Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano: An Evening of Bridal Inspiration

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

British designer Caroline Castigliano has been at the forefront of luxury bridal and evening wear for over 28 years.

Caroline Castigliano

Known for her understated effortless glamour and clean classic lines with contemporary touches, Caroline’s collections are designed to create impact from the moment you walk into a room.

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

Her unique ability to cut and construct garments, enables her to create a gown that is confident and sexy, yet exudes a deep sense of style. Everything about a Castigliano gown is unique; from the exquisite choice of fabric, to the foundation of the gown, which is created using unique corsetry and undergarment techniques to sculpt and enhance the female figure.

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

Each and every Castigliano gown is meticulously handcrafted in the United Kingdom for a flawless result, making the label a triumph of British design and craftsmanship.

Caroline Castigliano

Bride Icon were invited to attend an evening of pure bridal inspiration with a beautiful collection of Caroline’s sensational dresses and an opportunity to speak to the the designer herself.  As the champagne flowed, so did the wedding inspiration with advice from a selection of professionals, including the beautiful make-up artistry and advice with the team from Charlotte Tilbury.

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

Bride Icon have captured our favourite dresses that we thought stole the show!

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano

Caroline Castigliano
Caroline Castigliano
Bridal Skincare

Bridal Skincare: The Pre-wedding Prep Your Skin Needs

Bridal Skincare

You have been waiting for your big day for as far as you can remember, and every woman’s dream is to look her very best with her skin reflecting the inner glow she is feeling. However, the biggest fear would be waking up a few days before with signs of a pimple or blotchy skin – but now these things can be prevented if you know how!

Skin specialist and product developer at Colorescience, Patricia Boland, has revealed the only pre-wedding prep your skin needs. She explains here on Bride Icon, when you should begin the prep and what you need to achieve that effortless glow that will look picture perfect.

When should I begin the prep?

A lot of brides want their skin to be luminous and have a natural but dewy complexion which allows them to wear less makeup on the day. In order to achieve that smooth surface you need to invest into a better skincare regime which preps the skin. The later you leave the prep, the more stressed you will become as you will have less time to react to any skin issues on top of the many other responsibilities you hold. Please don’t try anything brand new and drastic before the wedding day as you may get red and flaky skin, stick to what you know suits your skin best.

Start your prep 8 weeks before your big day, most of the work is simple can be done by yourself at home so you don’t to worry about spending a large budget on expensive treatments and products. By maintaining this 5-step process for 8 weeks you will see a big improvement in your skin health.”

Bridal Skincare

So, the 5-step process:

1. Weekly intense hydration mask

Your skin needs to look and feel revitalised as opposed to dehydrated. This is not be confused with dry skin, which is down to a lack of oil, dehydrated skin is caused by a lack of water in the skin. Low levels of moisture can give you a dull complexion, increase fine line and wrinkles and even cause sensitivity and irritation. This affects every type, even oily skin – this step ensures your t-zone is oil free and ready to be a clean base for your makeup. A weekly intense hydration mask will help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles that are exacerbated by dehydration and leave you with plump, youthful and healthy skin.

Bridal Skincare

2.  Salt scrubs

Brides tend to forget about their arms, legs and chest during their bridal skin prep. All eyes are on you during your big day, so you need to reduce any existing or potential dry patches. Add a bath to your weekly routine and throw in bath salts with sodium bicarbonate, this will break down the dry patches and make your skin supple and a sponge for moisture.

3. SPF always

Sun damage will undo all your hard work and you can be affected more easily than you think. Dull, lackluster skin and dark spots can all be a result of UV rays. Either apply sunscreen at the end of your skincare routine in the morning or incorporate makeup with a high SPF to protect your skin. If you are wishing for a slightly sun kissed and bronzed look for your big day then gradually build in a bronzed moisturiser about 3 days before your wedding. This will give time for your colour to adapt into a beautiful and natural subtle tan.

