Category Archives: Maids Fashion
When I was a little girl, I wanted a rainbow wedding. Ask my Mom, she’ll back me up. I wanted 7 bridesmaids all in the colours of the rainbow. I was somewhat addicted to watching Rainbow Bright…maybe it stemmed from there. As it happened, I was short by 1 bridesmaid on my actual day but my three flower girls wore bespeckled dresses…encapsulating the colours of the rainbow, so I kind of achieved a life long dream…sort of.
At this point you’re probably thinking, ‘what on earth are you prattling on about girl?!’ but I’ve not gone mad. Promise.
Let me introduce you to the May Day Marriage shoot where we’re bringing you the sweetest little dresses from Love Lust List member Little Bevan and a host of inspiration for your flower girls as well as some gorgeous hair and make up styling for, well, you.
Aren’t we good to you!
The concept of this shoot came about when stylist and florist Gwenda Wilkes had a conversation with photographer Kat Forsyth about The Wizard of Oz, the conversation evolved through ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’, rainbow bridesmaids, ribbons and maypoles and eventually arrived at May Day Marriage!
So, here it is…enjoy.
Gwenda The Stylist: The ancient pagan fire festival of Beltane was celebrated with bonfires, feasting and dancing around a Maypole, a symbol of sacred fertility, marking the occasion when the Goddess and the God would perform the Great Rite (I’m sure I can leave the rest to your imaginations!). This old world holiday was an ideal day for handfasting ceremonies.… View the full post.
If you saw our behind-the-scenes post on the Pretty Naughty event we hosted in September then you may have had a few sneaky peeks at the gorgeous gowns and accessories some of our models were strutting down the runway.
And if you don’t know the reason behind why we decided to style and produce a catwalk show in the first place (where have you been?!) it was to showcase some of the fashion pieces we have co-designed with various Industry experts that are to be sold in the RMW on-line boutique….launching soon!
Now then. We’ve seen our fair share of catwalk shows over the years and from “viewing” experience we knew exactly what we wanted to create, and exactly what we didn’t. First off we knew we wanted to incorporate live music, nothing live a live band to really get the party started. And because it was ours we could really do whatever we wanted with regards hair, make-up and gown choices.
We decided that nine “stories” including the finale seemed reasonable and three models to each one so, not including the last story repeat that was 24 outfits in total….that’s quite a lot of changing, pinning and standing around almost naked people.
All the stories were determined by the associated song choices and all of the images are courtesy of Steve Gerrard.
Get Your Rocks Off – Primal Scream
This was the lovely Margarita, Hannah and Georgia working a range of Ell and Cee underwear…
Blue Jeans – Lana Del Rey
If you would have told me this time last year that Team RMW would be designing all sorts of pretty for our very own on-line boutique I probably would have laughed at you. Not because you looked funny or anything, but because I thought you must be actually joking.
Don’t get me wrong, I had dreamed of having some kind of “collection” even in the very early days of RMW launching, I figured there was a lot of lovelies out there who liked we we liked….so why not make things that you will love?
But what with one thing and another it was always a bit of a distant desire – a lovely daydream.
And then we just decided to get on with it. If I’ve leant anything in business it’s to go with your gut instinct and make things happen for yourself, great things do not necessarily come to those who wait, they come to those who work their socks off and won’t take no for an answer.
Luckily when we approached the industry suppliers whom we wanted to collaborate with they all said…yes. You would have already seen our collaboration with Coulson Macleod (I am still hiding behind the sofa due to the fact my poetry is um…everywhere) and I thought I’d share with you our first venture into fashion – a bridesmaids dress co-designed with the gorgeous girls at Maids To Measure.
If you’ve not heard of Maids To Measure then a) where have you been?! and b) if you’ve not yet found your perfect best girl frocks then give them a whirl, they have a whole host of pretty options that you and your favourite ladies can go and admire, try on and dance about in at the Maids To Measure HQ in Fulham.… View the full post.
