Ian Stuart’s Unforgettably Me Collection
Tuesday, November 15th, 2016
Earlier this summer the Bridal Collection team were invited to London and treated to an early preview of the 2017 Unforgettably Me collection from bridal and occasion wear designer Ian Stuart. Such events are always incredibly exciting and a different aspect of our jobs. Hand selecting our next seasons gowns from each designer to complement each other and offer quality and diversity to our brides whilst staying ahead of the trends (but not too far) is challenging but incredibly rewarding.
We met with Ian in his London studio and were instantly wowed by the collection. Almost immediately it was obvious why the collection was named Unforgettably Me. Ian’s signature styling ran unapologetically throughout the collection with show stopping pieces for the bride who knows her style and isn’t afraid to be that little bit different.
One of our favourites from the collection is Santa Maria, a classic shape with plenty of drama. The lace appliqué is exquisite and the optional Grace Kelly style jacket gives a dramatic look for the day which can be removed and changed in the evening. Team it with a full length vintage tulle veil for the finished look of a princess with style.
Long time Ian Stuart fans may remember his incredibly popular gown a few years back called Antoinette. An encrusted bodice and dramatic draped and swagged tulle skirt. Antoinette was a hit with brides the world over so unsurprisingly Ian felt it was time to update this old favourite for the new Unforgettably Me collection. Step forward Fairytale, the epitome of an Ian Stuart bride.
Ian has always been famous for the unique colour palette than most gowns are available in, from Platinum and Honey Thai Silks to Pale Blue Taffeta, Blush Pink and of course Ivory for the more traditional bride. This collection is no different with an array of unique shades to choose from.
Forget Me Not is a perfect example of Ian’s signature styling in this beautiful lavender and blush option, very feminine and super cute for a spring/summer wedding. We also love the gorgeous Blue shade of the Copacabana giving her a very fashion forward feel but we also have this gown in store in Ivory for a more traditional look.
The collection has a great range of silhouettes too, from fitted to full and fabulous and with some different fabric options this season the collection takes on a sleeker look overall. Satin is making a comeback on the catwalks and it’s represented well in this collection. Weather you want simple a paired back or glamorous and sassy there is an option for you.
Finally there are some incredibly strong fitted and fishtail gowns in the collection. Our two favourites are definitely Narbonne with its beautiful splaying train giving great definition over the bottom.
Odile is a nod to the classic Ian Stuart style Flower Bomb. More understated and made in the finest of laces for a softer look. This is a fun and flirty dress in a fabulous flattering shape that is undeniably Ian.
Overall we are incredibly excited by this collection. Gowns have already started arriving in store so get booked in now to come and find an Unforgettably You gown from the Unforgettably Me collection that is Unforgettably Ian.
Dont miss our exclusive Unforgettably Me Trunk Show for your opportunity to view the full collection, Saturday 28th January 2017.
See you soon!
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