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Eye Candy: Sassi Holford Signature Collection 2013

January 5th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Without doubt, the essence of a Sassi Holford gown is timeless elegance

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Sassi Holford 2013 Annabel

Annabel

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Up for a bit of weekend wedding dress gazing?  Thought as much.

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Sassi Holford 2013 Annabel

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I’ve met the lovely Sassi Holford and her fabulous team on a few occasions (managing not to faint in the presence of such design greatness) and this is a lady who truly cares about your bridal style.  When the team got in touch with their preview of Sassi’s 2013 Signature Collection I couldn’t get that email opened fast enough.

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I wasn’t disappointed.  Enjoy, and have a lovely weekend, wherever yours takes you.  Spot of dress shopping anyone?

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I know you too well. 

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Sassi Holford 2013 Dominique

Dominique Illusion

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Sassi Holford 2013 Dominique Shrugette

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The team say: For her 2013 Signature Collection Sassi has returned to the 1940s for fabrics that are unashamedly romantic and very much about luxurious texture, such as slipper satin, vintage lace and silk georgette. 3D guipure lace and appliqué detailing add a very modern visual focus.

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Sassi Holford 2013 Valencia

Valencia

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Sassi Holford 2013 Faye

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Sassi Holford 2013 Pippa

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Soft sweetheart is the key neckline with eye-catching straps and flattering, fitted bodices creating impact. Skirt shapes also have to be dramatic, drawing inspiration from classic Hollywood glamour for silhouettes that emphasise the beauty of the female figure.

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Sassi Holford 2013 Verity

Verity and Verity Jacket

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Sassi Holford 2013 Verity

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The re-emergence of the statement fashion accessory, such as hair pieces and costume jewellery, has been translated by Sassi into feature detailing. She uses belts, bows and tails enhanced by diamanté appliqué and brooches to give her clients the perfect finishing statement.

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And a useful little list of Northern Stockists:

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Bellissima / Bury / 01204 888025

Dreamcatcher / Kirkham / 01772 515090

Julia Tasker Bridal Couture / Bowness-on-Windermere / 01539 446900

The Bridal Collection / Harrogate / 01423 202029

Joanne Kay Bridal Boutique / Stokesley / 01642 712782

White Room Bridal Boutique / Sheffield / 0114 272 2336

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  – Images © 2013 Sassi Holford

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Wedding Blog Fashion Exclusive: The White Room Maid By Kate Harrod To Launch January 2012!

December 20th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: White Room Maid by Kate Harrod

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As always, this wedding blog has it’s finger on the fashion pulse, and brings exclusive news of a fabulous new range of bespoke bridesmaid gowns by Kate Harrod (winner of the “Bridal Buyer 2011 Student Bridal Designer Of The Year Award") available only at The White Room Sheffield, to launch in 2012.

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This morning we have a sneak peek behind the scenes at the collection’s stunning launch shoot, coming to these swirly silver pages soon.  If you want to dress your best girls in beautiful frocks they will want to rock again and again then watch out for news of the The White Room Maid launch party, very soon

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: White Room Maid by Kate Harrod/ India Hobson Photography

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Chloe Curry of The White Room Sheffield says: We are delighted to announce Kate Harrod as our in-house designer.  Initially launching with a capsule collection of bridesmaid gowns and offering a couture service for Mother of the Bride to compliment our range of gowns by Jenny Packham, Cymbeline, Claire Pettibone and Stephanie Allin, Kate will operate under the “White Room Maid by Kate Harrod” label. 

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White Room Maid by Kate Harrod/ India Hobson Photography

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We want The White Room Sheffield to be about individuality and dedication to a Bride’s desires for her wedding.  We wanted to bring something contemporary and fresh into the industry.  The initial range launches in the New Year and will be extended throughout 2012 to offer a full range aimed at meeting the needs of all members of the bridal party, concentrating on the co-ordination between the wedding gown and the need for other to express their own personality and flatter their individual body shape.  We want to make the whole process of dressing the bridal party a fun, refreshing an uplifting experience that sets the tone for the big day, factoring in modern elegance with wear-ability and comfort. 

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The initial collection will revolve around offering an alternative to the High Street and off the peg ranges that currently exist.  A large amount of effort has gone into ensuring that we hit an “achievably exclusive” price point for our brides and her party. 

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To compliment Kate’s new label, a range of exclusive accessories by Debbie Carlisle of DC Bouquets will be launched.  The designs promise glamour, sparkle and a few textural surprises. 

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The collaboration is an extension of The White Room Sheffield policy of supporting up and coming design talent within the wedding industry. 

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Watch this space for the full shoot coming soon!

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Click here to read an exclusive interview with Kate Harrod following her Bridal Buyer Award win.

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Click here to read an interview with Chloe from White Room Sheffield, or here to see my day on work experience at her gorgeous boutique.

