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HALFPENNY LONDON DESIGNER DAY
5th August 2017 9am – 5.30pm
Halfpenny London continues to amaze with her quintessentially British collection of stunning bridal pieces and Anne Priscilla are delighted to welcome her back into store for a Scottish Exclusive Designer Day!
With an amazing choice of stylish, contemporary gowns fr the modern bride – including a selection of Kate’s breathtaking 2018 Garden After The Rain collection – this is an amazing opportunity for brides to be! You will also 10% of their perfect wedding gown!
Strictly by appointment only, to book yours call 0141 222 2504
AP ACCESSORY EVENT 2017
1st September 2017 12pm – 8pm
Our always popular accessory event is taking place on Friday 1st September! An exclusive opportunity for AP brides to have a mini-hair trial followed by a one-to-one styling appointment with a selection of veils, belts, headpieces and jewellery from designers such as Stephanie Browne, Debbie Carlisle, Stewart Parvin, Joyce Jackson and more! All with an additional 10% off.
For further information or to book your appointment please call the store on 0141 222 2504.
White Gallery London 2017
White Gallery 2017 was a whirlwind of stunning bridal couture for the AP Buying Team this May. Showcasing both homegrown and international designers, White Gallery is an industry exclusive to see the upcoming designs for 2018, and this year did not disappoint.
Our first show of the day was Alan Hannah, debuting their Veritas 2018 collection. Designer Marguerite has built on the architectural couture from the previous Porcelain collection, Vertitas featured unique origami elements with silhouettes cut with amazing expertise to flatter a bride’s figure. Team AP were also thrilled to see more of the boho crepe, giving these gowns a fresh modern look for 2018. It also wouldn’t be an Alan Hannah show without an exquisite hand-painted gown, this time in stunning delicate blue flowers.
Our next catwalk was Sassi Holford. A long-esteemed couture designer for Anne Priscilla Bridal, after previewing Sassi’s Harriet gown in March at our Designer Day, Team AP could not wait to see the full 2018 collection. And what a show it was! Teaming English lace with stunning couture silhouettes, statement sleeves and delicate ribbons of colour, Sassi’s 2018 collection is going to be an absolute must try for our future brides! And stay tuned for details of an upcoming designer day this Autumn!
Other highlights included Eliza Jane Howell, whose intricate bead work and glamorous designs transport the AP Team back to the most decadent of parties and lavish cocktails. With stunning geometric designs and beaded capes to add extra glamour and sparkle, Gill Harvey’s 2018 pieces will be an excellent addition to the AP collection. Watters and Watters has remained a firm favourite for AP brides, with designs to suit all taste palettes. This year sees the American design house using more adventurous, modern lace with striking back details that are perfect for the romantic bride.
Here’s a sneak peak of what to expect at AP in the coming months. . .
ALAN HANNAH DESIGNER DAY
8th April 2017
The Anne Priscilla team were delighted to welcome Alan Hannah and the designer herself, Marguerite Hannah, into store for their Designer Day on Saturday 8th April. Marguerite’s designs are beautifully soft and feminine with exquisite use of hand embroidery and supremely cut fabrics making them a must try for any bride. We received a stunning selection of additional gowns from both the Alan Hannah Porcelain collection and from the Mia Mia Range, with styles catering to every bride in store.
We were also happy to welcome the extremely talented photographer Robert Lawler (www.robertlawler.co.uk) into store, and taking advantage of the cool spring sunshine we did a spontaneous shoot outside on the streets of Glasgow! Robert captured the gown’s ethereal qualities beautifully against the stunning architecture in the city centre, while skilfully avoiding the oncoming traffic! Team AP are very much looking forward to seeing the new Alan Hannah 2018 collection at White Gallery this May, it is sure to be spectacular!
SASSI HOLFORD DESIGNER DAY
18th March 2017
Anne Priscilla Bridal were delighted to host Sassi Holford for her designer day on Saturday 18th March, and the event could not have been more of a success! Sassi Holford has long been an esteemed couture designer at Anne Priscilla with her stunning gowns always proving popular with brides, and our designer day was definitely no exception.
We received a stunning selection of gowns to add to our already popular favorites in-store, along with some sneak previews of Sassi’s up and coming 2018 collection! With chic, structural designs featuring dramatic sleeves, gorgeous necklines and unique fabric combinations there was a sense of real excitement in-store. Sassi herself was also present, offering her renowned expertise in styling, fit and how to find your perfect wedding gown. Our dress of the moment has to be the Harriet, with sweeping split crepe sleeves making this dress effortlessly stylish. We cannot wait to see the rest of Sassi’s 2018 collection at White Gallery this May.
Sassi Holford Astrid
RBA MEMBERS SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD 2017
Team AP are delighted that our very own Sophie Robertson was awarded the RBA Members Special Recognition Award 2017 at the RBA Awards in London this March! Sophie is the very first of the Anne Priscilla apprenticeship scheme in dressmaking and has achieved an incredible amount in her 7 years at Anne Priscilla Bridal. This outstanding achievement is a true testament to her hard work and dedication to everything bridal and makes it a double award for AP along with the ‘Best Retailer Scotland” at the Bridal Buyer Awards 2016. Congratulations and well done Sophie!
