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Kathryn Trueman presents Inbal Dror to the North East

This week Newcastle was treated to a very special bridal couture show, unlike anything the region has seen before and I was there to bring you the scoop….

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Bridal couture is big business and Israeli designer Inbal Dror has been a leader on the scene for some time, slowly amassing a following of fans who appreciate her unique craftsmanship and attention.  A skill that puts Dror one step ahead of the pack when it comes to creating standout bridal couture.  A graduate of The Shenkar Fashion Art Academy in Tel Aviv, Dror is a pioneer when it comes to couture, creating gowns that transcend the bridal genre with Beyonce opting to wear one of the standout pieces from the 2016 collection for The Grammy Awards.

With a focus on accentuating the female form by using soft, moveable materials over more traditional and thicker materials, Inbal Dror’s creations have to be seen and experienced to be believed.  Known for being a little more risqué than the average bridal designer, Dror offers something for those brides who want to feel a little more desirable.

The perfect bridal brand to collaborate with Kathryn Trueman then; Kathryn lends her name to what is probably the North East’s premier bridal boutique.  Nestled in the heart of olde worlde Morpeth with a quaint and understated shop front, an impressive boutique lies beyond with couture and more spread over two floors.  Kathryn has an unparalleled knowledge of bridal couture and can size you up in an instant.  Within five minutes of arriving she’ll have you upstairs and into a gown you never knew you needed - it’s just what she does.  With daughter in law Emily by her side, they are a formidable force on the North East bridal scene and one you need to know about.

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Kathryn Trueman Bridal Boutique, Picture by Adamskii Photography

Hence being the natural choice for the Inbal Dror Trunk Show; left with full creative control over the show, Kathryn and Emily wanted to give revellers the chance to get up close and personal with these show-stopping gowns and so came up with the idea of the #RUNFREE Trunk Show.  (That’s the official hashtag and there are some amazing pictures on social media)

I have to say I was excited about this one, I’ve had my eye on an Inbal Dror gown for a little while now (not for a wedding, just because I can).  Invites stated that guests should arrive at 6.30pm prompt at the Millennium Bridge for a “surprise pre-event” so up I rocked in my half wedding dress, baby pink boots & “Surfboard” tee, right on cue with Miss Durham GB, Taylor Hamilton as my guest for the evening.

The opening act was indeed memorable, a bridal “flash mob” arrived by stretch limousine to the Newcastle Quayside at sunset and with the sidewalk as their runway, five brides strutted to perfection while their audience was left gasping in awe.  Making their way to the centre of the Millennium Bridge - they strutted and the paparazzi followed.   At the Gateshead side, models posed for photographs at The Baltic Mill and literally walked off into the sunset.  As far as flashmobs go this was the most romantic, I fell in love with all five of those girls that night.

after moving up the The Sage, guests were treated to a champagne reception and goodie bags from my bridal publishing home, Belle Bridal before taking their place on the Frow for the show.

Exercise caution Voyeurs, you’re about to see couture so beautiful you’re going to want to down told and propose to the person closest to you….

With a live soundtrack provided by Le Sape Nocturne, a collective of eight musicians from the North East and a little further afield, these guys take infamous musical numbers from all genres and re-spin them with a little Le SAPE magic to create music you’ve never heard before, except you have.  Perfect for a bridal showcase of this calibre.

Models walked the runway in a range of styles from the Inbal Dror 2016 ‘New York’ collection which oozes glamour and decadence.  From the classic full length bridal gown to the shorter, more modern backless gown, the collection drew gasps from the crowd of press and potential brides alike.

Obvs this much concentrated gorgeousness carries a hefty price tag, but not as hefty as you might think.  With Beyonce’s (read ‘my’) gown at £8k that’s pretty affordable, and covetable, couture right there.  Sure you could pick up a car for that price but let’s face it, you won’t look as good in it as you will in this gown.

With gowns this pretty I’m considering taking on a part time second husband, or maybe two….

Pixie xo

The collection can be viewed at Kathryn Trueman Bridal, 42, Bridge Street, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 1NL

For appointments call: (01670) 511917

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Beyonce Ivy Park: 1 Day To Go

Ok BeyHive get in Formation, the wait is almost over…

There’s just one more day to go until the most hotly anticipated athleisure wear collection since Alexander Wang x H&M hits Topshop stores globally and online.  With 200 pieces making up the collection, the focus is on 90’s style in-your-face logos, simple sweats, and bodysuits worthy of a music video appearance.

I posted the full 1st drop yesterday with UK pricing so if you haven’t earmarked your favourite pieces then do so now or print yourself off a handy shopping list for when you brave the scrum on Thursday.

So sharpen your elbows, pick your favourites and to whet your appetite further, here are a few outtakes from the campaign shoot.

You’re welcome.