4. Exfoliate and moisturise your body

Use an exfoliation product, whether in a wash or lotion that has AHA or beta hydroxy acid (BHA) to break down dead cells on the top layer of the skin, doing this daily allows further penetration of the moisturiser you apply. Do not exfoliate with physical scrubs or loofahs as these often remove living cells as well which cause damage to the skin.

5. Achieving the dewy look

Use a natural face oil and work firmly in small circles upwards and outwards over your face. By using the knuckles of your index and middle fingers, work along the jawline and use the heels of your hands to press and hold under the cheekbones. Do this daily before you go to sleep to allow the ingredients to settle into your skin, this will give the skin an incredible quality and glow whilst defining the face contours.

Pakistan Fashion

Pakistan Fashion Week 12 in London, UK

 

 

Pakistan Fashion

 

Riwayat has delivered its best show to date in the heart of London, Pakistan Fashion Week 12 (#PFW12) was held at Hilton Hotel on Park Lane over this weekend. Headlined by model and actress Eshal Fayyaz, the luxury pret show displayed an impressive 26 designers and an unprecedented footfall of 3,500 attendees.

 

Pakistan Fashion
Aisha Imran 

Adnan Ansari choreographed the event, a return to his core passion, and first after 12 years, a vibrant display of trends, textiles and styling. The access for many Londoners and others who travelled across the UK to see the shows is invaluable, allowing access to Pakistani designers without leaving the country.

 

Pakistan Fashion

Fahad Hussayn

Pakistan Fashion
Reema Ahsan
Pakistan Fashion
Reema Ahsan

 

PFW12 has become the main UK exhibitor of the flourishing Pakistani clothing industry, collaborating with designers to make their services available in a one-stop experience. Designers included Maheen Khan, Agha Noor, ZUNN, Moazzam Abbasi, Hamna Amir, Rani Emaan, Rana Noman and Rangoli.  The show used 26 models with an inclusive and diverse approach.

Pakistan Fashion
Zunuj
Pakistan Fashion
Zunuj

Chris East, Co-Founder and Producer for Riwayat said, “We are pleased with the feedback and turnout, our custom made ramp was 32 meters to allow so many more to be in the front row and more of our audience to see the show with full views. Riwayat is thrilled to be able hold these shows with such a receptive audience, this drives us to deliver our best experience yet!”.

Pakistan Fashion
Reema Ahsan
Pakistan Fashion
Saira Shakira

 

Pakistan Fashion

Rana Noman


Credits:

Produced and directed by Riwayat

Powered by East Shopping Centre

Patron sponsor Hashmi

Official Photographer and pictures courtesy of:  Shahid Malik @iamshahidmalik

Styled by Nabila

Hair and Makeup by Saima Kiran 

PR by Enigme Internationale

Zuhair Murad

Zuhair Murad Launches Fall 2018 @ The Wedding Club, London

Zuhair Murad’s passion and skills for turning a bride into an icon is unprecedented in the world of couture and bridal fashion.  The creative journey for this reputable designer began in Beirut, Lebanon, where he is renowned for creating a catalogue of ready-to-wear couture and bridal gowns, dressing the royals and celebrities across the globe.

Zuhair MuradBridal couture has particularly been a fond pursuit for Zuhair, combining meticulous attention to detail, sensual silhouettes against the femininity of the female form and the pure accuracy to ensure all the strategic elements of glamour and sensuality are endorsed to create the fairytale dream wedding dress.

Zuhair MuradZuhair MuradThis week, Bride Icon attended the launch of Zuhair Murad’s Fall 2018 collection named a Midwinter’s Night Dream at The Wedding Club in Knighstbridge, London.  Of course, as you can see from the stunning images – yet again, Zuhair Murad has broken another revolutionary record in show stopping bridal gowns.

