The dress was a straightforward decision for Stewart Parvin couture bride Matilda. “I’d seen the dress in a magazine, which initially lured me into Stewart Parvin. I knew on sight that it was the one I wanted to wear. I met Stewart (and Max, his Labrador!) when I went in, who had his own story about the dress, and from then it didn’t take much convincing”
Matilda’s gown, Warm and Tender, is a couture wedding gown, made from the most stunning brocade which Stewart found in Paris, featuring a birds of paradise design in the weave of the silk. It has a long sleeve, simple A-line skirt, 50’s style collar, and fur cuffs – a truly elegant wedding dress, perfect for Matilda’s winter wedding to Tom.
“I only tried on three dresses, as soon as I saw the birds and the fur the decision was made. It was different to anything I had seen before and I knew I wasn’t going to find anything better for me. I wanted my wedding dress to be unique, not particularly bridal (other than the colour) and to love wearing it, which I really did”
Matilda and Tom’s ceremony took place at St Clement Danes on the Strand, with spectacular music being performed by the resident choir at the church. Matilda and Tom left the ceremony into a torrent of rose petals, and made their way to The Garrick for the reception. Speeches were held on the stairs of the club, and a beautiful wedding breakfast was served on tables overflowing with fruit and ivy.
In a nod to Matilda’s Australian roots, their first dance was to a live didgeridooist playing “Waltzing Matilda”, after which the guests let loose for an evening of dancing. At the end of the evening, Matilda and Tom drove off through soho in a rickshaw, the perfect end to this fabulous London wedding.
Photography: David Burke Photography
Florist: Flowers by Susan and Alexandra
Being in business 20 years does give a designer pause for thought. A vast number of wedding gowns designed for collections over the years (probably nearing 400 if we’re counting) alongside unique pieces for private commissions, means Stewart Parvin HQ has a pretty impressive archive room stuffed to the brim with 20 years of design history. Here are some of our favourites..
Sometimes, the only thing that will do is a proper, formal, stunningly chic wedding dress – and our Lost In You has it all. Silk Mikado is a divine fabric, it has substance, texture and makes up into the most elegant of wedding gowns – princess seams running through the bust to the hem of the dress draws the eye in and elongates the silhouette – absolutely exquisite.
Lace is synonymous with bridalwear – stunning fishtails in corded Alencon lace are a classic and absolute favourite of lots of brides, but why not try something a little different? When the Morning Comes was a special piece Stewart designed for our bridal boutique on Beauchamp Place – a beautifully flowing gown, with a full hem and fitted through the body, with a super low back and the lightest sheer lace sleeve. The boat neckline sits just below the collarbone in a seriously sophisticated take on a classic lace gown. A bridal gown with a sleeve? Tres Chic…
If you’re after a soft floaty Grecian style for your wedding gown – you can’t go far wrong with Day Dreaming.. multiple layers of frothy georgette over slinky silk satin creates a heavenly, draped skirt and the ruching on the waist and bust, delicately pleated, define the waist perfectly….greek goddess meets boho glam at its very finest..
And Stewart himself? We asked him..
“For me its less about specific gowns that I’ve designed and love (although there are a few of course that will always be special to me) and more to do with the evolution of each collection – features we’ve used on the dresses that elevate them from the previous collection, still timeless, but distinct in their own way. The 50’s cuff for example I have used a couple of times– most recently on this fabulous silk Mikado gown called “in the still of the night”. It’s a very understated gown by anyone’s standards – the cut of the gown is hugely flattering, gently flaring over the hip, but cinching in the waist just the right amount, and the addition of the cuff onto the neckline, instantly gives it a 50’s feel, and a really sophisticated edge.”
The minds and machines have been whirring at a particularly busy rate in SPHQ over the last month as the new Autumn/Winter 2015 collection materialises… Our London studios are buzzing and filled with half-dressed mannequins draped in the most amazing creations.
