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Hot Bridal Picks from Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week SS15

It feels like just the other day I was anticipating the arrival of fashion week and before I know it, it’s done and dusted! Indeed, the Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week SS15 has come to a close, but I am still not over the hot fashion trends that set the ramp on fire! With the wedding season upon us, there is no better time than to provide all my readers with an overview of my favourite Indian designer bridal looks on the ramp. After all, if you are shopping for the wedding season, you may as well do it in style. 😉

Viral, Ashish & Vikrant: Designing for Meaning

Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week SS15 certainly garnered my oohs and aahs over some of the exquisite collections that adorned the ramp this year. Now what can I say about Viral, Ashish and Vikrant’s collection, Virtues, on Day 2 of Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week? Their collection put the phrase, designing for meaning, truly into perspective. The first half of the show featured a display of powder blue pinstripes, leading into a stunning kaleidoscope of red hues, flowing silhouettes and elegant detailing. You will certainly be able to find a quirky, fusion element in this collection, with detailed dresses, jacket kurtas and asymmetrical dresses that flow gracefully with every step. The collection shed light on HIV and made prominent the message of equality. Amidst the glitz and glam of Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week, I think it is equally important to address a strong message such as this, and through what better medium than design? Overall, the collection struck the right chord with the cuts, fabrics, colours and detailing, making it an ideal choice for brides to flaunt at their outdoor mehendi event. The best thing I like about this collection is that the styles look so effortless and comfortable to carry off, yet give off such a chic vibe!

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A beautiful number from the Virtues collection by Ashish, Viral and Vikrant at Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week SS15.
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A spectacular parade of corals on Day 4 of Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week SS15.

Rabani & Rakha: Go Gold Goddess

Day 4 of Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week saw Rabani and Rakha’s stunning gold palette dawn the ramp. Indeed, bridalwear has expanded beyond the horizons of red…and nowadays you can even paint the town red in a stunning gold number. 😉 The collection had beautiful accents of ivory and sun-kissed peach. The highlight of Rabani and Rakha’s collection at Wills Lifestyle Fashion week were their subtly embroidered net sarees and gold sequined blouses that definitely upped the glam factor. Along with traditional Indian attire, the collection saw a fusion of gorgeous dresses and gowns, cleverly layered with luxurious lace, tulle, embroidery and brocade work. For a chance to shine and feel like a gold goddess, I would definitely opt for a gold number for one of my wedding functions!

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Rabani and Rakha shine with an all gold collection at Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week SS15.

Sahil Kochhar: Floral Garden

The Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week also saw designer Sahil Kochhar display his beautiful collection on Day 4. There are two words I have for this collection and those are, hello details! This collection certainly stole my heart; everything about the collection was stunning from the colour choices, to the geometric embroidery, floral detailing and intricate cutwork done skilfully in the gowns and jackets. Sahil’s collection cleverly incorporates Sanjhi, which is a unique and intricate paper cutting craft from Mathura, India, through the use of stencils and embroidery in striking colour combinations. Taking a closer look at the sheer work gone into his designs, I am especially in awe of his 3D hand cut petal embroidery. Sahil’s all silk concept and beautiful detailing make the collection so apt for a bridal function, such as a Sangeet, and give it an oh so luxurious and unique touch!

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A stunning orange number from Sahil Kochhar’s collection.
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One word…stunning!

Rohit Bal: Royal Rose

They say the best things come to those who wait and this was certainly true for Rohit Bal’s finale collection at Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week. Think for a second that you are being transported into a fairytale era, where dusty pink roses and a sweet fragrance lingering in the air are the norm. Let’s not forget the soft, romantic flow of the moon and shimmering lights encapsulating the place. Rightly so, this year’s theme was Gulbagh, a garden of roses, drawing inspiration from the flora of Kashmir. Rohit Bal’s collection showcased rich hues of cream, red, white, gold and burgundy. The designer certainly knows what he does best and infuses his trademark colours of gold and off-white once again into his collcetion. Rohit Bal definitely created a memorable experience on the ramp, continuing to weave magic into Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week. This collection really does tick all the boxes for a bride’s dream wedding outfit!

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A beautiful gold and maroon lehenga from Rohit Bal’s collection.

The collections showcased at Wills Lifestyle Fashion Week SS15 are sure to catch the fancy of brides wanting to experiment or get inspired for their bridal attire. These designs are sure to make you look and feel like an absolute diva on your wedding day!

Review of UK Bridal Stores (Sponsored by Strand of Silk)

In my previous posts, Part 1 and Part 2 of ‘Find Your Wedding Dress in UK’ I tried to convince Asian brides in the UK that they can find their perfect Asian wedding lehenga or saree without having to travel to India or Pakistan! As promised, here is a review of the most popular UK bridal stores for Asians.

Strand of Silk is an online retailer offering the latest indian wedding wear collections for women and men, from some of the best Indian designers, such as Anita Dongre, Raakesh Agarvwal and Siddartha Tytler.

Strand of Silk offers such stunning collections (Indian bridal sarees and lehengas) and special services which are definitely worth checking out. Their special services include a custom made service ‘Made for You’, where brides have the option to personalise their dresses to suit their requirements. With this special service they provide you with very detailed measurement instructions (pictures and video) to ensure perfect fitting. Additionally, if you are looking for just a size alteration, they offer one free alteration service for Bridal orders!

Other Strand of Silk bridal services include ‘Experience The Dress’ with which you can have your outfit ordered to your home to see the embroidery and style, try it on and show family members and friends. They also offer expert styling assistance, such as different combinations of an Indian bridal lehenga, saree and accessories, what styles can be worn at different ceremonies, as well as styling tips for guests!

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Onitaa – When I walked into this store I felt like I was entering a princess walk-in-wardrobe as it gives such a luxurious feel, and filled with  stunning Asian Bridal sarees and lehengas. The first half of the shop offers stunning collections by Pakistani designers (for women and men) such as Deepak Perwani and Zainab Chottani, whilst the far end displays Indian fashion by designers such as Mansi Malhotra and Arnab Sengupta.

However, I was more impressed with the Pakistani collection than Indian – the Indian bridal dresses were either too gaudy or too simple! On the other hand, I loved some of their in-house creations which are definitely worth checking out! They also offer some pretty contemporary clutches and jewellery by Amishi.

Phulkari London – Phulkari’s store is located on Ilford Lane (East London), conveniently situated for Indian wedding shopping. They offer a great range of Asian fashion designers from India and Pakistan, including Sabyasachi and Satya Paul. They also offer their own in-house collections Phulkari Bespoke which are eye-catching with starting prices from £700.

RDC London – Another store located on Ilford Lane, the heart of Asian fashion shopping, offers gorgeous Indian and Pakistani inspired fashion and bridalwear. This is a great store if you are not interested in a designers name but rather a pretty and affordable wedding dress. Their special bridal service offer includes creating a wedding dress from scratch to fulfil your requirements!

Aashni + Co – This gorgeous store definitely lives up to its high-end location Notting Hill, offering Indian wedding outfits from some popular Indian bridal designers such as Rohit Bal and Manish Malhotra. If you have a high budget and want to be seen in specific designer’s creation, then this could be the place for you.

Personally, Strand of Silk is my favourite of the UK bridal stores for Asians since they offer such a beautiful bridal collection suitable for a range of budgets. They are also extremely helpful, by giving the option to have the garment ordered home to try on and show others before committing yourself. You can simply sit back, relax, order your dream dress at home and let them do the rest for you.  They will advise you and handle the garment with so much care – they truly understand the importance of a wedding dress for a bride!