For Spring Summer 2016 Gucci is going eclectic, revealing pattern after pattern, texture upon texture.
One particular look that caught our attention was a long sleeve dress, embroidered with patterns reminiscent of folklore art, given a Japanese twist, complete with water lilies and carps. Combine with a seventies silhouette, styling with those oversized glasses and we were totally taken.
And so this Gucci gown glides into our top spot with our Dress Then The Rest feature, centring the wedding theme around this gorgeously alternative wedding gown.
The details on the dress conjure up an outdoor wedding by the water’s edge, with floating flowers and lots of festoon lighting flanking the surrounds…and of course, a peacock (or few) wandering the grounds.
Take inspiration from folklore art with patterns on invitations, mixed with water-colour calligraphy across the stationery suite. Continue these intricate patterns on-the-day with embroideries on the table linen and bespoke napkins.
For a seventies’ spirit, the table would be set with mismatched chairs and textural tableware on bare wooden table, with an eclectic mix of flowers, vases and colours running table-length. If you want to spotlight your seating places, then opt for two big wicker peacock chairs – the way to do thrones stylishly!
What dress inspired you most from the shows? We’d love to know…
Don’t forget that if you need help with your wedding theme, we are here to make it easy and fun. Don’t hesitate to get in touch – we would love to hear from you.
Completing our trio of gorgeous wedding dress partners is the talented Andrea Hawkes.
Andrea Hawkes is a bespoke bridal designer based in Clerkenwell, London. The boutique is beautifully fit with herringbone clad walls and copper rails, every inch of the store as considered and design-led as the collection itself.
Andrea has extensive experience of working within the Luxury British Bridal industry having worked with some of the most established British Designers. A demand for a refreshing approach to Bridal, Andrea developed a contemporary collection of key looks which was initially launched from her Hackney design studio. All pieces are handmade in her London studio using natural European Silks and French Lace. Andrea Hawkes welcomes individual ideas and inspirations, working with brides to create either a made to measure dress from their collection or a one off bespoke bridal gown.
We love the less is luxe approach that her aesthetic follows – with expertly cut silhouettes that know the precise balance of form and features.
Considered, contemporary and a cut-above-the-rest.
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Their bespoke bridal collection range is between £1650 to £6000. Full couture design and creation is also available on request.
Knot & Pop Wedding
Creating your day, your way.
Couples are forever searching out that something special for their big day. Something that fully reflects them on their day, something that feels unique to them.
But how do you pin point that elusive wedding theme, and the look and feel that you’d like to create to set the scene for your big day?
Tease out your tales
Seeing as this special day is all about you two, that’s where we suggest you start when it comes to getting those ideas flowing.
Grab a bottle of your favourite tipple, sit down together and chat about your vision for the day. Think about the atmosphere, the things that really sum you up as a couple, your loves and experiences from your life together. Use this time to tease out your tales, to find a narrative for the day, so that your shared loves and personalities shine through.
Inspiration from this can be used to shape the tone of the day, colour scheme, entertainment and those extra special touches.
Perhaps you first met on your travels, island-hoping and so this is reflected with a beautiful colour palette of gold, aqua, navy and cream, representing the colours of the waves on the shore. Perhaps you have a shared love; be it for animals, favourite past-times or a much treasured time and place, so why not then centre some of the details of the day around these loves.
Afterall, it’s about having your day, your way.
Once you have some ideas around the look and feel of the day, drawing on some outside influences can help flesh these out and help you apply your ideas in a practical sense.
Feast your eyes on some bridal magazines and blogs, and don’t be afraid to draw inspiration from unusual places. From an interesting object found in at a flea market to an art exhibition, or the pictures that line your wall at home, inspiration for your day can be found in the things you love and surround yourself with.
At Knot & Pop we are not dictated by trends, preferring that the style of the wedding stems from your personality and loves, ensuring that your guests really get a sense of you both on your big day.
