As the wedding season approaches l thought it would be a perfect opportunity to add Bridal fashion to my British Asian fashion blog. For all you guys that couldn't attend I reported live from show and did some live feeds on twitter and instagram, so don’t worry l didn't forget you guys.
The ultimate wedding show was in full swing this month. I was invited by the lovely people at Asian Bride Live and went to check it out with Sid. Whether you were getting married or just wanted a day out the latest Asian Bridal fashion - Asian Bride Live ICC in Birmingham was the place to be.
It was fantastic show for not just fashion but wedding ideas with bridal stages set up near the entrance, exhibitors in the ICC hall showing off the hidden British Asian talent. One of my highlights was the great Taxi Cab ‘Photobooth’ - why not add some western flavour to your wedding, well perfect for my wedding anyway :P
The Asian Bride Live show consisted of live cookery with BBC’s Hardeep Singh sponsored by Payal. Plus Lubna Rafiq was on stage doing a bridal make-up demonstration - a glitzy eye make-up look. She even gave away some of her make-up secrets, which we really came to see :) She gave us insight into how she dresses up her brides as well as doing their enchanting bridal make-up on stage.
The entertainment spiced up the show from professional dancers through-out the show, belly dancers and instrument players to get the fashion show started. Here are some of my fashion show designer highlights;
RDC London (above) displayed sexy wedding gowns with a classic shade of red, gold and navy purple/blue. The traditional Asian meets British elegance was flawless. RDC included more bridal Asian jackets and wide heavy frocks than any other designer on the runway. You would really feel and look like a stunning bride in RDC London and you wouldn't have to worry about anyone showing you up at your own wedding ;)
Sharon's Couture integrated the groom in most of their looks, yep we can’t leave the men out. They were perfect for bride and groom wanting to have ravishing his and hers outfits for their big day. Sharon's Couture had a combination of traditional Asian gowns and dazzling gold and white bridal gowns which brides could wear on a second day. I loved the finishing touches of the elegant face mask’s which most my friends and family would scream no but hey you’d get the head turning when you make your entrance ;)
Soltee was one l was watching out for all day, they had an exhibition stall which l caught a closer look of the magnificent detailing and see the gorgeous elements of the bridal wear. It undoubtedly has to be one of my favourites, l loved the unique patterned aspects of the gowns and the fusion of colours against the gold. I particularly like Soltee’s innovation, it brings something new to bridal wear than the standard patterns designers use when creating their garments. You’d definitely look a million dollars in one of Soltee’s.
Chic Couture was to see as they brought some colour and casual party wear with bridal wear to the runway. The silky free flowing dresses were mesmerising and the fabrics used were captivating. I was a fan of the delicate detailing on parts of the garments and mixture of fabulously designed dresses you would look like a Spring/Summer goddess at any party or wedding guest in the outfits below.
Its brilliant to see designers such as Chic Couture who understand most women don’t want to look like a typical bride and most of these dress elements can be used to make different 21st century British Asian outfits. Nice one Chic Couture!
I was amazed and enticed to see the fine detailing in all the dresses. I can imagine the man-hours it took to create each and every one of these captivating gowns for the bride and groom.
I definitely feel even if your not a to-be bride or not you can take away from fashion ideas and inspiration. We all need some Asian flavour to give you gowns the WOW element.
So a great day all in all! I definitely go for a visit if l was getting married or just a day out!
I interviewed the organisers and asked them what makes Asian Bride different from many Wedding Exhibitions. The main answer l got from 4/5 members including the CEO and Chief Editor of Asian Bride was the service! I can’t denie it, the service was unbelievable as a blogger the service was better than some weddings I've been to.
Asian Bride highlighted its about QUALITY not QUANTITY! Tickets were on sale for £5 and everyone was welcome with a warm reception. They had 3 re-runs of the show which was good as every show was as busy as the other but it was never over crowded! You always got a good view. Asian Bride really thought of their customers. Oh, free magazines were being given away. These guys really know how to make us feel special.
I hated Asian Wedding Exhibitions before this experience but they've totally changed my mind. Thanks Asian Bride. See you guys soon!
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