Time For Something New...

Time For Something New...
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Doesn't time fly by, this is my last blog so I thought I should tell you of the exciting plans for Bruce Oldfield Wedding, and remember: you will read it here first!

As we have such a fabulous building at 34 Beauchamp Place and the luxury of space, I thought I would try and make it a one-stop destination for the discerning bride. The first service will be the wedding list and I have chosen as partners two wonderful businesses who will be able to provide the service and the variety of product and price-points, that are necessary in such a venture.

As well as designing products for the home myself which will come on-stream early next year, I have selected from Willer in Holland Street W8 stunning tableware, porcelain, crystal, silver and linen, along with beautiful sculptural glass and Massimo Micheluzzi pieces for the home - these are 'for best'. From Summerill and Bishop in Portland Rd W11, I have selected perhaps more practical everyday pieces which belong in any home whether you err towards the grand or the simple, from a John Julian black granite pestle and mortar to wonderful wood-handled steak knives by Laguiole.

What comes first - the ring or the dress? Answer... both at the same time at Bruce Oldfield. I have designed a gorgeous collection of engagement and wedding rings, which can be worn separately or together. You will be able to choose the grade of the main stones in the rings to suit your budget without altering the look of the designs, which are mostly executed in white gold. This service will be available from the autumn.

The idea is that if you like my taste and my style: simple, beautifully designed classic yet contemporary dresses executed to the highest of standards, then you will also want to surround yourself with pieces that mirror it.

Thank you for reading my blogs over the last two months and have a great wedding day! 

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Party, Party, Party

Party, Party, Party
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What a week to party party party, so it's not surprising that we had a great turnout of eager brides at our Brides Magazine Reader Event last Thursday. It was great fun with 40 guests sipping champagne and listening to the wise words from ace hairdresser Paul Edmonds who demonstrated the best ways to put hair up (in an informal way and a more classical way), how to place a tiara and the best ways to give the bouffant look to your veil. Its quite amazing what you can do with a can of hairspray!

Guests were then invited to have individual hair, nail and make-up consultations with Paul and his team while Jade modelled the wedding dresses and shoes. Meanwhile, downstairs, John Carter, one of the best florists in London, explained which shape of bouquet best suited certain styles of dress and how to chose colours that suited your dress and even what went best with your complexion.

Up till that moment I had never realised just how intricately these bouquets were constructed, using fine gold wire, delicately wound around the fine stems of lily of the valley to support it throughout the wedding day - a true labour of love.

Incidentally John is doing the flowers for the Cartier stand at the Chelsea Flower Show which starts next week, watch out for it, from his descriptions it sounds spectacular....

As you can tell, I took a back seat at this event, letting my dresses and my two experts do all the hard work. The star wedding dress of the evening was undoubtedly the dress pictured above. It started life as a mini skating dress I made for Russian Vogue last year, the original was in black but all that silk tulle, taffeta flowers and satin was screaming out to be a wedding dress. It's a custom made dress so can have some modifications to suit your event.

Am just putting on the final touches to a few new dresses for winter, I have a feeling for velvet, think of Russian fairytale princesses and you'll be on the right track. Will try and get one pictured for the final blog next week...now there's a real-time deadline to meet!

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More Than Just A Wedding Dress

More Than Just A Wedding Dress
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No, it's not my Rolls Royce parked outside but check out the shop window this week - it's a response to the many enquiries we're getting for short wedding dresses that still have life after the wedding. We are in a very good position to supply this type of dress as we have the two showrooms in Beauchamp Place: one for wedding and one for just about everything else.

Whereas in the past we often had clients looking for the engagement party dress, the bridesmaids dress or simply a party dress during the celebrations, we now get girls who don't want the full-on bridal frock, simply a stunning dress they can wear over and over. I have posted several such dresses from the couture range, mostly beaded, bare and slinky enough for the red carpet or for the tying of the knot in a remote island setting.

Talking of remote island settings, we seem to do a great many weddings abroad these days, brides choosing sunnier climes, escaping the weather and cutting down on some of those family members that in truth you would have preferred to stay at home...there...I've said it!! If you saw my video last week you would have heard my thoughts on the weather: as much as I love to jump on a plane to a far-flung destination for wedding festivities I'm just as happy to brave the UK weather and take the wedding to an English country or seaside retreat.

I have found one such place in Hampshire called Chewton Glen and I liked it so much I am doing my next season's photo shoot there in a week's time with ace photographer, George Bamford. The hotel has 58 rooms and an amazing spa with just about everything to get the bride with a few mates (and perhaps the groom with a 9-hole golf course) into pre-wedding chill mode. What could be better, the entire wedding all under one roof yet in a space large enough and comfortable enough not to be constantly bumping into Uncle John and his girlfriend who you never really liked but ...

I'll try and get a few pictures from the shoot onto my final blog on May 27.
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Creating Couture

Creating Couture
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I know they say that less is more but in the world of 'Haute Couture' it simply isn't true. I don't profess to do 'Haute Couture', this is a Parisian classification of the highest quality and finesse in dressmaking which carries an exceptionally high price-tag. We are known for producing dresses to very exacting standards in both ready-to-wear and custom-made level as explained in previous blogs, but the real couture dresses are what I'm showcasing this week.

In the first floor showroom we have a small collection of couture dresses with price tags from £18,000 to £27,000. I see these as ideas, as starting points for the bride with the big budget to get an idea of the embroideries, the huge variety of fabrics and techniques that we can use to make her wedding dress and her entrance, spectacular.

At the initial consultation we discuss any themes for the party; the venue, how many guests, any religious or cultural requirements (e.g. covered shoulders). All of these practicalities need to be factored into the design along with the ideas that the bride might have herself and of course an honest appraisal of her figure!
Some designers get cross when brides arrive with pictures torn from magazines, I think it's great - it gives the best indication of how that bride sees herself and is, again, a perfect starting point. I'm not going to copy a Vera Wang and nor does the bride wish me to, it's just another great way to get started.

The more elaborate the designs, the greater the time it takes, from designing and getting approval from the bride, Mum and somewhere down the line, Dad. Next come the toile fittings for the underpinnings of the dress through to the outer sections, often with ornate embroidery on every piece of pattern, which I draw up myself before handing over to the embroiderers. Then the fittings in cloth and the final assembly of the finished embroidered dress. This can take between 3 and 5 months.

How gorgeous does Nadine look, her wedding in Beirut captured in the picture above. Check out the gallery with the original sketch and some other pictures that explain the process of making a couture dress.

A handy tip, a big dress needs a big car, my preference is the Daimler Vanden Plas Princess; the huge passenger area has been carrying princesses, film stars and brides for the last 60 years. 

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