Raishma Islam is the creator of Raishma Couture contemporary fusion wear; an eclectic blend of East and West fused to create beautifully versatile pieces, that can be worn for any occasion. The Raishma brand was established in 1998 so has over 15 years of experience. They have a wide of range of designer Indian outfits, including anarkali suits, churidar suits, lehenga, designer sarees, tunic dresses, as well as cocktail dresses, evening dresses, formal dresses, kaftans and their first women’s handbag collection.
I first connected with Raishma on twitter and followed along with her new collections and events. Some particular areas stand out to me such as their bespoke bridal collection which is where up to 50 brides a year can have their their outfit custom designed. Wedding dresses vary in style from traditional white wedding gowns with delicate unique embroidery, to their famous fusion styles perfect for mixed marriages and the more modern bride, to traditional Pakistani and Indian wedding outfits. The flexibility in styles is perfect for the type of wedding you are having. Particularly a fusion wedding, Raishma can combine both cultural elements to create beautiful bespoke bridal wear.
What I chose
I was fortunate enough to be gifted with a Raishma dress and I chose the Navy and Gold beaded churidar suit. As a lover of the colour navy and my love for gold, these two elements combined stood out to me. I must admit, it was difficult as to what one to pick as I found so many items that I loved!
The best part of this suit is that I can wear it as a churidar suit or a dress. I already know that I’ll be wearing this to my friend’s English wedding and wear the suit to an Indian wedding, perfect! When I picked up the dress, I noticed how heavy it was but when I put it on, it didn’t feel heavy at all. It fit me perfectly! This surprised me as I always struggle with getting the perfect fit for my body.
As well as bridalwear, Raishma offers read to wear bridesmaids dresses, again I think which are ideal for fusion weddings. They come in a romantic eggshell blue and slate palette. The floor-length gowns are form-fitting and flare, and are easy to style with jewellery and accessories. Below are some dresses from the Asian Bride live show displaying some of their collections.
If you want to find out more, please visit Raishma’s website.0