Friday, 29 April 2011

Royal Wedding Blog: The Second

 While all eyes were fixed on Kate Middleton and that dress, Westminster Abbey saw some impeccably dressed guests pass through its doors. And one thing's for sure, Milliner to the stars, Philip Treacy, must have had a busy few months, artfully dressing the heads of countless royals and guests...

It seemed to me that Princess Beatrice was taking a bit of a cue from Lady Gaga with her amazing sculptural Philip Treacy hat, perfectly toned to match her dress and coat by Valentino. Bit of a fashion risk for a royal some might say, but I have to say I love it!

Camilla Parker Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall pushed the boat out in her own fashion stakes, sporting a stunning champagne silk dress and duck egg blue pleated coat by Anna Valentine. She finished the look with Jimmy Choo courts and a shapely hat by Philip Treacy.

If it existed, the Best Dressed Guests Award would have to go to the Beckhams. Predictable? Possibly, but they do make one stylish couple. Victoria, who is 6 months pregnant, looked, as ever, effortlessly chic in a billowing navy dress from her own label's fall collection, which has been altered to fit her bump. She stood tall in towering Christian Louboutin platforms and wore a neat pillbox hat with dramatic black spirals, by, you guessed it, Philip Treacy. David meanwhile appeared to have new hairdo, and looked dapper in a Ralph Lauren suit with his OBE medal.

Royal Wedding Blog: The First

There was that pap pic last night, of a mystery woman covered by a huge furry hat, entering the Goring Hotel, with the giveaway cropped jeans and silver belt. 

Then came my scream of excitement as a that certain woman with blonde shoulder length hair fitted the train into the car.

And after all those months of speculation, it is now official, Kate Middleton, or as she is now known, The Duchess of Cambridge, chose Sarah Burton at Alexander McQueen, as the designer of her wedding gown.

She chose lace detailing, long sleeves and a modest train. But it's the details that really make it shine; the panelled structure, the folds of fabric on the back of skirt and the line of delicate buttons.

And it's this occasion today that will ensure that the genius that is Sarah Burton, goes down in fashion history, just as she rightfully should do.

Then finally the famous dress was revealed.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Nook and Willow on Young British Designers

Breaking News!

Our own Liverpool bespoke accessories brand Nook & Willow have arrived on Young British Designers! The website, which celebrates up and coming British design talent, is a great platform for publicity and allows fans to purchase items directly, now features designs from the brand, who are quickly making quite a name for themselves.

Creative directors Clare Wilson & Nina Halliwell of Nook & Willow say:

“We are so excited to be part of Young British Designers as it is fast becoming the first port of call to seek exciting and up and coming fashion brands. This is such a valuable platform for us not only to sell, but also to promote our brand to customers and press we may otherwise struggle to reach.”

One of only a few handbag designers listed, Nook & Willow's beautiful, unique designs really stand out and are guaranteed to be a huge success on the site. There are four key designs on at the moment; The Fern Shopper, Myrtle Bowling bag, Boreal Mini Duffle bag and Azalea Mini Clutch and prices start from £200.

You can visit Nook & Willow's YBD page by clicking here.