingly. These long, gold jhumkas from the Sabyasachi Heritage Jewelry collection had uncut diamonds, Japanese pearls, and Iranian turquoise embellishments. The renowned cricketer also rocked his look with grace and poise; Kohli sported a white khadi kurta churidaar and a Nehru jacket with Sabyasachi House blazer buttons. Matching the color on his bride-to-be’s outfit did complete justice to the whole appearance. Of course, it goes without saying that the beautiful mehendi on her hands was the best accessory of all.
No, unfortunately, Ranbir Kapoor was not singing “Channa Mereya” as we all would imagine. However, all eyes kept on staring. All jaws dropped.
If you watched the video of the ceremony, you have probably replayed it a couple of times just to see Sharma live her princess moment. As she walked towards the mandap, where her groom-to-be was patiently waiting for his flawless bride, the perfect song was playing in the background.
The bride and groom stunned in Sabyasachi (once again), and I mean stunned. The couple graced their wedding day with dusty pink outfits and a whole lot of love in their eyes. The gushing bride donned a pink and gold lehenga with floral embroidery while her beau wore an ivory raw silk sherwani. Real flower garlands enhanced the lively atmosphere of the wedding. This beauty’s jewelry was also made by Sabyasachi. Again, she was seen sporting a mini-bindi, making it a trendy statement. Like we saw at her engagement, the doll wore fresh flowers in her hair, again. Her choora showed how modern brides could be ever-so traditional, graceful, and stylish. While they exchanged the garlands, the ring was noticeable—and wow, is it every girls’ dream or what!?
However, above every outfit, accessory, and arrangement, what made these nuptials the wedding of the year are surely Sharma and Kholi’s precious smiles; their bright faces totally made us go awwww, and our hearts melt.
On a side note (to account for new trends), their wedding invitation perfectly matched the theme of this event: Pastels, flowers, and nothing but simplicity, and all of this at the dreamy countryside resort in Italy.
Glamorous without shouting all that glam, indeed. A winter wedding with all the spring florals. Virushka proved that all this could be done. Take a look!
#Virushka flew back home after their honeymoon to host one of the two receptions for friends and family in Delhi, India. The newly-weds also welcomed the Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi to join them. Thus, the dress code was ideal. The dapper groom, and ace cricketer, Kohli, wore a black sherwani with a statement shawl; the bride appeared traditionally splendid in a Banarasi saree and heavy gold jewelry. She modeled a thick sindoor on her sleek hairdo, serving looks as the quintessential Indian bride. Don’t overlook the gajra on her, simply marvelous!
You’ll probably find videos of their bhangra dance on this day, and it is pure #couplegoals. Their wedding is the perfect example of modern and fun, yet traditional and intimately simple.
Wowzers! The end of #Virushka’s wedding celebrations was completely magnificent. From her hairstyle to her outfit, Sharma was nothing but jazzy. Her lehenga was full of sequins, silver thread, and flowers. Sabyasachi’s Bengal Tiger Belt on her waist stole the show, indefinitely. The leading lady’s look included handcrafted earrings and a dazzling diamond necklace. While her athlete husband wasn’t seen wearing Sabyasachi, he looked sharp in that Raghavendra Rathore velvet jacket.The attractive couple made heads turn at this grand occasion, wrapping up their band-baaja-wedding saga on December 26, 2017.
There is no doubt that this wedding will be remembered for a long, long time. Not only because of the awe-inspiring combos, wedding decor/location, and incredible outfits and accessories, but also because of the ideal perfection that they are as a couple. I think it’s also safe to make one last proclamation before signing off: #Virushka and Sabyasachi, NOT OUT!
Shezda Afrin is a college sophomore from Pennsylvania studying on the pre-med track, with a focus on public health and writing/publishing. She loves to travel with her family and witness different cultures. You will probably find her spending her Friday nights watching Bollywood movies with a plate of mini samosas in hand. She hopes to highlight the many talents of our youth in America through Brown Girl.
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If I DM my friends a bunch of videos on any given day, one of them is almost always an Ankush Bahuguna reel. When I first stumbled upon his content, I saw him as an actor and a comedian, lifting our mood up during the lockdown one video at a time. However, his day-to-day content is more than just that — Bahuguna is changing the landscape of the beauty industry by making (and holding) space for men who aspire to be makeup artists and who have a passion for all things beauty.
Content creator, makeup enthusiast, actor: Which title do you resonate with the most? And, why?
A creator is the word I’d resonate with the most — that’s what got me here — creating comedy, creating beauty content. Even as an actor, I’m very collaborative. I tend to weave nuances around a character and make it my own. I believe, no matter what you do, your work should be unique to you and that can only happen when you build it up yourself.
How did “Wing it with Ankush” come about?
Till three years ago, I used to work for a media house that had a whole team of stylists and MUAs working on every shoot. So when the world went into lockdown, I realized I would have to don all those hats myself. I used to [regularly] shoot videos with my mother and she didn’t know anything about makeup either. So I had to try my hand at it — I would do her makeup and we’d shoot videos together. Soon I realized how much I enjoyed learning a new skill from scratch. I used to paint as a kid, so makeup just somehow made sense. It felt like even though I had a whole lot to learn, it came naturally to me. I decided I would journal these experiments [on] a ‘secret’ page called Wing it With Ankush so that I can look back at it five years from now and see what I was up to [during] lockdown. I didn’t tell anyone about it. But people eventually discovered it and there was no looking back!
One word for gender stereotypes?
One word: Ingrained. It’s so deeply ingrained in us that we find it hard to just accept people the way they are.
How is (or isn’t) India evolving in terms of stereotypes?
We are definitely evolving. It’s a slow process but there’s hope. There’s a long way to go and for starters, I wish people could give non-cis people as much respect, appreciation, and credit, as they give to cis people like me, especially in the beauty space.
