I have just come back from a Designer Day at one of our stockists called 'Once in a Lifetime' in Milton Keynes. They have been stocking a large selection of our gowns for three years now - it's a beautiful store with lovely, friendly staff and it's always a joy to go there.
As well as having our own showrooms, we sell to many independent boutiques and the Designer Days give me a chance to meet with brides from different parts of the country and give them advice on which gown will work best for them and will flatter their shape. Meeting our clients has always been a favourite part of my job... not only does it inspire many of my designs but I love finding the perfect gown for them! Brides don't always realise that because all of our gowns are made here in London, they can take certain features of my designs and mix with other features they like - so you can mix a neckline you love with a different shape skirt and therefore the dress will be made to your exact specifications. I often get asked how long before the wedding a bridal gown should be ordered. Personally I feel that it is never too early, it just gives you much more choice and flexibility which means you will get exactly what you want.
Over the next few weeks I have more Designer Days coming up around various parts of the country, which will be featured on BRIDESMAGAZINE.CO.UK. I'm also getting ready for the Designer Wedding Show which starts in three weeks time in Battersea Park. It is a fabulous show - extremely stylish and chic. Because I am doing another Designer Day (Leonie Claire in Brighton) on the Saturday, I will be at the show all day on Friday October 9 to meet brides. Hope to see you there!
The new collection, which we will be showing at the show, is now well on the way to being available to buy in stores. We launched it at the Tower of London, and have had a fantastic response to it. It's called the Royal Collection due to the majestic, regal influences and the rich fabrics used. Of course I have included lots of fabulous corsetry in it to give an incredible shape as well as some slinky, flowing designs and lots of beautiful embellishment - such as hand-beaded necklines and Swarovski adornment. I have tried to include something for everyone so there is a wide range of shapes and styles. The full collection is available to see online here.