Channel 4 New Series // Ian Stuart & The Posh Frock Shop

Channel 4 New Series // Ian Stuart & The Posh Frock Shop

IT’S SHOWTIME, IAN STUART-STYLE

The new 25-part series is coming soon to Channel 4

Channel 4 has commissioned a behind-the-scenes docu-soap about the extraordinary world of womenswear designer, Ian Stuart.

The Posh Frock Shop will offer a rare and fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of a British fashion house, revealing the exceptional talent behind Ian’s multi award-winning designs.

With unrestricted access to Ian’s flagship London store, The Blewcoat, viewers will get to know the man behind the brand and the colourful characters that make up his trusted team. 

Twenty-five, half hour episodes will be aired each weekday evening at 5.30pm for five consecutive weeks from 11 June, 2018.

Since opening in 2014, The Blewcoat has been home to Ian’s exclusive bridal, special occasion and evening wear collections. The exquisite 18th century building –leased from the National Trust – offers women a relaxed, yet luxurious experience of high fashion. Shopping is by appointment to ensure that clients enjoy a truly personalised service. 

Ian is proud of The Posh Frock Shop because it portrays the real him and helps dispel the myth that designer clothes are only available to an elite few. Filming over such an extended period was a huge commitment, but Ian feels a duty to lift the lid on the world in which he operates and to show that his designs are accessible for all types of women.

There is this misconception that boutiques like mine are snooty and unwelcoming. The Posh Frock Shop will show you otherwise. Yes, the fashion world is glamourous and over the top at times, but I am a normal guy from up North who doesn’t take myself too seriously,” says Ian.

The show will introduce audiences to some of Ian’s favourite clients, many of whom come from overseas for their fittings. Each episode will focus on at least three different women, all looking to invest in Ian’s distinctive, signature style.

Finding THE dress can be empowering and often emotional, which is what makes The Posh Frock Shop such compulsive viewing. There is tension and high drama alongside hilarious and tear jerking moments.

The Blewcoat attracts every type of bride, whether they are looking for something floaty and romantic or edgy and unconventional. Whatever their personal style, Ian creates the dress of their dreams.

 

The Blewcoat - Ian Stuart Bride in London

The Blewcoat, London

 

Clients can be divas with attitude, ball-breaking career types, or high society women who come to get kitted out for a season’s worth of public appearances and charity galas. Others are less confident in their style and are in desperate need of a killer outfit for a one-off, special occasion – often their son or daughter’s wedding.

I agreed to the show because The Blewcoat offers such a unique shopping experience and I know that I can make any woman look beautiful and feel fabulous.

The Posh Frock Shop is about me sharing my knowledge and experiences with the public and with the industry. As a gay man with an intuitive eye for what works for women, they never feel threatened by me. They trust my opinion because I have no ulterior motive other than to show them off to the very best of my ability. I am 100% motivated to make them look amazing without taking them too far out of their comfort zone,” says Ian.

The series will reveal how The Blewcoat is far from being stuffy or unwelcoming. Women come along with their friends and family to enjoy the surroundings and to get the most out of the advice on offer from highly experienced stylists.

Meet the team

As a former model who has lived and worked around the world, store manager Carrelyn has an innate understanding of how women can look their best. She has a wicked sense of fun and never gets panicked or hot headed in a crisis. Carrelyn’s professionalism and calming influence can win over even the trickiest of clients.

Charlotte is Ian’s uber glamourous assistant who loves all things fashion. The Posh Frock Shop shows off her natural rapport with excited brides-to-be and her genuine desire to make bridal fittings extra special.  Charlotte knows all there is to know about hair, make-up and the all-important shoes!

Junior stylist Craig is a natural host and can put anyone at ease. His infectious personality can warm up the shy, retiring types and melt even the toughest ice queen. Craig knows instinctively how to pull an outfit together and is a pro at customising accessories. He’s the loveable joker that gets the rest of the team belly-ache laughing.

There is no mistaking floral constructionist Jens Jakobsen, who wears traditional Bavarian costume as his trademark look. The exterior of The Blewcoat is a living work of art created by Jens, with the flowers constantly evolving to reflect the changing seasons and Ian’s collections. Jens is a trailblazer in his field and has worked alongside Ian on his catwalk shows and photo shoots for many years.

With at least two new collections out each year, filming the series was an enormous undertaking and at times stressful for Ian and his small team. Despite some trepidation about opening themselves up, Ian is excited about the show and feels indebted to his wonderful, crazy clients who so generously agreed to be filmed.

The Posh Frock Shop promises to be a must-see show for anyone interested in the glamorous world of high fashion. Ian’s cutting-edge collections may speak loudly for themselves, but this forward-thinking designer has plenty more to say.

