Tuesday, 20 September 2016
Classic and quirky, covering all tastes, came together at the UK’s most important Bridal Show where trends are set and committed for the year ahead.
This year there was more to choose from than ever before - and more colour, too, with a new generation of blush tones and muted latte notes, alongside flower-sprigged prints (first highlighted at White Gallery in May when the top designers presented us with a bouquet of country-garden delights)
Embroidered its flowers with cascades of petals spilling over the soft folds of a tulle skirt; layered gossamer-fine chiffon over its floral print,and exotic plant prints.
Asymmetric lines were something of a talking point giving a whole new look to big-skirted ball gowns, with handkerchief layers, each banded at the bottom to add definition, seeming to float with movement.
Sleeves - yes, plenty. Long and slender in nude tulle, embellished with flowers, leaves and random motifs for the tattoo look that shows no sign of losing its pole position in the popularity stakes. And of course, with them came the keyhole backs and illusion panelling, but for 2017 they are ever-more daring - deeper, wider and sexier. Little cap sleeves have added personality with links of sparkling beadwork strung from side to side. And there were more detachable straps than ever, creating a two-style option for a simple gown.
There is a new wave of separates, including tops with laser-cut flowers - deliciously 60s - and plain, beautifully sculpted skirts. This allows brides to personalise their look. Body-hugging all-in-ones to match up to a skirt.
This time round, the plains stood out, with Mikado a favourite for many big-name houses. Some added back detail, and plenty of it, while others contended with a beautifully beaded belt or soft sash.
In accessories, colour, shape and statement were the story. High high heels, glittery straps or metallic mesh featured throughout every collection - and there were lots at show with my favourite Rainbow Club.
And menswear? Think tweed, think Liberty-style floral prints (70s-influenced) for ties and - and double-breasted waistcoats without the classic lapels. The world of groomswear returns to the traditional, but with cuts and silhouettes that re-invent every line. There are some truly great looks here and a strong colour range of blues, silvers and, of black.
Floral & Frills, blush pink, rose gold, soft and floaty.
Love these, lots of ideas and lots of detail.
Monday, 11 July 2016
|From your first visit right through to your wedding day, I hope all are happy memories, so that everytime you think back on your wedding build up & the Big day you have happy thoughts.|
|One of my brides kindly gave me this box which I now use for Photos, sketches and embroidery samples.|
|Why don't you decorate a box and put items and photos in it that remind you of happy things from happy days foundations items to lots of accessories|
|Mens wear to buy and to hire.|
|Personalised details for individuals.|
|Men's ties and hankies to match.|
|Bridesmaids dresses made to match the brides detail.|
|The brides headdress and veil made to match the bride's dress.|
|Happy Memories, hopefully for all my Brides and Grooms.|
Many couples look back at their wedding day with each anniversary and hopefully they have nothing but Happy Memories of that day.
|Bride getting ready on her Big day|
|One of my bride's brought her dress back so that I could make a christening gown with the same detail on it.|
|This bride's Mum was with us in our thoughts on the Day and so I embroidered the Bride & groom's initials with an Irish harp.|
Shoes & veil embroidered to match.
|This bride's Mum was with us for the first fittings but sadly was taken just a few months before the final fitting, our happy memories of her being with us at the start kept us all going.|
Best Memories all captured on camera.
Sunday, 26 June 2016
Sorry its been a while since I have done a blog. I had tried to do one from my phone one day but I now realise it didn't publish so its even longer than I thought. Gosh a lot has happened. I have had weddings and been working way on my summer 2016 projects and then just this week our country voted to leave the EU, you never know what a day will bring but my motto is...
|Keep Calm and Carry On|
|Final fitting time|
|A few more pins and just checking the embroidery is all in the right places.|
|Rose gold sparkly sequinned bridesmaids dresses ready for action.|
|Back detail on a Holy Communion Dress|
|Ideas for New Brides|
We have had the London Bridal Show with the forecast for 2017 with more ideas with subtle colours and prints and still more embroidery and detail. Lots of ideas for capes and two piece ensembles. Can't wait to get working on lots of ideas.
|An "Former" Bride asks me to do a Christening robe to match her dress.|
|Robe with baby's bib to match, first bib I have ever done.|
|New Headdress ready for a bride.|
|My latest bride at her final fitting, ready for the next new chapter in her life.|
|I have been working away on a lovely veil for a bride this week which I just love but can't share it with you just yet.|
|My latest flower girl making sure she is up to date with everything that's happening!|
"Keep Calm and Carry On"