Suzanne Neville Talks Wedding Fashion for 2011

Suzanne Neville is undoubtedly one of the most popular designers in luxury bridal fashion in the UK. Known for her perfectly structured gowns and dressing the glitterati that grace the pages of celebrity magazines, Suzanne will soon be wearing one of her own exquisite creations when she walks down the aisle herself, as she marries later this year.

Sitting front row at her amazing catwalk show as she previewed her latest collection at White Gallery, I was left with no doubt as to why her stunning designs are so popular. Suzanne Neville’s 2011 collection is beautifully made from the finest silks and lace - her exquisite collection truly does have something for everyone.

Suzanne recently spoke to The Wedding Vine to give a little insight into what makes her gowns so special.

What inspires your collections?

My inspiration comes from my brides; I see my customers every week and listen to what they want.  Sometimes popular pieces from previous collections inspire my next collections too. I am also inspired by red carpet couture, celebrities and of course of ‘being your own celebrity!’  Fabrics are a huge inspiration to me as by looking at the fabric I can see a dress in my head; it’s almost automatic to me now after such a long time in the business.

Did you always have a passion for design and how did you break into the world of Wedding fashion?

From about the age of 10 I knew I wanted to be a designer and following on from that, put everything I needed to in place to follow my dream. I went on to study at The London College of Fashion.  When I first started out I received a lot of press attention because back then things were much of the same, and what I did was different and attracted much interest from the press. My business started with a few stockists but has gone from strength to strength.  I have put my heart and soul into my business and have a great team around me.

Describe your signature style?

I am known for my corsetry and they range in size from a size 8 to a size 18+.  My gowns create the best shape possible for each bride. Lots of my dresses are based around the corsets, the quality and structure of the corsetry in a gown is key. Girls feel the best version of themselves when they are wearing the right gown.

What’s hot at the moment?

There will always be the classic dresses, but at the moment the structure is softened with detail – draping, handmade roses, ruching, frills, interesting necklines, shoulder straps and beading are all very popular at the moment.  My current collection is very diverse; brides want something different that shows their own individual style, a girl’s personality is shown through her wedding dress.

Vintage glamour has been extremely popular now for a while, do you think there are changes on the horizon and if so what do you see these moving towards?

Brides still like the vintage look and often mix classic gowns with vintage accessory detail, but there is definitely a move towards a more feminine and ‘pretty’ look.  Brides also want their dress to stand out, without the need for a veil.

What are your favourite gowns in your current collection?

I don’t have a single favourite, they are all my babies and each has it’s own quality. Each suited to different brides.  It all depends on who is wearing it and where you are getting married.

What advice would you give to brides when choosing their wedding gown?

By far the best thing to do is to keep an open mind.  You can like a particular look, but try on lots of different styles and shapes.  Go on instinct, the fit of the dress, advice from the staff in the shop, the whole team! When you put a dress on and you feel fantastic, you know that it’s the one’

Don’t take too many people with you either, choose someone who’s opinion you value who will be honest with you, someone who really knows you, your style and personality.

Tell us about your wedding gown?

I’m getting married this December! So far I have booked the venue and that is it! I have no idea yet what my gown will be like, but the possibilities are endless.  I need to treat myself as a bride and take my own advice, I’ll get round to it soon!

If you could style any bride in one of your favourite gowns, who would it be and how would you accessorise the look?  Where would be the ideal backdrop for this beautiful day.

Well my 2010 collection is called the Royal Collection, so I would have to choose Kate Middleton!  The dress would be classic and beautiful and definitely under wraps. The definitive accessory would of course be a dashing prince and you would have to have an adoring crowd.  The backdrop would undoubtedly be St Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace.

It is every bridal designers dream to design a wedding gown for the ‘Royal Wedding!’

What’s Next?

I have just re-launched my signature perfume, body cream and fragranced candles.  i will be busy in the run up to Christmas again with X Factor, designing the wonderful gowns for the leading ladies, and making sure that our new collection finds its way into the shops towards the end of the year for all of our beautiful brides. Oh and of course I will be getting ready for my big day in December.

www.suzanneneville.com


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