Pixie x

#WheresYourPark

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Ivy Park 1st Drop

You’ve signed up for the updates and you’ve pored over THOSE Ivy Park promo shots featuring Queen Bey herself and all that’s left to do is view the collection when it hits Topshop stores on April 14th.  That’s right Voyeurs, there are just two days to go until this hotly anticipated athleisure wear collection hits stores and online and I’ve got the full first drop right here for you, along with prices.

Sadly, if you were hoping for a bit of the Ivy Park promo action for yourself, the now infamous black Ivy Park body Beyonce wears in the campaign will not make up part of the collection, she won’t be cutting you in on that one.  However there is a similar style available with red and white trim.

My top picks from the collection are below and make for a great, versatile workout wardrobe:

The Ivy Park collaboration has been over two years in the making, view the first drop below and see if you think it was worth the wait….

Pixie x

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Beyonce Channels Flashdance For ELLE

GRATUITOUS POST ALERT!

Following on from her Ivy Park active wear brand announcement last week, Beyonce is covering both the UK and US versions of ELLE magazine (wearing Ivy Park, natch) and promoting the hell out of the brand.

Now this is a shameful post as I’m a sucker for a killer image and these are just that.

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Let’s not forget, Beyonce has Ivy Park Collection 1 dropping April 14th and she has product to shift, but man, these images are good and if anyone can shift product, it’s Beyonce.

Taking inspiration from Flashdance with a modern twist and a focus on the sportswear, Bey lords it up to the max in this latest spread for ELLE magazine, and gives a rare in-depth interview about freedom, feminism, and how her latest foray into fashion helps women love their bodies and feel empowered.  With the images already causing a buzz on social media it looks like it’s had the desired effect - create a huge frenzy for Ivy Park and everything will work out.  And you know what Bey, it definitely will….

Pixie x

The May issue of ELLE magazine hits newsstands April 5th.

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Beyonce Launches Ivy Park Active Wear

There has been talk of a Beyonce x TopShop athleisure brand for a little over two years now and so far that’s all it’s been, talk.  Until now…..

In typical Beyonce style, Queen Bey herself dropped a moody black and white promo for her new line Ivy Park, calling it “effortless active wear” with no prior announcement.  The 200 piece collection is a 50/50 joint venture with Sir Philip Green under their collaborative new brand Parkwood TopShop Athletic Ltd., however it will be stocked in a range of outlets rather than just Topshop as originally thought.

“This is not a collaboration. This is about building a brand and building a business - a separate, proper business, with separate overhead and a separate office, when she was in London in February we arranged to get together. We started talking generally, about doing something together. We’ve been looking at that [athletic] sector for a while. It’s something we need to be in. Based on what she does, how she works out, the conversation got into that category. We started getting into a proper conversation in May or June, as to how it would work. It took six or eight weeks to put a deal together. On Friday, Beyoncé came to our office for the last piece of the jigsaw puzzle.”  Sir Philip Green

Green also confirmed that the business will be run and managed sadly not by Beyonce but by a hired in Creative Director and two Designers from both fashion and sports related backgrounds in order to get the mix of high fashion and performance sportswear “just right”.

Let’s not forget that this is not Beyonce’s first foray into fashion, her House of Dereon line folded in 2012 following poor reception.

In the promo Beyonce talks about going back to “The Park” in a bid to inspire young fans into fitness and there’s no better advert for that than Beyonce right?  Shame she did it in wedge heel sneakers and a face full of make up #JustSaying.

The collection is strong, backless & sleeveless hoodies, over the top logo-ing akin to that of nineties active wear, and bold colours provide a highlight to a pallete of mostly black and grey (the best colours for sportswear).  These are designs you’ll want to wear and you’ll want to show them off but being part of Bey’s squad will hit you in the wallet, with prices starting at £14 for a hairband and reaching a whopping £200.  Bey has emphasised that the collection has a focus on high fashion as this “matters most to fans”.

Think mesh bodysuits, thigh high socks, made to be seen sportsbras and “flip-to-low-rise” leggings, all emblazoned with the brand name, incase you forget it.

The collection is definitely lust-worthy and uber covetable, there’s no word yet on how frequently collections will be produced and re-stocked and whether it will be exclusive in that once it’s gone, it’s gone.  Either way, if you are lucky enough to snap up anything from the first Ivy Park drop on April 14th, you’re likely to bump into another 14 or so Ivy Park clones the next day in the gym. And maybe I’ll be one of them…..

Pixie x

Ivy Park Collection 1 is available to buy at TopShop, net-a-porter and Zalando from April 16th.

