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  • Special occasion photography - model for the day

Special occasion photography – model for the day

November 13th, 2018|0 Comments

Special occasion photography - model for the day It always surprises me how often fate directs life – the sliding door moments. Recently I attended a fundraiser dinner at the Bingham Hotel in Richmond for The Victoria Foundation, a charity I have supported for some time. I found myself sat at an interesting, fun table where I met photographer Vicki [...]

  • All eyes on the Mother of the bride

All eyes on the Mother of the bride

October 30th, 2018|0 Comments

All eyes on the Mother of the bride When it’s your daughter or son’s wedding it’s very easy to get so caught up with planning for the big day that you don’t leave enough time to look for your own special outfit. This is especially true for mothers of the bride who so often tell me it is their daughter’s [...]

  • Interpreting dress codes - how to avoid wearing the wrong outfit

Interpreting dress codes – how to avoid wearing the wrong outfit

October 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Interpreting dress codes - how to avoid wearing the wrong outfit Whether you’re trying to find an outfit for a wedding or a friend’s party, the pressure is the same – you don’t want to get it wrong and stand there feeling like you are the only one who didn’t understand the dress code. It really doesn’t help your confidence [...]

  • A special outfit for a visit to the Palace

A special outfit for a visit to the Palace

October 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

A special outfit for a visit to the Palace Clients find me in all sorts of ways but for Sue Smith it was quite a chain of events… After being notified that she was to be awarded an MBE she asked her stepdaughter, who is a wedding planner, where she could find a designer to make her an outfit for [...]

  • My mother of the bride/groom collection at the National Wedding Show

My mother of the bride/groom collection at the National Wedding Show

September 18th, 2018|0 Comments

My mother of the bride/groom collection at the National Wedding Show Time was when a mother of the bride outfit was frumpy and unflattering, a costly purchase that would only be worn once. Now the mother of the bride and mother of the groom are expected to look stylish and are often under a lot of pressure to get it [...]

  • A dress for Issy, my beautiful model

A dress for Issy, my beautiful model

September 5th, 2018|0 Comments

A dress for Issy, my beautiful model Having a couture dress made for you at any age is very special but for Issy it was a real treat to experience couture in her early twenties. I have known Issy since she was small. She is now grown into a lovely young woman, and she modelled my last wedding dress collection. [...]

  • A creative break in Paris

A creative break in Paris

August 28th, 2018|0 Comments

A creative break in Paris Last year Sue came to me via a recommendation to have an outfit made for her daughter’s wedding, she was lovely and we hit it off immediately. As she came for her fittings, she mentioned how she wished we had met before her daughter’s wedding dress had been ordered from another designer. Then fate stepped [...]

  • Restyle a favourite hat for a special occasion

Restyle a favourite hat for a special occasion

August 14th, 2018|0 Comments

Restyle a favourite hat for a special occasion Some occasions call for a hat. When I am designing an outfit for my clients, I always advise on accessories to complete the look. I often find people are reluctant to invest in a hat as they view it as a one-wear purchase yet it can be a real stand out accessory [...]

  • My gorgeous new mother of the bride collection

My gorgeous new mother of the bride collection

July 31st, 2018|0 Comments

My gorgeous new mother of the bride collection I always look forward to August... It’s a time when most of the season’s events have past and my summer brides and mum’s have had their weddings, so I use this time to step back and create a new collection for the Autumn National Wedding Show at Olympia. Elizabeth Bessant wedding dress [...]

  • Top 10 tips for Mother of Bride and Mother of Groom outfit

Top 10 tips for Mother of Bride and Mother of Groom outfit

July 17th, 2018|0 Comments

Top 10 tips for Mother of Bride and Mother of Groom outfit Even women who dress well can find choosing an outfit for a special occasion very daunting. This is especially true if you are the mother of the bride or groom as all eyes will be on you. Often I find women tend to stay very safe, not having [...]

