Thursday, May 7, 2015

Designs on Love: Crystallized

A perfect match for the kundan work on her jewellery, this bride's picture perfect shot of her henna is that much more enticing for the addition of tiny crystal gems to set off the henna.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Tricks of the Trade: Kohl-Rimmed Beauties

A THROWBACK TO TRADITION, KOHL is a central tool in an Indian woman's beauty kit.  So many love songs have been written about surma, a.k.a kajal, that it borders on cliche.  And yet, here it is again, charming it's way back to the forefront, because for the bride who wishes to make a calculated statement, it is really all one needs.  By bringing the focus to the eyes, on an otherwise barely there makeup look, the single line of surma brings a flush of light to the whole face.

{images:  Telugu Actress Amala Paul /Guerlain Kohl Loose Powder via/Anita Dongre via Pernia's Pop-Up Shop/4/5/via The Scarlet Window}

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sunday Afternoon Pretty: Looking Back

MODELS PREPARE FOR the runway at the Pakistan Fashion Design Council's annual Pakistan Sunsilk Fashion Week show. Nomi Ansari and Fahad Hussayn have already graced the ramp with their collections.  Coming up are Zara Shahjahan, Arsalan Iqbal, and Nida Azwer.

{image via PFDC Official Facebook}

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Designs on Love: Twinsies

MATCHING HENNA MOTIFS for your bridal party are a pretty and simple way to tie it all together and add some fun to the day's preparations.  For bridesmaids that are henna-shy, this simple paisley motif that extends in a single line from the index fingertip to the wrist is an homage to tradition that will keep the aunties happy and not overwhelm.

{image via almond leaf studios}

Real Bride: Pakistani Bridal Shoot from Toronto Photographer Qurrat Ansari

OUR REAL BRIDES FEATURE has been dormant for a while, and the best way to bring it back is with this lovely mehndi photographed by Toronto area photgrapher Qurrat Ansari for Qurrat A'yun Studios.  We love the bride's pearl choker and the chaand bali earrings to match.  And since I am currently in the market for a vintage ring, the cushion cut diamond on her engagement is right up my alley.

{images via Qurrat Ansari Photography}

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

This Dress, That Detail: Painted Cakes, Roses and Gorgeous Gowns

PAINTED CAKES HAVE BEEN a bit of an obsession lately, because art is always welcome and edible art is really, truly just sublime.  Floral maxi dresses and roses are the stuff that summer is made you can wear your love, and eat it too.

{images: Lisa Haydon for Sunaina Puri, Painted Cake by Cake Inc. via}

p.s. more delightful pairs this way...

The Inspired Bride: Living in Technicolor

THE FAINT OF HEART shouldn't stop here, these colors are for the bold only. Color, as we've previously observed is making an unapologetic return the Indian fashion scene with designer Manish Arora's nomad-inspired designs leading the fray.  The bolder, the better, bands of colour in indigo, coral, parrot green and lemon yellow bring to mind the riotous celebrations of Holi.

{images: Anushka Menon for Kundalini Arts, Holi Hands by Prasanth Chandan, Jacqueline Fernandez for Harper's Bazaar via, Sonam Kapoor in Manish Arora for Harper's bazaar via, Manish Arora via Anarkali Love, 6 via}

p.s. more bridal inspiraton here.