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Wait Up White Gallery! I’m On My Way…

20th May 2013 | Julia Braime

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No rest for the wicked!

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After an absolutely cracking and very special first bridal event at our newest venue, The Bowdon Rooms (North West, I love you too!) yesterday – more on that later – I’m hopping on a train and heading South to join the party down at White Gallery, London.  Just a day late, but no one will notice that, right?  I’m certainly doing penance for my lateness with a 5am alarm call to catch the early train. 

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Ian Stuart at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

Ian Stuart at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

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It’s a good job I’ve got an excellent babysitter on hand (hello Mum!) as I just couldn’t miss this trade and press only event.   White Gallery London is a big deal behind the scenes in the wedding world: a huge exhibition and set of catwalk shows at which the big name bridal designers launch their new season collections to the trade.

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I’ve got a press pass with my name on it, some sparkly flats and my trusty iPad, and can’t wait to hit the shows to see what loveliness is in store for brides to be this season and next. In particular, I’m looking forward to the Stephanie Allin catwalk, popping out to see my friends at Caroline Castigliano, Suzanne Neville and Belle & Bunty, Maids To Measure and Emmy Shoes before heading back to the main exhibition to do the rounds, look out for some new design talent and say hello to my friends at Alan Hannah.  After all that I’ll joining the Brides Magazine team and some familiar faces for a cocktail reception and eventually pouring myself back onto a train headed North.  Phew!

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It’s a hard job, but someone’s got to do it!  "*Pinches self*.  I’ll be reporting back soon on which trends will be hitting bridal boutiques near you, but in the meantime, word is that the opening day of White Gallery has already been very special indeed. 

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Stewart Parvin at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

Stewart Parvin at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

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In their catwalk review and some sneak peek pictures from day one, the official pr team for the event report that the event got off to an impressive start yesterday with four stunning designer catwalk shows from some of industry’s most prestigious names.

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Amelia of Good Results says:  Opening the shows in his own inimitable style was Royal couturier Stewart Parvin. Reaffirming his signature aesthetic of chic understated elegance, the collection displayed a high fashion yet demure take on Parvin’s classic bridalwear. Trends included clean chic lines with tone on tone embellishment and an emphasis on texture and fabric which resulted in another strong collection from Stewart Parvin – the master of couture.

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Stewart Parvin at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

Stewart Parvin at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

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Stewart Parvin at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

Stewart Parvin at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

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At the second show of the day Ian Stuart chose to celebrate the diversity of women’s style with a
collection that was as cutting edge as it was classic and as eccentric as it was refined. Trends included ‘Pure and Simple’ clean lined gowns with elegant draping, ‘Natural Woodland’ distressed fabrics and untidy trimmings that created an organic feel, ‘Romantic’ beautiful ball gowns adorned with roses, bows and dramatic decorations as well as enchanting  pastel hues in blush pink, pale lilac and powder blue, with hints of cranberry and antique gold. Embodying personality and uniqueness within each design, Ian showcased a collection that ultimately reflects all that women are.
 

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Ian Stuart at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

Ian Stuart at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

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Ian Stuart at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

Ian Stuart at White Gallery London by Christopher Dadey

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In the afternoon Alan Hannah chose to showcase both Alan Hannah and Miamia on the catwalk. The Alan
Hannah collection includes gorgeous clean and fashion forward silhouettes in silk duchesse and taffeta with beautiful hand beaded necklines and shoulder detailing. Setting the trends for 2014, Alan Hannah has
created sheer backs with spectacular beadwork that created a dazzling presence on the catwalk.  The MiaMia collection builds on the bohemian look of the previous collection whilst adding new fabrics and
embellishments to unstructured chiffon and organza.
The updated classic theme has been developed and
expanded with unusual beadwork and  inspired floral detailing
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Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2013 Christopher Dadey, designers as credited

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