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Brides Up North  – images © 2011 White Room Sheffield and India Hobson Photography

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Saturday Girl: A Wedding Blogger On Work Experience At The White Room Sheffield

November 29th, 2011 | Julia Braime

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On Saturday 19th November 2012, between the hours of 10am and 5pm, this was officially in heaven. 

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I was at The White Room Sheffield playing Saturday Girl for the day and helping out the gorgeous Chloe with her Cymbeline Designer Weekend.  The idea of the weekend was that Brides in love with Cymbeline designs could make an appointment to view gowns from the latest collection which Chloe does not normally stock, showing for one weekend only.  As well as a whopping 10% off any order placed, the happy brides were also fed champagne and brownies (by yours truly) and took home a special Brides Up North limited edition shopper goody bag.

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Like I said in an earlier blog post, don’t think I was this excited since I was shown the fashion cupboard during my first week at Glamour Magazine all those years ago.

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I arrived just after ten, and was shown around by Chloe, who spent time talking me through each design in the Cymbeline collection and well as the other gorgeous gowns in stock including Jenny Packham, Stephanie Allin and Claire Pettibone, the beautiful accessories and where to find the kettle!

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After helping my host to pack some goody bags, practising my telephone voice to schedule appointments and trying on the Rachel Simpson Shoes and Silver Sixpence In Her Shoe and DC Bouquets headpieces, I remembered that I am a blogger and pulled out my Canon to capture the moment.  These images let you get a feel for how stunning The White Room Sheffield and it’s stock really is! 

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Before I clocked off at 5pm we had four individual one on one appointments with brides to be (and Chloe had a fifth at 5:30pm).  Chloe closes the shop to passing trade when she has a bride in, so all the attention is completely focussed on helping the lucky lady choose her dream dress. 

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Some girls came in on their own, others with their Mums, but each spent just over 1.5 hours trying on gorgeous gowns and picking my brains for wedding ideas too.  Three of four found their perfect dress – all Cymbeline – and put down a deposit, and the fourth just couldn’t choose between two of the designer’s beautiful lace wedding dresses. 

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Between appointments, Chloe and I fluffed the display dresses, took appointments and caught up on some industry gossip!

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I had the most fabulous day.  The White Room Sheffield is a luxurious yet relaxed boutique and a lovely environment in which to chose your wedding dress.  Chloe has a “no pressure” attitude, and I think the personal service really resonates with brides and their mothers, especially for such an important purchase.  I can understand why the brides were happy to buy heir gowns here. 

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I left feeling full of excitement for all four ladies (as well as full of bubbly and brownies!). 

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When can I do it all over again?  Sign me up!  In the meantime, enjoy the pretty…

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Thanks so much to Chloe at The White Room Sheffield for having me, showing me the ropes and giving me an insight into what goes on behind the scenes in a wedding dress boutique.

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Congratulations to all the lovely White Room Sheffield brides that I met and helped to choose their dream dresses – ladies, you looked stunning!

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If you missed this Designer Weekend (which was very quickly fully booked), don’t miss Chloe’s next event in January – a Jenny Packham Vintage Glamour Designer Weekend, plus the launch of a very special project, White Room Maid. 

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog : The White Room Sheffield: Jenny Packham Designer Weekend

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If you are a Jenny Packham  fan, call Chloe on 0114 272 2336 or email chloe@whiteroombridal.co.uk to reserve your appointment as soon as possible. 

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The Haunting, A Styled Bridal Fashion Shoot By White Room Sheffield

November 22nd, 2011 | Julia Braime

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Something a little different this evening on the wedding blog, as The White Room Sheffield explore a very different look for their most feminine of wedding dresses.  Whilst I personally prefer The White Room Sheffield’s usual more clean and classic styling of these high end designer gowns, I think it’s interesting that this gothic take on frothy ivory tulle and the purest French lace actually kinda works. 

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Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, or be afraid of the dark…

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: James Stewart Photography

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Chloe from The White Room Sheffield explains the concept behind the shoot: For our third photo shoot in as many months, were asked to be part of a very gothic take on bridal, orchestrated by the lovely Emma at Orchis Florist, right here in Sheffield. 

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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog: James Stewart Photography

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We decided that ‘vintage’ was been done to death and it was nice to see gowns in another way… so we took three of our favourite gowns to a very cold manor house in Sheffield and this is the end result! It was great to see just how versatile our gowns can be, and how they pop with even the most blood red lip and Tudor inspired hair. 

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James Stewart Photography

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We shot Cymbeline’s new diffusion range "Pour Une Oui" and our lovely gown "Oui 3" a high neck lace gown which we paired with our mantilla lace veil. Wigs and Warpaint not only did an amazing job on the hair, but made the nails look exceptional!

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We paired the usually very fun and flirty "Fauvette" by Cymbeline with DC Bouquets "Vivienne" and "Natalia" headpieces and Rachel Simpson "Mimi" shoe.

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James Stewart Photography

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Photography by James Stewart

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