Dressed to Impress

Unlike any other day, what you choose to wear on your wedding day is a major decision in your life. Getting that balance of contempora­ry chic, traditiona­l elegance and making sure there is smidgeon of you versus everyone’s expectatio­ns of what you will wear down the aisle, is a monumental task. In Fiji, it is even more complicate­d because it is often not just one wedding day or one event. With so many diverse traditions and customs, a wedding can be staged over a week with each event needing a special something to wear. It’s almost as though a bride needs a whole host of personal designers and stylists to help answer the question of “what do I wear?” that has been ringing in her ears as loudly as church bells since ever she said “yes”. How do you start to make those decisions? Are you looking online and dreaming? Are your friends and family clogging your Instagram messages with ‘suggestion­s’ of what they think will look good on you? Or perhaps you have always known what your wedding day looks like and you are just looking for a designer who will help you bring your dreams to life? All the major runway shows in Fiji this year had at least one designer showing a bridal collection – Rowie Lal Bridal debuted an all-white collection accompanie­d by a soundtrack that would have any bride believing in the magic of love; while Hupfeld Hoerder Designs graced the runway with stunningly ethereal ivory and muted pale pink hand-painted dresses. No doubt, all future brides could see themselves in a garment from either designer (and all future husbands felt optimistic for their bride to look as beautiful!) Fiji is blessed with many talented designers who have been helping brides and grooms to present the best version of themselves on their wedding day. To create your own bridal runway fantasy you could try any of these top emerging or establishe­d designers.


The master of traditiona­l Indian bridal wear, designer Zulfikar Ali’s name is synonymous with style, luxury and the pinnacle of contempora­ry Indian fashion. His label AZA is stocked in Tappoo and caters for extended bridal parties – literally something for everyone – as well as brides and grooms. You’ll find lehengas that shimmer brighter than the sunset over the water in the West, heavily embroidere­d zardozi saris, the latest jewellery and accessorie­s to make a bride look and feel like the queen she is. Not forgetting the groom - Ali’s taste in sherwani is impeccable and more than a match for a bride. AZA’s fabrics and finishes are sublime and spoil

wedding parties for choice. Nervous brides and grooms are safe in AZA’s hands with Ali and his knowledgea­ble sales team able to have them kitted out in the finest Indian bridal wear. See more @aza_fj or email for enquiries


Hupfeld Hoerder is Pacific custom bridal designer. Perfectly at ease with creating contempora­ry or traditiona­l gowns, he is inspired by the fabric, the bride and Fijian motifs when designing. “I mostly make custom gowns because young brides like to infuse their design with some element of who they are and their background, so that the dress is a representa­tion of where they are from,” he said. As one of Fiji’s most establishe­d designers, Huppy understand­s his craft and role to make his dresses always flattering - showing the bride’s best features in a swathe of masi, Kuta, silk, satin or lace. He completes his look with fantastic details, often hand painting, then embellishi­ng with hand-selected pearls, handcarved shells and maqi maqi - elements that help to create the look, with the focus often on the train. His talent and workmanshi­p is his trademark. Most of his brides choose to have two dresses created - the traditiona­lly inspired dress for the blessing ceremonies and another white dress for the reception. Hupfeld Hoerder Designs works with clients around the globe and love becoming a part of the journey. Testament to Huppy’s skill was sending a custom gown to Ireland which, after only one trying on session, fitted the bride perfectly. His preferred palette is sophistica­ted and elegant pastels of ivory, beige and white, although he adapts style and fabrics to clients’ customs and beliefs. He will create for all members of the bridal party. See more @hupfeldhoe­rder or email for enquiries


Taking her cues from renowned internatio­nal designers such as Carolina Herrera and Alexander McQueen, Rowie Lal’s foray into bridal promises the modern-day bride a touch of elegance and class unparallel­ed in the industry. Rowie effortless­ly designs for that fairy tale moment or for the bride longing to unite nature and romance. She understand­s the connection between bride and dress, with fabric selections that are spot on, immaculate attention to detail and a talent to make a bride look and feel incredible. “I love the reaction of the bride, seeing all the months of planning the dress details come together and the lifelong friendship­s that develop,” Rowie said. Rowie Lal Bridal offers a range of services to brides including custom and ready-made dresses for the bridal party, as well as styling with stunning tiaras, jewellery sets and accessorie­s. She specialise­s in white and ivory over colour, so expect a traditiona­l dreamy bridal look. See more @rowielalbr­idal or email rowielal7@gmail for enquiries


Ilai Jikoiono is the artist, designer and maker behind the label ZUBER. One of Fiji’s most recognised luxury highfashio­n labels, it has spread its wings into equally luxurious and high-fashion bridal wear as ZUBER Bride. There are no limits to what they can achieve – traditiona­l, contempora­ry, masi, all-white – Ilai is not fazed by specific needs of clients with whom he works closely throughout the process. From selecting fabrics and lace, through to fitting and wedding day, Ilai enjoys the experience of ensuring every bride is unique and truly invests his time, energy and passion into his creations. ZUBER style is going to be dramatic - featuring bespoke gowns with corsets in delicious and sensual fabrics. “Usually my brides have an idea … and I bring their ideas to life with my style and design. I’m always grateful to be chosen to make bridal gowns, to be part of one of the biggest days in their lives.” Ilai works from a place of love, seeing the honest and deep felt commitment that partners bring to a marriage union. ZUBER Bride can deliver the whole wedding package from gown to hair (by Elaine from Edge) and makeup to complete the look - Ilai’s artistry knows no bounds. See more @zuberfiji or direct message for enquiries

 ??  ?? Hupfeld Hoerder Designs
Hupfeld Hoerder Designs
 ??  ?? Rowie Lal
Rowie Lal
 ??  ??
 ??  ?? ZUBER

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Fiji