Hello lovelies, so I’ve had time to ‘rest’ recuperate and ready for the next thing. If I’m honest I was ready for the next thing even before the launch ended I already had in place my next move. I love what I do and because of that it’s never ‘work’ I honestly find it very difficult to switch my creative antennas off. I might have a problem…lol My reason for this is I don’t want to miss anything, I want to be fully present.
My debut collection was launched to a VIP audience with leading wedding and fashion industry press and guests at RSA House on Friday 24th March. The launch was produced and hosted by Director of Nu Bride and renowned wedding expert Nova Reid, as part of her Nu Bride Presents series; showcasing progressive brands with inclusive diversity at the core of their work.
The guests were treated to a vibrant, creative and inclusive catwalk show that captured the essence of the collection. I love having contrast in my work and this case the juxtaposition was on tradition with a modern twist. Celebrating the nostalgia of tradition whilst embracing creativity and style. The collection was accessorised by Kelly Spence and Charlotte Mills Bridal, a beautiful showcased of diverse models, to the elegant sound of sensational classical classic opera singer Abigail Broughton complemented by contemporary dancer Jermaine Joseph's powerful opening performance to Casta Diva. The fusion of live music and dance visibly moved guests and included opera classics Summertime and Mio Bambino Caro, encapsulating my love of art, music, dance and creativity. Gorrrrrgeous!!!! 🙂
The Tavern Room at the RSA House was the perfect backdrop for the launch, just a stone's throw off the Strand, and round the corner from The Savoy, this was truly stuff that dreams are made of. The Georgian style of the building was perfectly complemented by extravagant floral displays, candles and traditional white seating. Spring flowers were used ranunculus, hellebores, 'White O'Hara' and 'Patience' garden roses were dotted in the bouquets as well as the seating and trailing fireplace floral displays. It was extremely elegant and fresh; and of course behind every successful production there are an exceptional team that put everything together. I was blessed to work with an amazing team of UK wedding industry suppliers, Matt Maurice Events, Over The Top Rentals, HK Hair Artist, Joyce Connor MUA, De Winton Paper Co, featuring show - stopping flowers by Miriam Faith Flowers. The event was captured by Fine Art photographer Cecilia Photography and Urban Cinematography.
The sound of champagne flutes clicking, canopes, an uproar of laughter followed by ‘sweetie darling’ all on a tuesday night. Held at Ritz London it was a glamorous affair hosted by Brides magazine. With make up by Laura Mercier, Jimmy Choo heels, divine headpieces from Tilly Thomas Lux and flowers by the incredible Paul Thomas team this was a dream and the main event hadn’t even started.
The main event was held in a separate room with the most stunning staircase draped in beautiful flowers as a back drop, the models flowed and cascaded down wearing the british made signature designs of Kate Halfpenny.
Kate creates breath taking vintage inspired gowns her designs are so incredibly versatile and varied, few designers can truly offer something for every bride: from a traditional tule ball gown to modern silk sheath to fanciful feathers, Kate does it all I loved each and every dress more than the last. Impeccable styling Kate weaves ‘Brit cool’ with vintage inspiration to create truly stunning modern wedding dresses and bridal wear. She brings creativity, and versatility to her collection, knowing that carefully crafted and interchangeable elements will work for every woman.
Take a look for yourself and as always I love hearing from you tell me what you think.
There are some collaborations that just work, you find the venue by accident, you’re push for time but some how it all comes together like magic… poW!
Last year i teamed up with model Jenny K and Menswear Lifestyle blogger and photographer Edmond Kamara of Cuts For Him, my vision for this shoot was to explore the juxtaposition of raw strength and beauty, colour and texture in nature. Nova at the award wining blog Nubride wrote a wonderful feature of the brand, the different processes in Bespoke / Couture dresses and the inspiration behind the photoshoot.
The Bespoke service offered by the Rita Colson brand allows you to create a one-of-a-kind dress designed especially for you. You may wish to modify silhouettes or cuts from our Bridal dresses to create your own unique design, or it might be that you have ideas of your own that I can apply my skills and expertise to help you realise.
What are the benefits of choosing a bespoke dress?
Each bespoke dress is made from scratch in our studio. Often, this will require several fittings over and above our normal Couture service, as we need to create a brand new pattern.
I will work very closely with you to understand your needs, likes and dislikes and will guide you in what fabrics and shapes will work best for your unique shape, to ensure you walk away with a truly special piece.
How long will it take?
Bespoke wedding dresses take time to make to the exacting standards we insist on, therefore we advise brides to leave between 6-12 months between the commission and collection of their dress. If you have a shorter timescale, please get in touch, as sometimes we are able to accommodate you.
Real Bride - Lois Shimmen |
A hand pleated gown with a touch of lace and a ruffle tail.
Photo by www.mariadragan.com
Attention to detail - the inside of the garment should look just as good as the outside.