Sunday, 24 February 2013

Aamir Naveed hair styling at the Asiana Bridal Show 2013

Aamir Naveed was in charge of hair styling at this year's Asiana Bridal Show in London, and whilst my focus so far covering this show has been the clothes I got a chance to find out more from Aamir himself about the hairstyles he created for the models.

"The build up to the show was very stressful, coming up with a hairstyle that would be practical enough for the show as well as striking and versatile was a major challenge. Me and the team worked very hard coming up with look and perfecting it. We ended up with a look that worked with every concept on the catwalk; Vintage, traditional, medieval, spanish. the hair worked with all the accesories and brought the looks to life. "

Here's how the hairstyles looked with two different hair pieces from Kyles Collection:


"When it came to the day of the show we where were all very calm collective and relaxed, on a reduced time constraint of 2 and half hours for 16 models we beat the clock and all the models where ready on time, We where in sync with the makeup team which meant all the girls where ready for a final rehearsal before the show commenced."

This backstage photo was taken by Momtaz from the Asiana team, read her review of the show here (warning, here blog includes a photo of me suffering from a rather bad eye infection!)

Here are some of the other varying hair accessories from the show, from fascinators to tiaras and tikkas all of them worked with this hairstyle.




"The hair stayed throughout all 4 shows, regardless of the tight neck lines and heavy dupatas, my team where prepared for any hiccups and fixed any flaws effortlessly."

Aamir Naveed also worked his hairstyling magic on the models at last year's Sabyasachi fashion show in London and more recently Asiana's Expo 2013:

View more of Aamir's work over at his facebook page: Aamir Naveed Hair
Photo credits go to Rafyl Photography.

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Khushbu Fashions online store review

Khushbu Fashions have been in my bookmarks list for some time although I'd never ordered anything from them before. When they got in touch with me recently I took the opportunity to try them out.

Their casual outfits start from as low as £15.95 with their more dressier outfits going up to around £250.

Hina from Khushbu recommended I pick something from their Valentines Day red and black collection and I chose one of their more casual outfits which was priced at £39.99:
I chose this dress because I liked the simplicity of it and the detail on the back.

A few days later my outfit arrived in the post and it was time to see how it looked on a real person!
Overall I was really happy with the outfit, even with the bad lighting and my complete lack of accessorising in the photo above! I picked a size 8 and was happy with the fit - you can never be too sure with sizes when ordering asian outfits online but I found the size to be true to the size guide on their website.

I also think their prices are reasonable too - I would definitely consider ordering from them again!

Here are some outfits from their Gul Ahmed Collection which are priced at £65 - £75



Sunday, 17 February 2013

Frontier Raas at the Asiana Bridal Show 2013 in London


Frontier Raas brought full on glamour to the Asiana Bridal Show 2013 catwalk, starting off with a trio of dresses which wouldn't look out of place on the red carpet of an awards show!


This next dress was my least favourite out of all three, it feels like there's too much going on with it and I'm not sure the sheer panel on the front is really needed.

This was my favourite out of the three dresses, I really like the vibrant colour of the gown and contrast with the lighter embroidery

After the high impact of the three evening gowns, as beautiful as the more Indian-style bridal outfits were, none of them really stood out to me. Maybe it was the colour choices, their 2012 Asiana Bridal Show collection was so vibrant but this collection had more of a sultry feel to it.

Photos credits go to Rafyl Photography and Studio 4 Photography.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Mansi Malhotra at the 2013 Asiana Bridal Show

As well as the amazing catwalk collections, there was also some great asian fashion to be seen in the exhibition area at the 2013 Asiana Bridal Show. Mansi Malhotra was one of clothing exhibitors whose collection caught my eye.

Mansi Malhotra's main base is in India, but they also have an outlet in London. Non-bridal outfits start from £350 up to £1,000 and their bridal outfits start at £1,800.

My photos from the exhibition aren't great, so here are some from one of Mansi Malhotra's photo shoots:

You can find out more about this collection and how to get in touch via the Mansi Malhotra facebook page.

Monday, 11 February 2013

Kyles Collection at the 2013 Asiana Bridal Show

Kyles Collection were sponsors of the catwalk at the 2013 Asiana Bridal Show in London, and as well as having their jewellery featured among a lot of the bridal outfits and groomswear, they also had their own segment on the catwalk to showcase some of their pieces.

It's no secret that I'm a fan of Kyles' jewelled hair pieces, tiaras and matha pattis/shinga pattis and this jewellery showcase did not disappoint!

As well as bridal jewellery, Kyles also showcased a selection of pieces for grooms and this is the first time I've seen Kyles pieces on younger members of the bridal party - I thought this was a nice touch!
The model above wears the "Inadan" style set, here's a link to the matha patti which costs £380: Inadan Matha Patti.

A lot of the pieces are available to buy online but others, such as the belt show with this outfit would need to be ordered in store.

I really like the belt on this groom's look too, I think it really completes the outfit.
The female model above wears the "Sawana" set, as with most of Kyles pieces, there are various different options to go with each style, such as a choice of earrings, necklaces and other accessories. Here's a link to the necklace, which is one of Kyles' more expensive pieces coming in at £790 - Sawana Rani Haar.

I love the back of this necklace - it's a great piece for a strapless dress:

The finale piece wasn't even a piece of traditional jewellery - it was more like a full-on part of the dress design.
I tweeted this model, Hammasa, to ask what her favourite outfit from the whole Asiana Show was, and she picked this Kyles look!


If you love these hair accessories as much as I do, check out my blog post on different ways to wear a matha patti.
Photo credits go to Rafyl Photography and Studio 4 Photography.

Monday, 4 February 2013

Manish Malhotra Charity Fashion Show in London

One of my favourite Indian designers Manish Malhotra will be showcasing a collection for a charity fashion event in London later this month.

Taking place on Saturday 23rd February at the Grosvenor House Hotel, the event is in support of the charity The Angeli Foundation whose focus is to "Save the Girl Child" and redress the balance for women who are treated as second-class citizens throughout their lives.

Manish Malhotra has dressed an impressive number of Bollywood celebrities as well as Hollywood celebs and supermodels - I recently blogged about Manish Malhotra dressing the celebrity guests at Naomi Campbell's party in India and who can forget the amazing outfits he created for THE Bollywood bride of last year Kareena Kapoor.

Tickets for the show are available to buy now priced at £150 each for silver seats and £300 each for platinum seats. The ticket price includes a four course meal and drinks.

The prices are a little steep, but I think you'll agree it's for a good cause and I've heard there will be celebrity guests in attendance.

Visit the Angeli Foundation Facebook page to buy your tickets now and in the meantime, here are some of my favourite Manish Malhotra outfits as seen on Bollywood celebs.

Sridevi at a 2013 CCL (Celebrity Cricket League) event:

Sonali Bendre at a 2013 Filmfare nominations party:

Alia Bhatt at the 2013 Filmfare Awards:

Priyanka Chopra at the 2013 Mijwan Welfare Show:

Malaika Arora Khan at 2012 Marrakech International Festival:

Dia Mirza at Manish Malhotra's 2012 BMW fashion show: