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Dreaming Of Couture? Dreams Really Can Come True

Dreaming Of Couture? Dreams Really Can Come True

Beautiful Couture Wedding Dresses by Baroque Couture in Derbyshire

If you’re dreaming of a totally bespoke wedding dress made just for you then look no further than Baroque Couture. Situated in the Derbyshire town of Draycott, Elaina Evans, owner and designer of this luxurious label, creates jaw-dropping couture bridal gowns for brides across the UK and Internationally. Her designs are dramatic, utterly romantic one-of-a-kind statement pieces made exclusively for each bride. Appointments are relaxed and one-to-one with Elaina whom herself radiates a calmness and grace which makes one feel safe in the hands of the fairy godmother of wedding gowns; as though with a simple swish of her cutting scissors your dream wedding dress will appear. It’s no surprise Elaina’s boutique offers a mouthwatering display of stunning dresses from her ‘Baroque Collection’ too. Overflowing with luxurious lace, satins and silks and frothy frills seemingly good enough to eat, sprinkled with bejewelled belts, lavish accessories and sparkly headdresses the boutique is a dream of bridal inspiration. And when I visited her beautiful store on what was a humid, oppressive day I was invited to sip cool lemonade and indulge in fresh strawberries as we chatted about her work. I could almost imagine she had a team of white mice stitching fine gold thread in her sewing room.

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It must be two years now since I first met Elaina and she has been styling and designing for brides for many more than that but her eyes still light up with excitement as she talks about her creations; there is no doubt about her passion for every stitch that goes into making a Baroque Couture gown. I will be publishing my interview with Elaina on the blog in due course but I simply couldn’t wait to share with you some of these images from her collection.

You might be thinking couture is out of your reach but rest assured you can call Elaina without any hard sell or pushy sales talk and on average her wedding dresses start from around the £2500 mark BUT if that’s way off your budget – and because dreams really do come true – Elaina is offering a selection of gowns with a magical 50% or more off meaning you could land your dream dress for £1000 to £1500 so there is every reason to call her, mention me and book your appointment. – EJ x

The Interview: Suzanne Neville

The Interview: Suzanne Neville

Designer: SUZANNE NEVILLE
Brand Name: SUZANNE NEVILLE
Brand Description: COUTURE BRIDAL AND EVENING WEAR
Price range: £2,200 -£10,000+

Regions covered: UK AND OVERSEAS

0207 823 9107
SUZANNENEVILLE.COM

THE INTERVIEW:

I started the business with a Princes Trust grant. I began making wedding dresses for friends whilst studying at London College of Fashion, and it just grew from there; its what I’ve always wanted to do so I started the business because I love creating wedding dresses. It”s hard to believe its 25 years ago now. There is never enough hours in the day to get as much done as I would like, its always so busy! Creating patterns is my biggest passion and seeing brides on their big day.

Does the responsibility of your business ever scare you? It doesn’t scare me, but I am aware of the huge responsibility it holds. It’s a real honour to dress so many brides for the most important days of their lives.

How do you start your day? Coffee

What do you eat for breakfast? Granola

Are you a morning or night person? Morning – I’m often up at 5am, and find it hard to stay up past 10!!

What do you to unwind? I don’t really, I’m a bit of a workaholic, but I do have the odd glass of fizz.

Favourite meal? A beautifully cooked lemon sole is my fave..

Favourite colour? Black, its pretty much all I wear..

Favourite tipple? Champagne

Favourite mug? My Cath Kidson giant mug

Pet hate? Things not lined up straight. I’m a bit of a perfectionist

Dogs or cats? Cats, I have 4!

Who is your favourite Avenger? Is Iron Man an Avenger?.. if so him as I love Robert Downey Jr

Do you have a nickname and if so what is it? My business partner calls me Nevsie!

Favourite holiday destination? Italy, New York, anywhere I can enjoy a short break

Favourite animal? Cats

Favourite biscuit? A bourbon

Favourite shoes? My Valentino’s

Favourite author? I don’t have time to read!

Which is your favourite Quality Street? The green triangle

Coke or Pepsi? Diet coke – I’m a little obsessed

Do you like Marmite? I love it!

Can you cook and if so what’s your speciality? I can follow a recipe but I’m no Nigella

Most famous person you’ve ever met? I’ve met many celebrities, but the only time I felt starstruck was when I was on face-time with Kate Winslet during a fitting

Secret crush? Aiden Turner of course 😉

Choose 4 people you’d like to have dinner with? Valentino, Joanna Lumley, Graham Norton, and Prince Harry

Favourite room in the house and why? My bedroom because I love sleeping

What colour is your kitchen? It’s neutral

Favourite household appliance? My Nespresso machine

Are you a gardener? No but I have a wonderful Gardener!, I love it because she plants all sorts of beautiful flowers and its a lovely surprise when they flower

Can you keep a houseplant alive for more than a month? Nope that’s why I need a Gardener

What do you want for Christmas this year? Another diamond encrusted ring (I don’t ask for much 😉

What is your proudest moment? Having my children

What’s your favourite memory from your wedding? The vows, It was such a romantic moment. I had a winter wedding at Highclere Castle, otherwise known as Downton Abbey. The setting made the whole experience even more memorable

If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you be doing? I can’t imagine anything else but it would need to be fashion related

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be? I would be taller

How would you like to be remembered? For making lots of people happy

View the full Portrait Collection and find your nearest stockist by visiting the Suzanne Neville website

Baroque Couture, Derbyshire

Baroque Couture, Derbyshire

Baroque Couture design fabulous bespoke wedding dresses; each wedding dress is as individual and beautiful as the brides that wear them. Choose from Baroque’s wedding dress couture collections or have an unforgettable bespoke wedding gown created just for you. Baroque Couture is about extravagance, drama and passion, ‘such things as dreams are made on’. Baroque Couture wedding dresses are created and designed in the wedding dress design studio in Draycott, Derbyshire.

