Tuesday 19 June 2012

Yemi Kosibah on bridal trends for 2013

Hallo everyone!

As well as including wedding and event planners, florists, stationers, cake makers, and bridal gown retailers in my 'Bridal Trends 2013' series, I wanted to feature wedding dress designer/makers whose work I respect and admire.

One such designer/maker is the multi award-winning Yemi Osunkoya, of Kosibah. Working from a studio in London, Yemi's beautiful couture bridal and evening wear designs are worn by women the world over. His work both celebrates and enhances the female figure, emphasising a woman's natural grace and elegance. He is known for his impeccable craftsmanship, his elegant corsetry, his use of luxurious fabrics and his sumptuous embellishments.

Over to Yemi, for what to look out for in 2013:

I see the resurgence of the fitted fishtail gown 
with lots of light and or
textured volume on the lower part of the dress. 
The Red Carpet has a heavy
influence in this trend. 
Gowns with shoulder covering and/or sleeves are
also going to be popular. 
Sleeves would be sheer in fabrics such as lace, 
tulle and organza. 
The dress 'Odette' epitomises most of these trends. 
also will play a significant part in gowns for 2013.

A very warm thank you to Yemi for so generously sharing his thoughts with me. I really love the sound of all of his ideas, and look forward to seeing yet more of his beautiful bespoke gowns. 

Please do check out Yemi's wonderful website and Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter too - he's a most generous and gracious tweeter!


Thursday 14 June 2012

Ivory Whites on bridal trends for 2013

Hallo everyone!

Catriona, at Ivory Whites, is today's expert on my 'Bridal Trends for 2013' series.

I first met Catriona at a wedding fair in Glasgow a couple of years ago, and then again earlier in the year, at a fair in Perth. I loved the beautiful range of dresses and accessories she had on display. Although it was just a small range of the handpicked collection available in her shop, her knowledge and expertise of both national and international designers was very evident.

Over to Catriona for what to look out for in 2013:

Villais is an established Spanish bridalwear company who’s contemporary collection is finally hitting our Scottish bridal boutiques this year. Along with Ivory Whites, there are just 3 stockists in Scotland. From this August, Ivory Whites will have a selection of gowns from the 2013 collection and we think you’ll love them! The designers pride themselves on high quality, however, with price tags in the region of £995.00 to £1600.00 they are well within many budgets. Expect Spanish layering, hand-crafted laces and delicate straps.

I loved Annasul.Y's new collection at the White Gallery, May 2012. They have stayed true to their roots which are vintage-inspired soft lines with adorable layered laces and tulle detailing, but for 2013 Annasul.Y have brought in some dramatic fishtails and delicate high neck lace gowns.

I also noticed a trend of cowl backs at the White Gallery. I have the gorgeous 'Marlene' and 'Levezza' by British Bridal Designer of the Year, 2012, Ritva Westenius, at Ivory Whites for girls to try on!

This multi-award winning accessories brand has always been a favourite at Ivory Whites but the fabulous ‘Porcelaine’ headband has taken our breath away! Diamante and pearls are clustered amongst a vintage lace and set on a comfortable headband this is easy to wear, looks adorable and is heavenly with any lace gown.

This new British headwear designer has been a firm favourite at Ivory Whites since she started in 2011. Her new ‘Amberley’ collection is a delightful mix of tiaras, headbands, combs and lace bracelets. The style we are currently drooling over at Ivory Whites is the ‘Anderton’ headband with matching lace bracelet – adorable!

A huge thank you to Catriona for such a fabulous post! And please do check out Ivory Whites' website and Facebook page, for lots more information about the great range of designers they stock.

Tuesday 12 June 2012

Peggy Porschen on bridal trends for 2013

Hallo everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend. I'm absolutely delighted to start the week with a fabulous post by Peggy Porschen on bridal trends for 2013.

Now almost ten years old, Peggy's incredibly successful business needs no introduction. She is renowned for her extremely elegant (and delicious) cakes, cupcakes and cookies. Originally making bespoke cakes only, Peggy opened the award-winning Peggy Porschen Parlour in Belgravia in the autumn of 2010. Her Academy followed soon after, offering a chance to learn baking, cake decorating and sugar craft skills at a whole range of different levels. Peggy is also the author of a number of books on cakes and cookies, including her latest, Boutique Baking, which has only just been launched.

Over to Peggy for what to expect in 2013:

There is certainly a trends towards the traditional tiered cake,
brides are opting for elegant and understated designs
which display detailed craftsmanship and skill.

Pearls and Bows

Flowers of course remain very popular

Rose Explosion

Rose Explosion (detail)


Dusky Vintage Rose

Dusky Vintage Rose (detail)


Lily of the Valley

I find a lot of brides as for a bouquet of different blooms as opposed to one flower and one colour

Spring Flower Garden

Paper White

After the Kate Moss wedding ad with the new film duo out,
I predict a huge surge towards Great Gatsby-esque twenties designs,
with pearls and swags and tiers with varying heights.

White Tiffany Pearl

White Tiffany Pearl (detail)

White Tiffany Pearl (detail)

Paper White

Dainty Dots

Dainty Dots (detail)

A heartfelt thank you to Peggy and her wonderful team for contributing such an inspirational post. I, for one, am really looking forward to my next trip to London so I can visit the beautiful Parlour!