  • A bag to complete your special occasion look

A bag to complete your special occasion look

July 6th, 2018|0 Comments

A bag to complete your special occasion look I am often asked by my mother of bride and mother of groom clients if a hand bag is necessary - especially if the wedding is being held at their home or in the hotel where they are staying. My answer is always yes. Firstly, you may want a tissue or lipstick [...]

  • Finding fabric that adds wow to a special occasion outfit

Finding fabric that adds wow to a special occasion outfit

June 19th, 2018|0 Comments

Finding fabric that adds wow to a special occasion outfit Choosing the right fabric for an outfit is crucial. Deciding on the design for your outfit for a wedding or special occasion is comparatively easy because over time most people learn what they feel comfortable and confident wearing. However, falling in love with a beautiful fabric that is not right [...]

Mother of the Bride outfit – getting it right

June 5th, 2018|2 Comments

Mother of the Bride outfit - getting it right Choosing a mother of the bride outfit can be really stressful and at times overwhelming. It’s not just you who gets to decide on your look, it's your daughter's day and she will have a vision of how she wants you to look. Good communication between the bride and her mother [...]

Lilac is back on the catwalk

May 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

Lilac is back on the catwalk Lilac is the new pink! Yes, it’s true - I don’t ever remember lilac being considered so chic but it is certainly making its mark this year along with a wash of pastel shades. From palest barely there to deep lavender, top to toe lilac has the potential to wow but I am wary [...]

Can mother of the bride wear white or ivory?

May 8th, 2018|0 Comments

Can mother of the bride wear white or ivory? Time was when wearing white or ivory if you were mother of the bride or groom was a complete no, no. Only the bride would be in white, a symbol of her virtue, standing out in a sea of colour. But now the rule book has been thrown out - and [...]

Invest in a timeless Chanel-style jacket

April 24th, 2018|0 Comments

Invest in a timeless Chanel-style jacket The iconic Chanel jacket is a look we all love - and it's a look that is now reinterpreted right across the high street. Small wonder as this jacket is so easy to wear. Elegant, practical and so versatile, it can be worn for almost any occasion - to the office, dinner, or a [...]

  • Can mother of the bride or groom wear the same outfit twice?

Can mother of the bride or groom wear the same outfit twice?

April 10th, 2018|0 Comments

Can mother of the bride or groom wear the same outfit twice? I have been designing couture outfits for over 20 years and often have a mother of the bride or mother of the groom come back to see me for an outfit for their second child’s wedding... Often the first wedding outfit is easier because most people have a [...]

Grandmother of the bride – and other special occasions

March 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Grandmother of the bride - and other special occasions Weddings are lovely family occasions and if you are the grandmother of the bride or groom you will want to look your very best. I have some lovely clients in their 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, and I know that as a woman ages there are some adjustments that must be made [...]

What to wear as Mother of the bride

March 13th, 2018|0 Comments

What to wear as Mother of the bride Once upon a time the mother of the bride was expected to wear a neat suit or coat with matching gloves but now with so many options choosing an outfit can be challenging. Make no mistake a chic suit or coat over a dress can look lovely - think Carole Middleton in [...]

  • Looking fabulous, whatever your age…

Looking fabulous, whatever your age…

February 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Looking fabulous, whatever your age… Choosing your style when you are over 50 can be daunting for some but you do have a new freedom of choice. Most women are no longer committed to wearing a work ‘uniform’ and trying to keep up with fashion trends that do not quite work. Dipping in and out is fine because sometimes there [...]

Are fascinators old hat?

January 16th, 2018|0 Comments

Are fascinators old hat? Weddings, christenings, the races, garden parties… all these events come with a dress code regarding headgear. Sometimes requests to wear headgear are not optional - and that can take some people out of their comfort zone. A fascinator is so much easier to wear if you feel self-conscious in a hat. But last year a lot [...]

  • Elizabeth Bessant - Skirts are the new jeans

Skirts are the new jeans…

January 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Skirts are the new jeans… It would be easy to assume that trousers have killed the everyday skirt. Most women when they think about dressing for practicality and comfort will reach for their favourite pair of jeans. Elizabeth in her favourite winter style And with so many different cuts and colours, if you are prepared to wade your way through [...]