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Makeup ‘must-haves’ are very subjective across all genders. Some people can’t do without a full face of makeup, while others could care less. I feel nothing is a must-have. [D]on’t wear makeup because you feel you need to, wear it only if it makes you feel good. My must-haves would be a color corrector, concealer, and powder.
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My favorite makeup hack is to underpaint. Apply bronzer and blush before your foundation. It’s so much more natural looking.
Let’s talk about your career in entertainment. What does comedy mean to you?
Comedy is a defense mechanism for me. It’s also self-expression, to be honest. That’s how I go about my day — finding humor in mundane things. Comedy is how I see life.
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As someone who has grown up constantly feeling inadequate, it’s difficult for me to not give in to self-doubt, literally every day. But I guess the idea is to be as kind and forgiving to yourself as you are to others. If you’ve come this far, you must’ve done something right. Right?
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The featured image is courtesy of Dream N Hustle Media.
Ever since we can recall, the Cannes Film Festival has been a merger of movies and glamour. On one side, there are hand-picked films — ready to premiere and make their mark in the world of entertainment — and on the other, audiences and paparazzi alike are served epic moments in fashion.
The festival, aimed to preview upcoming films from all over the world, invites a wide variety of guests that span the film fraternity, of course, but more recently, has opened its doors to many digital content creators, including renowned South Asian creatives.
With a more vast guest list comes a more recent debate: Cannes is a film festival and not a fashion showcase. Kickstarting the debate this year was none other than ace Bollywood director, Nandita Das, who in an Instagram post shared:
Sometimes people seem to forget that it is a festival of films and not of clothes!
In short, Das wants Cannes’ narrative to continue to focus on films.
But of course, there’s been a paradigm shift in the guest list over the last few years; this shift has allowed talents from various industries — including lifestyle content creators, entrepreneurs, etc., who showcase their work in fashion and beauty like fine masterstrokes — to walk the carpet and represent their craft, making space for others in their industry.
Influential names like Dolly Singh, Kaushal, Diipa Buller-Khosla, and Shivani Bafna — all of whom made a raging impact on the red carpet this year — weigh in on the significance of representing South Asian artists/influencers on the red carpet, and how they feel they’ve been part of this paradigm shift at Cannes Film Festival.
I believe that each step we take at events like Cannes sends a powerful message of diversity, cultural richness, and artistic excellence. Representation matters, and the presence of South Asian creators on the red carpet at Cannes helps broaden the narrative of beauty, talent, and creativity. It allows us to showcase our unique perspectives, narratives, and contributions, ultimately contributing to a more inclusive industry. By actively participating and making our presence felt, we help create more opportunities and spaces for South Asian creators, encouraging others to share their stories with the world.
Since 2015, the first time I walked the red carpet, till this year I have always been invited by L’Oreal Paris, one of the main sponsors of the event. It has always been such an honor to be invited to the festival through the makeup brand that I have been using for almost two decades, and, before my social media career began. Personally, I feel a sense of acknowledgment from such a prestigious brand, and its head office teams that sponsor Cannes Film Festival, and value the work I have done and continue to do as a South Asian content creator within the beauty space. Makeup, hair, and beauty will always play a big role within the film industry and it’s something I have always created my content around which is why I am proud to attend.
This is a proud moment not just for me but also [for] my peers and the entire content creator ecosystem given that we have reached such new global stages and presence. Of course, as you said, such film festivals, once considered as an exclusive hub for a congregation of the finest acting talents have, in the last few years, opened their arms to more people from the entertainment industry.
This is not just a sudden phenomenon with a burst of Indian creators at the festival this year but there is increased participation from non-film and non-South Asian celebrities across various spectrums from different sides of the world. Along with the many filmmakers, actors, producers, etc I also met some amazing influencers and entrepreneurs from other sides of the world. It’s amazing to represent India and celebrate and champion the advent of the digital ecosphere on such a prominent platform.
The confluence of actors and creators signified the amalgamation of traditional cinema and new-age digital influence, highlighting the transformative power of creative expression and how festivals like Cannes have become more forthcoming and progressive in their approach.
Cannes, like any other prominent festival, boasts of a red carpet that is synonymous with fashion and glitz, and I wanted to use this opportunity to represent all the amazing Indian fashion designers on the carpet besides, of course, attending the screenings. As someone who is just not an influencer but also an actress, I thoroughly enjoyed all the red-carpet screenings and meeting like-minded film talent from around the world at the event. At some point in the future, I would like to be attending Cannes for a film I’ve featured in.
Creators are often placed into boxes of where they belong and the rooms they can be a part of. Being on the red carpet dismantles the ideology that there’s a cap on how far we, as creators and as a South Asian community, can go and what we can achieve.
The Cannes Film Festival has always been viewed as the epitome of a glamorous event — everyone who attends looks like they’re living their best lives. I used the platform to share an authentic message of what the experience felt like for me. To represent all of us who doubt our potential, experience imposter syndrome, and are nervous to find their place, yet continue to push through to achieve their dreams!
As the first Indian American influencer to walk at Cannes, I hope I can inspire young women to confidently ask, ‘Why not me?’
There’s no doubt that the Cannes Film Festival is centered around films, and continues to be a unique space for the global film fraternity to bring their art and showcase their aptitude. But, creators like Bafna, Singh, Buller-Khosla, and Kaushal — a special shoutout to Raja Kumari for being instrumental in paving the way as well — have their own set of responsibilities to fulfill upon their invitation to the prestigious event. Their will to represent their South Asian identities, celebrate their industries, and continue to hold space for their peers makes their presence at Cannes more than just clothes.
All images in the featured photo are from the influencers’ Instagram feeds.