Monday, 27 February 2012

Harkirans at the Asiana Bridal Show 2012 London

Here's the collection from Harkirans, as showcased as the Asiana Bridal Show 2012 in London.

I must admit, when these outfits came out on the catwalk, in person I don't think I really appreciated them due to the asian fashion overload, but thanks to Studio 4 Photography (who took most of these photos), I've had a second chance to review them in more detail and I like what I see.

The collection was dominated by shades of pink and purple with big bold embroidery.
I really like the embroidery on the skirt above, I would personally change the design of the top though to make it a bit more of a covered up look.

This style won't be to everyone's taste and I know a lot of people who prefer a toned-down look rather than so much heavy embroidery, but I really liked all the overall look of these outfits with all their detail.
Did you have a favourite from this collection? Leave a comment below!

Exclusive Cakes 4 U and Arinder Bhullar at the Asiana Bridal Show London 2012

Would you believe there were wedding cakes on display at the 2012 Asiana Bridal Show in London? That's right, event sponsor Exclusive Cakes 4 U showcased their cakes during the fashion show.

I love cake as much as the next person, but my main interest in the show was the clothes, and for this part of the catwalk, the models were dressed by Arinder Bhullar.

Each cake was customised to match the dresses. I'm not really a fan of over-matching things but with the first dress as the embroidery is quite subtle, I think it works that the design is replicated on the cake too.

I didn't really like this yellow outfit or the cake.

I like this red dress

A massive thanks to Studio 4 Photography for these photos.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Mongas at the 2012 Asiana Bridal Show London

Here's the collection from Mongas, showcased at the 2012 Asiana Bridal Show in London.

They started with this heavily embroidered churidar suit, and as pretty as it looked from the front, I liked it even more when I saw the sheer back:

I like the sheer jacket on this next outfit, although you can't see it so much from the front of this photo, it adds a bit more of a flow-y overall.

Another outfit with beautiful work on the sleeves and back. I'm not sure I like all the layering though, from the jacket to the two layers on the skirt, it looks good on the model, but I'm not sure how well it would translate on a "real" bride.

More layering with this last outfit and I think here it definitely looks a little too over the top for my tastes, but again I like the detail on the back :)

Overall I love the little details, specifically the backs and the sleeves on all of these outfits - after all, as a bride there's a massive chance that you're going to be photographed from all angles, not just the front.

Credits for the additional photos go to Studio 4 Photography.

Monday, 6 February 2012

Traditions at the 2012 Asiana Bridal Show London

Traditions were up next on the catwalk at the Asiana Bridal Show London 2012. They started off with some white registry-style gowns and finished off with some red bridals.
This first dress was a little revealing up top - particularly from the side angle which you can't see in these pics. Still, there's an elegance to it, despite the fact that there's lots of skin on show.

A lot of outfits also had matching menswear:
I love the sparkly back on this one-shoulder gown, if it was in a different colour (or maybe had a smaller train) I can imagine this dress being worn by a celebrity on a red carpet event.

I'm a bit annoyed that I didn't manage to get a better photo of this next white bridal outfit, but I did get a snap of the back and the beautiful veil:

Now onto the reds. I much preferred the white bridals to Traditions' red bridal lehngas, aside from this first one which was more orange-y than red, the rest didn't really wow me.
The finale outfit was this red and gold lehnga, I like the top (although wouldn't personally wear if off the shoulder like that) but I'm not a fan of the skirt design at all, it just doesn't seem to fit with the top?

Thanks to Studio 4 Photography for the additional photos.

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Kyles Collection at the 2012 Asiana Bridal Show London

Here are some of the pieces on the catwalk by Kyles Collection at the 2012 Asiana Bridal Show London. To set their scene, they had a live saxaphone player - Pavan Verma.

I've been a fan of Kyles for a long time, having bought my own bridal jewellery from them way back in 2008 and buying jewellery from them even before that for general occassions. I absolutely love the headpieces they have at the moment - I just wish I could get away with wearing one again...probably best to leave that to the brides though *sigh*

Kyles have been designing jewellery pieces to be worn with hijab for some time so I expected that they would have one of these looks on the catwalk. I think they look beautiful, although I've never personally seen any real brides wearing any of these items - if you have, do share a link.

This pearl set below is one of my favourites from the show - the headpiece is the main attraction for me - I've managed to locate it on the Kyles website here - it's not cheap though: £380!

As well as jewellery, Kyles also showcased some of their mens accessories and bridal bouquets. Both of these won't be to everyone's taste...I have heard some people describe jewelled bouquets as "tacky" but I think they can work if styled so that they complement the bride's outfit rather than being too matchy-matchy.

As massive thank you to Studio 4 Photography for the additional catwalk photos.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

RDC open the Asiana Bridal Show London 2012

As promised, here are some more photos from the Asiana Bridal Show 2012 which took place on the 29th January at the Park Plaza Riverbank in London. RDC opened the show with this array of Pakistani style long flowing outfits.
A massive thanks to Studio 4 Photography for these photos.

I really liked this first outfit, very elegant, I like the jacket-style and I think red and purple is a very popular colour combination.
I managed to get take a decent photo of the back of this red and silver outfit:

This pink and purple colour combination is another of my favourites although the embroidery on the top looks really heavy, if I was going to order this, personally I'd go for a lighter top.

This collection was definitely a departure compared to the fusion-style fitted outfits which RDC usually showcase, and after further inspection and scratching my head thinking "haven't I seen that before..." it looks like RDC have been working with Pakistani designer Shazia's Bridal Gallery on this collection (you can view photos from previous Shazia's Bridal fashion shows here: Pakistan Fashion Extravaganza, Montage Show)

RDC also closed the show with a collection that was more in their usual style - I'll be posting those photos soon!