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Love Luxe.

The Luxury Wedding Show London took place last weekend at the suitably prestigious Saatchi Gallery on London’s iconic Kings Road.

We do love a bit of Luxury at Rock My Wedding but not Luxe just for Luxe sake (that sounds a bit dodgy but you know what I mean).

So, it was going to be interesting to experience what was billed as a collection of the industries top ‘experts’ (no mere ‘exhibitors’ here, no sir!)


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The show didn’t disappoint – indeed there were some of the most iconic and influential bods working in the industry today, all under one very fancy roof. The catwalk was always going to be a massive draw for The Luxury Wedding Show London with names like Vera Wang, David Fielden and Vivienne Westwood.

What struck me was the sheer variety on display, varying hemlines, some interesting colours creeping into the line-up and what really stood out and made me remember that these were collections from the world’s top Bridalwear designers were the details. Lots of intricate needlework, lots of textures and huge amounts of layering. 2012 looks like it’s going to be a year of lace too (but then who couldn’t see that one coming!)


So, Charlotte and I laid claim to Champagne and nestled into the Phillip Starck seating. The room dimmed, music surged and lights danced. We soaked up the opulence. And here is just a small taster of what we saw:

Temperley London.

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The Future Of Bridal Fashion?

Ok so I have always loved David Fielden’s gowns. Out of all of the bridal designers (at least in my humble opinion) they create some of the most unique and fashion forward frocks around.

I’ve got to admit though, when the new collection fresh off the Milan runway landed in my inbox, it did take me a while to adjust to not only to the styling (skull caps, sci fi……are they walking through rubbish?) but also the fact that some of the shapes and fabrics are quite unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.

Then I took another look. Then another. Then another one. And then I realised that actually it was really ruddy clever. Not only does the froth and femininity stand out a country mile from the urban-esque landscape but doesn’t this epitomise what we stand for? doing it exactly your way?

And of course in amongst the perhaps “less traditional” numbers you’ve got some unbelievably beautiful and completely wearable dresses for W-day.

I can feel this collection is going to cause some interesting discussion today lovelies.

On your marks. Get set. GO!

Slim Line and Slinky: Top left – I love the texture, like an uber cool carpet . And top right is so fluid. The silkiest of silks.

Popstar Princess: Top left – I defy anyone not to fall head over heels for these full length pleats and cap sleeves. Bottom right – the butterfly effect. Only better.

Sexy Silhouette: Plunging neckline? Check.… View the full post.

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I So Would.

That is what I think every time I see a Temperley gown. And it’s the one bridal designer I failed to investigate during my mission to find “THE W-day dress”.

Whenever we visit a show it’s the label that makes me go all a bit ga ga. The label that I would even risk being a bit naughty for and maybe pretend I wasn’t married…. just so I could go try one on.

The fabrics and the cut are truly beautiful, the designs are contemporary whilst maintaining a timeless elegance and they cater for everyone’s style from the bohemian princess to the catwalk queen…..

See?

I so would.

And they have recently added some new numbers to their delicious repertoire, meaning there’s even more reason to go and have a peeky for yourselves.

The Dahlia: If you have seen the campaign then this is the frock you would have spied first. The attention to detail in terms of applique and embroidery is out-of-this-world. Oh and if someone wants to lend me a sample I will hang out in a big window all day a la the model just because…. well, you just would wouldn’t you?

The Goddess: Appropriately named indeed. I’m thinking Angelina Jolie in the film Alexander, gorgeous, glamorous and gladiator-esque. Whatever it reminds you of it sure is sexy as hell.

The Chamelia: A touch of whimsy and a whole bunch of bohemia, I can imagine this layered lovely being swished down the aisle in an outrageously pretty outdoor ceremony.… View the full post.

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The M.O.B. Fash Flash

Wedding Season is fast approaching now and if any of you are in remotely the same situation that was in 2 years ago (10 weeks to go and my mum running about like a headless chicken still having NOTHING TO WEAR!) You’d have thought she was getting married!

