Calling all brides who don’t want to blow their entire wedding budget on the dress: the quirky, cool, ready-to-wear brand Self-Portrait is launching a bridal range, and the dresses are as glorious as you’d imagine, for a fraction of the price a designer dress would usually cost.
Founder Han Chong, who studied fashion design at Central Saint Martins started the business in 2013, said he was inspired by the style of the 1960s and 1970s, and in particular fashion rule-breakers like Bianca Jagger and Pattie Boyd.
Looking to appeal to the ‘untraditional bride’, the six dresses on offer fuse modern shapes with vintage details, and range from high-necked column gowns to off-the-shoulder, chiffon, ankle-skimming dresses.
Chong is also determined that the wearers of his designs won’t relegate his dresses to a box in the attic; the gowns have been made to be worn for years to come, wedding or not.
‘Women spend so much money on a dress they’ll wear once, I wanted to create a dress they can wear again and again and again,’ Chong told The Telegraph.
The brand, which are so popular Selfridges sells one of their dresses every six minutes, will be launching both in the Oxford Street department store, and also on Net A Porter and the Self-Portrait website, with the bridal collection launching in February and prices varying from £650 to £1000
The great thing about these timeless dresses, though, is that wedding or not, you really could wear them again and again.
Ingrid Hoey did a great job styling the girls on The Voice. It’s so refreshing to see Irish Designers getting a chance to showcase their talent rather than using high street brands.
The lovely Kathryn is wearing a dress by Umit Kutluk, shoes are from Office and her jewellery is by the Bláithín Ennis.
Umit Kutluk was born in Turkey. He completed a degree in Textile Engineering and worked across many disciplines in the Turkish fashion industry – textiles, manufacturing, sales & distribution – before moving to Dublin in 2007. Following further study he graduated with honours in fashion design from the Grafton Academy, Dublin in 2011. In the same year he won the Alfa Romeo DIT Young Designer of the Year Award and the overall prize in the Gillette Venus Fashion Design Awards to name a few. Kutluk developed his brand Umit Kutluk in 2011. A year later he opened his salon in the relaxed grandeur of a magnificent Georgian building at 27 Merrion Square. Here, using distinctive cutting techniques and exquisite fabrics that are mixed and embellished with remarkable attention to detail, he produces stunning seasonal Ready To Wear, Haute Couture and Wedding Collections. His creativity and sense of elegance marks him out as one of Ireland’s leading fashion designers.
Bláithín prides herself on her ability to source, manipulate and combine unusual materials from around the world to produce wearable, special and striking pieces. The Bláithín Ennis label is affordable and beautifully designed, incorporating simple, craft driven techniques. She is based from her studio in the South east of Ireland where each piece is designed and made by hand.
Una is wearing a dress by Lya Solis, shoes are from Office and jewellery is from Loulerie.
Loulerie was opened in 2007 by Louise Stokes on her return from New York working in Fine Jewellery. Since then Loulerie has become a destination store for exclusive brands and a much admired edit of the key jewellery designers from around the world. Brand new collections are added each season from Louise’s travels to NY, London, Paris and Copenhagen. Launched this season is Louise’s very own Loulerie collection and bespoke custom made service.
Coachella is key barometer of the trends for the festival season ahead and Beyonce didn’t let us down as she stepped out in style in Saint Laurent. Think suede, fringing, fluid silhouettes and bohemian print florals.
The dress Beyonce wore is no longer available but a shorter version is still on sale.
Drawing on her menswear design background, London-based Nick Wakeman’s Studio Nicholson collection is defined by clean lines and a pared-back aesthetic. Cut to flatter the female silhouette, the label’s key pieces include elegant silk blouses, crisp pleated skirts and expertly tailored culottes.
Australian stylist Ryan Lobo and former Design Director at Derek Lam Ramon Martin were friends for 15 years before deciding to launch Tome for Fall ’13. The CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund-nominated duo’s feminine yet powerful collections mix soft pastels with strong shapes and intriguing texture combinations – the result is pieces every woman wants to wear.
Balenciaga’s black and dove-gray leather mules have been crafted in Italy. This pair has a slim ankle strap that is both supportive and flattering. Wear them with everything from an LBD to tailored pants.