From Stewart’s real life Pinterest board of fabric swatches, magazine tear outs and raw sketches, come the most beautiful designs for your winter wardrobe: chic double breasted, fur collared coats, silk cocktail dresses and cashmere knits. Printed silk blouses to be worn with elegant cigarette pants in the finest grey wool are just a couple of favourites soon to be gracing the rails of Motcomb Street.
Stewart has created smart, sophisticated and ultimately flattering shapes true to his signature aesthetic, using hand selected Italian and French fabrics in new vibrant colours and contrasting chic neutrals. There are wool crepes, ultra-fine georgette silks and velvets in rich garnet reds, harlequin greens and cerise pinks. Stewart has mixed these vivid hues with soft ecrus, greys and camels in wools, alpaca and cashmere silk mixes in the form of less formal jackets and coats; perfect for a cosy throw on.
The collection will be available in the Motcomb Street Womenswear Boutique from early September. Book your appointment to view it today.
The sale is now on at our Womenswear Boutique on Motcomb Street where our couture pieces are available with discounts of up to 75% off in sizes 10 to 16.
This is a truly incredible opportunity to purchase a handmade Stewart Parvin piece to add to your collection, that could be altered to fit you or ready to wear for the remainder of the summer season.
To book an appointment please contact us via telephone on 0207 838 9808 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more pictures of items in the sale, please see our womenswear collection here.
Please be aware some pieces may no longer be available.
This week Royal Ascot has been a front page worthy feast of fashion and style, and we have suitably gorged ourselves here at SPHQ.
We’ve had lots of fun spotting our outfits including Clare Balding looking fantastic in two Stewart Parvin dresses and coats, styled with Rachel Trevor Morgan hats on days one and three, Rachel Trevor Morgan, the fabulous milliner in a black and gold organza dress and one of her own hats, and retro girl band The Tootsie Rollers who looked pretty in Parvin pink on day one…
There must have been something in the coffee (or rather naughty pastries) last Friday as our Beauchamp Place boutique buzzed with anticipation ahead of the photoshoot for our couture womenswear collection for Spring Summer 2015.
The flurries of activity in preparation for the shoot began early (aided by the aforementioned coffee and pastries of course…) pressing, preparing and making those vital finishing touches to the freshest pieces of the collection. The wonderful part of making the collection right here in London, is that the newest dresses can go from studio to photoshoot within an hour of being finished!
Our model, (a particularly co-operative Kennett and Lindsell tailoring dummy), effortlessly bought our collection of summer cocktail dresses, super-chic suiting, tailored jackets and summer cottons to life. Fashion and wedding photographer David Burke expertly captured our sumptuous fabrics and colour palettes creating timeless images of this fabulous collection.
With the release of the hugely anticipated ‘Cinderella’ live remake, we’ve all got a bit carried away here at SPHQ. We’ve fallen head over (glass slipper) heels for the beautiful full, flowing princess look and can’t help but think that you might be doing the same thing and be fully pining after Lily James’ ball gown…
So, if you’re thinking you’d like to go ‘princess’ for your big day, we thought we’d offer you some inspiration in the form of some Stewart Parvin magic of our own…
What could be more perfect that the aptly named “Happily Ever After” ? A frothy concoction of tulle and the most delicate beaded lace, light as a feather and giving you that perfect princess silhouette…
“Imagine” the most stunning full skirt in silk Mikado, with a glamorous raffia bodice – truly fit for a princess!
She shall go to the ball …
Stewart Parvin is one of the UK’s leading bridal designers, with a wedding dress shop on Beauchamp Place in London. The Stewart Parvin collection is also available in selected stockists nationwide. You can contact our stockists here.
The collection consists of beautiful lace and fabulous silks all styled in stunning fishtail, A-line and princess line silhouettes. With a firm emphasis on the fit of the gown and the quality of the fabric, we offer a classic bridalwear look with a chic modern edge. All gowns are made in London and we offer a bespoke made to measure service where the gown is made specifically to your own measurements. You can view our stunning bridal collection here.