Zuhair MuradZuhair MuradTaking an ode to the shades of blushing pink and powdery palettes, the gowns are influenced by embellishing silk chiffon, tulle, floral themes, Mikado and lace reminiscing some of his previous inspirations.  The detachable over-skirts and the distinctive long capes define this opulent collection giving the bride the option and flexibility to switch looks during her very special day.  Beads, intricate hand embroidery and 3-D petals were the highlights of each of the fairytale dresses, however, the statement accessories such as the ruffled tulle stoles around the shoulder and the beaded and floor length capes added a touch of magic and Hollywood glamour for every beautiful bride to be!

A midwinter’s night dream enlightened….

Zuhair MuradZuhair MuradAn aurorae borealis, a quartz crystal or blushing cheeks: pink, the eternal symbol of femininity is celebrated throughout Zuhair Murad’s Bridal Collection 2018. The shade is used in a limited palette, ranging from tender ivory to powdered and muted tones, giving centre stage to the house’s savoir-faire and the body it will envelop. The collection celebrates a tradition both ancient and modernized, and more importantly, the woman is it designed for, equally in love and of her time. Flowers appear in all shapes and sizes throughout the pieces, expressing the same philosophy – worn as a crown, natural and untamed, seemingly out of a Romantic-era engraving, embroided in 3D, or delicate on sheer chiffon like a tattoo on nude skin.

Zuhair Murad

Zuhair Murad

Channelling the timeless elegance of Grace Kelly, the short and bouffant cut Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face or Mia Farrow’s pared down chic in their respective off and on-screen weddings, each design radically rethinks classical codes.  Silk chiffon, tears of ruffles and airy lace create a tension between what is made visible and invisible: boleros, capes and veils drape themselves over a bustier, an off-the-shoulder cut, a high slit…this equilibrium reflects a harmony between worlds, cultures and generations.

Zuhair MuradZuhair MuradThe Wedding Club is the official UK stockist for the complete Zuhair Murad Fall 2018 Collection. www.weddingclub1.com

 

Emmy London

Emmy London Launches Meadow Dreaming Collection

Emmy LondonCelebrating their first year in Chelsea, Emmy London marked the occasion with the launch of their new Meadow Dreaming Collection of luxurious shoes.  Inspired by the combination of wild flowers and the luscious green pastures, the collection pays homage to nature in its purest form, and conveys the shades and floras into an enchanting meadow theme.

Emmy LondonThe delightful boutique based in the affluent Fulham Road, London was adorned with an assortment of meadow greenery and shrubs, and guests were served with a colourful range of meadow themed cocktails to celebrate the launch of their innovative collection.

Emmy LondonEmmy Scarterfield the designer behind Emmy London described how the whole project has been part of a very indulgent creative journey producing some standout designs that includes all over tussles and sophisticated meadow embroidery – executing her vision of simplicity and dreamy meadows in luxury shoes.

Over the decade, Emmy London has distinguished itself for its creativity and flair in luxury lifestyle, most prominently on bespoke bridal or special occasion shoes and accessories.  Emmy has furthermore created and designed a diamond jewellery collection exclusively for H Samuel too.
Emmy LondonEmmy London epitomises the beauty that surrounds each of their collections with sheer attention to detail by the designer’s unique creativeness, that transforms a woman into the world of luxury and excellence, when choosing for her very special day.  It has been well acknowledged that amongst all the elegance and timeless designs, there is a hidden gem on the sole of the shoes that sets Emmy apart with her clients.

Emmy LondonHaving seen the splendid Meadow Dreaming Collection, Bride Icon thought it transpired all that is eloquent, blissful and free and classifies those precious moments of long hot summer days with the essence of being simply content.

Emmy LondonFor more details and a selection of bridal accessories and shoes available – see their website www.emmylondon.com

 

Muse by Berta

MUSE By Berta 2018

Muse by Berta

After its launch last year, MUSE by Berta has fast become the most popular and praised new bridal line worldwide. With over 50 retailers around the world, and many more that are being opened on a weekly basis, it’s safe to say that this bridal line from the BERTA powerhouse has made its mark on the bridal fashion world.  In direct continuation to this success story, the new 2018 MUSE bridal collection is undoubtedly one of the most effortlessly chic lines to be presented this year.

