Sadly I was away when the recent Oh My Honey Bridal Collection launched late in February, but luckily the lovely Charlotte from Wilden Bride offered to be our roving reporter for the event which took place in good old Brighton.
If you are looking for a vintage inspired wedding dress, then Oh My Honey is a good place to start looking. Head designer Louise O’Mahony knows her 1950’s vintage, and has encapsulated this era beautifully in her new collection for 2016.
Over to Charlotte to tell us more about the event and collection…
Charlotte from Wilden Bride…
At first I walked past the One Church venue, just at one end of North Laine in Brighton.
In hindsight, I should have taken the glittering party goers on the stoop as a clue, but I’m an out-of-towner and just thought all the Brighton cool kids hang out of stoops looking fabulous!
On finally making an entrance into the unassuming church, the high ceilings decorated with swathes of pink streamers by House of Hud. All around was a bustling mingling of brightly coloured beings with cool hair, most notably the Candy Queen girls in sequinned, fuschia pink swing dresses and curly pink wigs (suitably, with tiara’s)! The Candy Queens, I would later discover were serving light-up candyfloss! YESSSSS!
We were greeted with a really delicious glass of ‘bubbly’ from The Old Tree Brewery which to me, at least, tasted like a sort of apple /cider type of sparkling wine – tasty anyway!!
After a few too many turns in the photobooth, by Photobot Co., which makes a suggestions for the faces that you should pull as the camera takes 4 different shots, e.g. Freezing cold, Stinky Poo, Sweaty Pervert . . . it was a refreshing change from ‘props’ photobooths, especially as I always struggle with poses!
Then, it was time to take a seat for the main event . . . .
Dawn Gracie revved up the atmosphere and suspense with charmingly catty witticisms, hosting a raffle of great prizes from the sponsors of the show, before inviting the incredibly sweet designer of the new dress designs we had all come to see, Louise O’Mahony, to the stage to introduce her latest designs.
The Oh My Honey catwalk was never going to be a sombre affair, instead the models walked out to an upbeat cover of ‘Feeling Good’ by Muse. Styled with brightly coloured, vintage hairstyles and make-up looks, and quirky accessories, my favourites being glitter platform court shoes with ice cream cone heels.
Louise created 12 new designs along her signature heme of 1950’s vintage style – who knew there could be so much variation! She clearly knows her era!!
I’m going to pick out my very favourites to tell you about!
The Eileen is a soft duchess satin knee length swing dress with pockets (yes!), a fitted bodice with sleeves cropped just above the wrist and a really graceful off-the-shoulder, cross-over collar with a sparkling brooch to one side.
Actually, my other fave the Amy was a variation on the above, which the bodice was similarly off-the-shoulder and cross-over, but the fabric was gathered and the cross-over wrapped all the way to the waist.
Other notable favourites were the Zoe with textured floral embroidered tulle skirt with matching detail on the capped sleeves.
The Lexi, a pink duchesse satin with metallic gold polka dot over-lay, Twinks, gold sparkle everywhere – need I say more!?
The Tatiana has a pink ombre full length tulle skirt with sequined bodice, and there was a good dose of feathers on the Kimberley.
It’s clear Louise has created her collection through a love of vintage 50’s styling with a huge dose of colour and sparkle. Year after year she finds so much more to explore, while always being true to herself and her following.
Thanks Charlotte, Gutted i missed out on this as i heard it was an amazing night! Congrats to Louise on a fantastic launch. If you would like to see more of her collection visit her website here