Joking aside it’s a massive deal for most Mums, finding something to wear on such an important day. I know my usually super confident Mum developed all sorts of insecurities about choosing the right item, feeling the pressure of being the MOB, worrying about her (self perceived and completely not a problem) body hang-ups, not wanting to look too under dressed/over dressed/mutton dressed as lamb… it was quite an ordeal. And of course I wanted her to look hands down fabulous whilst feeling totally comfortable and able to enjoy the day.

So today I’m doing a little round up of gorgeousness I’ve seen in the shops as spring designs (and colours) flood in. Do send this along to any internet savvy Mums out there, or let it guide your shopping trips, I hope it takes just a little bit of the stress out of it and pressure off!

Florals

Right on trend florals are everywhere this season with Milly leading the way… Hayley (pink) floral print dress,Milly – Net a Porter
Erdem at Net a Porter. For something a little more graphic and modern, in a shape that could either be bold or forgiving (consider cinching the waist with a belt) how about thisPeony Print dress, from Jaeger?… View the full post.

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Luxe Fashion from Niemierko at Browns Bride.

Last week we were, it’s fair to say, pretty bl*$dy excited to be invited to Browns Bride, a destination synonymous with wedding style by Mark Niemierko, London’s leading luxe wedding planner. Unfortunately it was swiftly followed by disappointment at not being able to make it down to London for the event, however, we have got what might just be the best compromise ever.


Invited guests were able to view dresses by the likes of Oscar de la Renta,Monique Luillier, Peter Langner, Valentino, Marchesa and Vera Wang. Oh. My.

And you know what else? Mark chose 5 dresses to ‘show’ at the event, personally selected with his exceptional eye for style and has arranged for us to exclusively share them with you, with a unique account of why he chose them.

Feast your eyes fashionista Brides…

Oscar de la Renta.

These two Oscar dresses were showcased at my Valentine’s event. Whilst appealing to two very different Brides, both dresses have a real sense of class, elegance, but most importantly remain dateless. They are timeless dresses. The larger dress covered in flowers and with a green sash would appeal to a romantic Bride with a real sense of glamour; Whilst the more evening gown is perfectly suited to a more subtle Bride, confident enough in her own personality.

This one shoulder and beaded belt really screams elegance. You could easily see it worn on the red carpet.

Peter Langner

Peter Langner, aside from being one of the nicest and most hard working men you could meet, is a true craftsman.View the full post.

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Rock My Wedding Luxe Trends from… Mark Niemierko

This morning we have Mark Niemierko sharing his top Luxe Wedding trends and a bit of insider information with us to round off our planning week.

Luxe isn’t something we cover very much on Rock My Wedding, we definitely appreciate that Luxe isn’t an option the majority of people have, but if you should win the lottery during you planning then Niemerko’s your man! Mark is well established as the leading high end wedding planner in the UK, works in New York and Paris too and his Facebook page is completely jaw dropping – it’s well worth heading over for some style inspiration.

But for now, have a little read through here, enjoy the images, and make sure you comment below, we have a little question for you all to discuss this afternoon!

So Mark, which classic trends will we see resurfacing in 2011 and how will they be brought up to date?
I think we are going to see a lot more tradition coming back, with the Royal Wedding coming up. Royals are typically traditional.

Ceremonies will be grander and I predict church services will also be more popular.

What’s the one Luxe aspect of a wedding couple should consider splashing out on in 2011?
Guests. Spoil your guests as much as you can. Put them up in 5 star accommodation for the whole wedding weekend. Arrange for a chauffer driven car to get them there.

Have pop up hair salons at the hotels for female guests to get blow-outs prior to the ceremony.… View the full post.

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Luxe Louis

I’m pretty sure one of the most difficult things to find during my wedding planning was appropriate headwear. As with everything wedding, there’s always a multitude of options, but when you know what you don’t want rather than what you do, all the options are irrelevant until you find the right thing.

For my big dress, big church wedding I had initially though flowers only… nobody is searching for a Jordan-esque tiara monstrosity after all are they?! Flowers are modern, pretty and low key… but my head was turned one day by a tiara and I surprised myself with the admission that my dress and my face for that matter, suited it immensely. I had to put aside my preconceptions on style, what was modern or I didn’t want (ahem, that had previously been anything ‘tiara-esque’) and go looking for something perfectly me.

