Manish Malhotra

Bollywood & Celebrity Designer, Manish Malhotra, returns to UK’s leading, South Asian High Fashion Bridal & Beauty Showcase, Aashni + Co Wedding Show 2019

India’s biggest A-list, celebrity designer, Manish Malhotra will be making a welcomed return to present his latest bridal collection at the UK’s leading, South Asian high fashion, bridal and beauty extravaganza, Aashni + Co Wedding Show, taking place at The Dorchester, Mayfair on Sunday 13th January 2019.

Manish Malhotra

Part of Bollywood’s A-list glitterati and creator of some of the most iconic, Bollywood red carpet looks of recent times, Manish Malhotra is an Indian designer whose label has developed into much more than timeless Indian couture. He began his career by modelling while he studied at Elphinstone College but moved onto the creation of clothes, costume and art. Since 1995, his label has grown multiple fold, with Manish now leading in the design and styling space of Bollywood celebrities for the red carpet and film shoots alike. These collaborations stem from the maverick designer’s hidstory of work within the film industry,which led to the beginning of many breakthroughs – being a pioneer in the Indian costume design space; winning his first ever Filmfare Award in 1995 for his costumes in the blockbuster hit Rangeelato countless iconic costumes for some of the biggest films in the recent history of Indian cinema. As well as Bollywood’s leading stars, Malhotra has styled mainstream celebrities such as Reese Witherspoon and Kyile, Naomi Campbell to name a few.

Manish Malhotra

Continuing to surpass itself and the expectations of discerning fashionista’s and brides-to-be annually, Aashni + Co Wedding Show 2019 will once again transform one of the world’s most iconic, luxury venue destinations into a wonderland of bridal and beauty luxe. Some of India and Pakistan’s most celebrated designers will once again descend on the Capital to present their latest bridal and couture collections on one high-end platform, from established, A-list fashion houses tothe most sought after new-gen talents. Showcasing alongside them will be the leading names in fine jewellery, accessories and wedding/ occasion services, with visitors having the opportunity of meeting their favourite and wish list designers and suppliers in person, accessibility being key to the show.

Manish Malhotra

Previous participating designers have included a who’s who curation of the leading fashion and bridal brands from India and Pakistan, uniting heritage fashion houses with the crème of new gen such as Sabyasachi, Manish Malhotra, Anamika Khanna, Tarun Tahiliani, Gaurav Gupta, Rimple & Harpreet Narula, Gaurang, Shyamal & Bhumika, Varun Bahl, Anushree Reddy, SVA, Ridhima Bhasin, Ridhi Mehra, House of Masaba, Faraz Manan, Elan, Shehla Chatoor and many more.

2018 being the year of the Bollywood celebrity wedding, with A-list actresses Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone and Priyanka Chopra tying the knot in true Bollywood grandeur and style, inspired brides-to-be will have the opportunity of shopping the collections and bridal trousseau’s of some of the leading fashion designers for the Bollywood fraternity at Aashni + Co Wedding Show.

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Style council will also be provided during the day through a series of masterclasses with some of the most internationally respected names in styling, makeup artistry, wedding planning and the fashion and beauty blogosphere. The full list of participating exhibitors and influencer panelists will be announced shortly.

The luxe backdrop of The Dorchester will be further transformed through floral styling and production design by Zita Elze, an award-winning artist, designer, teacher, creator of the Living Embroidery Bridal collection and design consultant.

Aashni + Co Wedding Show

The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA

Sunday 13th January 2019, 11.00am – 6.30pm

 Ticket purchase via website:

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Bridal Designer Sabyasachi To Feature @ Aashni & Co Wedding Show 2018

Aashni & CoIndian fashion luminary, Sabyasachi, will be among the coveted lineup of couturiers participating in the UK’s leading, South Asian high fashion extravaganza, Aashni + Co Wedding Show 2018, taking place at Somerset House, London on 21st January 2018.  Today, with four flagship stores across India under his eponymous label, Sabyasachi; formidable national and global collaborations; as well as a strong foothold in the Indian film and television industry, Sabyasachi Mukherjee is a revered and celebrated name in the fashion fraternity and is especially credited with refreshing memories of India’s halcyon past with his signature products and profoundly vivid imagery. 

Aashni & CoEvery Sabyasachi product is lovingly and painstakingly created by the skilled hands of artisanal craftmen using traditional techniques passed on through generations. The House of Sabyasachi keeps artisanal craftsmanship, heritage, creativity, exceptional quality and par excellence service at the core of all its activities. Each handcrafted product is unique and each experience is memorable. The brand’s bridal couture is reflective of women and men who are modern but are also deeply rooted in tradition. Visitors to the Aashni + Co Wedding Show will have the opportunity of meeting the designer in person.

