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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.

New appointment suites at RS Bridal Collection

New Appointment Suites At RS Bridal Collection

Exciting news from RS Bridal Collection in Melton Mowbray

At RS Bridal Collection, our main focus is always to provide our customers with the best shopping experience possible. Whether that be a tiny veil or your entire wedding package, we believe everything should be perfect!

You don’t deserve to be sharing your appointment with another customer or fighting for a staff member’s assistance, this is YOUR moment. With this in mind, we have worked endlessly to extend our lovely boutique to create FOUR spacious, luxurious appointment suites. In addition to our ultra glam Diamond Bridal Suite, we now have a Plus Size Suite, a Stag Suite & a room dedicated to your beautiful bridesmaids. Having all of this AND our tropical Honeymoon Suite Travel Agency under one roof makes wedding planning an absolute walk in the park!

bridal boutique, melton mowbray, Gina Dover Jacques

Not only are all of our appointments totally private, they are now a lot more flexible as we can book up to 4 separate bookings at one time-making it even easier to plan your special appointment. Every Suite has space for your bridal squad too so don’t be hesitant when bringing guests.

With our store open 7 days a week and until 9pm on weekdays we are really hoping to stand apart from every other bridal experience. No job is to big or too small and our passionate team are available to talk 24 hrs a day to ensure everything is faultless.

To book your appointment simply go to www.rscollection.co.uk/book-online
or Contact Victoria on 07565891019 rsbridal.enquiry@gmail.com

Oli & Jess’s Wedding | The Carriage Hall

Oli & Jess’s Wedding | The Carriage Hall

We are delighted to share with you the fabulous wedding of Jess & Oli who tied the knot at The Carriage Hall in Plumtree, Nottinghamshire. We love the shot of the beautiful bouquet on the Union Jack chair plus the cake and THAT DRESS!! We also love, love, love Jess’s favourite part of the day… read on and find out more!

How did Oli pop the question?
I woke up on Monday 11 April 2016 to find a sign taped to the front door telling me I wasn’t going to work – the best Monday morning ever! Oli had secretly arranged for me to be off work using the excuse of my birthday the following day and whisked me away to the Gilpin Hotel in the Lake District. Knowing I would hate any public proposal, he proposed in our lodge following a champagne afternoon tea. He followed this up with a dinner that evening and a lakeside couples’ massage the next day.

When did you get married?
We got married on 14 July 2017. We were fairly relaxed regarding the date other than we knew we wanted a summer wedding.

How did you choose your wedding venue?
We held our ceremony and reception at the Carriage Hall in Plumtree. Finding a location was more difficult than we thought it would be. We knew we wanted somewhere modern and not a converted barn! The most important thing to us was great food and we knew the Carriage Hall would deliver on this (which it did!). From start to finish we can’t fault the Carriage Hall for anything and the staff were so accommodating.

Who did you choose for your beauty team?
The dream team Ali Gunn (make-up artist) and James White (hair stylist) worked their magic and made myself, my sisters (who were my bridesmaids) and the mother of the bride, shine!

Tell us something about your dress.
I had no idea what I wanted and probably tried on 25+ dresses before I found “the one”. I wore Andraea, a Maggie Sottero dress from Nora Eve in Chesterfield. I think it was fate – I’d loved a picture of the dress in a magazine so when it was hanging at the top of the stairs in the last dress shop I went to I had to try it on!

What did Oli wear?
Oli wore a custom navy suit from Hugo Boss.

What did your bridesmaids and the groomsmen wear?
My bridesmaids wore a multiway blush pink silk/jersey dress from Coast. The ability to tie the dress to each bridesmaid came in handy. We had to buy the dresses a year in advance due to one of my bridesmaids living abroad so I didn’t have any fears it wouldn’t fit!. Our best man, usher and father of the bride all wore navy suits from M&S.

How did you get to your venue?
We hired two vintage cars from Regency Cars in Chesterfield. The drivers were great, on time and accommodating with putting the roof up and down so that we weren’t windswept.

What style did you choose for your wedding? Did you have a theme?
We didn’t have a particular theme – our main focus was to have a relaxed wedding where our guests would have fun and enjoy themselves! We decided on navy and blush pink as we wanted something understated which the entire bridal party would be happy wearing.

Who was your photographer?
Andrew Acford from A Big Neon Glitter Photography. We loved Andrew’s style of photos, attention to detail and how he managed to capture people’s emotions throughout the day. He also managed to put everyone at ease, including us during the pre-wedding shoot, and went the extra mile to make sure we had all the shots we wanted (including one which involved risking his life in the middle of a very busy and fast country road!)

Your flowers were beautiful. Who created them for you?
Flowers By Philippa provided the flowers. She managed to create exactly what we wanted without us having any ideas about flowers at all! 

Did your family get involved with any of the planning?
My mum and I created flower centrepieces using wooden boxes that my dad created. Oli’s grandma also kindly prepared some flowers in vases to use for the ceremony tables.  

Did you hand out wedding favours?
Yes – we gave out miniature bottles of port, to thank people for being “port” of our special day! 

Who made the cake?
We had a lemon cake created by the very talented Knot & Bird in West Bridgeford – delicious and it looked incredible.

You mentioned food was a really important part of your day. What did you serve your guests?
Guests had a choice of steak or lamb for the main courses, followed by a choice of lemon posset or chocolate peanut butter tart for dessert. We also had a hog roast, cheese stack with crackers and chutneys (kindly provided by Oli’s mum) and toasting marshmallows for the evening guests. We knew the Carriage Hall had a reputation for excellent wedding food and it excelled itself!

