A tough job but someone’s gotta do it ….I’m just back from the amazing White Gallery bridal trade exhibition! It’s where the finest in bridal design launch their much anticipated collections. White Gallery is in it’s third year and as usual it was a fabulous three days and leading bridal designers delivered in breath-taking style….. Aside from owning a bridal shop I’m also a columnist for the leading industry trade publication ‘Bridal Buyer’ (the Bridal Shop owner’s Bible) which means I’m lucky enough to attend these incredible catwalk shows.
This year the highly acclaimed Ian Stuart launched ‘Supernova’ yet another charismatic collection of sumptuous bridal creations! Ian Stuart’s unconventional dress silhouettes are this year lovingly created in pretty pastels and warm honey tones; my catwalk faves included Glitterati, Oasis and Carmen – totally awesome gowns all with individual personalities and masses of jaw dropping wow factor! The backdrop to Ian’s show was as almost as stunning as his gowns and I loved watching the finale of enchanting dresses during which I clapped (with much gusto I might add) along to the Mary Poppin’s song ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’…. And it was a sensationally supercalifragilisticexpialidocious show and my hands went numb from trying to time my enthusiastic claps to the beat!
Another crowd pleaser was the wonderful Stephanie Allin who has taken inspiration from Marrakech in the 70’s for her 2013 ‘Night and Day’ collection. Another stunning range, the show opened with a gorgeous 50’s style gown called ‘Masquerade’ the model swayed and sashayed down the catwalk to the upbeat feel good tune ‘Holly Valance’s Kiss Kiss’, it looked awesome and felt exciting! I fell in love with ‘Honour’; an exquisite full length lace gown with a beautiful vintage coloured dusty rose sash. And then ‘Sapphire’ stopped me in my tracks – the choice for an adventurous Bride maybe, with it’s pretty peplum styled top and tapered trouser this look totally oozed alternative bridal glamour.
Alan Hannah’s ‘High Society’ collection was also a total delight! As usual a group of gorgeously classic, elegant and sophisticated looking bridal gowns were paraded down the runway to a fantastic selection of tunes including an on trend and all atmospheric Florence and The Machine track. Again vintage lace and cool fifties glamour burst forth from this ulta stylish collection! I adored almost every dress and particularly loved the styling, models wore gorgeous head scarves and oversized Jackie Onassis shades to accompany the beautiful flirty fifties dresses which all looked totally divine!
And finally the British Talents preview fashion show was a wonderful mix of stylish, adventurous, elegant and daring… A bit like a family bag of revels really; sooooo many that you love and only one or two that you’d rather avoid!! With so many stunning dresses to choose from the 2013 season of designer bridal fashion in the UK is another exciting one! The vintage glamour trend is certainly set to continue as Designers delight, surprise and captivate our bridal hearts! One thing is for sure; there are some very very gorgeous designs heading in the direction of designer bridal stores up and down the country (N.B Please see Designers websites for nearest stockists of Ian Stuart, Stephanie Allin and Alan Hannah).