LAST UPDATED: 8th April 2014 at 2:15pm
Suzanne Neville has become increasingly popular of late for her red carpet designs worn by the likes of Christine Bleakley and co., but we'll always know and love her for what she does best - and that is create truly gorgeous wedding gowns.
The Novello Collection - debuted at the Tower of London, as is Neville tradition - focuses on her signature aesthetic of clean, well cut and beautifully executed dresses.
Suzanne has a true understanding for how women's bodies work, how best to dress them on the biggest day of all and which fabrics to employ for the task.
The result is luxurious, flattering and most of all, covetable.
Interestingly enough, the most beautiful element of this collection is the amount of thought and design that has gone towards thinking of the back of the gowns. Clever origami folding, intricate keyhole backs, oversized bows and elegant low backs make for truly outstanding exits.
On a practical note, there are also a number of over-shirts and jackets created to totally transform a simple strapless dress into something very different.
Worthy of a standing ovation themselves were the velvet-printed organza gowns; white on white and black on white, these ballgowns look classic from afar but are modern, fresh and tactile up close.
LAST UPDATED: 7th April 2014 at 12:50pm
If you're in the market for a handmade bridal gown, designed and produced in London, then Emma Hunt is your go-to brand.
Kicking off the second day of White Gallery action, Emma's mainline and diffusion collection, Echo, championed the easy elegance which she and her designs are known for.
Gentle silhouettes and creamy shades of champagne and ivory make for the most placid of gowns. Empire- and A-line silhouettes featured strongly again, a trend we've already spotted on the catwalk, as did the dramatic and inherently romantic Juliette sleeves.
At their best, these fluid and comfortable dresses are appliquéd in corded lace and pretty beading, embellished with dainty belts. They are best appreciated when seen up close though; Chantilly eye lash trims are intrinsically swoon-worthy and the quality of the pure silk linings clear to see.
LAST UPDATED: 6th April 2014 at 5:30pm
Finishing off the shows at the White Gallery today was the Designer Preview - a showcase of various labels.
Taking centre stage first where the discreet embellishments of Lusan Mandongus. Juliette sleeves, with their tight cuffs and bouffant arms, added a true fairy tale feel to these otherwise very modern gowns. Pretty peplums, neat and small in size, sit delicately at the waist, while high necklines manage to still be very alluring despite their more covered-up nature.
Nordic label Sadoni hit the catwalk next with their simple, understated silky dresses. Here austere, flowy gowns exist to show the pure perfection of simplicity.
Ivory & Co, famed for their silk dresses, took on a more textured approach with their classic gowns. Strapless beauties shimmied their way up and down the catwalk with grace.
YolanCris brought Spanish flair to London next. Showing the breath of their designs, their catwalk dresses included a traditional gown, a long-sleeved svelte number, and a crochet piece. Our favourite was the final gown, with its daring high-low hem and decadent brocade fabric.
Adding their version of romance to proceedings was Terry Fox with romantic frocks with floral accents and plunging backs. Most notable of all the blush ombre gown.
Next up were two Australians and one Italian designer, all three with a different strand of dramaticflair all their own. Linea Raffaelli's ruffled gowns, particularly the black and grey gown caught our eye, while Brides Desire by Wendy Sullivan and Jack Sullivan also featured coloured dresses; dusky rose and a greyish blue respectively.
Returning to homegrown talent, Qiana Brial - their 1950's inspired dressed all handcrafted in the UK - and Derbyshire's Timeless Couture.
The avant garde designs of Anna Romysh Haute Couture stole the limelight as the audience perked up at such daring gowns. Dark and dramatic, these mere wisps of fabric are certainly reserved for the body-confident.
Naomi Neoh's elegant beauties whisked us back to traditional bridalwear with her softly-spoken dresses; romantic and sweet as always.
Finishing off the show: Charlotte Balbier. Her unapologetically romantic dresses take on known bridal favourites - 3D florals, vintage styling, illusion necklines, three-quarter length sleeves - and makes them feel relevant. There is nothing complicated about it, they are simply beautiful gowns made for the many brides out there who will want to feel comfortable come the big day.
LAST UPDATED: 6th April 2014 at 2:40pm
The gowns are imbued with a sense of fun and stylish flair. While some of the designs err on the side of the dramatic - and what a joy they are - there are plenty of those traditional shapes that have made Alan Hannah such a success.
Classic ivory gowns sit comfortably with the more colourful creations of pale pink and gold. Most noteworthy of all though are the hand-painted gowns. One gown's full skirt is decorated with pale pink posies, looking almost like large, pale polka dots from far away. Another has a bodice painted with dusky rose flowers while another resembles bugambilia with brighter shades of pink and foliage trailing up the skirt and on to the bodice.
