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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.

Galia Lahav | Fall/Winter 2017/18 Collection

Galia Lahav | Fall/Winter 2017/18 Collection

The GALA No. 5 Collection

GALA by Galia Lahav are the first ready to wear collections by renowned worldwide designer. Lahav’s exquisite, extravagant custom-made haute couture wedding gowns, introduced GALA, luxury prêt-à-porter collections for the fashionable modern bride who lives for the latest trends but craves classic, graceful elegance.

The Fall/Winter 2017/18 collection is out now after months of hard work, Galia Lahav are thrilled to announce the launch of their newest GALA line, collection No. 5, which was presented at NYC Bridal Market this month. Consistent with the newest Couture line, Florence by Night, GALA No. 5 sought to continue the exploration of the intangible of the five senses.

For GALA No. 5, Galia Lahav was inspired by bringing the rhythm, crescendos and the symphony of sounds to life.  Under the assumption that a woman’s soundtrack reveals as much about her style as her scent,  the GALA No. 5 collection aims to please any bride looking to strut and dance down the runway to her own beat.  The dresses in this collection focus on allowing expressive movement, with of course, a high quality and fashion-forward aesthetic.

GALA Collections caters to brides who prefer modern, dreamy dresses that are soft, subtle, chic, and comfortable to wear.

Layers of lightweight, delicate, and “balletic” silks, shimmery crystal beading that catches the light, and the house’s renowned trademarked hand-made embroideries exemplify Galia Lahav’s unique style.

A magical combination of soft tulle and nude tones with unique handmade embellishments, flattering fitted bodices with flowing layered skirts and trains, and dramatic silhouettes beautifully harmonise in each gown in the GALA Collections

Collection No.4

Collection No.3

Collection No.2

Collection No.1

So Sassi | 2018 Bridal Collection

So Sassi | 2018 Bridal Collection

Fringed back details, feature sleeves and ballerina length tulle skirts

Anyone who knows Buckinghams knows we are big fans of Sassi Holford – in fact Sassi was the very first British designer to feature in our first issue back in 2014 so we are really pleased to share with you the So Sassi Collection for 2018.

“Each year, the So Sassi design team works hard to develop unique, individual and fashion forward styles, giving their brides a collection which is not only all those things but one that is created with love and passion. This bright team of fashion graduates, all focus on creating a label which represents the 21st century bride – she wants to have fun, dance like no one is watching and make her big day one that no one will forget.

The 2018 So Sassi Collection celebrates brides who want to embrace their own style, brides who are not afraid to make a statement and brides that want a twist on tradition.

Taking inspiration from generation ‘Y’ brides and celebrities, the collection sees a blend of styles, silhouettes and fabric that creates a fun-loving vibe. The way the skirt moves for dancing, the way the bodice keeps it shape and not forgetting the internal corset which makes you feel fabulous and sexy. New design elements include cold shoulders, fringed back details, feature sleeves and ballerina length tulle skirts – it is a collection that wows!”

Suzanne Neville | The Interview

Suzanne Neville | The Interview

Suzanne Neville speaks to Buckinghams and gives a sneak peek into the designer life

Award winning British Designer Suzanne Neville is already known as one of Europe’s leading designers of bridal and evening wear. Her gowns have been worn by Tess Daly and Elle Macpherson to name a few. But now, talking exclusively to Buckinghams, ‘Nevsie’ talks about her likes, dislikes, love of the Quality Street green triangle and face-timing with Kate Winslet. It’s all in a day’s work.

Suzanne, tell us something about your background. How did you get started in the wedding dress business? “I began making wedding dresses for friends whilst studying at the London College of Fashion and it just grew from there. I started the business with a Princes Trust grant. It’s what I’d always wanted to do and it’s hard to believe it’s now 25 years ago. There are never enough hours in the day to get as much done as I would like because it’s 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 day of their lives.”

How do you start your day? “I start my day with a coffee and a bowl of Granola. I’m a morning person so I’m often up at 5 am and find it hard to stay up past 10 o’clock!!”

What do you do to unwind? “I don’t really unwind. I’m a bit of a workaholic but I do have the odd glass of fizz. Champagne is my favourite tipple.”

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

Favourite colour? “Black. It’s pretty much all I wear.”

Favourite mug? “My Cath Kidston giant mug.”

Pet hate? “Things that don’t line up straight – I’m a bit of a perfectionist.”

Are you a dogs or cats person? “Cats! I have 4! They’re my favourite animal!”

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

Do you have a nickname? My business partner calls me Nevsie!”

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

Favourite biscuit? “A bourbon.”

Favourite shoes? “My Valentinos!”

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 whats your speciality? “I can follow a recipe but I’m no Nigella.”

Who is the most famous person youve 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!”

If you could invite four people to dinner who would they be? “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 it’s a lovely surprise when they bloom.”

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.”

Whats 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, and the setting made the whole experience even more memorable.”

If you werent doing what you do know what would you be doing? “I can’t imagine anything else. 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.”

Couture Wedding Dress Sale

Couture Wedding Dress Sale

The fabulous Elaina Evans, designer at Baroque Couture in Derbyshire, is holding a sale which means you could be walking down the aisle in a one off couture dress for less than half price! With some £2500 now reduced to £1000 you should get your sweet self an appointment before they’re sold out! My advice is to call Elaina this instant on 07801 694934 or Message Baroque Couture directly via the Wedding Hub to book your visit. Let me know if you secure yourself some couture heaven! 

EJ x

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