Introducing Cherry Blossom Cakes

Introducing Cherry Blossom Cakes

Beautiful Bespoke Wedding Cakes handmade in Bawtry

I’m so happy to welcome Cherry Blossom Cakes to my Wedding Collective. Based in their gorgeous cake shop and showroom in Bawtry, Charlotte Sleight and her team create show stopping wedding cakes and guest favours. I first met Charlotte around three years ago and she never disappoints when she brings her stunning displays to our wedding fairs. I am always in awe of cake folk (aware of my own personal limitations when it comes to so much as decorating a cupcake!) and Charlotte is one of the best. Her cakes always offer fabulous detail and the perfect finish. If you’re looking for a cake that’s truly personal then I recommend you give Cherry Blossom Cakes a call. Ask to see their personalised bars of chocolate too!

Charlotte also creates the most mouthwatering dessert tables. It’s no accident we detour by her stand when we’re treated to tasty chocolates and delicious cake bites! Charlotte has herself just tied the knot so she understands what it takes for a couple to finally settle on their cake design. You can call Cherry Blossom Cakes to arrange a complimentary cake tasting at her showroom! Go and see her amazing portfolio and design a cake centrepiece you’ll never forget. Mention Buckinghams when you call.

Why I love Cherry Blossom Cakes: personalised wedding favours – top quality finish to their creations – bespoke designs – those dessert tables!

Contact Charlotte Sleight on 01302 711238

Find Cherry Blossom Cakes in the Wedding Collective

www.cbcakes.co.uk

Introducing Tropic Skincare

Introducing Tropic Skincare

Animal Friendly Vegan Skincare & Makeup

I’m so excited to introduce you to Tropic Skincare. I’m sure many of you have heard of this brand already but for those of you who haven’t, prepare to fall in love. Not only are they passionate about using naturally derived ingredients they are both animal friendly and vegan! You’ll find the leaping bunny logo on all their products, so you can be body-beautiful without harming a tuft of fur. Plus the planet will love you for it too.

Consultant Tracy Bright is keen to encourage brides to start a good skincare regime before their big day. ‘It’s never too early’ she told me at a recent wedding fair. Tracy also offers Tropic Skincare pamper parties so you can invite your maids and try these products for yourself. The Tropic Skincare range includes body care, makeup and some beautifully packaged honeymoon treats including a sun care range.

With ingredients that sound good enough to eat I’m really pleased to include this brand in my Collective.

Why I love it:
Animal/Vegan Friendly – Pamper Parties – Great for Hens – Body Beautiful – {and I love the packaging!}

Beautiful Bridal Robes by KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer

Beautiful Bridal Robes By KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer

Couture bridal robes for your honeymoon or bridal prep

As we wake on the morning of the Royal Wedding I’m sure many of us are imagining how Meghan Markle must be feeling. She’s in good company as hundreds of women are opening their eyes this morning and thinking ‘today’s the day!’. Perhaps anxiously, they ease themselves into the moment. Maids are starting to arrive, a bestie has already popped a cork and the anticipation is rising. But before that knee-wobbling walk down the aisle, a morning of preparation lies ahead and what more beautiful a garment to wear than one of these breath-taking robes from KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer in Sheffield. I spotted these on Instagram and instantly fell in love so I contacted the designer, the lovely Kelly Cooke, and asked her for all the info. I just had to share them with you.

“KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer offers a made-to-measure service for bridal gowns, bridal accessories and occasion wear. KMR Bridal has now launched a small range of bridal robes which are available to order from her Sheffield based studio. Designer, Kelly Cooke, also offers a bespoke service where you can work with her to design your own bespoke robe. The two robes in the range are called Marie and Macie.

Marie is a floor length robe with a beautiful lace bodice and georgette skirt. The lace bodice is made up of a fine rose patterned lace and embellished around the neckline with handsewn guipure lace motifs. The robe also features full length lace and georgette sleeves and it can be fastened at the front with ribbon. The robe is available in ivory and the RRP is £500.”

“Macie is a knee length robe made in a beautiful vintage inspired lace which is perfect to wear over a night-dress on the morning of your wedding. The robe features three quarter length sleeves that are edged in the delicate scallop lace edge of the lace. The hem and neckline are also edged in the same detailing and it can be fastened at the waist with ivory ribbon. The robe is available in Ivory and the RRP is £400.”

Photo creds: JNKO Photography

“Robes are perfect for brides to wear on the morning of their wedding for bridal prep, on honeymoon and for many years to come. They are perfect modern heirloom pieces and can be re-worn after the wedding day.

All our robes are handmade in England in our Sheffield based studio and are made to order. Modifications to our collection pieces can be made or you can order a bespoke piece to your taste.”

For more information on bridal robes or bridal design please contact Kelly Cooke directly. If you could give a little mention of Buckinghams when you call, I’d be most grateful – EJ x

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