2016 IN REVIEW
2017 is just around the corner and before we start the new year afresh we have looked back at the whirlwind of a year that was 2016! Our top highlight still has to be being awarded “Best Bridal Retailer Scotland” at the Bridal Buyer awards in September. An industry accolade that truly reflects the hard work and dedication of the Anne Priscilla team!
Other highlights include viewing some truly spectacular 2017 collections across the globe, from Allesandra Rinaduo in Milan and Pronovias in Barcelona to some stunning designers at White Gallery London including Sassi Holford, Alan Hannah, Atelier Emelia and Kate Halfpenny. AP were also delighted to welcome back Stephanie Allin in October and some amazing fun was had shooting her dresses on Glasgow’s Christmas carousel!
We cannot wait to see what 2017 holds, and are extremely excited to welcome all our future brides into store!
AP BESPOKE BRIDAL
AP is delighted to introduce the second dress to our debut bespoke collection……….‘Eclipse’
Named after the solar eclipse, Kirsty loved the idea of combining solid over soft fabrics to mirror the moon moving over the sun.
Her latest design embraces the 2017 trend of bridal separates with a crop bodice and slim A line cut skirt. Both utilise a double layered crepe with two types of lace wrapping around the body to emphasis all the brides most feminine features.
The shoulders are a signature feature where a solid scallop tapers down into more organic florals. These then cascade down the nude illusion back and onto the skirt. The statement back is further enhanced by the delicate touch of handmade buttons.
Eclipse is the perfect choice for the bride who knows her own style, is not afraid to embrace it and live in the moment. It is an on trend design for the confident yet relaxed bride endorsing a bohemian feel to her wedding.
The versatility of all bridal separates gives each bride the opportunity to incorporate her own tastes and preferences by customising and dressing up or down her bridal look.
For example, for the bride who won’t dare to bare, extend the bodice to full length or opt for a lined version to give more coverage or a more traditional spin. Or if you want to call on your inner ‘KimK’ and flaunt your bottom, opt for a more fitted version with a fishtail cut skirt!
Embrace your inner confidence with the crop option. The triangle cut outs at the sides provide enhanced emphasis on the waist by drawing your eye to your body’s centre.
Kirsty says. “the crop top in bridal today is what the shift dress was in the 60s- daring and youthful!”
BEST RETAILER SCOTLAND
BRIDAL BUYER AWARDS 2016
AP were delighted to be awarded ‘Best Retailer Scotland’ at the Bridal Buyer Awards in Harrogate last week.
A few words for AP proprietor, Karen:
“A huge congratulations to the entire Anne Priscilla team, who have just been awarded the best independent retailer in Scotland at the Bridal Buyer awards. I am so proud of everyone at Anne Priscilla, the award wouldn’t be possible without you, well done”
AP ALTERATIONS & STUDIO
AP BESPOKE BRIDAL
For over 27 years, Anne Priscilla Bridal has prided itself of providing a luxury experience for brides to indulge in the search for their bridal gown. AP buyers travel the world sourcing the perfect designers and manufacturers to represent within store. Our consultants are true experts invested in fashion and all things bridal and our alterations department are outstanding in guaranteeing the perfect fit for all our brides in the lead up to their big day.
AP thrives to stay ahead of the trend and progress with an ever changing industry and respond to the demands of our brides for more unique, innovative and truly original designs influenced by the ever changing dynamic of couture fashion. Over the years this has been a priority and ultimate goal for proprietor Karen Kelly.
And so…… after years of envisaging, months of preparation, numerous sketches, researching, sourcing fabric swatches, and developing calicos, Karen is delighted to launch AP’s first bespoke bridal collection handmade here in Scotland.
Over the course of the last two years, countless AP brides have met and benefited from her experience and have said ‘yes to the dress’ with Kirsty Frew.
Following the same studious steps as notable British Bridal Designer and Royal Couturier Stewart Parvin, Kirsty graduated with Honors from the prestigious Edinburgh College of Art- University of Edinburgh in Fashion Design and Garment Technology.
Kirsty has exhibited her independent collections throughout the UK, including Graduate Fashion week and renowned Edinburgh Fashion Week. She has numerous accolades including Finalist Lace Innovation, Finalist Young Designer Award and Warehouse’s Young Designer.
Kirsty has had the immense honour of interning for French fashion house Chanel as well as an array of independent, Scottish designers specialising in handmade, bespoke designs. On top of this, Kirsty has benefited from sponsorships from Mackintosh and Michael Kors. Perhaps most relevant for her transition into bridal couture, Kirsty’s final year project was sponsored by the Parisian, Couture lace House of Sophie Hallette.
“An international living reference in the art of making French lace and tulle, the story of the House of Sophie Hallette was woven in collaboration with the top names in 20th century haute couture and continues today with young couture and contemporary designers. For almost 130 years, the House of Sophie Hallette has passionately, perserveringly created unparalleled tulles and laces that inspire haute couture, ready-to-wear, decoration and luxury lingerie designers from around the world” (www.sophiehallette.com).
