It's always exciting, although a bit tear jerking to do a bridal wear show. It's like those airplane films; you know it's all make believe, but you can't help yourself and sure like hell you hope that no one has seen you blubbing! There were some exciting labels showcasing for the first time at the White Gallery London and here are some of the ones we would seriously get married for:
Christos Costarello from Athens, Greece is stocked in 38 stores worldwide. His offering is very, very high-end - quality and all silk lined bridal and eveningwear. Christos' vision is about pushing the boundaries, making bridal more 'fashion'. He aims to, "Make it more fresh and modern". He also does a quirky bespoke service telling the story of each lady through the dress.
Patricia Avendano is one to know if you're into colour. The whole collection is manufactured in Spain and includes evening dresses and mother-of-the-bride wear. Patricia Avendano has a 25-year trajectory and shows in Barcelona and Milan. This year the brand started creating dresses in rustic silk, which is becoming quite popular in the bridal world. The texture is beautiful and it gives an amazing stiffness to the dress without it being corseted. Maria Lopez, who took us through the collection, showed us the most popular dress that comes in all colours and sizes!
Parthenis is definitely a label that I have a soft spot for. This Greek label is mostly made in jersey so you can throw them in your suitcase and they wont crease. This is perfect if you're doing the marriage abroad bit. Although they have been around since 1945, the beautiful Orsalia Parthenis, who is the second generation, took over from her father and we couldn't resist this photograph of her in front of her favourite piece in the collection. It is also the first piece she ever designed for the company. AMAZING, and I'm loving the turban!
As the PRINCESS of the day, you certainly need the shoes to match and both Freya Rose and Harriet Wilde are certainly jaw-dropping splendours that would transform any little tootsie into the most covetable delicacy!
Ruth Shaw established Harriet Wilde in 2008. Harriet Wilde was her great grandmother. Apart from the popular selection of boots made with French lace and white Spanish leather, they have these gorgeous heels with matching hair accessories and clutches that can be dyed to any colour requested. You definitely don't need to get married for one of these. It's a party and I am ready!
Freya Rose has got to be the eternal FAVOURITE bridal shoe, especially for someone like me that is certainly partial to a bit of bling, and with my home being the world, I love what Freya calls her 'international shoe'. It is made up of mother of pearl from Indonesia, French lace and Italian leather and then embellished in the London studio. PERFECT.