Saturday 28 November 2009

Rhythm of Asia Fashion Show July 2009 - Salina Wardah

Salina Wardah was another designer name showcasing their collection at the Rhythm of Asia fashion show. Nearly every piece from their catwalk show oozed glamour! Photos from the show are courtesy of Shahid Malik.

Again there were lots of ultra long tops worn with trousers. Do these outfits only look good on tall people? Either way I'm loving the flash of purple in this first outfit:

This next outfit is definitely a question mark for me, whilst I like the flowing part of the skirt, overall it doesn't create a very flattering shape. What do you think?

These next two outfits are probably my favourites. The red and black outfit looks very chic and when styled as shown with the red dupatta it gives it that wow impact. The silver and pink outfit it just pure glamour! From the detail on the top to the ruched effect of the pajama, this is something I'd want to wear to a party.

The show ended with more full-on party/wedding guest outfits. All very beautiful, but I was a little disappointed with the final bridal outfit, what do you think?

Rhythm of Asia Fashion Show July 2009 - Nadda Salim

The Rhythm of Asia Fashion show took place in July this year, in London. It showcased designs by Pakistani designer, first up is the collection by Nadda Salim. Photography is by Shahid Malik.

The show was dominated by longer (sometimes below the knee) tops worn with shorter trousers. There was also a lot of shiny blue on show:

There were also some less sparkly and more understated black outfits. I'm ok with the first two below but not a big fan of the patterned design on the last black outfit!

The majority of the outfits were sleeveless, but there was one striking pink outfit with full sleeves, and all the rest were pretty much the same as before but in different colours!

Monday 16 November 2009

Manish Malhotra collection part 2 - HDIL India Fashion Week 2009

If you saw the first photos I posted from the Manish Malhotra show at HDIL India Fashion Week you may have thought that all there was to show was very short tops and lonf flowing skirts! Well that wasn't the case, and in fact there were some really interesting outfits mixed in too, take a look:

Firstly, what do you think if this ensemble? The first few times I looked at this photo I my attention was instantly drawn to the off-the-shoulder slouchy top (which I thinks looks really good) and I didn't even notice the lampshade shaped skirt! It really does look like an old piece of furniture to me, and do you see the bit of the floor that fell off??

I like the pearl fronted outfit above, with it's half-length sheer sleeves.
Ok enough of skirts, the show had some trouser/pajama suits too:

These last two outfits are probably my favourites, I think they're both really wearable and normal people like you and me could get away with wearing these and look gorgeous! I like the assymetry of the peach coloured suit, it makes me think of a toned-down greek goddess type of look, and the last outfit has more of a formal look to it, it's very elegant.

Click here to see more photos from the show at Hamara Photos

Sunday 15 November 2009

More from HDIL India Fashion Week 2009 - Manish Malhotra collection part 1

Here are some more photos from the HDIL India Fashion week, courtesy of Hamara Photos, these outfits are by designer Manish Malhotra. This first set of outfits had a lot of stomach on show!

There was a wide mix of textures and colours, although never too much of anything, for example the pink velvet top above sits perfectly with the neutral colours of the skirt...and for those that aren't content to just show off their perfectly toned stomach, the outfit above has an almost concealed slit in the skirt for anyone who wants to show off their legs too! see below

I really like the use of colour with these next outfits, particularly the way that they're bright in most parts but subtle at the same time. People often describe asian fashion as "dressing up like a christmas tree" but these outfits have that colour and sparkle without being over the top.

I really have no idea what's going on with the top of this next outfit! Is it a big shredded fabric scarf? or is it actually part of the top? Either way I don't think it looks very good at all!

I'll be posting more photos from this show soon, but if you really can't wait to see more check out ALL the photos from the show including all the Bollywood celebs who attended.

Monday 2 November 2009

Bees - Taking Asian Costume Jewellery and Accessories Online

Few asian product retailers have fully grasped the concept of taking their instore expertise online, sure everyone's got a facebook fan page and maybe even their own website, but how many times have you googled a retailer only to find their website not only looks terrible but is extremely out of date or "under construction".

Well I'm happy to report another asian fashion jewellery retailer who has successfully made that transition and taken their collection online! Bees have been on Green Street in London for over a decade now, providing jewellery in the full colour spectrum, because not every bride wears red anymore, and because not everybody insists on wearing gold anymore!

The Bees online store launched in 2007, and although they don't stock the full range of items available in store, as a fan of the Bees shop I decided to take a closer look at their online store and see what they had in stock this season!

The website look, feel and functionality
The first thing you notice about their site is the "clean" look and feel it has to it, and this is just a personal thing but I really like that there's no annoying music playing - I hate sites which have music pre-loaded onto them (I can name you a number of asian fashion sites which have this irritating feature!).

You can browse the site by jewellery type, and they stock everything from bangles, bracelets and anklets to scarf pins and tiaras. So this is great if you already have your outfit and need to match up your jewellery.

Alternatively, if like me, you need a bit of inspiration before you can even begin to put a look together, you can use their "style guide" to pick a theme and build your outfit around your accessories!! This season I'm loving the "Winter Tropic" pieces on their site.

Ok, so they have a nice website but is their stuff any good??
I got a chance to try out some of the products from their online store and not only did they arrive promptly, they were wrapped beautifully in Bees gift boxes and each item was as pretty in person as it looked on the website.

No matter how nice a website is, or how amazing their products are, for most people the main factor when it comes to making a purchase decision is the cost! I found the prices at Bees to be really reasonable, with a lot of items being available for under £10 each and the more elaborate necklace and earring sets going up to £85 (like the emerald coloured set below)

Are you a fan of Bees? I think I'm definitely going to be visiting their site again for some online retail therapy! Join their fanpage on facebook!

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