Also know as "The Asian Lifestyle Wedding and Fashion Exhibition", Manchester's most popular asian wedding show was held last weekend (the 26th and 27th Feb) in the city centre.
I've attended this event for the last two years (you can view pics from the 2010 catwalk here and the 2009 catwalk here) and hoped that the event would be bigger and better for 2011.
Sadly, I was a little disappointed and I wasn't the only one - check out the review by asian wedding blogger Rabbia over at Asian Wedding Online. In terms of fashion exhibitors I felt some of manchester's most popular asian fashion stores were missing and out of those that were there, only three really stood out to me. I also felt the exhibition was a lot smaller than in previous years, there just didn't seem to be as much to look at.
A few comments were made about the models not being very good. I watched the first fashion show and I saw a few of the models struggling to walk in the heavy outfits, one model having to run off stage as her top was falling off, and at one point there was an unintentional gap where nothing was happening - presumably because the models weren't ready in time. But I don't think the blame is down entirely to the models themselves, I think the backstage team were also responsible for the poor presentation I witnessed.
I'll be posting more detailed photos and video links from the catwalk, along with my commentary, but in the meantime, these were the highlights for me.
London's Raishma was one of the stand-out designers for me, she's already very established and it was nice to see her bringing her collection up North for this exhibition.
I'm not sure whether they go by Je Roche or Javeria and Roshi's but either way their long flowing looser fit designs looked good from where I was sitting.
Burooj were the big surprise for me at the exhibition. Years ago, I purchased one of their menswear pieces and it's been a staple in my husband's wardobe ever since. Back then they didn't do womenswear, but with this exhibition they launched their couture bridal line and I liked every single outfit!
If you attended the show, particularly if you're a bride or groom planning your wedding, let me know what you thought of the event and whether it was worth going to.