Muse by Berta

True to the BERTA aesthetics, this new collection is the perfect mix of passion and confidence. Fronting edgy silhouettes with soft dreamy fabrics, it is a contradicting mix of elegance and boldness that makes this collection stand out. The new MUSE ad campaign is a Sicilian love story that is set to take you into a journey through the magic of this authentic Italian island, which has managed to maintain a certain kind of vintage realness, which simply takes your breath away. As the oriental and authentic inspiration that lays at the core of the MUSE line, there couldn’t have been a better location than Sicily to accommodate and tell the MUSE story.

Muse by Berta

MUSE by Berta brought a certain focus on modern, yet romantic silhouettes to the market. This new collection features a vast selection of edgy silhouettes with intricate details of lace, soft layers of tulle, and hints of glimmer. Each piece is a work of art, comprised of handmade details that make these masterpieces shine in their own spotlight. Featuring a sophisticated, sexy feel with high slits, there is an attitude each dress owns like no other.

Muse by Berta

It is contagious while wearing the design, it’s an indescribable feeling of emphatic emotion.  Known for luxury, this fashion forward line is an indulgence of many sorts.  It is no question that this new MUSE collection will be among the most sought-after designs in the coming year.  There is a unique craft that is special to MUSE, which nothing can truly ever come close to.

 

Trends For An Autumn Wedding By Veritas

With Autumn well and truly here, it’s time to get to grips with this season’s bridal fashion and top jewellery trends. Our friends at Veritas Gift have been keeping a close eye on the recent bridal catwalks and have given their top trends that will be making waves this Autumn here on Bride Icon:

Forehead BandsBeginning with forehead bands, which were seen on every bridal catwalk at the bridal fashion shows – it seems they are here to stay!  An alternative to the veil – this season it’s all about adding an elegant and 20’s inspired twist with an embellished, lace headpiece. With so many different styles to try, it can enhance the vintage chic glamour look or perhaps go a little more subtle with a plain lace band.

Adding a hint of chic to the wedding outfit, it seems a choker style necklace is going to be a strong contender within bridal fashion this Autumn. Coming in many different shapes and styles, you can definitely find one to suit your taste, perhaps go a little more elegant with a silver band choker.

veritasStill a firm favorite on catwalks, delicate necklaces seem to always add some sophistication to a bridal outfit, bringing a certain elegance to the décolletage area. However, you may want to opt for perhaps a more luxurious diamond encrusted necklace which you can treasure for years to come.

 

VeritasPendants are always popular with brides, purely because they are a piece that can be kept and cherished.  Many pendants open up allowing to keep a photo inside, which of course, adds a very personal touch. Veritas gifts offer an array of beautifully crafted pendants in many different styles and colours- their acorn pendant is particularly a strong favorite with their clients.

Enamel jewellery has long been a favourite for many women who want to show off their individual style.  The enamel range of jewellery seems to be making its way slowly into bridal fashion.  There are many different designs and colors to choose from, with some popular options being enamel cuffs that add a touch of drama to a bridal look!  For more tips and jewellery designs see  www.veritasgifts.co.ukVeritas

Hedsor

Indian Summer Wedding Fair @ Hedsor House

HedsorHedsor House opened its doors this week to reveal the grandeur of this stunning Georgian stately home with an exquisite Indian Summer Wedding Fair. The country house which is suitably located within 45 minutes from London, and set in 100 acres of Buckinghamshire parkland with Grade II listed gardens, became a vision of illuminated splendour to the delight of the many visitors.

Hedsor

Privately-owned and immaculately sustained by the Shephard Family, Hedsor House is not only a luxury venue for weddings, it takes pride in making sure it is also seen as a contemporary and current venue, celebrating high profile events with clients and global brands such and Mercedez-Benz, BBC, Ferrari, Johnny Depp and our favourite George Clooney, who recently filmed his latest advert being kidnapped to Hedsor House for Nespresso!

