Elan STUNNING ’Garden of Evening Mists’ Bridal Collection

If you follow Pakistani fashion then you will already be familiar with Elan by Khadijah Shah – the brand is synonymous with intricate details. Be it their stunning bridals or elegant formals. If you happen to have a trip to Pakistan planned then going to the store in Gulberg, Lahore is a must. The new collection in particular has had me swooning since i saw it first. Its all about gorgeous hues and mirrored embellishments.

Any overseas brides wishing to order or get more info you can email – orders.bridal@elan.pk

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Bridal hair genius Aamir Naveed launches Hair School in Birmingham

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Way back in September i attended the launch event of the Aamir Naveed’s Hair School in Birmingham, aka bridal hair genius. I’m a massive fan of his work and style, and i’m not the only one, his instagram alone has 13k followers. The evening was lovely, food, drinks and good company, plus a fabulous catwalk show. The wedding industry was out in force to show their support, with many of Aamirs friends, colleagues and family there to wish him well in the new venture.

I loved the fact that as soon as guests arrived they were greeted by a stunning flower wall (trend alert) i wasn’t there for very long as we had to drive back to Manchester, but i did get a snap {above) with the stunning Sabeeka Imam and quick chat with the fiesty The Desi Dossier girls (above) who are just gorgeous you can check out their blog about the evening here

Some of wedding industry’s finest supplier were involved in the setting up of the event and you can find the list at the bottom of the post.

If you are a makeup artist wishing to add to your portfolio or maybe already do bridal hair then taking up a place at one of the workshops would be money well spent, last time i checked the places for the Birmingham and London workshops were nearly sold out, but see the fb page here for more details and future workshops.

More about the event below

Set in an industrial estate, the location was a ruined burnt out warehouse in the heart of Birmingham City Centre. On entrance guests were greeted by a selection of finely crafted canapés and fruit mocktails by the chefs at Five Rivers in Birmingham. Each guest was photographed on the red carpet against an exquisite Flower Wall provided by Bits and Blooms.

To add the perfect contrast to such a venue, white voile was draped from floor to ceiling to enhance the luxurious feel. As the sun began to set the décor came alive with crystal chandeliers, candelabras and hanging candles in glass bulbs all placed to perfection by event stylist Mohammed from MHP Events.

An exhibition of mannequins stood proud at the back of the warehouse, which displayed a host of hairstyles (including an ombre sunhat made from real hair) created by Aamir Naveed to showcase the skills and talents that will be taught at the Hair School.

A modern take on vintage glamour opened the catwalk to the 250 guests. A parade of retro up-dos and a high ponytail marched down the catwalk and finished off with a grand mohawk. The look had a hard and industrial feel; with handmade metal eye mask paired with ultra gloss high shine face, lips and body, showcasing the hair designs to their full potential. Arjan B gowns and dresses were the perfect match to contrast this futuristic look along with a sexy selection of gold and silver sparkly heels by Miss Diva Shoes.

The second segment saw brand ambassador and show stopping model Sabeeka Imam make her graceful entrance, wearing a statement necklace from Anees Malik’s temple collection, alongside 6 high fashion models. The hair focused more on matte textures with frothy curls and backcombed bouffant’s completed with a cascading waterfall of floor-length curls on Sabeeka. The make up involved a lengthy process of prosthetic make up application to eliminate eyebrows and add to the androgyny of the ‘traditional’ hair concept. This coupled with the dark Rodatre-esque smudged eye, made for a striking look. The outfits were a complete opposite as each model wore a delicately hand loomed Lavanya London lengha or saree styled with Pebble London Jewellery and leather waist belts. Sleek and simple black strappy heels from Miss Diva Shoes completed this look.

The Finale saw a celebratory return of all the models along with a standing ovation for the hair maestro himself Aamir Naveed. The lighting and sound was orchestrated by Midlands based Birmingham Crew who complimented each segment with a clean, white, dramatic lighting display.

It was also the catwalk debut for London based makeup artist Suraiya, whose joint collaboration with Aamir bought to life the vision for the event. Suraiya explains, “I met Aamir earlier this year and was delighted when he asked me to collaborate with him for the launch of his hair school. He has a keen eye for detail, a flair for magnificent design and a distinct vision in what he wanted to showcase for his launch. The complimentary make up concepts were a juxtaposition of fierce and androgynous for the traditional segment, glossy and futuristic for the contemporary segment”.

The night was made complete by Exclusive Cakes delivering an array of sweet treats for the guests to enjoy as they mingled, networked and congratulated Aamir on a successful launch event.

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Check back tomorrow for images from the catwalk with more stunning outfits from Lavanya London

Event Production: Nzuri Style
Make Up: Suraiya Make Up
Event Stylist: MHP Events
Shoes: Miss Diva Shoes
Contemporary Outfits: Arjan B
Traditional Outfits: Lavanya London
Jewellery: Pebble London
Catering: Five Rivers
Desserts: Exclusive Cakes
Sound & Lighting: Birmingham Crew
Flower Wall: Bits and Blooms

Hair and Make Up Profile Shots – Content Photography
Catwalk and venue images – Indy Sagoo Photography