Create a visual reference
Having gathered some visual treats and inspiration, the next step is to create some mood boards that act as a great guide to filter and focus your thoughts.
This will enable you to lay out ideas and shape each area, helping to ensure the theme flows through each element. Importantly they will also act as a steer for your chosen suppliers – including a visual and written brief for each will mean they are totally clear on the style and direction you are looking for.
We suggest initially creating a scene setter board that sums up the overarching look. Then break things down into a number of key areas including; food and drink, florals, table-tops, stationery, guest entertainment, including your colour palette to thread everything together.
Now, a little word about a certain obsession we all share. Pinterest. Yes, that incredible feast for the eyes, and endless pool of inspiration. The dresses! The hair! The style! The endless beauty….
Yes, go forth, pin, pin to your hearts content. Gather your inspiration, but, we challenge you to use self-restraint and focus. Once you have created a set of boards of ideas and inspiration, step away from the Pin Board, or there is a danger your ideas will become confused, lost in the pretty and wedding wilderness!
And if you need any help with creating the day of your dreams then drop us a line at Knot & Pop. We’d love to hear from you.
We’re delighted to welcome Charlie Brear to our Partner Portfolio, a portal for our couples that brings them the best in the wedding world and wider, to give them exclusive offers and experiences.
To show you what we love about Charlie Brear, we want to share their gorgeous new 2016 collection images with you. The new collection is inspired by two pivotal fashion moments – the late 1970s and New Romanticism. With over 40 pieces in the collection, the range balances femininity and androgyny to create an aesthetic that is just what the modern bride will want.
The collection offers more in way of versatile Additions. These additions work perfectly as co-ords, layered to transform a look through day to night. Standout pieces for 2016 include the corded lace cropped top with ¾ length sleeves and matching overskirt, the crushed fur jumper with open back, the delicately beaded Chantilly overdress, and the washed satin racer back vest – all good to go from wedding to everyday wardrobe after the big day.
For Knot & Pop brides, Charlie Brear will offer you a complimentary consultation and 50% off your wedding veil with dress purchase. Offer valid at Charlie Brear flagship showroom.
To see more of the collection take a further look at Charlie Brear, here.
Personal and passionate, the celebrated bridal wear designer weaves Brit cool with vintage inspiration to create truly beautiful modern bridal style. A trusted stylist and friend to Kate Moss, Erin O’Connor and Emilia Fox, amongst others, Kate Halfpenny designs for the modern minded woman, creating breath-taking wedding gowns.
Today we’re therefore highlighting some of the gorgeous styles that run through Halfpenny London’s current collection. Which is your favourite?
Through September and earlier in October, the fashion industry was in full swing as New York, London, Paris and Milan celebrated their fashion weeks, presenting the long awaited spring summer ready-to-wear collections.
At Knot and Pop, we usually select our ten favourite dresses from the catwalks but we have to confess – it has been so good this season that we went for twelve, too tough to narrow it to a top ten.
We loved the transparency trend, which emerged from Alberta Ferretti to Vionnet. Rochas got it spot-on for modern bridal inspiration, with a beaded collar on a sleeveless, slouch pocket white dress. Plenty of texture was seen at Alexander McQueen with a white embroidered jacket layered effortlessly over a delicate long dress, rich in tapestry like details with threads free-flowing.
For colour-loving brides, Arthur Arbesser created a loose maxi dress with long sleeves and floral prints – why go white when dresses like this exist? For the bold and brave, Dolce & Gabbana called their collection “Italia in love”. And our stand out look? A black see-through dress with colourful 3D floral and a flower crown in the Frida Kahlo spirit.
What about you? Which is your fave from our top twelve? If we had to pick it would be the modern simplicity of the Proenza Schouler dress with contrast black waist tie. Tweet us to let us know @knotandpop
Summer is behind us and the time has come to embrace the low rays of sunshine, gorgeous leaves on the turn and copious amount of warming drinks.
