A dress, is a dress, is a dress…

… unless you are looking for THE dress!

I was inspired by the collection of dresses shown recently by The Bridal House in Ramsey at The Milntown Wedding Fair, and one that caught my eye in particular was one by top British Designer, Ian Stuart.

So I took a gander over to his website to see what else he had on offer and how they fit in with some of the trends for 2012.  I would say that the vintage trend that has dominated 2011 is set to continue well in to 2012, but with an even more romantic twist.  It is all about florals, vintage lace, soft colours, luxurious fabrics and big bows!

Vintage Floral    ‘Bluebird’ is a dress with layers of silk garza finished with an oversized taffeta bow and matching bodice.  The bow is decorated with beautiful faux flowers, which have also been matched in the model’s hair.

Vintage Lace

I love the look of lace on a wedding dress and ‘Mandalay’ (on the left) is probably one of my favourites of this collection.  Created from hand frayed silk, French lace and pretty faux roses, it perfectly captures the vintage look.  The mermaid skirt and off the shoulder neckline are great to accentuate your curves.

‘Sapphire’ pictured on the right, again has a French Lace overlay, and is hand embellished with Swarovski crystals and beads over the entire dress and cathedral train.  A large taffeta bow finishes off the back of the dress.


Romantic Sweethearts

Both of these gowns (Constantine on the left and Soufriere on the right) have pretty sweetheart necklines and metres and metres of luxurious fabric to give them a romantic feel.  Both of them also have a floral theme with handmade silk roses nestled in to the silk skirt of Constantine, and an asymmetrical cascade of faux flowers on Soufriere.

50’s Kitsch & Rock n’ Roll

 Without even looking at these dresses, you can tell from their names that they are inspired by the 1950’s – ‘Cadillac’ (on the left) and ‘Doris Day’ (on the right)

Designed to emphasise and create curves, these dresses are fun alternatives to the traditional Bridal gowns and perfect for dancing the night away!

60’s Chic

 Another alternative to the traditional gown, this retro lace shift dress has flowers around the hem and a soft tulle overlay, and can be worn with or without the matching cape.

For more of my favourites, have a look at the gallery below, or check out Ian Stuarts Website for the full ‘Killer Queen’ Collection.


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