Tuesday, 19 September 2017 15:54

Unbridaled Couture SS18

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Thursday, 10 August 2017 12:08

Vimpelova

VIMPELOVA is a high-end slow fashion label for both women and men, based in London, UK. Our primary focus is on creating contemporary garments, which combine impeccable workmanship with ethical and environmental sustainability. Each and every one of our designs is handcrafted, displaying not only a flawless finish but different techniques which make a piece truly unique to the wearer. Our garments are made to be kept and treasured for a lifetime.

The brand is grounded in sustainable practice, driving fashion forward through complete production transparency with every item that we produce. The story of each garment begins with the sourcing of organic fabrics of natural fibers and continues through a design process entrenched in history and tradition. The clean modernity of our one-of-a-kind couture is tempered by a Czech heritage rooted in bespoke craftsmanship. These contrasting elements work seamlessly together, evoking echoes of a distant past wrapped in elegant, minimalistic beauty.

www.vimpelova.com

Published in Designers
Thursday, 10 August 2017 10:19

Rosie Red Corsetry

"Rosie Red Corsetry & Couture launched as a Princes Trust supported business on Valentine’s Day 2015.  With a background in costume design, and a love for beautiful things, alongside a passion for spreading the word about self-love and body confidence; Rosie creates luxury bridal wear for all body types. These are the kind of gowns that look like they have walked directly from the pages of a fairy-tale.

Rosie Red garments are made with the utmost of love, bespoke in Oxfordshire, England. Whether you’re plus size or petite, you are promised a fabulous experience from start to finish.

Rosie is thrilled to say that her celebrity following includes Helena Bonham Carter and Billie Piper: two incredibly stylish and unique women!

You can follow her work on Instagram @rosieredcorsetry where she posts updates from her studio, alongside behind the scenes snaps, and professional shoots. Rosie loves truky loves what she does, and believes everybody should have the chance to feel beautiful."

www.rosieredcorsetry.com

Published in Designers
Wednesday, 02 August 2017 14:14

Kim Tiziana Rottmüller

Kim Tiziana Rottmüller is 23 years old and born in Germany. After she attended an excellent education at a German boarding school she moved abroad to Italy in 2014 - to Florence - to study Fashion Design at Polimoda. Next year she’s going to graduate after a 4-year bachelor program.

The characteristic of her Design: provocation through a feminine but also playful way combined with flashy and powerful textiles, which stress and complete the main idea of the concept that also provocation is beautiful too, as well as the discovery of oneself through her design.

In addition, the design is conceptual and authentic as she pays a lot of attention that everything is connected in a coherent way., supported with a surrealistic impact.

She visited several art exhibitions all around Europe e.g in London, Paris and Berlin, but also international such as Miami and New York, which are an inspirational help for her design.

She had the change to have her voice heard amongst a small selection of other designers in a video for Conde nast mindful luxury 2017 which was an opportunity offered by NJAL.

After her first year in 2015 one of her pieces was showcased in Palazzo Pitti for a Gala. Furthermore, since she has been in living in Florence she has helped backstage at PITTI UOMO for renowned brands.

Published in Designers
Thursday, 27 July 2017 16:28

Unbridaled Couture

Vinnette Grant is a ground-breaking, innovative and award-winning designer.

London Designer, Vinnette Grant is renowned for creating the impressive 20ft bridal skirt that was sensationally showcased in the 2011 iconic Oxford Street Christmas window display at Selfridges who’s window displays are recognised as some of the most extraordinary in the world.

This has gone on to be featured in a video Creating a White Christmas at Selfridges and is also featured in an article on site; Fashion Foie Gras.

Vinnette’s many other achievements include showing at “The National Wedding” show several times, London Fashion Week, and winning three national design awards, including TV Times best original knitwear.

Vinnette’s work has been sold in Harvey Nichols amongst other Knightsbridge and Kensington boutiques. Following a family and career break, which included working as cabin crew for British airways, Vinnette has re branded as Vinnette Grant Unbridaled Couture and is ready to take on the World.

www.vinnettegrantunbridaledcouture.com

Published in Designers
Tuesday, 22 December 2015 10:44

How couture came to the races

Although many of the world's top fashion shows can provide an fascinating introduction to the next season's styles, for many who are interested to see what the latest range of cutting-edge designs look like in real life, there's no better way than by simply visiting the races.

Horse racing has enjoyed a long and close relationship with the aristocracy in many countries, and because of this many top couture houses have sought to use these spectacular occasions to unveil their latest creations.

So here's a look at how high-end fashion has managed to gain access to the racing world and provide an extra dose of entertainment alongside the betting options and of course the racing itself.

Ladies Days

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The introduction of ladies days as the pinnacle of fashion for many racing events has been greatly enjoyed by spectators, attendees and of course the press who relish the opportunity to comment upon the fashion successes and mistakes of the many celebrities who flock to the event.

Because of the huge amount of attention that many race-going celebrities attract, there's a great deal of competitiveness amongst many of the high-end designers to get such celebrities to wear their latest creations.

Although many of the prestigious events attract aristocratic celebrities such as Zara Phillips, it's invariably the fashion faux-pas of some of the more alcoholically-enhanced racegoers that attracts the greatest amount of press derision.

