While in Lanvin shooting the short film (see FILMS), I of course tried on various (many!) bridal looks. Some classic, some rather more daring.
There’s a bridal look for everyone’s taste and should you wish for something less than classic, this sheer top, draping skirt and signature Lanvin pearl necklace might just be the answer…
My love for Manolo Blahnik is endless. When it comes to finding an elegant, timeless bridal shoe, Mr. Blahnik continues to create the designs you would look back on and never regret wearing…
Hangisi – my personal favourite from the current collection
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Yes, Astor is wearing pink… A dear friend bought this divine Album di Famiglia piece for him just before he was born. A very busy fashion friend, she had recalled me saying he was to be a she (something I didn’t say, but she agrees she could have misheard me) and that the size to look for if she wanted to buy him a present was ‘newborn’. I unwrapped a pink all-in-one in a size 18 months, ahem. In honour of said friend, Astor is now wearing the pink outfit and actually looks rather dashing in this hue!
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My favourite bridal look to date. Kate Halfpenny’s exquisite bridal skirt teamed with my Loro Piana perfect denim shirt. Something a little different, but why not I say…
Simplicity on the top in the form of a delicate cami, with an embroidered, exquisite full skirt
A very large bow, a very good idea!
I cannot describe just how incredible I felt wearing the open-back embroidered top with this flowing, perfectly shaped skirt
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Bride Q&A… Alice Naylor-Leyland, Editor of MrsAliceInHerPalace.com
1) Who designed your wedding dress and how did you make this choice?
Philippa Lepley designed my dress for me from scratch. The moment I saw her creations I was pretty sold I have to admit. I realised that unlike most bridal designers she would do more than just fit one of her designs on me. We would choose everything. From the length of train, how many layers of silk we were going to use. Even choosing what lace. We decided. That really was just the most exciting process. I had 14 fittings for my dress. And each one just got more and more thrilling!
2) What is your most treasured memory from your wedding day?
How can I choose just one? Without stating the obvious (marrying my Darling Hubbie), my most treasured memory was with my Mother just before I went to the Church. We had a very special, calm moment together just before we got in the car. She is my everything and I couldn’t have done any of it without her.
3) What invaluable advice would you offer to a future bride?
I wish someone had told me to have someone “on guard” to look after my dress (pretty much at all times). My dress was heavy and long, and not that easy to walk in with my veil and the train. It would have been great to have had someone with me to keep it all neat and tidy if that makes sense… Apart from that just enjoy every second. I know everyone says that but just don’t worry, RELAX and have FUN.
The reason such a simple look became one of the top two pregnancy looks (I couldn’t decide on just one, so allowed myself two!) is due to how daring I felt in such a vibrant colour – and without question how incredible I felt in a dress that flowed so effortlessly over my bump. I shall certainly be wearing this Vionnet dress far more during my second pregnancy (hopefully sometime in 2014…)
Alexander McQueen masterpiece, as worn in the MATCHESFASHION.COM film
Jil Sander Spring/Summer 2012
Jil Sander Spring/Summer 2011 – Bridesmaid inspiration
A very cool, modern alternative to the wedding dress – Jil Sander Spring/Summer 2011
Last week I had the pleasure of meeting bridal designer Charlie Brear at her showroom – we had intended for it to be a chat over afternoon tea, but upon seeing her collections, I couldn’t resist trying a selection of her beautiful pieces (hence being unprepared and wearing a black bra…)
Quite simply the most beautiful jewelled vintage coat you will ever see
Reminiscent of a 2011 Jil Sander collection, just prior to Raf Simons’ departure from the house
Exquisite silk kimono, sourced in Paris by Charlie
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For a dress under £60, you would perhaps suspect the fabric not to be of a standard which you could use for a wedding dress, but this brilliant and beautiful Zara option that I spied last week could certainly be worn as a wedding dress. I would perhaps spend a little more on accessories to ensure you make the entrance you hope for, but this is a wonderful dress wedding option.