A Graceful Embellished Gown Harks Back to Tradition
This season, India and Pakistan’s bridal catwalks were awash with exquisite ethnicwear evoking memories of a timeless era fit for the heritage-loving bride. For this reason, we chose to dress supermodel Sabeeka Imam in a heavily embellished gown and dupatta from designer emporium, Stushh.
The hand-stitched Lari, Zardosi and Dabka embroidery used throughout highlight the exquisite Pakistani craftsmanship while the deep red undertones, paired with flashes of velvet, makes this the ultimate outfit for the festive season. Asian brides have always favoured crimson for weddings but this one-piece ensemble, with carefully selected Swarovski crystals and accompanied with a buttermilk-coloured dupatta updates the traditional look for the bride with contemporary tastes.
The husband and wife duo behind Stushh is Mr Saba Ahmed and Mrs Sobia ahmed who have had their luxury bridalwear store open in Manchester for more than four years. Intense demand for their stunning collections has led to the launch of a new boutique in Birmingham, opening its doors in November 2014.
Each piece at Stushh is bespoke, and made to exacting standards in dedicated workshops in Pakistan. The designers at Stushh are known for their top quality heavy karigari on each piece, which has delighted thousands of brides-to-be across the country on their wedding day.
STUSHH DESIGNER STUDIO
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A Pristine Base Lays the Foundation for Greatness
Taking inspiration from the gentle, hazy glow of the winter sky, the beauty look this issue celebrated a clean, flawless base.
We used a primer to increase the longevity of the makeup before smoothing a liquid foundation over the skin to create a faultless canvas. A hint of blush on the cheeks brings an infusion of warmth while highlighter along the cheekbones and on the bridge of the nose highlights bone structure, shimmering like the early morning frost. We chose to make the eyes the focal point, drawing in attention like a magnet with heavy kohl framed by iridescent gold and a double coat of volumising mascara. A dark brown pencil is used to fill the brows, giving definition to the face while nude lips complete the look.
The Makeup Artists
Midlands-based Mera Viyah Couture Makeup & Beauty Academy were the first port of call when devising the look for our front cover, thanks to their track record of creating beautiful, timeless looks. The company, with mother and daughter team Angela and Priya at the helm, is favoured by brides across the UK and specialises in Asian bridal hair and makeup.
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Heirloom Jewellery to Pass Down through the Generations
With a bridal lehenga as abundantly decorated as Stushh’s, we looked for statement accessories that would further adorn supermodel Sabeeka.
So we turned to leading jewellery house Jewels N’ Gems for a medley of regal ornaments in exquisite pearl and traditional designs made with mirror and antique metals.
This stunning set includes a necklace studded with mirrors and interspersed with delicate pearls in the antique gold framework. The rani-haar falls perfectly along the neckline, accentuating the shape of the deep V while the mirrored necklace ensures light is bounced back up to the face, bathing it in a luminescent glow. The traditional Asian bride would be incomplete without a jhoomer as well as a tika as this is in line with the time-honoured look. The bangles, rings and armlet ensure the bride is adorned from top-to-toe and showcases her regality to perfection. makes the set that we’ve used the ideal adornment to a heavily embellished gown.
Jewellery couturiers Jewels n Gems bring together legacy and modernity in a striking confluence of styles. expert advice and selected a gorgeous American diamond and onyx set from their extensive collection of wedding and costume jewellery.
Esteemed northern jewellery house Jewels N’ Gems has been delighting British Asian brides and grooms around the world for two years with collections of wedding and costume, hair ornaments and other show-stopping accessories. Each piece is handcrafted by skilled workmen and many of the fabolous pieces are bespoke, allowing brides and their families to put their personal stamp on each piece and make them truly unique.
JEVELS N’ GEMS
+44 (0)7803 351 111
Cut a Dashing Figure with a Rich Brocade Sherwani
Bringing together the wealth of Indian heritage, while updating classic looks with a contemporary cut, Cuckoo Fashion is truly an amalgamation of the old and new. The London-based design house has its finger firmly on the bridal fashion pulse and unites innovative fashion concepts with stunning embroidery and flattering silhouettes - this knee-length brocade sherwani is a perfect example. The sherwani, with a bespoke pagri (set to be big news in Asian groomswear for 2015) echoes influences of the majestic Mughal era, ensuring anyone wearing this piece will feel kingly in his wedding regalia. Rich textures and detailing on the neck and cuff allows sherwanis to be commissioned in any colour, and lets grooms co-ordinate the outfit to his bride’s ensemble. Cuckoo Fashion commits itself to presenting a range of quality garments with the modern man in mind.
Celebrated designers Cuckoo Fashion have been dressing brides, grooms and their wedding guests since the 90s, and is now among the most respected names in Asian occasion wear. Uniting exceptional fashion concepts with stunning embroidery and flattering silhouettes, the London-based designers offer an Aladdin's Cave of options for your Big Day look.
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