ASIANA BRIDAL SHOW LONDON 2015
Last week Punjab2000 were invited to the luxurious Lancaster London, for the much anticipated Asiana Bridal Show 2015, presented by Madhu’s and Asiana, which is now in it’s 14th successful year. The event was an opportunity for the public to meet 100 of the UK’s top wedding suppliers, including leading bridal fashion designers, mehndi artists, hair and make up artists, photographers, Dj’s, venue hire, decor companies, wedding cakes, caterers, florists, honeymoon planners and so much more that is involved in creating your dream wedding.
Private rooms on the first floor were where designers displayed their most beautiful outfits and jewellery. There was even an outfit created by Sati Takhar of Birmingham, which had to be displayed in a secure glass box, a white wedding lehnga, encrusted in real diamonds and weighing around 30kg. It’s the UK’s most expensive Asian wedding outfit, costing a whopping £100,000!
The atmosphere was pretty buzzing, more so on the ground and lower ground floors where the majority of wedding supplier stands were, with gorgeous models walking around displaying their beautiful outfits and great songs playing throughout the day. Three floors of wedding wonder even made me consider having my own…..for a moment!
The stunning Asiana Bridal catwalk show were what so many of the visitors had been waiting for, myself included, some queuing up long before show time and the doors still shut, hoping for the best seats in the house. The seated shows lasted about an hour, held at 1, 4 and 7pm. Showcasing their beautiful creations were some of the UK’s top Asian designers. Unveiling for the first time their 2015 Bridal Collections were Kyles Collection, RDC London (Rashid Malik), Diya’s by Zari, Ashan’s Bespoke Menswear, Amaya ashu-London, Khusboo’s by Chand, Khushboo Luxury Bridal Fabrics, Traditions, Bibi London, Mongas.
There were many glorious designs on the catwalk, traditional Maharani styles being my favourite. Most outfits this season are heavily embroidered in sequins and swarovskis. The fashion show was visually beautiful including the stage which looked like a scene from Slumdog Millionaire. It was also entertaining and at times humorous, with a saxophonist playing passionately throughout his designers entire collection. English male models too dancing enthusiastically to to the beat of the dhol and band onstage.
The only issue I felt with the fashion show, which I’m sure can be altered easily next year, is that the stage should have been created two to three feet higher. It was difficult to see the outfits fully even being seated mid section and above average in height, therefore a struggle for many to see the beautiful designs in the way they were expected to be seen.
There is no doubt that Asian designers both here at Asiana Bridal Show, in the UK and worldwide make the most beautiful outfits with such intricate detail. But let’s not forget though that the average Asian woman doesn’t stand at 5 foot 10 and isn’t a size 8, so it really would be refreshing to sometimes see designs created for the slightly more curvaceous woman and gorgeous models representing that.