#RitaColson2017 – The Press Launch

#RitaColson2017 – The Press Launch

 

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.

Contemporary Dancer - Jermaine Joseph

M.I.R.I.A.M

Behind the Seams - @RSA

Rehearsals before the show

 

Thank you for stopping by hope you’ve enjoyed reading my journey into creating my debut bridal collection.  See you soon and leave a comment.

Rx x

 

Adele Dejak at the Sulger-Buel Lovell Gallery

Adele Dejak at the Sulger-Buel Lovell Gallery

I had the pleasure of being invited to view the work of African Luxury Jewellery designer Adele Dejak at the Sulger Buel Lovell Gallery. The gallery specialises in contemporary African art and has played host to a number of contemporary artists. Looking at Adele Dejak’s jewellery it wasn’t a surprise that she would choose a space such as this one to showcase her work.

Bold, beautiful, statement pieces, each design is like a sculpture in itself, a work of art not to be compared with another. African luxury at its best, this designer is a true artisan exploring the rich, elegant, bold heritage of Africa with no Ankara print in sight.

As a designer and lecturer myself, I had been growing tired of seeing the rise of African design and influence being reduced to just prints. Although prints specifically Ankara prints are a big part of our aesthetic it’s not the only thing that defines the continent, just ask Picasso, Matthew Williamson, Malene Birger and many contemporary artists and designers who continue to draw inspiration from the beautiful continent.

The Nigerian-born designer sources her materials from all over Africa, from brass to leather to Ankole cow horn. The Ankole cow is a by-product of the beef industry in Uganda. It is found exclusively in Uganda and its highly versatile and comes in a range of natural colours, varying from ivory to brown. The brand is at the forefront of ethical and sustainable design. The brand is built on Adele’s commitment to rebrand Africa as she continues to design beautiful, high-end jewellery and interior bespoke home products that define authentic luxury.

I have become a huge fan of her work and need some of her pieces in my wardrobe asap. It is a definite must buy for the Autumn/Winter season. Check out the shop on her website and get your fix. (Adele Dejak)

 

Thank you for stopping by, please let me know what you think. I would love to hear from you.

Rx

 

Photography by Mister Benson