5 Star Weddings was so excited to see Stewart Parvin, Ian Stuart, Alan Hannah and Matthew Williamson 2012 collections at the prestigious White Gallery today. The world’s most exclusive wedding wear retailers and influential press had the opportunity to see the very best in bridal design and we were thrilled to be at the show.
The first show of the day was Stewart Parvin. The Royal Couturier introduced us to his covetable gowns with beautiful princess-line skirts and waist-crinching ruching the perfect contours. While traditional bridal shapes such as fishtail, A line, column were given a twist, Ivory was the predominant colour for 2012 and important fabrics including ribbon lace, georgette, guipure, pink and dark chocolate brown, emerald green silk ribbon trimmings with crystals adorned bodices and necklines.
I met Stewart after the show and I asked him if he had the pleasure of designing any of the Royal wedding outfits, he said he most recently made the Queens outfit for her latest visit to Ireland.
Best known for his rare combination of natural theatrical flair and technical craft, couture-trained, Ian Stuart is celebrated as one the of the bridal world’s most creative and innovative designers. Ian Stuart’s shows are always a awe-inspiring and White Gallery was no exception. Ian Stuart continued to dazzle his vast international audience of fans with a variety of silhouettes and shapes in silk taffeta, silk tulle, silk organza each featuring unique embroideries and decorative motifts.
This time his collection was more the glamorous era of the Hollywood musical scene. We loved the way he embraces femininity by enhancing curves and showing them off to their best advantage.
Marguette Hannah has been creating beautiful gowns for the Alan Hannah label for 21 years. Alan Hannah’s Catwalk show had a romantic escapism theme, we saw signature fluid slim line gowns, plunging structured necklines and pretty beaded and diamante embellishments. Her new collection had a 1920’s feel with voluminous tulle and organza skirts nipped in at the waist.
Matthew Williamson has achieved international recognition for his exquisite feminine designs. The last show of the day was this acclaimed fashion designer whose first bridal wear collection offered signature styles from his stunning ready to wear bridal gowns. Long and short corset column gowns give a lean yet structured silhouette, softened with an artfully overlay of soft ivory tulle. Hand sewn ivory feathers across the tulle creates an enchanting ethereal effect. Jewel embedded mink and rabbit fur cropped shrugs completes the luxurious look.
Stay tuned to 5 Star Weddings over the next few weeks when we will be revealing even more exclusive tips from the designers themselves…