Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Catwalk schedule for White Gallery London

The catwalk schedule has just been announced for White Gallery London 2010 where over 30 of the finest international bridal designers will come together for the first time at London’s Saatchi gallery. On 23 & 24 May, Alan Hannah, Amanda Wakeley, Ian Stuart, Johanna Hehir, Ritva Westenius, Stewart Parvin and Suzanne Neville will be showcasing their 2011 collections on their own named and by invitation only preview fashion shows, sponsored by Conde Nast Brides.

STEWART PARVIN 23 May - 10.30am
Embellishment, draping and new fabrics will feature in the collection while staying true to the fit and structure.

23 May & 24 May - 12noon

The design inspiration comes from Queen Elizabeth 1st, Debbie Harry and Les Folies Bergere. A mix of silk taffeta, printed silk organza, taffetas metal, brocade and silk chiffon portray his signature style. Detachable items, crochet lace, oversized skirts and elaborate embellishment are key this season while tones of ivory, purple, gold, crocodile green, lavender, powder pink, lemon and lime.

23 May - 1.30pm

Alan Hannah’s new collection draws inspiration from long summer days, sweet scents and delicate flowers.

23 May - 3pm

The new designs from Amanda Wakeley Sposa will feature both fluid shapes and strong silhouettes with bold embellishments, fresh new shapes and contemporary light fabrics. Cord embroidery is an embellishment on the bodice of a satin gown. A parachute hem gives a fresh twist to the traditional train. Gun metal chain detail trims an empire line georgette dress. Emphasis on enhancing the body comes from clever draping and contoured paneling rather than restrictive corsetry.

23 May - 4.30pm / 24 May - 10.30am

As well as the classic Suzanne Neville gowns, the new range will feature fashion forward and modern twists including floaty, organic shapes, as well as ultra glamorous, red carpet gowns. Gowns will feature hand bead work, giving a 1920s feel to the collection. The use of textured fabrics with surface design such as tulle with roses or bark design give a botanical edge. Key bridal colours of white and ivory with some hints of pastels are seen this season.

24 May - 1.30pm

Bold striking details will be offset with clean lines and a chic serenity. Sex appeal is also high on the agenda with low backs, sumptuous fabrics and gently whisping lace. Delicate overlays in the lightest organza and chiffons are key, while crisp tailoring and architectural lines balance the collection. Highlights include details of ruffles and beaded embellishment.

24 May - 5pm

Johanna’s collection is based on four stories which take influence from different fashion eras. The 1950s story sees smooth bodices over the hips with the full Parisienne skirts while the 1930s story sees an emphasis placed on back detail while keeping the body lean with fabrics in velvet and delicate diamante detail. The 1920s look will be lots of fun with plenty of lace and fringing without loosing the sophistication of the classic. The 1910 Story (Queen Maud) will take inspiration from the layering of fabrics and delicate lace sleeves which characterised the costume of this time. Ruched georgette tops will come off to reveal quite alluring dresses beneath. The final story, The Modern Bride, will focus on sculpted shapes complimented by beautiful shrugs and wraps.

Michael John will be taking care of all the catwalk hair while make-up will be provided by the team at Bobbi Brown.

Buyers interested in attending any of the catwalks must register for the event and contact the designer directly to be added to their guest list. Full contact details can be found on the White Gallery website.White Gallery is an international trade event exclusive to buyers stocking the bridal wear and accessories collections of designer labels. Bridal retailers can now apply online for their free invitation at www.whitegallery.com. (Buyers who have not registered may be required to pay a £15.00 ticket charge at the door.)