Hedsor

Upon arriving at the grand entrance hall, guests were promptly transported into an aura of enchantment with lighting effects by Just Seventy Ltd – an event design management company, creating the exuberance to set the stage for an evening of quintessential wedding inspiration.

Hedsor

The heart of the Centre Hall with its domed ceiling, transformed into a ceremonial setting with an elegant archway of flowers by florist Wild About that streamed through the magnificent mansion – creating a bouquet of delightful scents and shades of an Indian Summer.

Hedsor House is renowned for its own historical features and period characteristics. Nonetheless, amongst the supreme heritage, the house also offers a blank canvass along with a natural radiance to create just the right ambience for that perfect country wedding.

 

Hedsor

 

Hedsor

 

Hedsor

 

Hedsor

Of course, for every wedding the reception is positioned at the very heart of the occasion, and to present its finery, there is nothing quite as prominent as the Grand Ballroom!   Catering for up to 150 guests the Indian Summer theme flowed into a selection of ostentatious table settings created by the artistic Rachel Ramsbottom of Create.  The inventive team from Create also supplied the delicious food throughout the evening, providing guests with a selection of succulent savoury and sweet canapés bursting with flavour and colours.

Hedsor

Hedsor

 

Bride Icon would like to thank Hedsor House for a wonderful evening.  It is the perfect country house for a luxury wedding with a picturesque backdrop for civil wedding ceremonies and blessings.  Not only can the ceremonies take place in the house and estate, but outdoor blessings can take part on the beautifully preserved green lawns.  Of course, Indian weddings –  as we know it – can be a large scale affair, but Hedsor House can equally take up to 800 guests with a marquee – making it the perfect Indian Summer wedding!

For more details on Hedsor House weddings visit their website www.hedsor.com

Design in Scent

A 170 Year Old Royal Wedding Secret

As rumour and anticipation builds up around the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, it seems inevitable that royal wedding fever will soon be consuming our hearts and minds once again. There is no doubt that Ms. Markle will have allowed herself to imagine a dream wedding to her handsome Prince, and as every modern bride knows, the newest must-have wedding accessory to add to her planning list is: the perfect wedding fragrance.

Capturing the joy of your engagement and wedding through the power of scent is evolving into the next big thing in weddings. London based fragrance designers, Design In Scent, are paving the way with the UK’s first ever dedicated Wedding Fragrance Collection featuring 8 eau de parfums, 4 feminine and 4 masculine, and 4 ambience fragrances, all carefully designed to add even greater meaning, memory and magic to a couples engagement, wedding day and honeymoon.

Design in Scent

Design In Scent’s Frosted Veil eau de parfum, is the perfect choice for a Princess, inspired by tradition and regality with a Heart of Myrtle which holds a special place in Royal wedding history….

For over 170 years every British Royal Bride has carried a sprig of Myrtle in her bouquet to bring good luck in love and marriage. The tradition began when Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were married. The year before, Victoria was gifted a Myrtle plant from Prince Albert’s grandmother after which she planted at her home, Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. Today this Myrtle plant still flourishes and provides the Myrtle for each Royal bouquet. Even the Duchess of Cambridge carried two sprigs hidden within her wedding bouquet. Myrtle is beautifully fragrant, crisp, cool, and camphoraceous. Its uplifting scent evokes feelings of tradition, holiness and the sacred.

Design in Scent

Frosted Veil is part of the Tomorrow Fragrance Journey, designed with winter weddings in mind…A frosted scene is set, as you walk from one identity to the next and learn more intuitively who you really are. Day merges into night and night once again into day. Let go and take a deep breath of destiny. Tomorrow is waiting.

