Hi everyone! I’m really excited to be here today – thank you Asiya for inviting me. I love bridal fashion and styling, so it was difficult to narrow the list to my five favourites. Sources of inspiration are everywhere: fashion week runways, magazine editorials, designer ad campaigns, styled shoots and real brides. I had sensory overload while wedding planning... you may experience this too. Luckily for South Asian brides, there are multiple wedding events which allow for multiple bridal looks, so you don’t have to choose just one! Here are my favourite fashion moments from the last two years.
1. Favourite Real Bride: Anum
A well-styled, elegant and confident bride can be the difference between a forgettable to an unbelievable wedding. The right fit and proper styling will do more for a bride’s look than the presence of a designer label on the dress or shoes.
Anum is the perfectly styled bride. Her bridal look shows thoughtful consideration of colour and cut of dress, placement of dupatta, flattering makeup, accents of flowers and delicateness of accessories. The pale pink makes her look angelic and her dupatta placement looks like an extension of her dress, rather than weighing her down. Even though her wedding decor is beautiful, the real star of the show is the bride (as she should be).
2. Favourite designer ad campaign: TanishQ
My favourite designer ad campaign is Prelude by Sharon Nayak featuring Tanishq jewelry. I love the vintage combination of pearls and tulle with soft reds and pinks.
3. Favourite Fashion Week Runway show: Karma
images via Asianaires
My favourite runway show was by Karma at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2011. The halos, the flower girls, the free-flowing curly locks and rosette dresses... oh my! I love hippie-chic at its best.
4. Favourite Magazine Editorial: South Asian Bride Magazine
Saadia Mirza for South Asian Bride Magazine
My favourite magazine editorial was by Saadia Mirza for South Asian Bride Magazine’s Winter 2011 issue. I love the modern yet vintage combination of pearl necklaces with kundan sets, offset with smoky eye makeup. This shoot was the inspiration for my own wedding makeup and jewellery.
5. Favourite Vendor Collaborative Styled Shoot: Amna Hakim
A Decadent Afternoon Tea was a styled shoot photographed by Amna Hakim and featured dresses by Sobia Saleem. This shoot was the first time that dresses with long flowy A-line blouses moved from Pakistani runways to the consciousness of the sophisticated South Asian/North American audience. All of these dresses are perfect for a bridal trousseau.
Thank you PWD for those great choices. A lot of these have been featured on my blog, and other blogs I read daily, which is kind of cool for the blogging world on the whole!