There must have been something in the coffee (or rather naughty pastries) last Friday as our Beauchamp Place boutique buzzed with anticipation ahead of the photoshoot for our couture womenswear collection for Spring Summer 2015.
The flurries of activity in preparation for the shoot began early (aided by the aforementioned coffee and pastries of course…) pressing, preparing and making those vital finishing touches to the freshest pieces of the collection. The wonderful part of making the collection right here in London, is that the newest dresses can go from studio to photoshoot within an hour of being finished!
Our model, (a particularly co-operative Kennett and Lindsell tailoring dummy), effortlessly bought our collection of summer cocktail dresses, super-chic suiting, tailored jackets and summer cottons to life. Fashion and wedding photographer David Burkeexpertly captured our sumptuous fabrics and colour palettes creating timeless images of this fabulous collection.
With the release of the hugely anticipated ‘Cinderella’ live remake, we’ve all got a bit carried away here at SPHQ. We’ve fallen head over (glass slipper) heels for the beautiful full, flowing princess look and can’t help but think that you might be doing the same thing and be fully pining after Lily James’ ball gown…
So, if you’re thinking you’d like to go ‘princess’ for your big day, we thought we’d offer you some inspiration in the form of some Stewart Parvin magic of our own…
What could be more perfect that the aptly named “Happily Ever After” ? A frothy concoction of tulle and the most delicate beaded lace, light as a feather and giving you that perfect princess silhouette…
“Imagine” the most stunning full skirt in silk Mikado, with a glamorous raffia bodice – truly fit for a princess!
Stewart Parvin is one of the UK’s leading bridal designers, with a wedding dress shop on Beauchamp Place in London. The Stewart Parvin collection is also available in selected stockists nationwide. You can contact our stockists here.
The collection consists of beautiful lace and fabulous silks all styled in stunning fishtail, A-line and princess line silhouettes. With a firm emphasis on the fit of the gown and the quality of the fabric, we offer a classic bridalwear look with a chic modern edge. All gowns are made in London and we offer a bespoke made to measure service where the gown is made specifically to your own measurements. You can view our stunning bridal collection here.
You can book an appointment at our London boutique here. We look forward to welcoming you to the Stewart Parvin Bridal Boutique!
Whether you’re just beginning your bridal gown search or becoming well-versed in tulles, duchess satins and Chantilly laces, as a bride-to-be the most crucial element of the dress to get right, is the fit.
The right fit of a dress can not only help you to feel more comfortable on the day, but can also visually create a more streamlined look, a balanced, beautifully proportioned shape and assure you that from every angle you will look sensational. The most effective way to guarantee a perfect fit is to buy from a bridal designer who understands couture fitting techniques and opt for a made to measure gown: a wedding dress made exactly from your measurements, because let’s face it, is anyone a standard size 12?
At our own London boutique, we only offer made to measure gowns because we understand that the fit has to be perfect. This is because the design aesthetic of the Stewart Parvin brand is one of sophistication, clean lines and understated elegance which means the cut and fit of the dress makes the biggest impact.
So how do we create the perfect fit?
There are several stages to the process, the first being a detailed set of your measurements taken once you’ve chosen the dress of your dreams. These twenty five different measurements act as a blueprint for the following stages of your bridal gown’s creation in order to take into account your exact proportions.
These measurements are then sent to our studio in London where our pattern cutters will hand cut a paper pattern which in turn creates a toile – a mock-up of the top part of your dress in cotton. Once your toile is ready, you will be invited for a toile fitting where it is fitted exactly to you in order to replicate how the dress will fit. This is an opportunity to work with the fitter and discuss, for example, the shape and height of the neckline, and to confirm all the final details of your gown.
The toile is then sent back to our studio and will be worked on again by our pattern cutter – where any alterations made by our fitter will be incorporated into your paper pattern. The pattern is the outline from which your beautiful gown will be cut in your chosen fabric, and sewn together by our talented seamstresses. All our gowns are made by one seamstress from start to finish, a process which is carefully overseen by Stewart.
Once your special dress has been completed, and Stewart has checked it over, you will be welcomed back for your first fitting in your actual dress! In order to ensure perfect fit, there will be slight alterations to be made, including hemming and any final tweaks on the fit of the gown. You will then have another fitting appointment once the work has been completed where hopefully the dress will be perfect and ready for your big day! Shortly after this, your perfectly fitted bridal gown will be pressed and ready for you to take away to wear on your wedding day!