Lilian Afshar is no stranger to creating an ideally understated accessory to complete a look, a sighting of one of her structured box clutch bags is practically de rigueur at each sparkling event on the region's social calendar. And so when it came to conjuring up something for a bride to complement arguably the most important look of her life, it seems fitting that she would look to her own nuptials planned for this October in Italy, with a capsule collection inspired by her wedding venue Villa Aurelia.
Bazaar Arabia sits down to talk all things wedding with the designer as she reveals the collection this week:
How will you be decorating your own day later this year?
I'd love to share something I'm super excited about, the flowers! Bliss Flowers have helped me design the perfect arrangement ever, consisting of Juliet Garden roses, Cafe Latte roses, burgundy Peonies, O'Hara pink roses, and antique spray roses. The colour palette is burgundy, dusty pink, soft peach and a soft brown.
Who would you say is the most iconic bride in history?
Audrey Hepburn in Balmain.
Lilian's most iconic bridal inspiration is Audrey Hepburn
Why have you chosen Rome for your wedding?
We had always wanted our wedding to be in Italy. Once we started location scouted we stumbled upon Villa Aurelia and fell head over heels in love. The estate is situated on top of one of Rome's Seven Hills, the Janiculum Hill. It has the most beautiful gardens and overlooks the entire city. Rome is the eternal city. I think that represents our love for each other well.
Sounds dreamy. Tell us about the L’Afshar wedding collection, how is it different from your previous work?
This collection allows brides to fully customise pieces to complement their wedding colour palette. Engraving options include adding the groom and bride initials, wedding date in roman numerals or traditional numerals, a special wedding hashtag and bridesmaid names/initials.
"This collection allows brides to fully customise pieces to complement their wedding colour palette"
What is the most important element for the perfect wedding, in your opinion?
Live music, we'll be having a string quartet during playing the classics and after the ceremony playing more contemporary pieces. This creates such a peaceful atmosphere and allows you to disconnect from the world with your loved ones celebrating.
The Luna Clutch, personally engraved
Will you be wearing one of the styles on your own big day?
Of course! Most probably the clear quartz clutch embossed with L+K on the front.
L’Afshar’s bespoke bridal collection launches online this week.