What’s hot, what’s not? What’s in, what’s out? Who’s the next big thing? What’s the next big trend?

As the new fashion seasons roll around, the fash-pack are obsessed with predicting trends.

As the new bridal season kicks in, I’ve been thinking about what it is that my clients are liking (and trialling) right now for their 2014 weddings. Here’s the first in my wedding season 2014 season focusing on the Asian bridal trends I think will be big for 2014.

 

Arabic styling was big, no, not just big, MASSIVE in 2013. I think that it’s a great look… but such heavily contoured eyes, cheeks, nose will not suit every face or every personality, no matter how much you want it to. I think that the Arabic styling trend will stay for the first part of 2014, but will fade away in time for Summer/ Autumn weddings.

For those brides wanting a dramatic look, that oozes style and sophistication, I think we’ll see a big return to maharani style traditional outfits. With such exquisite fabrics and lavish detail, heritage style jewellery will continue to be a theme. With heavy sarees or lenghas in traditional silk, chiffon, organza, tissue, and brides dripping in gold and pearls, I predict that the make-up will be light, focusing on flawless skin, soft contouring, and a bold lip.

Maharani bridal by TasnimMUA

Maharani bridal by TasnimMUA

 

 

Brides over the past few years have started to shy away from the traditional red or gold outfits. Those that want to maintain the South-Asian traditional shades will wear it with a twist. Either by mixing antique adornments like matha pathi (head-piece) and bridal nath (nose ring) with modern saree-dressing, or by adding modern touches such as flash glitter to the centre of lids, to add a grown up bit of sparkle to the look.

 

Traditional silk, brocade saree, draped as a lengha

Traditional silk, brocade saree, draped as a lengha

Hairstyling can’t get any bigger to be honest… but I would love to see a return to traditional buns, beehives, and the good old Gibson tuck…

I do however believe that big hair is here to stay for another season or two. I decided to get in on the action and booked a day with the amazing Ruhena Begum of Asia Glam Academy to take a masterclass in Asian-bridal-mega-hair-styling… this old adage rings true, if you can’t beat them, join them!