Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Asiana Magazine ceases publication of its print edition

The team at Asiana Magazine have today made the announcement that they will no longer be printing their magazine and instead will be focusing on their online portal Asiana.tv.

This was the official statement:
As part of its on-line development plans, I and I Media has ceased publication of the printed version of Asiana Magazine.
Asiana Wedding magazine will continue to be published quarterly.
In keeping with our business strategy of developing our online presence in the UK and worldwide, Asiana's content – including Asian fashion, beauty, lifestyle and entertainment, will now be available exclusively on our portal www.asiana.tv
The printed magazine will be missed by many, but this move will allow the business to focus on its digital future and core wedding market.
When the Asiana.tv portal launched back in September 2010, I wouldn't have guessed that just a year later they would be closing down their print version. Interestingly, when I blogged about the launch of asiana.tv and ran a poll asking whether being able to read the magazines online for free would stop people from buying the magazine - 44% of people said they would NOT continue to buy the magazine. I guess this, along with the costs of printing the magazine compared to publishing the same content online was a factor in their decision.
Part of my Asiana Magazine collection
Asiana Wedding magazine will continue to be published in print format, so fear not brides-to-be! But for non brides and anybody else who reads this magazine for general interest it's sad that Asiana Magazine will no longer be found on the shelves next to all the other women's lifestyle magazines. I hope that this change from print to online hasn't caused any job losses at the company and that any readers who purchased subscriptions are refunded or compensated somehow.

The current issue, Autumn 2011 will be the final print issue, so get your hands on a copy while you can!

I'm keen to see how the Asiana.tv site grows, the main focus of it at the moment seems to be their video channel or "Asiana Tube" as they've named it and their fashionfinder, aside from that I must say I personally haven't been captivated by any of other content they've published.

What do you think about Asiana's announcement? Leave a comment :)

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Nazia Malik at the 2011 Rhythm of Asia Fashion Show in Manchester

Here's the collection from designer (and Pakistani TV host) Nazia Malik at the 2011 Rhythm of Asia fashion show which took place in Manchester this year.

There there was an interesting mix of outfits in this collection with no distinct colour or embroidery theme that I could identify.
I'm not such a fan of lace so these two white outfits above didn't inspire me at all, I did however love this black and silver gown below, I'd put this on my wishlist!

These next two outfits I'm not too sure I like at all, perhaps they look better in person but from what I can see here neither looks very flattering...

I thought I'd finish this post on a positive note with two outfits which I did like, a short sleeved pink trouser suit and for a change compared to everything else, a shorter dress worn without trousers or churidar pants.

A massive thank you to Muzaffar Photography for these photos and credits also go to the following for putting together this event:
Organiser: Vision Events
Catwalk Production: Adore Entertainment
Model Management: Zaf Shabir
Venue: Midland Hotel, Manchester
Outfit Stockist: Imani Studio

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Waseem Noor at the 2011 Rhythm of Asia Fashion Show in Manchester

Waseem Noor was another of the designers showcasing his collection at the 2011 Rhythm of Asia Fashion show which took place in Manchester at the end of September.

Credits for these photos go to Muzaffar Photography and credits for the event itself goes to:
Organiser: Vision Events
Catwalk Production: Adore Entertainment
Model Management: Zaf Shabir
Venue: Midland Hotel, Manchester
Outfit Stockist: Imani Studio

Like a lot of the outfits coming out from Pakistani designers at the moment these were all about long flowing tops.

Some of the outfits seemed to have a little bit too much volume which in my opinion made the models look a little bit frumpy

The outfits had various different necklines including this halterneck style below, and the slightly more risque version in the photo after which showed a little bit too much cleavage for my liking:

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Zainab Sajid at the 2011 Rhythm of Asia Fashion Show in Manchester

The annual Rhythm of Asia Fashion Show, usually held in London, came to Manchester this year. It was just my luck that on the day a big asian fashion show took place in the north west, I ended up being in London at a family wedding!

Although I wasn't there in person I've managed to get some photos from the catwalk to share with you all, thanks to Muzaffar Photography. So, first up here's the collection by Pakistani Designer Zainab Sajid.
These last two outfits were my favourites, I think they stood out because of the more pastel-y shades used compared to the bold colours in the rest of the collection:

More info about the show itself:
Organiser: Vision Events
Catwalk Production: Adore Entertainment
Model Management: Zaf Shabir
Venue: Midland Hotel, Manchester
Outfit Stockist: Imani Studio

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Anjalee and Arjun Fashion Show in London October 2011

Last month, London's Mint Leaf held host to a fashion show by Indian designers Anjalee and Arjun Kapoor in aid of the charity IIMPACT.

The collection was called Phantom of the Opera and there was a very regal look to each outfit:
The influence behind the collection was a vintage feel and this was reflected in the lace trimmings used, constructed embellished tops and heavily volumised lenghas.

This collection was also showcased recently at the 2011 Aamby Valley Bridal Week in India, you can view photos from that event, including an appearance by Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat, here: Anjalee and Arjun Kapoor at Aamby Valley Bridal Week 2011.

A massive thanks to photographer Nabeel Akhtar and Sam at ThePRProfessionals for these photos.