Deep Dusk Masculine – eau de parfum £120
Top: Black Pepper, Clove & Nutmeg
Heart: Suede, Frankincense, Patchouli & Woods
Base: Olibanum & Tree Moss

Frosted Veil Feminine – eau de parfum £120
Top: Frosted Molecules
Heart: Myrtle
Base: Myrrh, Musks & Dry Woods

Tomorrow Union – ambience mist £50 & candles £40
A blend of Frosted Veil & Deep Dusk

Design in Scent

The Design In Scent wedding fragrances are available in eau de parfum, candles, ambience mists and intelligent air diffusers for scenting large spaces. A range of miniature products that can be personalised are available as guest favours. This range of fragrances give couples the ability to weave scent throughout their engagement and wedding day in many unique and creative ways.

Available from:
www.designinscent.com
Sabina Motasem

Siren by Sabina Motasem – 2018 Collection

Sabina Motasem

Sabina Motasem presented a stunning preview of the 2018 collection Siren at The Wedding Club in London’s South Kensington last night.  The collection is due to be unveiled at the White Gallery next week, however, Bride Icon have a sneak preview of the latest designs just for you here!

Siren is inspired by the modern-day icons and real women who personify the true characteristics of their femininity.  The beautiful designs portrayed a sense of luxury, realism and serene beauty.

Sabina Motasem started out in the bridal industry since 2006 and now featured with exclusive stockists in Lancashire, Essex, Wiltshire Yorkshire, London, Ireland, US and Australia. Sabina’s creativeness stems from the romance of vintage Hollywood, the passion of dance and the love for modern aesthetics with clean lines. Her talent has been recognised with several awards including the HBV New Entrepreneur Scholarship and was selected to showcase her collection at the Zandra Rhodes’ Fashion and Textile Museum.  Sabina Motasem also won the Highly Commended Award at the 2016 Wedding Industry Awards for London and South East.

Bride Icon have put together an exclusive look at some of our favourites of the 2018 bridal designs – what a striking collection of style, beauty and understated luxury that revels in the enigma of every woman.

Sabina Motasem

2017’s Hottest Bridal Trends from Minster Designs

Straight off the catwalk, Founder of award-winning bridal boutique Minster Designs, Oxana Ruckhaber, gives the lowdown on the hottest trends for brides in 2017.

If 2017 is the year you are planning your wedding, then top of the to-do list should be finding the perfect dress. The latest fashions and trends for 2017 are now emerging and whether brides-to-be are going for boho-chic, romantic, or full-on glamorous, Oxana Ruckhaber of the award-winning bridal boutique Minster Designs, has the top trends to keep in mind when planning a 2017 wedding look.

Oxana has said “Bridal separates are super-in for 2017 weddings. This fashion gives brides the chance to customise their wedding dress by choosing the top and skirt separately so that they can create a dress that is unique to them. It makes it even more special and personal. But looking beautiful is only part of finding the right dress. It’s so important that the Bride feels really comfortable in what she’s wearing too so that she can relax and enjoy the day.

Bridal separates first hit the catwalk in 2014 and the trend has grown and grown. Contemporary brides are attracted by the versatility and choice offered by mixing and matching tops and skirts. Brides can blend fabrics and textures – silk, satin, chiffon – in a way that reflects their personality and individual style. Tops can range from intricate, bead-embellished lace corsets with alluring sweetheart necklines to delicate translucent tops with demure high necks. They can be teamed with fairy-tale swathes of delicate tulle or body-hugging Hollywood-style satin glamour. What’s more, brides can continue to ring the changes throughout their special day: swapping a long, romantic skirt for a fun and flirty fifties-inspired retro look for the evening’s celebrations.

Oxana continues to say “A newer trend is colour. Of course, white, ivory and cream remain favourites but there is definitely a move towards colour – lovely, subtle, pastel and blush shades are increasingly popular. And boldercolours like red, charcoal and even black are becoming more usual – this is particular so with the separates. It also means that these beautiful items can have a life beyond that one special day – and can be worn separately or as an ensemble on other occasions.

For more information about the bridal gowns and separates collections at Minster Designs, visit www.minsterdesigns.com

hair

Top Tips For Beautiful Hair On The Big Day!

Trichologist Sally-Ann Tarver provides Top Tips on how to get your hair in perfect shape for the big day.  

