Wedding belles

As The Bride Show Dubai gets underway City Times brings you a round up on what you can catch down there tomorrow

By David Light

Published: Tue 7 Apr 2009, 9:31 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 10:56 PM

I’M GETTING MARRIED in the mornin’, ding dong the bells are gonna chime!” (Un)fortunately I’m not, but if I were I know where I would send my prospective Mrs City Times writer and maybe, with all that’s on offer, where I may have ventured to gear myself up for the final plunge. The Bride Show Dubai comes to the International Exhibition Centre on Wednesday and promises to bring the most comprehensive display of everything you need for your big day.

From designer dresses to exquisite jewellery, nothing has been overlooked for all you potential bridezillas roaming the UAE. For the first time the elegance and beauty of Italy will have a strong presence among the stands.

Six wedding dress designers from Sarli Couture, Carnevali Spose, Franco Ciambella, Mariel, Curti Spose and Merinda Spose, as well as make-up artist, Massimo Toppi and hairstylist Roberto Carminato, all from Italy’s Lazio region and making up the Lazio stand at the exhibition, will present their exclusive bridal collections and services to visitors and high-end retailers at the four-day event.

One of the most prestigious names of Rome’s high fashion trade, Fausto Sarli, of Sarli Couture, makes creations according to the rules of old fashioned couture and the artisan methods of traditional haute couture. He personally oversees each collection at every stage, and his dresses have been worn by legends; Elizabeth Taylor, Bianca Jagger, Monica Bellucci and Carla Bruni.

Carnevali Spose, a leading Italian designer of wedding dresses and formal dress for grooms will join Sarli. A symbol of traditional haute couture, Carnevali dresses feature pure Italian silk, precious hand-embroidery and rhinestones.

The Franco Ciambella collections, also on show at The Bride Show Dubai, are characterised by the testing of shapes and volumes, the pursuit of raw materials and high-quality tailoring. The use of light and movement are distinguishing features of their elegance and style.

The Mariel collection, distributed throughout Italy and Europe in its Haute Couture stores, is inspired by the grace of women portrayed in Botticelli paintings. Embroidery, Swarovski crystals, precious turquoises and coral stones embellish Mariel’s bridal dresses.

The Curti label, featuring flowing silhouettes and capturing the essence of femininity, will also be featured at the Lazio Group stand. Curti Haute Couture is well-established, with 50 years of experience in the Italian bridal industry.

Merinda Spose dresses, designed for elegant, classical and stylish brides, are embellished with precious fabrics, Mikado and pure silk taffetas, organza ruffles and fine chiffon, with French embroideries and Swarovski crystals.

Leading Italian make-up artist Massimo Toppi and hair stylist Roberto Carminati will join the six designers at the Lazio stand. Toppi has worked with many photographers to carry out global press campaigns as well as with many VIPs and international jetsetters. He teaches make-up classes all over Italy and offers personalised make-up services.

Carminati’s artistic talent is documented by many well-known stars in Italian show business. He divides his time between salons in Rome and London, and teaches hair styling courses twice a month at the hairdressing Academy of Madrid.

Aside from the Italian famiglia of designers, a number of new fashion design houses will be taking to the catwalk this year. Visitors can expect to see fresh ideas in wedding dresses and haute couture evening wear from 3DEEZ, Design Corner, Al Thani Couture, Sposa, Sharqiyat and Kanzi Boutique.

Returning to the exhibition by popular demand will be wedding dress and evening wear crowd favourites Demetrios, Julea Domani, Meena Rose and First Mode, while abayas from Arabesque, CRYSTALLIZED™ Swarovski Elements, Dar Al Shamook, Oshia Design and Mauzan will grace this year’s catwalk.

There will be 17 fashion shows spread over the four day bridal extravaganza, with models from Dubai’s Modena Model Management walking down the runway in jaw dropping wedding dresses, haute couture evening wear and beautifully embellished abayas. The stunning girls, who have now all been cast for the show, have modelled for some of the biggest names in fashion and beauty, including Valentino, John Galliano, Cartier and Swarovski.

In the jewellery stakes Roopa Vohra is no stranger to success, having gained a loyal clientele, which includes famous socialites as well as Indian film stars. Her signature creations have become a regular sight on red carpets. She is all set to bring her latest collection, Maban, to Dubai. It is a unique line finely bringing together gold, diamonds coloured and exquisitely carved stones.

Chances are by this point, unless talk about the models has perked them up, I have lost all my male readers. As portrayed in a recent episode of Scrubs, the only sure fire way to get a man to stop paying attention is to start talking about clothes. However, if you have made it this far, or ladies if you want to try and coax your man to the event, help is at hand.

This year, organisers IIR Middle East have introduced the Men’s Lounge, comfortably furnished and stocked with Nintendo Wiis and an array of entertainment options. It’s a haven for fiancés and fathers who need a well deserved break from shopping and instead, can work on their golf swing, tennis prowess or boxing technique from the selection of Wii video games. Priceless.

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