This month ZARI loves August 9, 2017 17:54

Welcome to the new monthly column in which we’ll serve up key local and global trends in the sectors that ZARI loves – weddings and celebrations, festive fashions, flowers and food which are achievable on any budget.

Bridal fashion trends:

Arguably the best part of planning your wedding is the dress, right? And things just seem to be getting better and better.

  1. It’s all about the sleeve  We’ve taken a leaf out of the sketch books of Indian born, New York-based designer, Naeem Kahn, loving his reinterpretation of modest styles such as high Victorian necklines, flounces, frills, fringing and feathers. In general it seems you can’t go wrong with a statement sleeve this season - fluttery, tiered, ruffled, puffed, beribboned, embroidered, beaded - sleeves add an instant contemporary update to any dress pattern and can even be used to update a pre-worn dress. Also ideal for cooler evenings and Spring weddings.
  1. Go for gold – Classic gold hues are never out of style and you can safely take metallics to the max this wedding season with every shade of off-white, ivory, cream, champagne, pale yellow and even mustard golden hues being seen going down the aisles in array of desirable fabrics. Naeem Kahn is doing for us again with gold brocade embellished with buttercups, acid-yellow lace and of course, ZARI’s favourite colour - champagne!


    Also exciting is the range of delicious macaroon colours – your pick of heavenly on trend colours such as lilac, rosé, peach, yellow or powder blues teamed with metallics for a breath-taking effect. These colours also would make any bridesmaid happy, so check with your girls which they prefer or choose one of each for an amazing pastel rainbow retinue!

  1. The birds and the butterflies - As mentioned above 3-D embellishment is a great way to stand out on your special day. Express your personality and creativity to the full where flowers and leaves entwine up veils and hemlines or applicéd petals, butterflies and birds land unexpectedly on wrist or hair accessory.
  1.  Take a bow – Apparently old Hollywood glamour is on the rise with global fashion houses such as Viktor & Rolf, Carolina Herrera, and Oscar de la Renta suggesting oversized bows or glamourous sheath dresses as timeless style options.

Loyal to the green and gold:

Like all South Africans we’re always loyal to the green and gold and nature themes are bang on with the trend for more people getting married in forests and on farms. For décor you can get spectacular DIY effects, by spraying leaves, branches, cones and fruit with gold or other metallic paints – teamed with simple greenery and classic white table cloths is sure to make a stunning impression on guests, family and friends.

Dripping with gold:

One of the hottest trends in wedding and other festive cakes right now must surely be the dribble icing technique. Reminiscent of paint running down a bucket, colour drip cakes offer a fun and funky alternative to the traditional fondant icing. You can team and theme your cake to your wedding colour or stick to our favourite  - you’ve guess it  - classic white dripping with gold!

Make a toast:

After the exchanging of the vows, the best part of your special day is popping the cork 

ZARI Sparkling Grape in Ruby or Royale Gold served in fluted glassware, adds the perfect non-alcoholic sparkle to the wedding or special occasion toast, but can also be mixed into delicious welcome drinks, cocktail or mocktails.

Mocktail of the month recipe coming soon!

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