Style Advice

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In order to not attract the wrath of the fashion police, it's always a good idea to take a few tips from some of the top designers in the country. So we asked Denise Mahmud from the London-based brand Moixa who specialise in beautifully-crafted and trend-resistant clothing her thoughts and advice on fashion at the races.

Why do you think horse racing events have become such an important part of the fashion calendar?

Considered a formal social event, horse racing has had close ties to fashion for decades. Since the early 1900s the races have been a place to see and show off new fashion trends.

If you had to design an outfit for the races, how would you get around the restrictions over dress codes in regards to hem lengths?

I designed outfits for the races every year. I try to help my clients understand that lady-like doesn't have to mean boring. Instead of working around the restrictions, I try and make them a feature that reflects the client's personality and style.

Do you approve of the rise of fascinators?

Personally, I'm not a fan of fascinators. They're like an Alice Band gone wrong.

Dress codes

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Denise Mahmud's advice regarding dress codes is of key importance when considering fashion at the races. Many of racing's key social events such as Royal Ascot will frequently implement restrictive codes of dress for different areas of the racecourse and as such, it's always a good idea to check with the race course's website before attending.

The subject of fascinators is particularly sensitive in the world of racing, as many particularly outrageous designs have led to top racing events such as Royal Ascot banning the offensive headwear.

However, much as betting is part of the fun of Ladies Day thanks to sites like Betway who have a handy new mobile betting feature on their website, it's always important to remember to embrace the style challenges with a degree of fun and enthusiasm.

Fashion Solutions

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Whilst it can be tempting to try and adapt some of the latest designs from the couture houses into your look for the races, keeping your hemlines traditional and perhaps embracing some exciting new colours and textures could be a better way to approach this fashion dilemma.

Online boutiques such as Little Black Dress have provided a good selection of race-day dresses that capture a degree of sophistication thanks to some sharp 1960s cuts, whilst the subtle use of feminine floral imagery softens the look to make it perfect for the coming of spring.

As the many of the racing world's top events such as the Cheltenham Gold Cup tend to take place in the colder months of the year, it's always a good idea to try and layer up too. On-trend textures such as coloured suede can provide all of us with a stylish look that will keep us warm when we're out at the track all day. And if you're feeling particularly countrified, then you can always pay a fashion tribute to horse-racing's country origins by adopting a tweed look in the form of a sharply-fitting blazer.

So whether you're sipping champagne in a chic A-line dress in the executive box, or cheering on one of the favourites in the race in your warmest winter jacket, make sure that you have fun with your look and celebrate your betting at the races with the very best in British fashion.

Published in Blog
Tuesday, 16 June 2015 21:05

The Design House

The Design House, is a hub of Irish fashion and design, offering cutting edge fashion, jewellery, bridal, vintage and a variety of crafts. Housed in a fabulous Georgian building, a space where over 50 Irish designers, 60 craft designers and 16 artists live out their creative dreams.

The concept of the Design House is to bring together designers, craftspeople and artists, in a space where they can create, meet with prospective clients and retail their products to a wide range of customers.

Having just celebrated the success of their summer 2015 Fashion Show in partnership with The Mater Foundation (official charity for the Mater Hospital –Dublin)

The show offered attendees a peek into this seasons latest limited edition looks ranging from daywear, accessories, occasion wear and bridal.
Here are some of the highlights from the show

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Wedding dress by Evelyn Campbell

Evelyn Campbell started her design career with her Street wear fashion labels, Rich Clothing Company, Pump, and Bodyline. Her focus now has shifted towards bridal and special occasion wear creating unique and individualized garments for the lady that walks by her own tune.

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Dress by Golden Stitch

Ginan Abbas, originally from Iraq, has lived in Ireland for 14 years. Her designs are inspired by nature and beautiful fabrics. Ginan wants women to feel beautiful, because she feels that, ‘There is so much pressure on women to conform to the perfect body shape’. She wants them to celebrate their body shape by designing pieces that fits them rather than the other way around. ‘I create unique and unusual pieces that will stand out from the norm but which fit the wearer perfectly.’

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Dress by B Fashion Design and Hat by Mark Garvie Millinery

B fashion Design is a fashion design label by Bébhinn Flood. Bébhinn graduated from the Limerick Institute of Technology with a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design in 2004. After qualifying, Bébhinn gained experience of couture fashion, working with noted designers such as John Rocha, Joanne Hayes and Carol Smith. Subsequent to that Bébhinn worked in the mass market side of the trade as a designer at Max Pierre. Her designs can be described as modern vintage chic, integrating classic craft techniques with modern fabrics to create unique modern pieces that are fun, wearable, practical, quirky and unique yet still graceful, elegant and definitively feminine.

Mark Garvie Millinery, having trained as a bespoke milliner in the UK and Ireland after leaving the world of floristry where he was an international award winning floral designer. His designs are inspired his floral designs, architecture, art, sculpture and nature.

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Kimonos by Kimono Queen, yellow gown by The Golden Stitch, and colourful gown by B Fashion Design

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Bags from The Designer Exchange and tights from Tights Department

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Find out more about these new Rising stars and the Design house @ www.designhouse.ie

Images courtesy of The Design House

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