Today the spotlight falls on Lorie x who create bespoke bridalwear, inspired by the past, romanticism and love stories.
The Collection features hand inked/photographic prints and is made from the finest silks, laces and jacquards.
I hand over to Laura Hall to tell you more about the Brand…
Who are you, and what do you do?
“Lorie x is a collection of bespoke bridal wear which is designed and created in East London.”
“It is made up of bridal gowns, but also separates; and it offers something completely unique, with pieces featuring hand inked and photographic digital prints and invites brides-to-be to have input in the process.”
“Garments are made from the finest silks, laces and jacquards. The collection is feminine and fluid, and the pieces unique and romantic.”
“Brides can choose fabrics and style, using the pieces featured in the capsule range to inspire what can be achieved; and have their own print developed (if they wish).”
“This ensures garments have their personality truly tied up in them, and no two will ever be the same.”
When and why did you start your Company?
“It started life as my graduation collection a few years ago (I studied at the London College of Fashion), I believed there was a gap in the bridal market for something alternative (yet not in the stereotypical ‘alternative’ way).”
“Something which still used traditional references (laces, covered buttons), and was feminine and romantic; but with a modern twist, and that used colour – but in a delicate way.”
“The idea of incorporating print came into place and this grew with the notion that each bride could incorporate their own bespoke print to express their personalities further.”
“After working in the fashion industry for the past few years (and making a few bespoke wedding dresses alongside), the idea never truly left my mind and so I revisited it recently and grew the collection to include more dresses and also separates.”
“The collection launched with a brand new website and at A Chosen Wedding Fair in London in October 2014.”
What inspires you?
“I would say I am inspired by the past and romanticism – I think you can see subtle vintage references throughout the collection – also from all great love stories and the beauty around us; be it nature or amazing architecture.”
“Also London, where I live, and also brides and their stories and visions.”
Do trends influence your work?
“I would say I’m not trend led. I think the person’s personality should be captured in what they want to wear for their day and not dictated to by trends.”
“However, separates seems to be the next big bridal trend and by coincidence the collection does have a few!”
What is your greatest achievement?
“I think probably pulling everything together as quickly as I did.”
“Designing and making a collection, designing a website, organising a photoshoot, building up an awareness of the brand and launching at a fair all in just a few months was a bit of whirlwind!”
“The fact that it has had such wonderful feedback is great.”
What do you see as the future of your Company?
“Hopefully to be able to continue to do what I am passionate about and to grow to make many future brides happy.”
Celine Top and Julia Skirt
The Celine Top is made from a beautiful jacquard and features corded lace details across the front and back bodice and extending over the sleeves.
This version of the top is cropped for a more daring look, yet it is teamed with the Julia Skirt which is a simple circle style, cut in duchess satin and extending into a train which ensures the styles remain elegant and effortless.
Both fasten with self covered buttons and rouleau loops.
Emma Waistcoat and Cordelia Dress
The Cordelia Dress has a bold hand drawn print on the front and features photographic print around the hem of skirt.
Godet panels around the back create volume, and the sandwashed silk habotai it is made from gives a fluid feel.
The dress has a low cut back and the collar is created from vintage lace.
The Emma Waistcoat worn with the dress here is made from individual hand sewn strips of silk organza which follow the contours of the cut. It gives a structured yet romantic edge.
Estella Dress and Nancy Cape
The Estella Dress is made from luxurious duchess satin and features hand inked printed drawings on silk chiffon godets which are inserted between panels at the back of the dress, spreading out as a breathtaking train.
It is beautifully fitted to the body and closes with covered buttons and rouleau loops down the back drawing your eye down the silhoutte.
The Nancy Cape is cut from delicate corded lace and uses the scalloped edges as features along the hems and sleeves.
Cropped at the front and long at the back for a dramatic feel.
Estella Top and Ophelia Skirt
The Estella Top is made from Belgian corded lace and duchess silk and lined in habotai.
The scallops of the lace are used to create a romantic feathery feel around the bodice, and it closes with delicate self covered buttons and rouleau loops at the back.
The Ophelia skirt features photographed peonies printed onto silk organza and has a romantic, subtle feel.
With a duchess silk bodice and flowing dropped waist silk chiffon skirt, the Lucie Dress gives a really flattering yet still romantic and feminine shape.
It features a small train and hand inked print which fades out from the hem of the dress.
The print was inspired by the Victorian Language of flowers, in which all flowers have special meanings, in this case they reflect marriage.
The dress has a low v-back neck line and fastens with rouleau loops and self covered buttons.
The Tatiana Dress has a beautiful cream jacquard bodice; and the full dreamy skirt is made up of layers of silk crepe de chine and printed silk organza.
The print features lilies in hues of red, bought at the flower market on Columbia Road, East London and fresh out of the flower press.
Thank you so much to Laura for sharing her bespoke Bridalwear.
Her gowns bring something fresh to the bridal world where the bride can have a print unique to her printed on the gown.
The perfect anti bride solution to the lady who wants something very much individual.
Photographer – Lucy Alice Edwards
MUA – Nicola Madden
Model – Tatum Marchetti
Bespoke Headpieces – HF Couture
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