Painters have their canvases, sculptors their marble and chisel, but creating works of art are an everyday occurrence for Whitechapel-based hair and makeup artist Julie Ali. The massively talented makeup artist, whose work you can see for yourself on this issue’s cover, is one of the best-known artists in east London. Her CV?includes working alongside beauty behemoths L’Oreal at Paris fashion shows, as well as high fashion and editorial makeup campaigns. Julie Ali says: “Fashion is my muse. I love recreating looks that inspire me.”
Raishma Islam is something of a perfectionist. The head designer and CEO of the eponymous couture label keeps a watchful eye over her designs, from sketchpad to sales till and the label is among the most established Asian couturiers in the UK. Brides, as well as household names such as Shobna Gulati, Laila Rouazz and Priya Kalidas, have coveted Raishma designs for well over a decade, and with the Raishma party collection soon to be stocked in John Lewis (23rd March) and House of Fraser (23rd April), it’s even easier to shop the brand.
Crafting Big Day mehndi for brides-to-be and their guests is Lal Hatheli, a name that translates to ‘red palm’ in Urdu and Hindi. Headed by Mahwish K Ijaz, the London-based company is one of the premier mehndi artists in the country, and is known for impeccably drawn designs using natural henna - which made her an obvious choice for our Spring cover. Lal Hatheli uses traditional motifs including mangos, leaves and peacocks in a modern way to keep her looks current.
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From our very first cover to this, our latest, we’ve always known that Red Dot Jewels is synonymous with excellence and quality. The company sources exquisite Asian and Indian bridal sets, rediscovers ancient jewellery crafts and designs handcrafted silver and semi precious pieces to showcase in their new London boutique – when they’re not shooting luxury bridal fashion covers with us, of course. Founder and head designer Shalini Patel selected the pieces for the cover based on the Raishma outfit – highlighting the importance of a bride’s clothes to the creation of the final look. Statement heritage pieces, such as the necklaces, ear cuff and other ornaments on the cover, are a key trend for SS16, reflecting the majesty of the Mughal kingdom.