After three successful residencies at The Dorchester, Mayfair, Aashni + Co Wedding Show 2018 will transform one of the UK’s leading cultural venues, Somerset House, into a wonderland for discerning brides and fashionistas alike, setting a landmark precedent in the South Asian fashion and bridal sector in the UK. Some of India and Pakistan’s most celebrated designers will once again descend on the Capital to present their latest bridal and couture collections on one high-end platform. Showcasing alongside them will be the leading names in fine jewellery, accessories and wedding/ occasion services, with visitors having the opportunity of meeting their favourite and wish list designers and suppliers in person, accessibility being key to the show.

Aashni & CoParticipating brands to exhibit in the Department of Clothing will be: Sabyasachi, Tarun Tahiliani, Gaurav Gupta, Rimple & Harpreet Narula, Astha Narang, Bageecha, Elan, Gaurang, Mishru, Samant Chauhan, Shantanu & Nikhil, Shehla Chatoor, Shyamal & Bhumika and Varun & Nidhika.

Exhibiting brands in the Department of Fine Jewellery will be: Amrapali, Araaya, Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers, Jaipur Gems, Jewels by Queenie, Khanna Jewellers, Moksh, Rose Diamonds and Sunita Shekhawat.

Participating names in the Department for Jewellery and Accessories will be: Aamir Naveed, Ahujasons, Ambreen Ahmed, Amishi London, Chakra, Isharya, Outhouse, Paraphernalia, Rani Pink, Rusaru, RWS, Shaan Mu and The Wedding House.

Style council will also be provided during the day through a series of intimate masterclasses with some of the most internationally respected names in styling, makeup artistry, wedding planning and the fashion and beauty blogosphere.

Aashni & CoJanuary being the seasonal buying and browsing period for Summer brides and grooms, Aashni + Co Wedding Show 2018 will curate the latest bridal, occasion wear and couture collections from the top tier of the South Asian design spectrum, alongside the leading brand names in jewellery, accessories and wedding services. The grandiose of Somerset House will be further transformed through floral styling by Zita Elze, an award-winning artist, designer, teacher, creator of the Living Embroidery Bridal collection and design consultant.


Aashni + Co Wedding Show
Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA on
21st January 2018, 10.30am – 6.30pm

Standard Tickets: £25
Additional Masterclass Tickets to be announced shortly
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Pakistan Fashion

Pakistan Fashion Week, London 2017

Pakistan Fashion

Pakistan Fashion week took place in London’s historic Lancaster House this week, which witnessed the first Pakistani celebration of fashion in its two hundred year history. The eleventh season of Pakistan Fashion featured over 40 of Pakistan’s leading and emerging designers presenting their latest collections. With leading Pakistani models Fouzia Aman, Fia khan and Eshal Fayyaz walking the ramp, Bride Icon have selected some of our favourite looks from Asaaaleh, Aisha Imran, Uzma Babar and Lajwanti.

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The production was designed by event directors Riwayat and led by the accomplished Creative Director Adnan Ansari, which incorporated the 70th anniversary celebrations of Pakistan’s independence. Organised in partnership with the High Commission of Pakistan, London, the event was one of a series of events planned by His Excellency Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UK.

Pakistan Fashion
Aisha Imran
Pakistan Fashion
Aisha Imran

Over two thousand people registered for the event which saw a catwalk run through the three grand halls of the Royal Palace. Ambassadors from a large number of London based embassies joined the celebrations, which included a nine room exhibition allowing the guests to talk with the designers and buy from their collections.

Pakistan Fashion
Uzma Babar
Pakistan Fashion
Uzma Babar

Fashion is one of Pakistan’s leading export industries and runs to a multi-billion pound industry and growing. Events profiling the leading names of that industry serve to challenge the West’s perceptions of Pakistan and increase the trading links between our two nations.

Adnan Ansari, Creative Director at Riwayat said “It was a privilege to work so closely with the High Commission to deliver this hugely successful event. Their commitment to deliver a truly inspiring event matched with Riwayat’s expertise and ability to deliver was a powerful force. We are so proud of our Pakistan and so proud to present it’s best face on a huge platform in London.”

Pakistan Fashion
Pakistan Fashion

Event Directed by Riwayat
Commissioned by Pakistan High Commission, London
Head Stylist Nabila
Consultant Advisor Maheen Khan
Hair and Make up Saima Kiran
Choreographer Hajira Ahmad of EBH
Official Photographer Shahid Malik
PR Enigme Internationale

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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:

Pictures courtesy of Sugar Artz

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Fashion Parade

Fashion Parade Bride & Luxury Pret: Monday, 6th Feb 2017 @ One Marylebone, London

Fashion Parade

Mustang Productions will celebrate Pakistan’s 70 years of Independence on Monday 6th February 2017 with the inaugural Fashion Parade Bride & Luxury Prêt, powered by Studio by TCS, at London’s historic former church, One Marylebone.  The exclusive event will showcase Pakistani bridal and luxury prêt collections, to an audience of London and South Asia’s elite, from the industries of fashion, media, business and finance.