New Year, New Wardrobe

January 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

New Year, New Wardrobe Buy high quality clothes - and save money and the planet New Year, new wardrobe… well that is what the fashion magazines and stylists tell us because that is what keeps the industry turning. But why should my favourite chartreuse cardigan have to go, when last season it was the height of fashion - and more [...]

Shopaholics brace yourselves for the Boxing Day sales rush

December 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Shopaholics brace yourselves for the Boxing Day sales rush Boxing Day used to be a family day, relaxing together or going on a brisk winter walk. But now it's all about the Boxing Day sales with high street stores investing heavily in advertising designed to work up a frenzy of hype. Even Harrods and John Lewis which stood firm for [...]

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Stay warm and stylish this winter

December 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Stay warm and stylish this winter When suddenly there is a cold snap and temperatures plummet below freezing the temptation is to bring out your inner frump and resort to wearing trousers, layers of thick jumpers, woolly socks and fur boots to keep warm. But there are more stylish ways to dress for the cold. Wool tweed jacket by Elizabeth [...]

How can a stylist/personal shopper help

December 12th, 2017|0 Comments

How can a stylist/personal shopper help Recently I have been invited to join the Lifestyler platform as a stylist/personal shopper. I have spent 21 years advising my clients on what colours, shapes, styles suit them and what will fulfil their requirements – wedding, race day, work suit... So I felt qualified to take up this post. Elizabeth Bessant Yes, I have [...]

A Vintage New Year’s Eve

December 5th, 2017|0 Comments

A vintage New Year’s Eve I have always loved vintage chic – my car is a 1950’s style Chrysler, my china is 1930’s to 1950’s and my personal fashion style which draws inspiration from these eras. As a couture designer, the skills I use to create a dress for a special occasion such as a New Year’s party go back [...]

Getting it right – Dressing for Christmas and New Year Events

November 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Getting it right - Dressing for Christmas and New Year events The Christmas season brings with it invitations to so many different events. But while the invite will state the dress code, planning your outfit can be tricky. Generally dress codes are self explanatory for men… but for us ladies getting it right is so much harder. White Tie - [...]

Capes and coats for winter events

November 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Capes and coats for winter events It is always tricky planning what to wear for winter events, as the cold weather makes coordinating your outfit and staying warm rather challenging. Weddings are particularly tricky as photographers always want to take the bride and groom and their guests outside for photos. Usually the grounds are more interesting as a backdrop and [...]

The Victoria Foundation charity ball

November 1st, 2017|0 Comments

The Victoria Foundation charity ball The world of couture is all about extravagance and luxury. Every day we design and make beautiful garments for our client’s events. Sometimes I like to step back and look at what is going on in the world around me, especially as I have an autistic son who needed a lot of support. Elizabeth Bessant [...]

Is couture for everyone….

October 25th, 2017|0 Comments

Is Couture for Everyone.... While it can be argued that fashion is for everyone the world of couture is not. The word couture is used to describe any garment that is handmade and one-of-a-kind. We hear about this world because the press regularly attend the couture shows but the biggest audiences are the private clients who can afford to pay [...]

Choosing fabric for a couture outfit

October 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Choosing fabric for a couture outfit You may think deciding upon the design of your special occasion outfit is job done - but the fabric you choose is vital in realising your dreams. And there are so many fabric choices before you even begin to think of colour or pattern, weave or print. Your wedding dress, a suit for work [...]

Mother of the bride or mother of the groom – can you wear trousers?

October 4th, 2017|0 Comments

Mother of the bride or mother of the groom – can you wear trousers? Sometimes the lack of strict dress code for mother of the bride, mother of the groom or wedding guests can be confusing as now it's the bride's preference that dictates what everyone wears. It is important to remember it's her special day and to take on [...]

Behind the scenes at our autumn photo shoot

September 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Behind the scenes at our autumn photo shoot Planning a photo shoot is never easy. The first challenge is  for me to set a date when my new collection will be complete. Once I am certain I can meet that date, I contact Daniel Babusca, my long standing and very patient photographer. Elizabeth Bessant Couture - Autumn Photo Shoot And once [...]