Breaking away from the more bohemian style of their prêt range, Mia Mia, was a grown-up approach to style, taking on a more traditional route with elegant empire- and A-line silhouettes. Our favourite had a plain full skirt with a high-low peplum skirt adorned with a heavy embroidered detail on top.
LAST UPDATED: 6th April 2014 at 1:00pm
Ian Stuart knows how to draw in a crowd, and that is a fact.
As if he didn't have enough to celebrate already (he is due to open his very first boutique this May and is part of the V&A's upcoming wedding dress exhibition), he now has his 2015 collection to shout about, too.
Lady Luxe, as the name would suggest, is an exercise in classic Ian glamour; his larger-than-life gowns are there, of course, as are his abundant floral accents and vibrant ruffles, but there is a new breed of Stuart gowns as well… These are less dramatic in silhouette but equally dazzling.
Metallic taffeta and embroidered lace shine bright under the catwalk spotlights, with liberal smatterings of crystals adding to their luxe glow. We say 'smattering', but we really mean 'dripping with diamonds'. After all, Ian is not one to scrimp on drama.
And they really are everywhere - these dazzling diamantes - dancing around necklines pretending to be jewellery, neatly sitting at the waist or on bright belts, trailing along hems and adding a touch of sparkle to veils.
Overall it is wonderful. There is something to awe and inspire, but above all, this is a collection that guarantees a true faity tale moment for whichever lucky girl gets to wear it.
LAST UPDATED: 6th April 2014 at 11:00am
Luxury bridal brands flock to the White Gallery London at Battersea Evolution every year, where buyers from all over the country (and indeed, the world) follow to place orders and snap up the new collections.
Starting off the catwalk shows today was Lark Bridal with their couture collection of designs from Cocoe Voci, Caroline Atelier and Stephanie James.
New to the UK, the Los Angeles-based Cocoe Voci is has a real fashion edge. Silhouettes are soft and romantic, almost ethereal, but with a modern take. Most notable of all are the stylish asymmetric shoulder details ranging from dainty 3D florals to swathes of tulle and even off-the-shoulder ruffles.
Moving on to a more playful, retro vibe are the gowns of Stephanie James Couture - another Californian native. Tea-length gowns, sweetheart bodices and traditional silks and laces embody the spirit of quirky, fun brides.
Also inspired by vintage glamour are Caroline Atelier's gowns. Her traditional silhouettes ooze Hollywood glamour with their high-shine finish and red carpet-ready appeal.
LAST UPDATED: 4th April 2014 at 2:00pm
Starting off the unveiling of the new bridal collections today was royal couturier Stewart Parvin.
His Beauchamp Place bridal salon was striped back to the bare essentials, rails cleared and shelves emptied with a row of seating for the press who waited anxiously to see his new designs. A dramatic display of pale pinks and creamy white blooms in a decadent black urn stood on one end, the photographers at the other end, bright lights filled the room equally expectant of the gowns they were there to light up.
The dresses themselves were exactly what you would expect from the man who dresses Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth: sophisticated, elegant with a true focus on the quality of materials, fit and construction. Not one seam is out of place, nor a pearl or diamante forgotten.
Inspired by some of the greatest ballerinas of all time - including Dame Margot Fonteyn, Dame Alicia Karkova and American dancer Martha Graham - the gowns have a certain poise about them, as though they are inherently aware of the choreography they will form a part of.
In places the inspiration is clear to see; a ballet wrap cardigan, full chiffon skirts, delicately ruched bodices all refer to the prima ballerina.
The most noticeable gown made no allusion to the world of dance though. A Mainbocher-inspired tailored ensemble, trimmed with deco diamante buttons and a full length evening skirt in wool crepe alludes to Wallis Simpson's bridal style. And our favourte look - a true Parvin classic - looked like something the ladies of Fifth Avenue would love. It was a chic strapless gown of silk Mikado, silk taffeta and heavily beaded French corded lace nipped in at the waist with a full bodied skirt - and pockets. What's not to love?
LAST UPDATED: 3rd April 2014 at 9:00am
Are you ready? The new collections are coming!
This weekend marks the beginning of the bridal equivalent of fashion month. OK, it doesn't last a month and it isn't quite as mad as the ready-to-wear schedule, but it will see the latest collections of some of the most beautiful, luxurious and quixotic designers out there unveiled for the very first time.
Starting in London and continuing to New York, we'll be bringing you our first reactions, exclusive insights and trend reports as we see them.
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