If a real heirloom headpiece is what you are after, there are sadly not many options. I bought my ‘Bandeau’ from Andrew Prince, jeweller to the Royal Family and famous for the quality for his costume jewellery. I had not seen anything similarly beautiful until I heard about Louis Mariette.

Louis Mariette, milliner/designer extraordinaire (and ex-Britain’s Next Top Model judge) has an amazing collection of headpieces that fashion-forward brides will just totally love. Lady Gaga, Lily Cole and Kate Moss are just a few of the names that have worn his designs… His Bejeweled collection will be available at Liberty in Love from the end of November.View the full post.

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Rock My ‘Moon Wardrobe ….. The LUXE Edition part 1

If you do not want to see many items of holiday perfection that are perhaps prohibitively expensive stop reading this post RIGHT NOW.

I will not be held responsible for the assault this selection of fancy may have on your overdraft.

You see we have a “Lady Luxe” section and generally we don’t use it ……much.

But whilst I was busy researching my last two high street pack-it-now ‘Moon articles I may have accidently had a little peaky over at Net A Porter

I know I know I am a naughty blogger…..but it is jam packed with such beautiful clothes!

On a serious note though we took heed of what you gorgeous lot asked for and we hope we can furnish you with not only a few key pieces for your holidays but also some ideas for “guest at a friend’s wedding”.

And sometimes one pricey item if you truly LOVE it is better value than a few “I’ll wear it once then probably go off it” throw aways.

Happy Shopping Lovelies.

The Summer Sun Dress

Purple is having a moment in weddings right now and you can’t get much prettier than this broderie anglaise number from Vanessa Bruno £255

Cute Cute Cute. Rebecca loves a bow so I picked this one with her in mind :) £350 at Marc Jacobs

Oh.My.God See By Chloe get all of my favourite hues and make a dress with them. Genius. £225

Classic Investment Pieces

Buy an elegant, never-date frock and it will be well worth the investment.… View the full post.

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Smells like Forever…

I want to make one thing quite clear. I am not into perfume.

Before I hear collective intake of breath from the RMW readership, let me explain why. I’m fussy. I love perfume on other people, but on me, it either makes me sneeze (the better of the 2 options,) or gives me a cracking headache. I am eternally envious of those people who get to wear a new fragrance every season and smell all grown up and newly sophisticated. I however have been wearing the same perfume for about a million years, (at least 10,) Ghost. And in a fit of desperation I branched out into Ghost Deep Night for evenings and winter. Check me out :)

So come wedding planning time and all the hype that surrounds the need to smell like forever on your wedding day I was more than a little panic stricken. Determined I didn’t want to smell like the last 10 years on W-day, I was going to get me something new. So where did I turn? Jo Malone.

Packaged perfection

Now although I might not be a fan of wearing perfume I am a fan of generally beautiful smells, particularly of the scented candle variety, which is how I found Jo Malone. And who hasn’t stumbled across, wandered past, or (in my case) stalked a Jo Malone counter in their time?

Who wouldn’t want to open one of these little boxes of gift wrapped perfection? With lemony cream their signature colour and edged in sophisticated black with matching ribbon this is one treat to self everyone should experience.… View the full post.

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Betty’s Snow Luxe…

There is something romantic about snow… soft flakes swirling and the eerie silence that descends as the snow falls. Maybe it’s the cold and that urge to share some body heat or if you’re really feeling naughty, how about a naked snow angel under the cover of darkness?!

It’s no surprise that Ski Honeymoons are attracting a growing following and who does a fit fanatic turn to for some so hot it hurts ski gear?

Sweaty Betty of course!

Ski

How cool is this chick?

Sweaty Betty fuse high performance ski wear (damn, thats one excuse for less than perfect technique gone!) with wicked styling and cover all the bases from ‘base camp’ long johns through to faux fur ear muffs and everything in between. And if you’re in need of a bit of extra toning after a hard day on the slopes there’s even a futuristic vinyl fitflop snuggler so you can work hard during the apres-ski too!
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So if you’re having a ski honeymoon or just a ski-love fest, check out Sweaty Betty’s snow range now….

I think it may be a matter of need, not want with the Bond girl all in one shown above. I’m sure it will make me ski better… no?

Yours Truly,
Contra
xoxo

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