Monday, February 2, 2015

Party dresses at Smitten





The above picture is of an aspiring pageant model who hopes to make it to the top.
To start at the beginning, my friend Xavier told me about this place known as Smitten and said that I must see it. So one day I stepped in and found the proprietor Ms Nutan busy taking down the Christmas decorations. 




I had a look around and found that the items on display were not the usual stuff that one sees in a Boutique. 



As I was browsing around, Nutan joined me and explained that she deals mostly in party dresses and accessories. 

   
What is unique about the store is that all the dresses on display is one off.
Another interesting fact about the store is that it has only three branches. They are at Pune, Kanpur and New York.
The one at Pune is at Bizzbay Mall, off NIBM road. 


I asked Nutan “so where do you source all these dresses from?” She said “all the stuff in Kanpur and Pune comes from New York. People prefer to buy the dresses from here than get it from abroad. The advantage is that one can actually try out the clothes for fitting and then buy. Moreover the prices are also comparable and affordable”
“So who are your usual clientele?”
“Girls who want something special for a party, or for an occasion. And then there are these aspiring models. In fact Ms Ritika who is a Pageant coach in Pune and runs The Tiara brings her batch of students to try out our dresses”
I said I would like to write about this place as many don’t know that such a place exists in Pune. 
So there I was in the shop with my camera clicking away the dresses and the students from The Tiara.

The girls listening attentively to Ritika on the finer points of selecting  the proper dress   


    The girls were happy to pose for me



Notice what is common in the two pictures above?  
The cow bell. Just love cow bells and the sound it makes. 






The one below has the Mona Lisa look. When I told her this she said "you are the second person who is telling me this"


But I liked the pictures where they were caught off guard  



  
When they were not posing for me they were either helping each other to dress up or busy taking pictures of each other. 



Nutan was always around giving suggestions and helping them select the appropriate dress. 





While processing the pictures, I isolated the background to give it a punch . .  . . . . can be an additional leaf in their portfolio.






Made a short video with movie snippets and 100+ pictures (wow . . . . did I click that many?) 

While watching on YouTube, ensure that you keep the setting on 720pHD for clarity.



33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Like that gown in the first picture - Charles

Locomente said...

Interesting collections there!

Sandhya said...

Interesting topic!

Sandra said...

this is very interesting about this shop and the girls are really beautiful, all of them and the dresses are to.

Joanne Noragon said...

Pretty women.

Augustine Xavier said...

Thanks Joe - loved reading the blog,, "my compliments to the lovely ladies - you all are looking so amazing", to all the readers on this post "I was really Smitten by the collection out here"....For the ladies who are looking for finding the dress that no one else should have - Smitten Cocktail Couture is the place. Happy Shopping...
http://www.mysmitten.com/press.php

Daisy said...

Such lovely dresses and young ladies too! Looks like a fun place to shop.

Henny Penny said...

I enjoyed seeing the shop. Smitten is the perfect name.. Those girls are absolutely beautiful!

KParthasarathi said...

I do not know what to say except that the girls in Pune would love this shop for its variety and large collections.

Joy said...

Wow and wow! lovely ladies and lovely clothes. Sure this place is a shop that I would love to visit. The problem is the it is far away from NORWAY:)

Anita said...

That is paradise for most women... the young in particular... but not for me. I'd need a personal shopper to help me with all those choices (if the clothes were for more mature women)!
That seems like it was a fun photo project for you and the pretty young women, too. :)

I hope the shop will get publicity from your post.

Gail said...

Beautiful ladies and dresses. It's good that the lady takes such interest in these beautiful girls.

Hubby put a cow bell on the dog. She had a fit!

karuna demla said...

Beautiful girls and beautiful dresses. Thanks for posting it

DeniseinVA said...

This looks like a lovely store and you have taken lovely photos of these young ladies and all those pretty gowns.

George said...

Very interesting. You got some wonderful photos of the beautiful young ladies and their dresses.

Stephen Hayes said...

Great blog with wonderful pictures. My wife and I visited India in 2013 and we had a marvelous time. We were in Rajasthan, but there is so much more of India for us to explore. Take care.

A Lady's Life said...

Nice dresses and models ;)
I see why you liked it.
I also love dresses like this but you need to have somewhere to wear them.
I have a whole closet full I am keeping. It seems a different life time ago.

Missy George said...

Looks like a great place to shop..Huge selection..

SweetMarie said...

they all look like models, so beautiful! I love the dress in the first pic. :)

Anonymous said...

Hey Joe.........you really do have a way with your camera.....great shots...Jessie

Ramakant Pradhan said...

The shop has a lovely collection. You have taken some fantastic pictures of the models as well.

Purba said...

What fun! And the girls look so happy posing for your camera.

Purba said...

What fun! And the girls look so happy posing for your camera.

Bharat Wakhlu said...

Thank you Joe, for continuing to share your evocative blogs with us!
The pictures you take are lively and a celebration of Life itself!
I just love going through your blogs.
Smitten seems to be focusing on a niche clientele, and they'll probably do well.
The models were innocent and photogenic, and you've done a great job bringing forth their grace.
Warm regards from a snowy Stratford.
Bharat Wakhlu

Sandee said...

Beautiful women, beautiful clothes and beautiful post.

Have a fabulous day. ☺

Leovi Leovi said...

Wonderful pictures, I love those dresses !! A very creative design, especially I like red! Beautiful models!

Arti said...

Looks like a fun time out, the girls are looking lovely in the pictures!

R Vyas said...

Wow..I've been in pune for so long and yet never heard of this place ! Lovely photographs and beautiful dresses..thanks for letting us know of this place :)

Kathy Combs said...

The dresses are gorgeous! ♥

Lata Patil said...

thanks for new information about outlet for cloths i was not knowing yhis place and not far away from my place nice photographs

Lata Patil said...

thanks for new information about outlet for cloths i was not knowing yhis place and not far away from my place nice photographs

Ze' Incarnate said...

Pune has its own Mona Lisa... Seriously what resemblance...

Traveling Bells said...

Beautiful women and clothes. You did a great job of catching happy moments.

Have a fabulous day. Thanks for visiting my blog. Stop in again any time!