A Modern Timeless and Chic Wedding

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By Shafiya Nawzer

Uniting the bridal community, ‘The Brides of Sri Lanka’ magazine presented an exclusive wedding expo – the Wedding Week 2022 on the 19 and 20 February at the Galle Face Hotel for exhibitors and visitors alike. Creating the ultimate buying and networking event also hosting an interesting bridal fashion show. Well established designers, manufacturers and international designers showcased their latest collections, giving the audience an insight into what is on offer for the new season.

Renowned designers from India, the Maldives and Sri Lanka together showcased their collections. The catwalk fashion shows were the highlight of the weekend where the latest trends in fashion come to life. Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Namal Rajapakse along with his wife Limini Weerasinghe Rajapakse inaugurated the event open and launch of their e-commerce website www.bridesofsrilanka.com. Throughout the weekend, a rotation of live demonstrations, meet and greet with industry experts, tastings and giveaways were held.

Opening the day one show, Maldivian designer Aishath Shifza of Shif Couture showcased her bridal collection. She is popular among the youth, with her creative designs. Shifza has showcased her designs at Bride Fair Maldives 2014, Designers Week Maldives 2015, Bride Fair Maldives 2018, and Maldivian Idol Season 3. Her designs have been worn by the Maldivian Idol Season 3 host and winner, as well as multiple other contestants throughout the season.

Today, her brand, Shif Couture caters to brides and fashionistas all over the Maldives and is heralded as a designer bringing in a fresh perspective into the industry. She will showcase ten bridals at ‘Wedding Week 2022’.

Whether you’re a bride-to-be with conservative tastes or your wedding venue calls for traditional attire, modest wedding dresses are a sophisticated choice for brides looking for coverage on their wedding day. Aishath displayed a mix of modest, modern and classy bridal wear dresses. Since no two brides are alike, her wedding dresses were a mix of conservative dresses that come in varying degrees of modesty to suit all bridal styles. The bridal wear were full coverage gowns, styles with high necklines, long sleeves, and floor-length silhouettes which were a fusion of traditional and timeless; she had something for everyone. They were statement-making, you can’t go wrong with dramatic cape gowns and dresses with eye-catching embellishments.

The event also featured the works of some of the finest Sri Lankan designers including:

PVS Jayarathne

Ramzi’s Salon

Glamour by Kalpi

Brides by Sonali

Shalini Siriwardena

Shashikumar

Remo Fashion

The Wax Museum

Gallery Glouga

Salon Moods

Closing the final showcase of Day One was Indian designer Nivedita Saboo. She is a national award-winning designer and has marked 20 years in the fashion industry. She has showcased her collections at the London Fashion Week, Paris, Hongkong, South Korea, Malaysia, Colombo, Dubai and major cities in India. She is the Founding Curator for the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum and has been conferred with the prestigious Bharat Gaurav Award for her significant contributions towards impacting life through sustainable and adaptive fashion. Warner Bros has chosen Nivedita to be their official designer for India for their couture and prêt collections. Nivedita is the only Indian designer to have created bespoke outfits for the first family of Lamborghini.

The beauty of elegant Indian wedding dresses cannot be understated. From the traditional to the latest Indian wedding dresses, there is something uniquely gorgeous about each and every one.

Nivedita showcased a fusion of Indian and western wedding collections. From intricately designed lehenga to colourful long dresses, her clothing has proven why Indian bridal fashion is known for its bold designs.

From bright reds to bridal whites, there were an array of colours brides can choose from, in addition to looks that are simpler and embrace crisp lines and embellishments. The collection of fabrics is worth all appraisal here, as Nivedita always goes for something vibrant yet mellow and elegant.

The patterns in gold were unique in themselves which are enhanced by the embossed embroideries. The lehenga collection with embellished long flowy skirts was tempting. These are dresses that beautify the bride and that she can twirl and dance in for most of the evening.

All in all, Day One was a showcase to relish.

(Pix by Laksiri Rukman)