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.
It’s been ages guys!!!! I’m sitting here on the eve of the press launch of my debut collection reflecting on the journey I’ve had, deciding to officially launch and what it has taken to achieve this goal. So who is Rita Akosua Colson? I am a Ghanaian British-born Bridal designer, from West London and this would be my debut Bridal collection.
I’ve been asked many times and the story goes like this; I made 3 dresses they were all in very dark colours I decided to make the last one in a lighter shade which happened to be beige. I photographed the dresses and posted them on social media. I noticed the lighter shade got more attention and was being referred to as a wedding gown. My initial reaction was ‘er noOoo’ however I soon realized that as a creative that loves to experiment with texture and form, Bridal design was perfect. It gave me the freedom to create, to design ‘one of’ pieces and imagine big. After all it’s been said that a woman’s wedding day is equivalent to her going to the Oscars. I love how I could design something very traditional yet ‘fashion forward’. I love the dance between the traditional bridal look and the alternative, it’s one of the many concepts I try to show within my designs.
I am inspired by everything around me, I never completely switch off. I’ve always got my ‘creative antennas’ switched on as inspiration often comes from unexpected places. Although I have always been fascinated with dance and theatre. I love watching dancers translate an outfit with the movements they make. It’s truly like watching an outfit come alive.
About the Collection
Creativity, artistry, and attention to detail are at the forefront of my designs. Every dress is made to be, or have the feel of a ‘one of a kind’ piece. My current collection is inspired by my love of bold silhouettes, vintage and playful textures. It’s a collection that celebrates the craftsmanship of intricate beading, appliqué of 3D flowers over lace cleverly styled and put together. This collection is designed with the independent woman in mind. A woman who enjoys investing in classic pieces and always opts for style and what suits her body and not necessarily what’s ‘trending’
*Images of the collection coming soon*.
Thank you for stopping by I will update you on the press launch, in the meantime look out for my social media feed on the Press launch.