Nature dishes up a crazy beautiful palette across the Autumn months, so today we’re sharing our top 10 favourite Autumnal inspired bouquets, for all you Autumn lovers out there.
Images from top left: The Sisters | Ponderosa and Thyme | Amanda O’Shannessy | The Garden Gate Flower Company | Dear Pearl Flowers | Tinge Floral | Twig and Twine | Amy Merrick | Ponderosa and Thyme | Twig and Twine
From a warm burgundy to a lighter peach shades, autumn is the perfect time to play with the many possibilities offered up by the season, and enhance the organic palette by adding more foliage to your flower arrangements. Non-floral elements will create a twist to your bouquet using succulents or different varieties of seasonal berries, for plenty of texture, depth and richness.
Take a look through our top ten and tweet us know your favourite @knotandpop
This post should come with a warning. We are about to be a bit show-off.
As award winning wedding planners, we recently launched our Partner Portfolio, giving brides and couples exclusive offers and experiences from the most directional companies across wedding, fashion, well-being, beauty and more.
With our modern minded approach to wedding planning, we like to think we offer couples a creative and contemporary alternative to the cookie-cutter approach.
This fresh approach is reflected in our all new, shiny and bright, Partner Portfolio where we have curated a lust-worthy list of like-minded companies including the most forward thinking, inspirational and current entities from bridal design, to jewellery, honeymoon and more.
Couples will be spoilt with exclusive experiences and offers from the likes of bridal wear designer Kate Halfpenny and Charlie Brear, skin specialist to the stars Teresa Tarmey, fitness experts Frame and apothecaries for the mind, The School of Life… plus more.
From free bottles of bubbly to discounts on workshops and gifts with purchase, this new partner offering shows that we give our brides and couples an ever-attentive, fun and in-the-know experience.
Check it out here, with select new additions (we are a picky bunch after all) launched through the season.
At Knot & Pop, we are big fans of Stone Fox Bride and are always eager to see their new collections.
This year the boho loving wedding dress designers have collaborated with Savannah Miller, sister to Sienna Miller, and all round English style maven.
For those who are not familiar with Savannah Miller, the British designer worked with fashion royalty including Alexander McQueen and Matthew Williamson before creating the label Twenty8Twelve with Sienna Miller.
With her chic, effortless and bohemian style, Savannah Miller was the perfect match for a collaboration with Stone Fox Bride who embraces the idea of a “laid-back, high fashion and punk-bohemian” bride.
Having first started the exchange on Instagram after Molly Guy of Stone Fox Bride spotting Savannah’s own bridal look, they came together to develop the range and the connection was instant.
The collection is composed of seven dresses combining elegance, lightness and simplicity for an effortlessly chic bridal range. With a love for v-necks and cleverness in the drapery, Savannah Miller knows how to please the modern minded bride creating neat silhouettes with a twist in the details, from a hand beaded front panel to romantic lace sleeves or even a hooded gown inspired by her own wedding dress.
Never over-worked, always effortless with a raw beauty that speaks of an innate sense of style, and quiet confidence.
An artistic side is surfacing with this most romantic of themes. Previous seasons have been about a wave of watercolour, creating a whimsical look and feel. Now, we are embracing all things painterly, from watercolour, to inky inclinations and loose beautiful brush strokes that create a more abstract appeal.
Set the tone with a statement wall and create a splash of colour on a large surface choosing a bright colour or even a monochrome palette for the contrast. Play with the crockery and pick tinted plates to enhance the artistic side of the theme.
For the table plan, dip dye a variety of pieces of paper with different shades from your colour palette, changing the techniques for each card to create a unique painterly patch-work. Spray paint and dip glass bottles in paint, applying the brush strokes to your liking.
The painterly bride can be as discreet as daring…for a light hint of paint, opt for a slightly printed dress in a watercolour style. A bolder way to embrace the theme would be a dress scattered with ink stains. For the full painterly style, a statement dress with a painted pattern in the primary colours will really round off this unique wedding theme.