White Gallery London – Designer Bridal Show
Opening the White Gallery catwalk show 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 the master of couture.
Later 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 raw trims that created an organic feel, ‘Romantic’ beautiful ballgowns adorned with roses, bows and dramatic decorations as well as enchanting pastel hues in blush pink, pale lilac and powder blue, Ian showcased a collection that ultimately reflects the many facets of women.
Also showing on the first day of the event Alan Hannah chose to showcase both Alan Hannah and MiaMia on the catwalk. The Alan Hannah collection includes gorgeous clean 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 floral detailing.
Rounding off day 1 was the Designer Preview, which showcased key pieces from the 2014 collections of Annasul Y, Blue, Charlotte Balbier, Elizabeth Stuart, Harbridge & Bowen, Ivory & Co., Kisui, Lusan Mandongus, Naomi Neoh, Sadoni, Terry Fox and Yolan Cris.
Day 2 continued with more inspiring shows, opening with Stephanie Allin, she continued with the colours that she introduced last year such as unabashed nudes, powder blues and rich golds. Detailed embellishment covered her designs as she introduced beautiful hand-beaded laces, fine Chantilly lace and statement art deco motifs. With an abundance of interesting shapes, Stephanie Allin has created a softer more romantic look for 2014.
Image right: Stephanie Allin
Ian Stuart repeated his celebration for the diversity of women with his ‘Frill Me’ collection. Marrying the traditional with the modern bride, demonstrating a renewed approach to his award winning talent. The show-stopping gowns showed hints of a new direction as well as his signature look that has captivated his audience over the last decade. Ian continued his love of colour, which featured prominently alongside lace decorations and appliqué, striking crystal beading and stunning flowers. Demonstrating both passion and originality, the new collection from Ian Stuart created a stir amongst White Gallery London visitors and press alike.
In the afternoon, Anoushka G and George Hadji continued the brand’s love affair with timeless elegance and vintage glamour with their 2014 collection. Using the finest materials, Anoushka G included a variety of antique laces and tulles with rich crepes and flowing silk chiffons. Opulent beading and appliqués were used to highlight the personality of each gown. Trends included hand-crafted delicate fluting, beautiful trains and overskirts, resulting in another classic sophisticated collection from the brand.
Day 2 closed with another Designer Preview featuring key pieces from Annasul Y, Blue, Charlotte Balbier, Elizabeth Stuart, Ivory & Co., Kisui, Lusan Mandongus, Naomi Neoh, Sadoni, Terry Fox, Yolan Cris and Harbridge & Bowen.
The White Gallery London took place 19 – 21 May 2013 at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London, UK. Over 60 designers exhibited including established brands such as Amanda Wakeley, Louis Mariette and Jenny Packham.
All catwalk images by Christopher Dadey
Image left: Lusan Mandongus