Sally-Ann Tarver recommends undertaking a 12 month action plan for planning for the perfect hair day in advance encompassing the following stages:

Stage 1 – Ensure your hair is growing well – diet, supplements, laser therapy, stimulants to increase hair growth speed.

The early stages of big day hair planning are the ideal time to visit a Trichologist (hair specialist) to ensure your hair is growing at its optimum rate. A Trichologist can help you find any potential reasons for slow, weak, hair growth and recommend the right supplements to correct any deficiencies that may be potentially harming your hair. There are numerous hair supplements on the market but don’t put too much hope in them being the answer to all of your hair prayer’s, supplements can only help if it is correcting a deficiency. Simply taking large amounts of Biotin (because you’ve read it is good for hair ) will not help unless you are actually deficient. Increase your protein in your diet by making sure each of your meals is made up of around 30-40% lean meat, fish, eggs, dairy, nuts (note: go easy on the nuts as they are also high fat and you’ll never get into your dress!). If you find this hard, cheat and top up with a protein shake.

A number of Professional companies produce topical products which can slightly increase the speed of hair growth. It may only be millimetres a month but over the course of a year these all add up. One such product is Intensive Activating Lotion from La Biosthetique’s long hair range, it claims to increase the speed of hair growth by up to 30%

Laser Phototherapy is a treatment for hair loss. It works by flooding the scalp with focused light at a specific wavelength to energise the cells and stimulate blood circulation; stimulating hair growth and improving the structural integrity of the hair shaft. Although it is largely used by people as a hair loss treatment, many female users of the Theradome Laser Helmet complain that they need to colour their hair more often as the laser treatment makes their hair grow faster. Good if you want your hair to grow faster, not so good if you are trying to save money on hair colouring treatments.

Stage 2: Ensure you’re happy with your stylist.

Work out hair colour dates if you colour your hair on a regular basis, ensure that regrowth will be there right length for your colour the week before the big day.  Ideally use a salon which uses a hair damage mitigator such as Olaplex. Trim every 2-3 months if you are aiming for length. Start undertaking deep conditioning and protein treatments on a weekly basis.

Stage 3. Turn down the heat – minimise intensive heat sources.

We put a lot of thought into our shampoo and conditioner and may even treat it to an intensive mask occasionally but excessive heat can wipe out all of that good care and attention. Heat protection sprays are over rated and do little to stop the disintegration that gradually takes place when excess heat is used on a regular basis. Straightening irons are the obvious demon even though in more recent times they have been regulated to reach a maximum temperature of 185C. If irons are used on hair which is still partially damp, pockets of moisture become superheated, turn to steam with no way of escape. The steam blows tiny holes in the cuticle (outer layer) and over time this leads to disintegration, split ends and Trichorrhexis Nodosa; othose little white nodules you see at the ends of longer hair where breakage occurs with very little tension. Hair driers can cause almost as much damage or more if used incorrectly. Unless you can afford one of the new Dyson hair driers, only ever use your drier on low / medium heat and high speed, never on high heat AND high speed. I have seen patients who have literally burned chunks of hair off by using their hair driers like this.

Stage 4. Cover up in the sun to prevent hair bleaching.

If you have holiday in the sun booked in the 12 months before the big day, keep your hair completely covered while on the beach or around the pool. Take a collection of hats, scarves and bandanas with you. Sun bleached hair can be a nightmare for your hairdresser to balance up or blend in at your colouring appointments and the effect on your hair condition is truly undesirable for the perfect bridal hair look.

Stage 5. Consider hair add on pieces for longer or thicker hair or hair which hill hold curl better than your own.

Clip in hair extensions are brilliant for an occasional boost in volume or length but wear more frequently and they will cause traction where the clips attach. I have seen patients who wear clip-in’s regularly develop small bald patches due to hair being pulled out. One solution I have seen and been very impressed at its total lack of potential hair trauma is the Flip-In (www.flipinhair.co.uk). Basically it is a strip of hair like a clip-in but much thicker. A piece of translucent wire similar fishing line is attached to each end, you put it on your head, pull your own hair over the top to hide the wire and where the hair sits close to your scalp and that’s it. Easy to put on and take off and comes in a vast range of colours and lengths.

