Every girl, irrespective of ethnicity or strata has believed and worked toward that ‘Happily Ever After’. It’s the stories she grew up with. It’s the stories that shaped her belief in the triumph of good over evil and the axiom that everything works out in the end. It comes as no surprise that wedding attire is almost fairytale-like in nature.
The Cinderella Story is the modern day adaptation of that fairy tale. We threw open the doors on girls who had somewhere to be, someone to impress, something to feel fantastic about and needed assistance.
But, we were going to need help. Fortunately, we had two stellar magicians at hand to create the magic that we aimed to unfold.
Let’s meet the team then, shall we?
Hailing from an affluent Punjabi family in Mumbai, Pooja Mankani was always inclined towards fashion designing. After completing her graduation in Fine Arts from NMK College, she opted to complete her Chartered Accountancy. But, her passion for designing led her to get a professional diploma in Fashion Designing from NIFT Delhi.
A simple and warm person, Pooja was also trained under leading designers like Manish Malhotra and Rocky S among others.
Ankriya started in 2005 after Pooja’s first pregnancy when she realised that the market didn’t cater enough to plus sized women. She credits a large part of her success to her father, Inderjeet Makkar’s unfailing belief in her.
Ankriya, she says would not have been possible without the support of her husband, Bharat Mankani who is the silent strength behind her brand.
The brains behind Tresind, the Indian fine dining concept in Dubai, Sakshi Nath took her entrepreneurial skills to the next level with Queens Beauty Lounge Salon & Spa.
Sakshi believes that it is important for women to feel like queens when they have left her spa. With the right kind of staff, location, products and prices, she has been
able to give women a five star experience of the highest standard.
With a branch in JLT and Dubai Marina, she only wants to make a woman feel like a queen. For her, inner beauty is as important as the outer appearence.
Having spent 12 years in Africa, Dubai was the next best place to move to because people love beauty in this region and they spend a lot of time and money on their appearence, according to her. “I believe women need to take time for themselves, and learn everything they can about their hair, skin, and body.”
Nisha Vijayan, 32, is an Endodontist by qualification, working as a Medical Informatics Officer at the American Hospital Dubai. A trained dancer as well, this multi-faceted girl needed an ultra glam look for an upcoming gala dinner, which she was meant to attend with her husband. When she wrote in and told us why she needed this makeover, we decided to wave our wands and make it happen for her!
Nisha’s eyes are definitely among her more striking features and we wanted to emphasize that the most. The fabulous girls at Queens Beauty Salon chose a smokey palette blue and black undertones for the eyes to add a flair of drama. thick eyeliner with subtle wings were added to emphasize the definition of her eyes.
Content with the eyes, they then moved onto her cheekbones, which are also very prominent. Naheed, the make-up guru, outlined her cheekbones with light contouring. A soft pinkish lipstick was chosen to compliment her wheatish skin tone while also creating a stylish contrast to the royal blue gown.
For her first look, Aheshani the hair expert, agreed with our thoughts that messy curls would perfectly epitomise her confident personality. It helped that she had thick, lush hair that took the styling well.
For her second look, we thought it would be a good idea to gather her curls into a neat side bun, clipped down with a sparkling barrette, for an ultra-feminine and sophisticated look that was befitting of the girl in question.
The color blue was specifically chosen because it conveys a sense of confidence and elegance.
The material of the dress was chosen for its durability and strength and the fact that it hugged Nisha’s curves in just the right way.
The modified sweetheart neckline has a rather romantic symbolism and complimented Nisha’s angular facial features and bone structure.
The Swarovski embellishments added an element of oomph and glamour to the stunning outfit.
Photography: Sarfaraz Ali
Hair and make up artists: Aheshani Gardihewage and Naheed Akhtar