Baroque Couture has a range of feather, faux fur, lace and chiffon jackets or shrugs all made to match or compliment your dress. We also carry a selection of crystal, pearl and diamante jewellery,the finest quality freshwater pearls and a small range of vintage treasures and a range of Rachael Simpson shoes. We have a variety of wedding headpieces too including wedding cocktail hats which are full of surprises, buttons, broaches, pearls, crystals, ribbons veiling and are just the thing for ladies who don’t wear hats. Head pieces, headbands, and side combs are created to complement the look of your wedding dress.

The Studio, 34-36 Station Road, Draycott, Derbyshire DE72 3QB
07801 694934

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Ian Stuart – The Interview

Ian Stuart – The Interview

The Designer Life

He’s one of the world’s favourite bridal designers renowned for his unashamed use of colour and a seemingly unstoppable passion to create dramatic, show-stopping gowns that wow wedding aisles around the world. Ian Stuart speaks exclusively to Buckinghams about giraffes, Dolly Parton and his now not so secret crush!

Ian tell us a little something about your background.
I was born in the Netherlands to a Dutch Indonesian mother and an English father, so I’m fluent in both languages. I originally set out to be a costume designer, as I’d always loved theatre, but at fashion college I realised I could have a more productive career in bridal wear, which is not so far from costume really! I became creatively frustrated working for other bridal wear labels, so in 2002, after 10 years in NYC, I came back to the UK to launch my own label where I could design how I wanted.

What do you love least about what you do?
Administration, it’s never been my strong point, and there is surprisingly a lot to do with my work.

And what do you love most about what you do?
Seeing the models dressed backstage just before the Fashion show starts, it’s when I really see my work come alive.

Does the responsibility of your business ever scare you?
Yes, of course it’s scary, but I made a decision that this is what I want to do!

Cuvee Rose by Ian Stuart

Cuvee Rose

How do you start your day?
I do my stretch exercises first thing, followed by a coffee and a diazepam.

What do you eat for breakfast?
Coffee and a cigarette.

Are you a morning or night person?
I’m a night person.

What do you to unwind?
White wine, Campari and Real Housewives of Beverley Hills!

Favourite meal?
Lobster and chips (especially if I’m at Hardcore Lobster in Victoria)

Favourite colour?
Orange (Hermes shade!)

Favourite tipple?
Campari

Favourite mug?
My fake Versace mug, fabulously tacky but I love it!

Pet hate?
Bad manners

Dogs or cats?
Dogs

Who is your hero?
Dolly Parton

Do you have a nickname?
My brothers and sisters used to call me Porky, as I was a fat child, however, the tables have turned!

Favourite holiday destination?
Bali, Indonesia

Favourite animal?
Giraffes, because they are tall, elegant and have long eyelashes!

Favourite biscuit?
Jaffa cakes

Favourite shoes?
Converse sneakers

What are you reading at the moment?
Collezioni Haute Couture!

Which is your favourite Quality Street?
Orange crème

Coke or Pepsi?
Coke

Do you like Marmite?
Yes I love it!

Can you cook and if so what’s your speciality?
Indonesian food – my mum’s satay sauce recipe is the best!

Who is the most famous person you’ve ever met?
Barbara Streisand. She’s friends with my best friend!

Your secret crush?
The UPS guy!

If you could choose 4 people you’d like to have dinner with who would they be?
Dolly Parton, Paul Nassif, Janice Dickenson and Liberace (if he was alive!)

What is your favourite room in your home?
My house is very modern and sparse, but my Piano Room is full of memorabilia and kitsch junk, so I love to hangout there.

What colour is your kitchen?
Black, white and brick walls.

Favourite household appliance?
My food waste disposal unit!!

Are you a gardener?
Yes I love gardening!

Can you keep a houseplant alive for more than a month?
Yes! For years!!

What do you want for Christmas this year?
I’d like to be on a beach!

What is your proudest moment?
My Flowerbomb design being selected for the V&A Wedding Dress Exhibition.

Flower Bomb wedding dress by Ian Stuart

Flower Bomb by Ian Stuart

What is the absolute ‘must have’ at your wedding?
NO children policy.

If you weren’t doing what you do now, what would you be doing?
I’d be an impressionist – it’s my party trick!

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
Oppression.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
My temper… I’m too passionate!

If you could relive one moment from your life what would it be?
Birth, so I could see what it was like.

If you could go back in time to witness a particular event in history what would it be?
London in the swinging 1960’s.

How would you like to be remembered?
Fondly!

What can brides expect when they choose an Ian Stuart gown?
They will feel as good as they look. Our construction is second to none.

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