Sunday, 3 May 2015

Pernia's Pop Up Shop Review and my new SVA Anarkali Dress

Regular readers of Asian Fashion Blog, and anyone that's ever spoken to me about Asian fashion will know that I love love browsing the online store Pernia's Pop Up Shop and have been itching to buy something from there for ages!

This family wedding was the perfect opportunity to make my first purchase and setting myself a budget of £300 I spent hours on the site deciding on what to order when I finally settled on the geometric print collection by SVA which I first blogged about in September last year.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Family Wedding 2015 Day One Outfit - The Mehndi

The first event of this close family wedding was the bride's mehndi. We were from the groom's side and travelled from Manchester to Nottingham for the event.

For this event, I decided to wear a lengha and had the perfect outfit stored away in my wardrobe waiting for just the right occasion!

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

An AFB Family Wedding

Last year I blogged about what I wore to a close family engagement party (check out the post here)and for the last two months I've been in family wedding mode - we're just a few days away from the first event.

I will be blogging my outfits for all 3 events in detail, but in the meantime here's a preview!

1) Outfit number one is for the mehndi event and it was originally a salwar suit, from the days when short kameezes were in! I had an orange lengha made up so I could re-wear this. Check out my two other short kameez suits which I had lenghas made with here and here.

2) Outfit number two is the one I'm the most excited about wearing, it's for the main wedding event and I splashed out on my first purchase from Pernia's Pop Up Shop. It's a geometric print anarkali dress by the designer SVA by Sonam and Paras Modi. At the moment I'm really loving prints, and patterns, especially geometric patterns. I blogged about how much I loved this collection last year (check out the post here) so to be able to say I own something from this collection makes me very happy!

3) For the final event, the walima, I picked up this silvery-grey houndstooth detail sari from Alankar Sarees in Manchester.

I'll also be wearing jewellery from my trusty favourites Kyles Collection and Bees.

For outfit updates as they happen, follow me on Instagram (I'm an instagram newbie! very late to the party I know!) and Twitter - nazma_afb.

Wish us luck and when it's all done with, hopefully I'll get back to more regular blog updates!

Monday, 30 March 2015

Scarlet Bindi Presents: The Collections

Online asian fashion retailer Scarlet Bindi are hosting a shopping event on Saturday 4th April in London. In addition to being a chance to see and try on Spring/Summer 2015 collections by the likes of up-and-coming brands Almari, Kanika Kritika, Mani Jassal, Paarull Goel, Puneet Bhandal & The Little Black Bow, they'll also be taking orders on made-to-measure outfits too.

Here's a closer look at some of my favourites from their online store right now!

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Trying on Capes by Maheen Karim at the Stitch Three Trunk Show

Stitch Three, formerly known as Faisana (and the team behind the Faisana Fashion Weekend catwalk shows from 2014), hosted a trunk show at The Athenaeum Hotel in London earlier this month. I happened to be spending that weekend in London and stopped by to visit the exhibition and browse the collections by the three headline designers - Malini Ramani, Misha Lakhani and Maheen Kareem.

Visitors to the show were treated to a welcome including champagne, teas, coffees, cupcakes, chocolates and tasty at the treats looked, I was more excited to browse the clothing and jewellery collections!

I had a good browse through all the clothes and went round the room twice before stopping at a rail of outfits by Pakistani designer Maheen Karim. Two outfits in particular caught my eye - both capes! The first was in midnight blue with orange trousers and an undershirt and the other was in a very vibrant hot pink with lime green undershirt.

I couldn't resist trying one on, and decided to give the hot pink cape a try...

I tried it on with my jeans so you don't quite get the feel of how the full outfit should look, but overall I really liked the look and I'm really glad I tried this on!

Here's a close up of the trousers and of the detail on the cape itself:

Here's a close up of the trousers and the price of this outfits...I think that's a "4" and not a "9"!

Here are some of Maheen Karim's other collections on the day:

Photo Credit Stitch Three Studio Facebook

My visit to the show was quite a short one - I was visiting with my 6-year-old niece and she hasn't quite develeoped her passion for fashion just yet! But one of my other favourite bloggers Safeera from Habibi Lifestyle got the chance to interview the Stitch Three Team and take some more pictures at the event, read her interview and check out her photos here: Success for Stitch Three's Fashion Day Out.

If you love capes as much as I do, check out this Pinterest board of my favourite caped asian outfits here:
Follow Asian Fashion Blog's board Cape Styles on Pinterest.

Saturday, 21 March 2015

First Look at Asian Bride Live Birmingham 2015

Last weekend, The ICC in Birmingham held host to Asian Bride Live! I didn't attend in person, but was following updates from the show on twitter and looking at photos from the catwalk. By all accounts it sounds like it was a great event!

Here's a first look from the exhibition, catwalk and some backstage moments thanks to photographers Rooful from Aliway Photography and Jennifer Bedlow

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

High-Low Hemline suits by Payal Singhal and Faika Karim

This style of high-low hemlines first came to my attention during Payal Singhal's Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive 2014 collection and again at their Spring Summer 2015 Wills India Fashion Week Show.

Here's some of the different styles by Payal Singhal, on the catwalk, on celebrities and in photoshoots:

More recently I spotted the trend on the catwalk in Pakistan in a collection by Faika Karim. She had two outfits on show at the 2015 Telenor Fashion Weekend:

I paid a recent visit to Faika Karim's flagship store in Bradford a few weeks ago and got to try both of these outfits on for myself. I went on a Saturday and the small shop was quite busy; in addition to Faika Karim's own label, they also stock a number of other designers too.

This collection, the "Lahore Pret" collection was displayed in the window and at the front of the shop and after browsing everything else in store, this was the collection I liked the most.

The crowd cleared and I asked to try both outfits on. I was ushered into the fitting room, which was a tiny claustrophobic space underneath a staircase! I assume there's a nicer fitting room for trying on bridal outfits, as I did see staff disappearing behind a curtain towards the back of the store.

Anyway, I tried the plainer black outfit on first, with the pair of dark skinny jeans I had on and really liked how it looked. The dress had a large diamond-shaped cutout at the back which I would probably have filled in, but aside from that I was sold! The store sample size was a good fit and I liked the little details like the pearls on the sleeves and the quality/finish overall.

I tried the slightly heavier and more expensive black and gold jamawar design on next, and whilst it looked nice, personally for my style I felt the fit was a bit too stiff and formal - I liked the looser, more laid back feel of the first one.

I can't remember the exact prices, but I think the price quoted for these was around £150 - £200, which for something quite casual, was a bit too expensive for me.

The other thing that put me off making a purchase was the general feeling I got from the people working in the store. I know the shop was busy, but even after most of the other customers had left, the assistants didn't seem to show a lot of interest in making a sale. They were helpful and informative to a point, but it was minimal and it left me feeling like I'd rather spend my money elsewhere!

I still love the style though and hope to have something like this in my wardrobe soon!