Stage 6. The Final Countdown

  • The month before – increase protein treatments if you want your hair to hold curl or moisture treatments if you want sleek and shine. See stylist for a bridal trial or two, take your headdress to ensure it works with the style. Never, ever book an appointment with a new stylist for the morning of your wedding and expect them to work magic – Yes, this does happen, every hairdresser has a funny story or two about the new client who turned up for their 30 minute appointment on the day of their wedding and they’d never met them before!
  • The week before – hair colour, trim and more intensive treatment.
  • The big day – don’t wash it on the day if you want it to hold a curl or are having an up-do, use minimal conditioner when you wash it the day before.


Sally-Ann Tarver MIT.FTTS, Consultant Trichologist, The Cotswold Trichology Centre & Theradome GB 

 

 

 

 

www.cots-tri.co.uk /
www.theradomeforhairloss.co.uk

sugar artz

Glam Wedding Cakes by Sugar Artz

Sugar Artz

If you are looking for something that oozes in creativity – then have a look at these luxurious wedding cakes by Sugar Artz.  Zahir Rathod, the Founder and Cake Designer of Sugar Artz, specialises in creating stunning and delicious wedding and novelty cakes.

A member of the British Sugarcraft Guild, Zahir’s creative flair and attention to detail has won him several awards for designing outstanding cakes – including being the current winner of the “Best in Show” award at the Cakes and Bakes Show.

Sugar Artz are based in London and stands by their motto of  “If you can dream it, we can create it”.   Looking at some of these stunning wedding cakes we can see why!

From intricate Peony sugar flowers, a delectable fruit and fresh flower sensation or a flowing macaroon colour burst – can you pick a favourite?  We certainly cannot!

For more details and a selection of wedding and novelty cakes see their website: www.sugarartz.co.uk

Pictures courtesy of Sugar Artz

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Nilofer Shahid

Nilofer Shahid @ Fashion Parade Bride, London

Nilofer ShahidNilofer ShahidNilofer ShahidFashion Parade Bride, London held in One Marylebone this week featured an array of diverse fashion designers from Pakistan all under one roof.   The invite-only event meticulously organised by Sadia Siddiqui, CEO of Mustang Productions provided a prestigious platform of admired and leading Pakistani designers – including one of the most celebrated and distinctive designers of Pakistani couture Nilofer Shahid. 

This revolutionary designer has contributed immensely to the world of art, fashion and culture. In 2013 she became the first Pakistani fashion designer to be awarded the knighthood Le Grades De Chevalier by the French Government for her work in the development of art, culture and fashion design.

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Nilofer Shahid who was very thrilled to be in London, applauded all the designers who had made a tremendous effort for the Fashion Parade Bride show.  She described how this collection of couture designs were very much fusions to connect and relate to the Western audience. Every Nilofer Shahid collection is carefully researched and never random.  As Nilofer Shahid says herself behind every dress there lies a story, and behind every collection a profound message has been revealed.

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Thus, last but not least on the runway, the anticipation was high to see what Nilofer Shahid had brought across the waters.  As the music echoed against the architecture of the Grand Hall, it was clear the audience had become mesmerised, and the sparkling true essence of Pakistani fusion couture became inevitable.

Nilofer Shahid is a very proud Pakistani who’s philosophy of bringing and promoting culture forward in fashion has prompted a knighthood.  The couture itself depicts a flow of intricacy and flair, amalgamated with a deep rooted love for tradition, culture and beauty.

We asked who would Nilofer Shahid like to have the opportunity to create a special design for – given it was so hard to particularly pin point one person out of so many icons in the world – Nilofer said Angelina Jolie would be ideal.  We think so too!

A very special thanks to Nilofer Shahid for talking to Bride Icon.

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