Interviews: Rema & Shehrbano, Nida Azwer and Wardha Saleem fill us in on the best winter/bridal looks this season!
We asked some of our favourite fashion designers- Rema & Shehrbano, Nida Azwer and Wardha Saleem about the current winter and bridal trends, their favourite looks this season and a little about their latest collections. The talented ladies veered towards sensually flowing silhouettes or charismatic, matched separates of different styles. Read on further to learn a bit about whats in and the many ways of wearing it this season!
1) What are your favourite winter trends?
Shehrbano: “I love how everything is in this season. Any silhouette – from a peshwas to a lengha choli, angrakha, long or super short shirt, matching separates, bootleg, izhaar pajama or shalwar – is in fashion. A personal favourite for me has been velvet and jewel tones and a return to the traditional in terms of cuts, kaam and accessories.”
Rema: “Velvet has been a great hit! A nice jewel tone, simple silhouette and accessories to complement makes for a perfect look. During the wedding season jhumars have been a very feminine accent to a wedding jora.”
Nida Azwer: “I’m loving the velvet outfits and dupattas we have made this season. It’s the perfect weather to wear our hand embroidered Resham chadders. Loving those looks on our clients.”
Wardha Saleem: “My favourite winter trend is lots of layering and mixing separates together.”
2) Describe your ideal winter look you would love to don at a wedding party- clothes, shoes, hair and accessories?
Shehrbano: “I love a woman who can pull off menswear. A sleek, tailored suit or oversized jacket with loud, statement accessories, oxblood lipstick, a subtle smokey eye and gelled back low ponytail.”
Rema: Jumpsuit, wavy hair, choker and perspex heels.
3) Can you tell us some current bridal trends, cuts and silhouettes? And how are those incorporated in your latest collection?
Rema Shehrbano: We have used a lot of traditional elements in our collection this time. Gota has been been incorporated in almost all our pieces in shades of gold, silver and rose gold. We’ve loved using velvets, chaadar’s, mukeish, jewel tones, cutaway details and have gone for both long and short lengths.
Nida Azwer: “Most bridal outfits this season are very very grand flowy with beautiful intricate zardozi work. Kalidars with lenghas and long worked dupattas are on trend this season.”
Wardha Saleem: “Gharara pants and farshi ghararas , velvet embroidered pants and jackets.”
4) What are your favourite make up and hair trends this season?
Shehrbano: “I love voluminous wavy hair – it’s a versatile classic, but I do love the low gelled ponytail and a soft, bouncy lob.”
Rema: “Glass-like straight hair. Short hair was also taken to the extreme this year in a good way with bold buzz cuts.”
Nida Azwer:”I love the side twisted braid in a bun. It’s so feminine and looks pretty. I like farmers eyes with lighter lipsticks. Or a nice deep red/maroon lips with glossy cheeks.”
Wardha Saleem: “I like smudgy eyes with nice glossy lipstick . For this festive season one can try keeping smoky eyes with peachy pale lipstick and if the outfit is heavily embroidered then easy low bun or nicely blow dried hair would work perfect for this season . Don’t go for made up hair styles.”
5) Any bridal style tips for our readers? (In terms of how to put together a complete look etc)
Shehrbano: “It’s always important to imagine the complete look before you order either your outfit or jewellery, and it’s fun to play with different colour palettes, cuts and styles on each of your functions. I would recommend staying as classic as possible. I love old-school brides who wear something passed down from generations – it makes it so special!”
Rema: “It’s important to have a color palette in mind. With the amount of dholkis , dinners and the time leading up to your big day it’s important to have an assortment of colours and cuts. I find it’s always nicer to have a more simpler makeup look, soft braid or waves with floral jewellery for the Mehndi paired with a pop of color – yellow, orange, hot pink. Jewellery to match your Barat or Valima is always a good way to start to make it easier to select your color and silhouette.”
Nida Azwer: “You get always order what you look good in verses what’s in trend. Bridal outfits should be pieces you would love to see and want to wear.”
Wardha Saleem: “Try pairing heavily embroider dupattas with simpler shirt and pants / shalwar . It always works. Also a must try is a traditional farshi gharara with a short shirt. For the big day the bride must wear either duppatta and shirt same colour with a contrasting sharara or sharara and shirt same colour with a contrasting dupatta . It’s always good to look traditional on ur big day.”
6)Which is your favourite outfit from your latest formals and bridals collection? and why?
Shehrbano: “Can I pick two? I love the white mukeish peshwas and I love the red and gold gota outfit with embellished bootlegs and kiran-trimmed tissue dupatta.”
Rema: “One of my favourites is the red Gota outfit. It’s traditional red colour, Kurta cut and embellishment paired with a modern work formation makes it a perfect look for the wedding season. It has the flexibility to be paired with sleek bootcut pant or a lengha for a more exaggerated look.”
Nida Azwer: “I love all the velvet pieces. The detailed work, cuts and embellishment are just amazing.”
Wardha Saleem: “I have many favourite pieces from this collection . Each piece is a beautiful separate on its own which can be paired differently with different things . It’s a very diverse collection . My personal favourite is ‘ambre sharara’ with heavy gotta work . Also the bell sleeve high low hem shirt and digital printed gotta work farshi gharara .”
7)Can you tell us a little about your favourite trending colours and the colour combinations used in your new collection?
Rema & Shehrbano: “We’ve gone with feminine pastels – mints, peaches, silvers and whites – as well as jewel tones – orange, dark pink, oxblood, and teal!”
Wardha Saleem: “Plum with gold/ice blue and tuscany pink.”
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