One of the hardest things about planning my own wedding has been choosing the bridesmaid dresses. Ask me to select the venue and I’ve chosen it on the first visit. Judging cakey styles and flavours was seriously no sweat (ok I had some help from the boy here – cakes are his forté). Lighting upon the wedding theme and floral decor was child’s play, no actually it was a joy, but ask me which dresses I’ll be wrapping my bridesmaids in and I come unstuck.
It’s not like there’s nothing out there, there is a wealth of frocks in different materials, styles, colours and lengths. In fact we’re spoilt for choice with the ranges that specialised bridesmaid boutiques as well as high street retailers like Coast offer us. Ladies we’ve got it the best that we’ve ever had it!
So what exactly is the problem then?
I want my bridesmaids to look hot. Like seriously HOT. None of this I’m a bridesmaid and therefore I can’t look as good as the bride malarky. I want my bridesmaids to feel comfortable in what they’re wearing, to WANT to wear it. As a bride, ultimately you’re deciding the sartorial fate of your nearest and dearest on one of the biggest days of your life and with that comes a whole heap of responsibility.
Maybe I’m reading WAY too much into this.
Perhaps some of you gorgeous lot feel the same way…
Whatever you’re thinking I hope that the bridesmaid fashion round-up below is useful.… View the full post.
**Not One but TWO pairs of shoes to be won right here, right now.**
Well, I hope you have all been ejoying the sunshine this weekend… We thought we would start the week off with our own little ray of sunshine – in the form of a free giveaway from boutique Twobirds Bridesmaid and shoe designer Rachel Simpson.
Twobirds Bridesmaid and Rachel Simpson have teamed up to offer a collection of beautiful bridesmaid shoes exclusively designed by Rachel Simpson to compliment the Twobirds Bridesmaid collection which is renowned for its timeless and elegant style.
Here is a little more detail about the new collection:
Combining the style of Rachel Simpson with the versatility of twobirds Bridesmaid, the collection will comprise three shoe styles each available in two different colourways that can be mixed and matched across bridesmaids, perfectly complementing the 19 different colour choices of twobirds gowns.
- Rosie: Satin slingback peep-toe platform with rosette trim. Available in rosewater satin and slate satin. 10 cm heel height.
- Kittie: a suede two-part peep toe with rouched detail and a metallic leather trim. Available in nude suede with champagne trim and pale grey suede with silver trim. 8cm heel height.
- Sofia: Satin peep-toe platform with rouched detail and diamante trim. Available in champagne satin and navy satin. 10cm heel height.
The shoes have been designed in the UK using a range of luxurious leather, suede and satin fabrics with pretty diamante embellishments and chiffon rosettes, appealing to both the contemporary and vintage bridesmaid.… View the full post.
I’m guessing that each and every one of you lovelies has some kind of body hang-up. As in, one area that you focus on more than others, the one bit that you wish you could somehow change. I bet this hang-up is more than likely unfounded, no-one notices it but you…. Nevertheless, it is what it is and no matter how many people try and convince you otherwise, the fact remains that it is and always will be the one area you don’t make any effort to emphasise.
Mine has always been my legs.
They are short, and kind of muscly. I think my calves are chunky. And my knees are not very attractive either.
I would very much like them to be long and slender. The kind of pins that look fabulous in a pair of pretty patterned hoisery. Legs that warrant wearing a short frock every day of the week.
I have tried everything in my bid to change their shape. Running. Not running (they just became increasingly bulgy). Pilates. Power Plates. Yoga. Cutting out carbs and eating more protein….
All completely and utterly pointless.
Then a couple of years ago I got over my self and realised I was pretty lucky to have a healthy body and a pair of perfectly adequate limbs. I had wasted so much precious time being preoccupied with something so trivial and achieved precisely nothing. Oh and I also discovered 80 denier opaque black tights by Wolford (not only do they hide a multitude of sins but they also seem to create the illusion of immense slenderness – worth every penny people).… View the full post.