Some of Pakistan’s leading designers will feature collections on the catwalk, including Nilofer Shahid, Nomi Ansari, HSY, Shamaeel Ansari, Maria B, Faiza Samee, Saira Rizwan, Rani Emaan, Seher Tareen,
Tena Durrani and Sherezad Jewellery. Hair and makeup by the dynamic duo, Aamir and Ambreen will complete each bridal look with a flawless finish.

For the first time in the history of Fashion Parade, consumers can purchase the showcasing designers collections via Studio by TCS, the headline sponsor of Fashion Parade Bride, and an exciting new fashion portal.

Fashion Parade BrideFashion Parade (FP) is the brainchild of entrepreneur Sadia Siddiqui, who launched her first fashion event five years ago, presenting luxury South Asian couture to a British audience.  Fashion Parade Bride is the newest addition to the FP platform. “I created FP four years ago with the view of promoting Asian designers on a quality platform targeted to an international audience,” explains Sadia.

“Pakistan’s fashion industry has come a long way in the last 70 years, with Pakistani designers at par with some of the world’s best. The design philosophy and ethics in Pakistan today reflect its culture and heritage, and combining an international appeal. It is an honour and privilege for me to showcase Pakistan’s leading and emerging designers to an international audience on the FP platform, with an aim to get Asian and in particular, Pakistani fashion recognised and appreciated on an international level.”

One Marylebone is a Grade I listed building and one of London’s most historic sites. It was chosen to host the inaugural Fashion Parade Bride in this milestone year to combine English heritage and Pakistani culture, as FP commemorates Pakistan’s Independence.

Mustang Productions has partnered with the British Asian Trust, a charity founded by HRH The Prince of Wales to transform lives in South Asia. The funds raised during Fashion Parade Bride will go towards life-changing programmes in the Trust’s children’s projects.


Christmas Extravaganza @ Grosvenor House Hotel

Ameet Uberoi launches his Christmas Extravaganza at the Albemarle Suite, Grosvenor House Hotel, on Monday 28th November 2016 from 11.00 am to 9.00 pm showcasing some of the finest exhibitors in luxury, art, fashion and jewellery.

The launch is also in aid of the Be Kind movement whereby the primary purpose is to empower disadvantaged women in the UK and India by promoting kindness and generous acts.

The showcase will feature elegant and stylish jewellery by admired designers such as Chahat Mon Desir, and Zevar but also the equally exquisite Vashti collection, alongside a luxury range of lingerie by Zumruduanka and art from the Belgravia Gallery.

Chahat Mon DesirChahat Mon Desir are creators of elegant jewellery including luxury pearls from the South Asian seas.  The designs are inspired for the confident woman who desires to look different each time she steps out of her home.



Zevar celebrates the diversity of India and its multiple cultures. Their jewellery is sourced from selected artisans across the country and promotes the finest traditions of Indian craftsmanship.  The jewellery is niche, handmade and with a selection of unique designs add to the individuality of the brand.

Sought after fashion and lingerie designer Zumrudaunka is a luxury brand whose work has been featured on the front cover of Elle magazine, British Vogue plus many more. The style is sultry and sexy perfect for Christmas or the bride-to-be!


Vashti Collections is an online store with a range of exclusive and vibrant designer suits and sarees.  @vasticollections

Vashti Collections

Belgravia Gallery established in 1986 will be featuring the artwork from HRH The Prince of Wales and the late Nelson Mandela.  Belgravia Gallery have raised millions for charity and works with many established and emerging artists.

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By contributory writer – Ateca Akwue,

Creative Director for Lolase Make Up

Red Dot Jewels

A Fashionable Evening With Red Dot Jewels

Entwined amongst their trademark for stunning jewellery pieces, Red Dot Jewels presented an evening of Diwali celebrations and fashion. Bride Icon were invited to view the illuminating range of asian jewellery, combined with a selection of beautiful fashion designs by renowned tailor Manoj Makwana.

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Shalini Gupta Patel, Founder and Creative Director of Red Dot Jewels offers authentic fine pieces of handmade jewellery, created with traditional Indian craftsmanship. Situated in Pinner, North West London, Red Dot Jewels brings together a beautiful and chic collection of bridal and ready to wear jewellery. Framed in a stylish setting with a bridal lounge for the momentous statemPreview Changesent pieces, Red Dot Jewels also includes a pret collection of subtle Indian inspired collections. Shalini’s great love for Indian culture, art and fashion features significantly into each of these creative designs.

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The evening was completed by Manoj Makwana’s debut collection of Indian fashion.  Manoj is renowned for his professional tailoring and alteration methods. With accolades ranging from western designers such as Ian Stuart and the man behind the tailoring for the Asian fashion industry, you can see exactly why his debut collection oozes perfection and style.

An evening of refined elegance and exquisite jewellery!

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Red Dot Jewels

                       Photos by Sinni Kumar