Wedding etiquette for step-mothers

August 17th, 2017|0 Comments

Wedding etiquette for step-mothers Wedding etiquette is being seriously challenged in the 21st century with so many couples having divorced parents... And whether your wedding is held in church or not this situation requires great tact. So how does it work if you are the step-mother of the bride or groom? Etiquette dictates that the biological parents sit together: if [...]

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Dress codes… and getting it right

August 1st, 2017|1 Comment

Dress codes... and getting it right Even when an invitation doesn’t specify the dress code or states its optional most people will still contact the host to ask what to wear. Formal, smart casual or themed…no one wants to get it wrong. Recently at the Victoria Foundation summer drinks party, I was talking to one of my client’s who was concerned [...]

Creating a couture garment

July 24th, 2017|0 Comments

Creating a Couture Garment Exciting news: we have just completed our first vlog, Creating a Couture Garment, for my new series ‘Elizabeth Bessant Talking Couture’. It frustrates me that the term couture is so misused. And I am frequently asked to explain what couture actually is… so I thought I would use film so you can see for yourselves the [...]

Lace dresses, perfect for so many occasions

July 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Lace dresses, perfect for so many occasions If you have been thinking that lace is just too girly maybe I can persuade you to think again…because it is easy to wear and can look lovely on woman of all ages. There are no limits to the type of dress that works well made in lace as it can be sweet, [...]

Fashion and Make-up for the over-50s

June 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Fashion and Make-up for the over-50s Look Fabulous Forever event hosted by Barbara Crisp As an Ambassador for the makeup brand Look Fabulous Forever, I was excited to attend one of their party's recently that was hosted by fashion stylist Barbara Crisp at her beautiful home in Surrey. A group of 50-something well groomed ladies gathered to pick up tips [...]

Hat or no hat – for mother of the bride or mother of the groom?

May 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

Hat or no hat - for mother of the bride or mother of the groom? Traditional church weddings tend to be formal and the etiquette is that you wear a hat or fascinator. But now that weddings often take place in less formal settings, the question of whether to wear some form of headgear  when your son or daughter gets [...]

Patterned fabrics for weddings?

April 9th, 2017|0 Comments

Patterned fabrics for weddings? Deciding what to wear if you are mother of the bride or mother of the groom is never easy. A lot of eyes will be on you. The colour of the bride's bouquet, bridesmaids dresses and groom's tie will point towards a colour palette - your wedding outfit should contrast or complement but never clash. But [...]

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The right wedding underwear makes all the difference

April 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

The right wedding underwear makes all the difference Bridal lingerie is so important as wearing the wrong underwear will spoil the look of a couture wedding dress! As a wedding dress designer, I regularly see women coming to fittings wearing the wrong size bra - and this is not just those with a large bust. The golden rule for choosing [...]

Dressing for the Season

March 26th, 2017|0 Comments

Dressing for the Season Spring is here…and whether you are planning to go to Ascot, Henley or a wedding, it is time to start thinking about your wardrobe as each event during the season has a dress code. Forward planning avoids last minute mistakes! Imagine being turned away at Ascot – I’ve seen it happen. Even a Chanel outfit won’t [...]

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Remember it’s Mum’s special day too…

February 6th, 2017|0 Comments

Remember it's Mum's special day too... Elizabeth Bessant couture for the mother of bride or groom With the National Wedding Show only two weeks away exhibitors have been busy putting finishing touches to gorgeous gowns in every style and fabric imaginable to tempt the brides. Models are preparing to dazzle on the catwalk in dresses that are every brides dream. [...]

Haute Couture – Commercial reality or branding

January 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Haute Couture - Commercial reality or branding Rebecca working in the Elizabeth Bessant couture studio Sadly, Haute Couture is a dying art. Today there are a maximum of 2,000 people employed in prestigious workshops in Paris, supplying beautifully made, luxurious outfits to no more than 3,000 clients globally. Originally, these Haute Couture houses were considered avant-garde, and set all the new [...]

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