With the release of her latest film, Dia Mirza seems to be everywhere these days, and all the photoshoots of her in classic, opulent bridal finery are a delight to my wedding blogger's heart. She's incredibly photogenic, and not overgroomed, so she carries most of what she wears very well. I think her style is definitely worth stealing. Here are some of my fave images of her from recent photoshoots posted around the web. Do you have any faves?
This Texas Pakistani Wedding shoot, sent in by Iraj of Iraj Fatima Photography features the mayoun, mehndi, shaadi and walima of a Pakistani bride. Yaay for as many outfits as possible! I personally am loving the blush peach of her mehndi outfit, and the crystal embellishment on the front.
Iraj Fatima is an Orlando based photographer who specializes in wedding, special events and portrait photography. She is available nationwide. You can check out more of her work on her website or get in touch with her via her facebook page.
Happy Monday everyone! I have a really exciting blog post to start off the week! One of my fave bloggers, a veteran of the South Asian Blogger scene, has agreed to guest blog on my site.Nazma of Asian Fashion Blogis here today, sharing her top five fashion moments! Yaaay! I'm so excited, I actually have a whole bunch of these lined up by many lovely bloggers, and I can't wait to post them. What better way to start us off than with one of my first and favourite bloggers. Take it away, Nazma!
1) Seasons India trio of anarkali churidar suits at the 2008 Asiana Bridal Show
This was one of the first asian bridal shows I ever attended and there were hundreds of different outfits on show. These churidar suits by Seasons India had the most impact on me and a lot of the other outfits I saw aferwards just didn't compare! These three outfits still appear all over copycat designer websites and the yellow version was even worn as a mehndi outfit in British soap Eastenders for their big wedding of 2010.
For a long time I focused my blog on British-based asian fashion designers and didn't really write too much about the big names from India and Pakistan. When I received a press release about a collaboration between Satya Paul and Deepika Gehani and saw the photos of these outfits I immediately became a fan of Satya Paul's abstract print saris.
Bollywood has done the courtesan look a number of times so there was plenty to choose from! However I think my favourite is one of the less obvious choices - Sushmita Sen in the film Kisna. It's not just the outfit, the jewellery or the flawless make-up, it's the way this song was filmed and the blue lighting which makes this courtesan look stand out for me.
4) Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for Manish Malhotra at HDIL India Couture Week 2010
Fashion weeks in India are synonymous with Bollywood stars walking the runway. I'm a fan of Manish Malhotra's fashion shows and when Aishwarya Rai Bachchan came out on the runway in this outfit, with her hair styled that way and her sultry eye make-up, it was a bit of a "wow" moment for me, and this is considering the fact that I don't even like her that much!
I've chosen a very personal fashion moment for this last outfit. When I was on the hunt for my own wedding outfit (back in 2008 before there was a wealth of inspiration from asian wedding blogs like this one) out of all the pictures I'd seen in the magazines, for some reason I was very drawn to this dress. At the time, I didn't have a specific bridal look in mind but I knew I didn't want to wear red! When I saw this photo I loved the colour and the style and that was it for me.
After carrying this photo around in my bag with me for months as my bridal look inspiration, when I finally got round to visiting the shop and trying the dress on, unfortunately I didn't get that "this is my wedding dress" feeling. I think at the time I must have been really disappointed, but I found my dream dress a few shopping trips later (it ended up being a light princessy shade of pink!) but even now whenever I see this photo I still love the way it looks on the model!
Thank you Nazma, for that amazing post! It's so hard to narrow down fashion choices to just five, but I have to say, each of your choices is well-picked. I loved that anarkali the first time I saw it on your blog too, and it remains of the finest outfits you've ever posted, as far as I'm concerned. And your almost-was dress is soooo gorgeous, I keep looking at it again and again.
CTC West South Asian Bridal and Formal Wear Boutique is part of the fabulous team of vendors that I had the pleasure of meeting at Bridalicious, a boutique Toronto wedding show held bi-annually and showcasing the best of the best of local vendors. They specialize is customization of bridal wear, and bring India to brides in and around the GTA by offering the same style of trousseau shopping from the comfort of their Woodbridge studio. Without having to travel all the way to India, you can look through a catalogue of designs and rows of sample lenghas to find pieces that inspire you, and then, with the aid of the store's dedicated staff, customize the look of any of the pieces on their showroom to your exact specifications.
Here is what CTC West has to say about their couture service, "The CTC West Custom Couture experience was created for this very purpose, to assist you in selecting a CTC West design and altering the colour, shape and look to create a piece that truly embodies your vision. With the combination of your vision and our expertise, every piece inthe CTC West boutique can be customized, embellished, mixed andmatched, to achieve a simplistic or intricate design."
Fellow blogger Little Brown Bride actually picked up her reception lengha from their showroom, and I remember her mentioning that the process is transparent, with selections organized by price, so there is definitely something for every budget here. To get an idea of the design process, check out this story in pictures:
Sooooo pretty! And believe it or not, the process really is that easy, and the result really is that beautiful. You can check out their blog to learn more about them or to contact them. And to see more of their work up close and in person, check them out at the Kismet Wedding Show this weekend.
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