 

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Met Gala 2015 Red Carpet Round Up

The Met Gala is arguably the hottest date in the social calendar for many a designer and celebrity and it’s a day to really push the boat out and play dress up.  Here’s a bit of background for you; the fundraising gala marks the opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit and the exhibition theme sets the tone for gala with each guest expected to match their attire to the theme with as much imagination and flair as they see fit.  The theme for 2015?  China: Through the Looking Glass.  Now for me, this conjured up visions of Romantic Exoticism by Alexander McQueen and interpretations of Asian culture through adventurous fashion, however in reality, the Met Gala red carpet never quite works like that.  Sure, there are the diehards, (SJP I’m looking at you) who use the event as an outlet to showcase their creativity

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but then on the flip side there are those who pay no heed to the theme and turn up wearing whatever they like (Elizabeth Banks, this is mainly aimed at you).

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Then in the middle are those who try, but shoot way wide of the mark (Aw bless, Chloe Sevingny, and Chloe Mortez, this one’s for you, but you know, kudos for trying).

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The 2015 exhibition itself is beautiful, with pieces from Alexander McQueen and Guo Pei, it’s an extravaganza of culturally inspired masterpieces and the presentation is exquisite.  With an amazing golden Guo Pei full-skirted frock taking centre-stage - the same designer who worked tirelessly for 20 long months on THAT golden cape worn by Rihanna to the gala.  Speaking of THAT cape, Pei said it’s crafted from “loads of gold thread and fox fur” and that it weighs a whopping 55lbs, first shown as part of the designers 2010 collection, Pei said that it was never meant to be anything other than a runway piece and that in real life, there’s no-one other than Rihanna who could pull it off and man, is she right.

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No matter what your opinion on the frocks (or pantsuits, hello Cara Delevingne), the Met Gala Red Carpet is always fascinating, you get the good, the bad and the downright ugly all under one roof and it’s a real spectacle.  It’s the one event in the fashion calendar where the focus is not on the designer but on the celebrity wearing the designer and it’s a major player when it comes to inspiring the High Street.  A savvy Philip green dressed a selection of celebs for the event and made limited quantities of their gowns available for purchase on the evening of the Met Gala priced between £195 - £285, all of which sold out in minutes.  Well played Phil, well played.

There were some Uh-mazing gowns this year; Kim Kardashian wore a stunning white Peter Dundas ‘First’ for Roberto Cavalli with feather train, with more than a nod a frock worn to the same gala by Beyonce in previous years.  Beyonce wore her very own version of the ‘Naked Dress’, very pretty indeed Mrs Carter but definitely not on theme.  Poppy Delevingne and Rosie Huntington Whitely both looked gorgeous but again, wide of the theme, a feeble nod to the theme with hairstyling doesn’t count ladies, it’s the Met Gala, you gotta go all in.

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The weirdest things to happen on the night were, a weird social media phenomenon claiming that Jason Derulo had a spectacular fall down the Met Gala staircase, however the pictures flooding social media platforms were actually of a prankster known as The Fall Guy at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.   But even this wasn’t a match for the monstrosity of an outfit worn by Olivia Wilde (seriously, did she let her baby pick it?!)

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Now for the best bit, my top picks.  My favourite outfits from the evening, and there are some wildcards in there, are based on those who went all in for the theme without being culturally inappropriate, and obviously, looked amazing.  love them or hate them, top of the polls for me were Joan Smalls and Zendaya, I usually feel that Zendaya either smashes it or gets it so wrong and this was one of those nights where she killed it on every level, making a triumphant return from those racial slurs, she’s proven not only that she has style, but that she has strength and I’m all about that.  Joan Smalls just looked phenomenal, you’ll remember the purple lipstick from last year, well this time her body is sheathed in that very shade and she looks interstellar.  Karolina Kurkova served up an ace in a shorter red dress too.

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I loved Fan BingBing at the Met gala, elegant and poised but then everyday’s a fairytale when you’re Fan BingBing, and FKA Twigs, yes it had a penis on it but there’s no denying, the girl got game.  Emily Blunt did a cute (but not in a “Wow” way) take on the theme but left me wanting more.  Bailey baldwin showed she’d crossed over to the dark side with a newly brunette ‘do and looked amazing decked out in Topshop Unique and YSL Tribute Heels.

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In other news, Kendall wore custom Calvin Klein, beautiful shade on her but the frock was just a bit ‘meh’, beautiful but I guess I just expected more.  Lily Collins looked adorable in a look straight off the Chanel runway and Katy Perry and Madonna arrived with Jeremy Scott in Graffiti dresses from the FW15 collection which looked like a plan put together at the final minute.

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So there we have it, the good the bad and the seriously, WTF?! from the Met Gala 2015.  Selfies and social media were banned from the event but the usual social misfits managed to wrangle a few in, see if you can spot them in the slideshow below.  And of course, since the famous Oscar’s Selfie, no fabulous event is complete without the obligatory group shot….

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You’re welcome

Pixie x

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