As we bid farewell to one fashion week another begins, this weekend saw the opening of Pantene Bridal Couture Week 2013 under the flagship of Style 360 HUM TV. The event provides a unique platform for upcoming and established bridal couturists to showcase their work and always promises thoroughly entertaining star studded performances. This season Aamina Sheikh and husband Mohib Mirza provided the firepower with a brilliantly choreographed Mehndi dance routine with Aamina wearing a modern cut saffron screenprint and kaamdani Aangarkha by Nida Azwer while celebrity show stoppers included Shaista Wahidi for Saim and Humaima Malik for Zaheer Abbas.
Aamina Sheikh and Mohib Mirza
Mehreen Syed and Abbas Jaffri for Zainab Chotani
Zainab Chottani opened the show with a collection of delicate ivory and cream heavily embellished lehngas with trimmings of fuschia and pastels that were presented beautifully in traditional bridal silhouettes. This was followed by more modern cuts with show stoppers Nadia Hussain in heavenly trailing rich maroon and Mehreen Syed in coral.
Nadia Hussain for Zainab Chottani
Nadia Chotani showcased her bridal jewelry collection next that comprised mostly yellow gold layered kundan, polki and stonework long necklaces accompanied by chokers and gemstone arm bands plus the usual elaborate karras and earrings.
Nadia Chotani Jewelry at BCW 2013
Saim Ali’s collection comprised of broad gota borders and shorter flared layered shirts over bell bottom palazzo pants that referenced vintage bridal fashion.
A lace bridal on Shaista Wahidi for Saim
Mona Imran who recently showed her ‘Safari Collection’ at FPW 2013 also presented at Bridal Couture Week and played more to her strengths of working with classic bridal lehngas. However one of the chatta pati lehngas and metallic sequined halter choli was a complete misfit amongst the rest of the collection.
Mona Imran at BCW
We loved Zaheer Abbas’s Virigin White collection at FPW2012 and were happy to see him present again at BCW. His bridal silhouettes were the perfect marriage between modern elegance and vintage classic while the intricate handwork showed effort and hard work resulting in luxuriant heritage ensembles.
Zaheer Abba at BCW 2013
One of our favourite moments of BCW 2013 Day 1
Humaima Malik show stopper for Zaheer Abbas; an absolute jaw dropper with Humaima’s makeup by Natasha Salon
Asifa & Nabeel delivered poised and modern minimalist bridal couture as per their signature and we particularly loved a cream and matted gold layered ensemble with cutwork detailing modeled by Ayyan.
Asifa and Nabeel at BCW 2013
Zaheer Abbas and Zainab Chottani were by far the stars at Day 1 of BCW 2013 but with two more days to go let’s see who else manages to raise the bar for achievement in bridal couture! Nadya Mistry, HSY, and Deepak Perwani will also be showing their bridal collections in the upcoming days so stay tuned!
Photo Credit: Secretcloset.pk and Yawar Naqvi; HUM TV
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