From Patrick’s feted book Dior Couture
Nadja Auermann shot for US Harper’s Bazaar, 1995
Christy Turlington shot for British Vogue, 1992
A shapely jacket, comfortable heels (yes, there were such a thing during my pregnancy in the form of these beautiful Marni creations) and stretch denim jeans – a combination I wore more and more often for meetings towards the end of my 9 months due the comfort and elegance of the look.
JEANS: J.BRAND MATERNITY
A main focus for a bride is her hair and a main focus for the guests is the bride’s hair – an exquisite braid creation or elegant chignon is all well and good, but if the colour is less than perfect, it will be noted.
Having trialled leading salons over the past months, my hair has been coloured various shades of blonde (I couldn’t imagine being anything less than two-weeks-on-a-beach blonde) and although no one result has left me recoiling behind the complimentary stack of magazines, there is one salon that is a clear choice for my own wedding next spring.
Josh Wood Colour have a flawless reputation when it comes to perfecting the desired tones of clients hair, but it’s all a little more than that…
The salons are cool, yet elegant, the technicians modern, but able to lend their hands to any direction (even a style that may fall a little far into the past, but if that’s what a client wants…) – and hair is only one element to this all encompassing growing empire.
The team of 30+ wouldn’t be working with Josh Wood Atelier if they weren’t the most talented in the business, but there are a few names that I hear more and more mentions of in my daily life as a fashion editor. The technician who has literally changed the way I see my colour, Leanne Galvin, creates an overall tone unlike one I have seen before – a delicious mix of fresh, golden, healthy, sunkissed hues. Then there’s the brother and sister dream-team George and Sally Northwood; one half to give you the cut you could only imagine you would be able to rock and the other to create a colour to compliment this very new you. And of course, the man with the name on the door, Josh Wood, a man who certainly needs no introduction…
And this may have very little to do with hair, but my God do the smoothies I have at the West London atelier taste good.
(image taken from TheWeddingEditor/Roland Mouret film – see FILMS)
A wedding dress doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive; a dress under £200 can still make you look and feel incredible. The key is to accessorize with simple, elegant jewellery – ideally a family heirloom or treasured piece that someone special will give you as your ‘something borrowed’.
TopShop have several options that would work perfectly as wedding or bridesmaid dresses…
Mesh Embroidery Maxi Dress £68
Limited Edition Ruche Maxi Dress £180
For a chic, simple bridesmaid option, the Tulle Strappy Midi Dress £29
Limited Editon Embellished Maxi Dress £180
ALL AVAILABLE AT TOPSHOP
With it being summer and with Astor being almost 1 year, I felt it was time to invest in a bike seat for him and set about researching the safest – and of course most stylish – seats available.
There are quite a number of brands and styles, but with London roads to consider, I knew I had to be sure that Astor was in the safest possible care when out with me on my bicycle.
I trialled various seats before deciding which would ultimately be the best all-round choice and BOBIKE was by far the clear choice for everything I needed it to be; safe, attractive, comfortable for tiny people and with the necessary visibility aids should I be out at dusk.
I have now been out with Astor on numerous occasions and this has caused only one problem – he now refuses to travel in his stroller without serious negotiations if there is the option of being in his BOBIKE seat.
Fiona Leahy Design is London’s leading event agency with a high profile, international client base. Clients include Dior, Louis Vuitton, Garrards, Harvey Nichols and Christian Louboutin. Not only does Fiona design and orchestrate events for leading fashion houses, but also creates exquisite weddings and events for private clients.
Each month, Fiona will be writing for TheWeddingEditor, allowing us to see her work and hear her experiences in world of weddings and events.
THE DIOR EVENT
We recently created a dinner setting for one of our all-time favourite brands, Dior. The dinner was to mark the opening of a Dior ‘wonderland’ at Harrods. We decided to create an homage in miniature form to two famous London landmarks – Tower Bridge and the London Eye in keeping with the Dior campaign and Harrods windows. This aesthetic could also be applied beautifully to a wedding.
When I design weddings I really like to create elements that are unique and completely personal to the bride and groom. I seek out mementos, places, evocative things that say something about them and the idea of bringing elements to the table, like the Towers and Eye, that wouldn’t otherwise be there is something I really love to do.
We made the models to the exact scale of the real buildings, creating our own tiny London in Harry’s Bar, Dior Style.
Wax seal napkin rings in a Bride and Groom’s initials look beautiful.
Our custom made pop-up menus mimicked the model buildings. For me, it’s about creating a theme that carries all the way through.
I wore this dress to a Vanity Fair party and although I was quite heavily pregnant, I didn’t feel so when wearing such an incredibly cut (not to mention wildly comfortable) dress.
This piece was bought in only one size larger than I would have worn pre-pregnancy and remains in my post-pregnancy collection…