How did you entertain your guests?
Other than some garden games in the afternoon (including a giant kerplunk, croquet and cricket kit!), we simply opted for a DJ rather than a live band for the evening to get our friends on the dancefloor! Instead of a photo booth, we had a polaroid camera and my dad had made a large wooden photo frame with string running across it. We asked guests to take a photo home and to leave one on our frame using wooden pegs. Having the photo frame up on our wall is a constant reminder of what a great day we had and we look at the photos more often than we do our guest book.

Where did you spend your wedding night?
We stayed at Langar near the Hall – an absolutely beautiful 5* cottage with all the extra touches you could want on your wedding day!

What was your favourite part of the day?
The DJ played our first dance song again at the end of the night. Most of the guests had left by this point and the two of us had the dancefloor to ourselves.

Did you go on honeymoon?
Yes! We went to Rhodes for some much needed relaxation!

Finally advice do you have for other couples?
Make time for each other on your wedding day away from all your guests.

Laura & Johnny’s Real Wedding

Laura & Johnny’s Real Wedding

The couple had a timelessly beautiful wedding at St Monica’s in Melbourne and celebrated into the night at The Sovereign.

How did you and your partner meet?
Through long term friends. Johnny’s friend and my friend whom are married introduced us at a birthday night out. Johnny and I caught up after and hit it off. 

How did he propose?
Our very first date he took me to Meat and Wine Co. in Southbank. 

Leading up to the night he proposed, every time we went out he’d complain about his meal and say next time we are going Meat and Wine Co. When one night he said we were going there I didn’t put much thought into it. It was a Friday night and I met Johnny there. It had rained all day. I had my hair in pigtails as I got drenched and literally looked like a drowned rat. I had no idea. After we ate he asked if I wanted dessert. I said no and he said ‘read the menu, we’ll share’. So, I said okay, thinking, he never shares! As I opened the menu he had written “Will you marry me?” on the inside! I went silent for a while. I know it sounds silly but I’m never lost for words. 

Then on top of the surprise he flew us to Queensland for a long weekend. It was very romantic! He had it all planned perfectly! I had no idea!

How did you choose your wedding gown?
I’ve known Elide from Bonita for a life time and she always said when I get married she’s making my dress. 
I tried on the entire store and didn’t feel right in anything. Then she picked the Valentina Gown and it was perfect!

What was your favourite moment from the day?
I would have to say the first dance. Johnny organised it. He didn’t even tell me what song he chose. He wanted the dry ice and fireworks to complete it. 
I hadn’t cried the whole day but as we began dancing I realised the song was “Beautiful In My Eyes” by Joshua Kadison. I literally teared up. It was so beautiful. He nailed it!

Any DIY décor elements?
We  decided on a rose gold romantic style to decorate the tables. I purchased rose gold tea lights from Luxury Candle Supply. I also lined the bridal table with candles and tea lights. It was absolutely beautiful. Everyone complimented it. I had roses and greenery as the centrepieces with rose gold tea lights on black tablecloths. It was just divine.

If you could do it all over again, what would you change?
Absolutely nothing. The day was perfect. The food was perfect. The DJ was the best! People called me the following week to tell us how beautiful everything was. 

Team 

Photographer: Icon Photography Melbourne
Wedding Invitations: B Wedding Invitations
Dress: Bonita Couture 
Makeup: Hellena Make up and Lash and Beauty Co
Hair: Crew 33
Accessories: Wayne Cooper and Bonita Couture
Bridesmaids Dresses: Forever New
Grooms Suit: David Marcs – Moonee Ponds
Menu/ Place Cards: Adorn Invitations
Cake: Eiffel Tower
Flowers: Floral Event
Ceremony Venue:  St Monica’s Moonee Ponds
Reception Venue:  The Sovereign
DJ: Rinaldo Entertainment and Production
Master of Ceremony: Phillip Pantano 

Le Jardin | Ian Stuart 2018 Collection

Le Jardin | Ian Stuart 2018 Collection

‘Le Jardin!’

A celebration of nature by the world’s most inspiring artist.

 

Ian Stuart creates a style of gown that cannot be found in any other bridal wear label. His couture draping techniques, use of colour, texture, unusual appliques, tonal embroideries and stunning laces create an aesthetic that is both unconventional and undeniably beautiful.

For his 2018 collection, Ian has focused on capturing themes of nature within his designs. Weaving together beautiful butterflies, multi-coloured flowers, Japanese cherry blossom lace, scattered petals, waterfall textures and cascading roses.  This collection is a reflection of the perfect beauty found within the natural world.

Also celebrating the artistic talents of man, Ian has studied the techniques of the traditional Japanese kimono and obi, mixing fabrics and wrapping them around the body, creating a delicately textured look that is fresh, exciting and extremely flattering.  Ever inspired by his favourite era, Ian has paid particular attention to the dramatic draping of 1950’s designer Charles James and reimagined his heavenly style for the modern bride.

‘I am not tied to trends, only beauty’ is Ian’s heartfelt message; designing for that breath-taking moment when a bride is first laid eyes upon and not for the latest fashion trend.

We are certain that ‘Le Jardin’ will take your breath away, and remind you what it’s like to fall in love with a wedding dress …

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