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.
Our design is called “The Melissa” named after my sister, she with perfect pins. It seemed apt as when I was looking for bridesmaids gowns there seemed to be few shorter styles available and nothing that was really that……flattering, especially not for all 4 of my girls, all different shapes, sizes and heights.
For our collaboration therefore we wanted to make sure that we would invent a dress that would look as lovely as possible on as many of you gorgeous lot as possible. No mean feat.
And believe me – there was a fair bit of scribbling, crossing out, re-hashing and last-minute changes.
Our final dress is a flirty feminine number that falls in an uber flattering way around the hips and derriere, has a cross over neckline that accentuates a smaller bust and gives support, coverage and uplift to those blessed with a curvy cleavage.
We also put in waist whittling panelling and the option of a big-bow sash.
Oh and sleeves – from listening to your requirements over the years our frock has the option of with or without a pretty layered ruffle cap-sleeve design too.
Colour wise we went for a neutral palette of mix n match options, a warm nude blush, a dove grey and an ivory. We think they all work really well together and create the perfect back drop for a variety of schemes, themes and floral options.
You may have already discovered from Adam’s post last week that our Pretty Naughty event was to show case some of our boutique offerings, including the Melissa dress.
Here is a sneak peek of the Pretty Naughty catwalk (we sent the models down to the verse “I took her to a Supermarket” from the Pulp song common people…complete with shopping baskets and RMW branded cereal boxes…..obviously)
The beautiful Margarita in our ivory-without sleeves version and Hannah (I am in love with the crimping) in our blush nude with cap-sleeves.
Must just make you aware that although these frocks are short our models were 6ft plus in shoes so they do come up really quite short – promise they won’t flash your panties….unless you want to of course.
More Hannah from the back and red-headed Georgia in our grey version.
So then lovelies, are any of you designing your own BM dresses? have any of you already purchased from Maids To Measure?
Do let us know.
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