Dubai, 2012: The reason I visited the Dubai Bride Show was because (a) I wanted some handcrafted inspiration (b) I wanted to reminisce about my own catwalk sting (with my model dressed in my finalist Swarovski Abaya) (c) last but not least, I wanted to meet Nina Iskander, fashion & image consultant; as well as Huda Khattan, Dubai’s blogger of the year (unfortunately Huda Beauty wasn’t there till the last day of the show). I also wanted to say hello to a fellow network colleague, Mona Shibel, Founder and Managing Director of White.me, the Middle East’s leading online registry.
Egyptian born Nina Iskander has been influenced both by the Western and Arabian fashion mindset, coming up with her own flair for fashion. She loves to help clients to look beautiful from inside-out. After all it’s not only about personal image, it’s also about health and wellness first before anything else. Some of her services include wardrobe audit (I must get mine done one day soon!), hair styling, colour analysis and pregnancy personal training. One thing I have learnt from her (and one thing that we women tend to forget) is to embrace the body shape that I have been blessed with. And ensure to choose the kind of clothing that fits into my body shape.
My next stop was White. When I get married, this is the place that I will think of coming to. Mona Shibel, the brain behind White, explains how White first started as an online gift registry (similar to the concept that I’m familiar with in the UK). With its growth spurt, White now covers ‘all things wedding.’ Mona elaborates, “White has now become the online haven that engaged couples living in the Middle East come to for wedding inspiration and decor ideas. Topics such as bridal beauty, bridal fashion and evening wear are covered at White.” (Note: Read a fantabulously divine interview with Mona on the Carousal Girls blog).
The Dubai Bride Show is the place to be if you are a creative artisans seeking inspiration beyond the comfort of their workshops. Here you can see creativity at its best, from subtle designs to sophisticated over-the-top delights.
Wedding decor options
Apart from clothing and jewelry, the interior decor also offers a lot of inspiration to the creative soul.
Fashion and the catwalk
The MC for the catwalk shows was none other than my fellow artisan and jewely maker Nibal Khoory.
A trip down memory lane…
The last reason for my popping by the Dubai Bride Show was to relive my own stint on the catwalk as the Swarovski Abaya Competition finalist at the Abu Dhabi Bride Show 2008. Seems like a long time ago, but the memories are so fresh in my mind. For someone who doesn’t have a formal fashion design degree, this was a great achievement. My model, Biljana, was a tall and beautiful model who did justic to the gown that I had designed.
I crocheted every bit of the crochet work on the abaya. I made all the head accessories and the jewelry that Biljana wore. I also designed my own attire (fusion Indian mix style) and made my own crocheted choker.
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