Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Mela at the Mall fashion show

Photographer Shahid Malik recently posted some photos from the Mela at the Mall fashion show (held in Ilford Exchange shopping centre) to his facebook page.
The show featured outfits by Mongas, Rang and RDC. Here's a selection of photos from the show:

RDC showcased some anarkali style churidar suits, which just goes to show this trend isn't dead yet! The pieces they had on the catwalk were in more subtle autumn shades compared to the bright colours worn in the summer.

Rang had some brighter colours on show, including this lightly embroidered blue outfit:

I'm loving the colour combination on this green dress below, but not sure I like the bottom of the dress where it flares out. If you got rid of the puffy-out part of this outfit, it would make a great mini-dress!

Mongas had these genie-style outfits on the catwalk for their section of the show. They look fun, but I can't quite imagine wearing something like this to a party or event! Have you ever worn one of these?

Mongas did have some long flowing skirt suits too though :)

Check out the Shahid Malik facebook group for more of Shahid's photo shoots.

Chance to work backstage at the Asian Woman Awards of Excellence 2008

Asian Woman Magazine are holding an awards ceremony next Saturday on the 22nd November in London and they're on the lookout for some volunteers! This is the ad they posted on facebook, looking for people to help out at the event:

The Asian Woman Awards for Excellence is fast approaching and this is your chance to be involved in the biggest and most stylish event on the social calendar.

This red carpet event is attended by celebrities and dignitaries alike and is on Saturday 22nd November 2008.

Details below. Please see the website for more information

How can you be involved?

By being a part of the backstage team and working specifically on the catwalk show.

We require people to style, assist with props and theming and dress models.

The successful candidates will need to attend a briefing on Monday 17th November at 11am in our studio in Chessington (directions attached).

The nearest rail station is Chessington North. Trains leave every half an hour from Waterloo station. You need to get the 10.16am train.

We are 10 mins away from Chessington North station. Come out of the station, turn left, onto Sopwith Avenue. Walk to the end and then turn left again. Walk under the stone bridge and onto Sanger Avenue – this is a long street with houses either side. We are at the end of the road, big, blue and silver building.

In addition, you will need to be at the venue on Saturday 22nd November at 12:30pm.

What do you get in return?

A once in a lifetime experience to be involved in a truly professional and successful event
Experience working on a catwalk show that will be televised on B4U and Prime TV
The opportunity to meet and mingle with the stars
Complimentary ticket to the after party (at same location) from 11:30pm -2am. (Value £20).
A year’s subscription to Asian Woman magazine (if live within UK)

The Event Details

The Asian Woman Awards for Excellence

Saturday 22nd November 2008

1pm – 11:30pm (breaks and food will be provided)

Banqueting House, Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ER.

Please see parking information attached or see online.

If you would like to be a part of it please email me with your name, contact details and any relevant experience by FRIDAY 14th November 12pm.


Kind regards

Brianna Ragel


Asian Woman

(P. +44 (0) 8707 555 502

So if you're based in London with an interest in fashion, or just want to get a "behind-the-scenes" look at how an awards ceremony and catwalk show come together email Briana before 12pm on Friday - 14th November! (and if you get picked let me know how it was)

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Focus on menswear - The Sherwani Company

Menswear is not something that has been covered very much on Asian Fashion Blog. I wrote about the RCS collection on at the Asiana Bridal Show at the start of the year, but since then there hasn't been a sherwani in sight!

If I'm being completely honest, menswear doesn't really interest me! There was one occassion when I went with my other half to buy an asian outfit from Burooj in Manchester, but aside from that menswear doesn't hold my attention the same way that womenswear does.

However, when I got an email telling me about The Sherwani Company I decided to take a closer look and here's what I found!

The Sherwani Company are based in London, with their main aim being to give todays' Asian grooms the same choice that their brides have when it comes to choosing their wedding outfits.
A quick look through the gallery on their website shows rich fabrics, detailed embroidery, bold colours and unique designs, all of which can be customised to match or compliment a chosen theme or even the bride's outfit.
Here's a selection of what they have to offer:

These next two outfits stood out to me cause I like the detailing at the top where they fasten. Yes all the outfits look amazing on the models in the photos, but in reality I think the little details in the designs are more than just to make the clothes look pretty - they serve a purpose too? For example certain designs suit certain body shapes and I'd bet the Sherwani Company could advise most men on what to wear to look their best...and hide the rest (cause men have body hang-ups too!)

The next outfit is my favourite. I love how the colour in the outfit is so subtle - just a hint of blue in the embroidery with a matching blue scarf. If I was looking for a mens outfit to match one of my own, I'd probably pick something like this.

What do you think of these outfits? Would you kit your groom out in a customised sherwani?

For more info on the Sherwani Company check out The Sherwani Company website, which has contact info and a gallery full of photos!