London’s chicest bridal design event, White Gallery London 2012 got off to a glittering start with four stunning designer catwalk shows. Opening the schedule in his own inimitable style was Royal couturier Stewart Parvin. Simple silhouettes, minimal fuss and an attention to detail produced a collection which made a strong style statement. Inspiration was provided by song titles spanning several decades including Penny Lane, a short bustier style; Crazy for You a stunningly simple and elegant textured column; to Wild Horses and Avalon, both with fitted bodices and huge full skirts.
The Ian Stuart show was second of the day and added a touch of high drama with his Supernova Bridal Collection. Accompanied by operatic arias, the full and flamboyant dresses wowed the audience with their breath-taking beauty. Layers of silk, tulle and lace were embellished with overblown flowers, oversized bows, ruching and draping to create a star-studded collection of dresses that are sure to set the standard for the season to come. Most dramatic of all was a dress of epic proportions featuring festoons of floral print and a flower embellished parasol.
The afternoon began with Alan Hannah and a show with a distinct retro were pared down silhouettes harking back to the fabulous fifties and early sixties made an appearance. Sleek, long lines reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn were contrasted with fuller, more structured styles echoing the swagger and sway of Grace Kelly. Ornate lace, sinuous satin bows and carefully considered crystal beading provided subtle and carefully considered detailing. Stealing the show was an ice white staples column of embellished flowers finished with swathes of organza tulle.
Drawing the first day of the catwalk shows to a close was Anoushka G who took the audience on a glittering tour with the Around the World Collection calling at some of the most glamorous locations for inspiration. Fluid lines, a delicate pastel colour palette and a proliferation of delicate beads, flower motifs and detailing hinted at ports of call including South America, Japan, New York 1920’s’ London and Venice.
White Gallery London opened its glamorous with over 60 top names in bridal, and proved to be one of the busiest shows to date with a 30% increase on visitor numbers since last year. Candy dresses and accessories wowed buyers and press and they entered the venue in Battersea Park! Designs came from Freya Rose, Ian Stuart, Halo & Co, Harriet Wilde, Stephanie Allin and Vivien Sheriff.