As part of my visit, Brides The Show catwalk is a definite personal highlight. I mean who wouldn’t like to sit FROW and look at pretty dresses swirling by? On the Friday night preview, there was an exclusive Jenny Packham catwalk showcasing her 2016 collection that was shown in NYC, based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the characters in the play.
During the weekend there was of course the ‘Secret Garden’ themed catwalk styled to perfection by Bryony Toogood Fashion Director at Brides Magazine, which was so exciting to see. A plethora of bridal designers showcasing designs from their latest collections or exclusives. It was so lovely to see the buzz of brides to be falling in love with the potential ‘one’ in front of their eyes.
Earlier this year I featured the 2012 collection from British bridal designer Sassi Holford. Sassi’s collections are always classically beautiful and timeless but this year the design team, led by Sassi Holford has now launched the So Sassi collection which is the ‘esprit brand’ and is for the younger, more fashion forward bride. Still all handmade in England, the dresses are for the bride wanting something a little more fashion led that won’t break the bank as prices range between £1,000-2,000.
The immediate modern touches such as high-low [or is that hi-lo – clearly I’m not down with the kids!] hemlines and bang on trend peplum make a cute statement whilst some of the other dresses feature tulle and lace for the more feminine modern bride. I love that these designs are fun and fresh, and I can imagine a killer pink lipstick wrist gloves or bright shoes working with these for a super girly look.
I think my particular favourite has to be the 3D floral embellished Bobbie [below] but I do also love the silouhette of the peplum detail Bianca also complete with cute as bow, love the back of this style!
Whilst I don’t like to think of certain people being ‘trend setters’ I can’t forgo a mention of a certain Duchess of Cambridge for her choice of gown and thus bringing the lace sleeve back so to speak. Some girls love lace, others find it fussy or too traditional but when it’s used elegantly and in designs that fit like a glove then it’s no surprise that it was the choice of a Princess.
Sassi Holford is a UK designer [whoop!] who has long been the choice for the modern and elegant bride for a traditional yet exquisite bridal look. Here is a glimpse of Sassi’s new 2012 bridal collection – the designs below are all from the Couture Collection, exclusive to the London boutique. Whilst I must admit I’m not the first to be the usual lace loving lass, these dresses with their subtle shimmer of skin under the lace are incredibly seductive…especially Ingrid [above]. I love the way these dresses have been styled minimally with simple hair in neat waves, team with a statement headpiece to keep the look modern and stylish.
Paola + Shrug
Here are a few of my favourite designs from the Signature 2012 collection which are available nationwide. Think bows, feminine silouhettes and tulle, oh the tulle!
If these designs are catching your eye, you may be interested to know that Sassi Holford currently have a winter sample sale on, so for more details on dates and locations or to find a stockist for the new collection visit www.sassiholford.com