Here comes the winter bride

By A. Jafri
Tue, 11, 20

This week You! offers winter brides-to-be some style inspiration for the wedding season…


Getting married when the weather is chilly and want some style inspo to make a statement with your wedding dress? Luckily, the winter months are the time to experiment with fashion. From heavy necklines to long sleeves, dramatic tails, sparkly embellishments and luxe fabrics, winter is the time to make a statement with your wedding dresses and have fun. Sure, summer weddings are stunning too but there are some downsides to consider. Sweltering heat could make a hot mess of a bride’s carefully coiffed hairstyle and makeup. But, as the weather starts to get chilly, it gets easier to pull off looks and be creative.

However, it can be tricky to figure out what theme you want your wedding to exude, perhaps certain colours or design aspects that resonate on a deeper level or maybe some iconic details which have sentimental value.

Recently, award winning fashion house Sania Maskatiya proudly launched Zeenat – The Winter Festive 2020 Edit I – a collection which combines ‘decoration’ and ‘beauty’, two core elements of fashion. The collection of bridals, festive and formal wear is meticulously handcrafted with rich detailed embroideries in alluring fabrics.

This week You! offers styles inspired from the collection for the ongoing wedding season…

Romantic hues

Soft hues, delicate lighting, and plenty of florals typically make up a romantic wedding. For this theme, envision pastels and a flower wall during the day. Day weddings were all the rage last year and this is the perfect weather if you want a daylight event. You can opt for a light colour palette such as rose pink, peach and beige as they glow in the bright light and turn out brilliant in wedding photos. This colour palette embodies elegance and gives a modern touch to your overall look.

However, for an evening event, deep saffron and maroon will serve as a beautiful colour palette; especially if complemented by work in shades of rose gold, antique, pewter and silver.

Traditionally embellished

Draw inspiration from decades past if you want a vintage style for your wedding. One of the easiest ways to channel this is through your wedding outfit and its embellishment. The Bridals is a curated collection of seven bridal looks that embody elegance with silhouettes inspired by our royal sub-continental heritage. From zardozi, maal and resham work with pearl, sequins and crystal details, the key focus of the brand remains on handcrafting intricate patterns and motifs with embellished embroideries on textural fabrics. Furthermore, featuring delicate tulles, fine velvets and soft silks, this collection is unique with a dramatic flair; a perfect celebration of our rich textile heritage. If you really want a traditional and classic look, make sure to opt for a red or a maroon to really complement the theme.

Classy and chic cuts

Silhouettes are another element that allows you to fuse different styles together. If you are a fan of traditional work but want a modern bride look, sometimes silhouettes allow you to enjoy that fusion. For instance, the collection offers a beautiful hue of buttermilk which is A-line french net kameez delicately embellished with a floral jaal and subcontinental motifs, and the signature cutwork frames the border. The dress is complemented by a tulle dupatta, a brocade skirt with a gold tissue border. Not only does this give off a contemporary vibe, it also pays homage to the traditional style.

Luxurious fabric

The collection further comprises The Velvet Edit, which is a range of five festive garments with hand embellished details on rich, deep jewel tones. This fabric alone is enough to exude luxury and extravagance, so one doesn’t have to do much. If you envision a more intimate, casual ceremony, this style will be up your street. You can look effortlessly classy in a deep mahogany short shirt with trellises embroidered along the neckline and rich handwork detailing on the sleeves; coordinated with matching dhaka pants. Or, you can opt for a luxurious black velvet kurta decked with a juxtaposition of silk thread embroidery and delicate hand embellishment, paired with an embroidered, scalloped velvet gharara.

Soft glam

When it comes to hair and makeup, it’s best to keep it natural and glowy. Many brides have shunned cakey bases and elaborate up-dos for a more natural looking base and elegant hairstyles. A clean and classic bun, loose curls and delicate hairstyles work for any big event. As for the makeup, the level of sparkle varies from person to person (some brides prefer matte shimmers over chunky glittered eye makeup) but a blended contour and a dewy base remains a favourite. All in all, soft glam bridal makeover is what’s trending this season.


Text: A. Jafri

Designer: Sania Maskatiya

Collection: Zeenat – Winter Festive 2020

Hair & makeup: N-Pro/ Nabila

Photographer: Shabaz Shazi

Jewellery: Allure by MHT

Shoes: Speed Online, CHARLES & KEITH, PEDRO Shoes

Set Décor: Simply Flowers Pakistan

Models: Nimra Jaqob, Sara Zulfiqar    and Iqra Kainat