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?
Jaya Devani, a 24 year old Sales Executive wrote in to us after our last feature and told us she wanted a makeover for her friends’ wedding reception. This stunning girl is an avid reader of Saffron and we were more than happy to listen to her story and give her the glamorous make over that she wanted
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.”
We were extremely keen to highlight Jaya’s eyes, which are one of her most striking features. The amazing girls at Queens Beauty Salon, Daisy and Dahlia went for a dark smokey look and combined shades of black and silver for Jaya’s eyes. False lashes were used and coated with mascara to add that element of oomph and glamour.
Her skin, which they stated was flawless as is, didn’t need a lot of work and so they opted for a very thin layer of foundation. Jaya’s high cheekbones were contoured with a light shade of pink, which added that hint of glow to her skin. A bold dark pink was specifically chosen for its allure.
Her hair, we decided needed to be in an updo. Jaya’s hair was naturally wavy, which is why Daisy and Dahlia wanted to do something different. They teased her hair into a twisted bun by back combing it once it had been straightened. The overall effect of the hairdo was exactly what the team had envisioned it to be as is evident through these pages.
The outfit is emphasised with a dazzling, long sequenced black and silver netted jacket, which was paired with a pretty fish skirt at the bottom. This fusion outfit features a unique V neckline on the flattering black bodice. A deep back design and a floor length side slit gave the whole attire a formal look. The silhouettes for this particular look were influenced by a sense of royalty and grace.
Pooja’s first thought when she saw the black and silver sequenced fabric was that it would work perfect for a Glam Doll look. When she met Jaya, she knew that Jaya would be the perfect model to carry an outfit in that fabric.
The shine in the outfit works great for the reception that Jaya was meant to attend and Pooja worked on the two piece outfit according to her specifications.
The Cinderella Story delivered in stunning splendour. Our petite model was thrilled with her make over, as were we. We’d like to thank both Sakshi Nath and Pooja Mankani for allowing us to illustrate their vision across these pages.
Credits: Photography: Sarfaraz Ali
Hair and make up artists:Daisy and Dahlia, Queens Beauty Lounge
Editorial Content: Nupur Jaisinghani