To say team AP is excited to see what Kirsty’s expertise can bring to our very first bespoke bridal collection is an understatement………
Introducing AP’s first bespoke bridal gown ‘Aurora’ after Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights; the natural light display over the Northern hemisphere. The wave of the skirt reflects the wave of colour projected through the sky. Aurora is made from luxury empress fabric which is a Silk Satin mix and is inspired by 1950s Dior which reflected the changing body shape of woman from traditionally waisted to a more drop waist style. From Kirsty initial love of portrait art, she is really interested in the formation of the female body and how this translates into fashion. With Aurora and each dress she creates for AP, she considers how our clients want to look and feel and creates the perfect silhouette and dress which can embody this.
Aurora retails at £1795 and is available Made to Measure.
Prosecco at Soho
We are delighted to partner with our friends at Soho, Miller Street. Say ‘Yes to the dress’ at AP and we will provide you with a voucher which entitles you to a bottle of Prosecco over the road at Soho.
Pronovias ‘White One’ now at AP from £800
The White One collection from the Pronovias Group is now available in store at AP.
Exquisitely and timelessly beautiful with intricate laces blended with soft tulles and fabulously priced from £800-£1200
Stephanie Browne Australia- Luxury accessories
AP share more than their founding year (both established in 1988) with Stephanie Browne Australia.
AP has become synonymous with luxury accessory brands over the years. Our brides are fashion forward, statement seekers.
AP buyers were drawn to this stylish and creative collection of on trend pieces at White Gallery London back in May. The creativity in both design and quality is highly sought after and a must have for our brides.
Stephanie Browne’s collections are extraordinary statement pieces that provide a unique glamourous touch for brides. In wearing a Stephanie Brown piece, you join an exclusive celebrity class of brides world wide. Baring homage to the glamourous eras- her designers inspire from the roaring 20s through the 50s Hollywood icons of style- think Chanel, Cartier, Dior.
Hand made from the finest quality components, Swarovski crystals, glass pearls and semi-precious stones beautifully combined with silk fabrics and ribbons. The collection includes mother of pearl headpieces, golden crowns, silk wreaths, vintage inspire combs, earrings and bracelets.
These pieces regularly grace the covers of magazines, Tv shows and movies around the globe and feature in celebrity spotlights on the red carpet, including for ‘Lady Gaga’ in American Horror Story: Hotel.
Now available exclusively at AP……….
Bridal Buyer Awards- Finalists
At AP headquarters this week, we received the most amazing news. We have been nominated as finalists for the Bridal Buyer Awards. This is a huge achievement by all at AP and honor to be recognized by our industry peers as one of the best independent bridal retailers in the country.
I would like to congratulate and thank every member of Team AP both past and present on this truly amazing achievement. It’s a privilege to work with such dedicated, talented and enthusiastic people.
Wish us luck!!
AP gets ‘Smart’
We are delighted at AP this week as our new wide screen, wall mounted Smart TV has been installed.
There are several reasons why we wanted this top of the range technology in store at AP for the benefits it will bring to our brides and bridal parties. Here are a four of our favourite features:
- Skype: the TV is skype compatible which allows our brides to bring extra guests to their all-important ‘say yes to the dress’ moment. Many brides have family and friends away from home or abroad who are sadly unable to attend this important event. We have always had IPADs available for this use but the new TV allows a much wider audience, a much clearer picture and you can see a lot more of the dress and bride!
- Catwalks: AP’s buying team adore attending bridal exhibitions, exclusive events, collection launches and catwalk shows held by our various designers and manufactures all over the world- from LA, New York, and Milan to London. Our new smart TV allows us to broadcast these shows and live stream so the entire AP team and our customers can enjoy the same benefits.
- Bridesmaid Colours: While we have the largest selection of bridesmaid styles, we can’t have every style in every colour. Our new smart TV is linked to the WIFI we means we can load the relevant designer website (those which incorporate colour swap functions) and we can blow up your chosen style in the chosen colour for you all to see on the wide screen.
- AP Real Brides: We love nothing more than seeing photos of our brides on their big day. The big screen allows us to screen these images for all our current and prospective brides to see when in store. This helps enhance the wonderful feeling of becoming an AP bride.
Glasgow’s first Style Mile Shopping Festival
Glasgow is one of the top shopping destinations in Europe, descripted by trip advisor as ‘a Mecca for shoppers’. Situated in the heart of the Merchant, with luxury retailers like Mullbery and Armani a stone’s throw away, AP pride’s itself of representing the very best of bridal shopping in Glasgow.
Earlier this month, Team AP were delighted to discover that the Style Mile Festival was coming to Glasgow for the first time. The event involved a packed line up including styling sessions, trend tips, masterclasses, product demonstrations and special discounts by a range of luxury and well respected businesses from the fashion, beauty and lifestyle industries. Obviously, AP were eager to get involved.
You can’t quite imagine our excitement when we were asked to launch the fashion segment for the Festival’s opening on Wednesday 25th May at The Hub (a make-shift venue from shipping containers) on Buchanan Street. With the help of fab duo Craig & Sophie of Ginger & Lime Events (www.gingerlime.co.uk) we dressed our presentation area with a beautiful and exaggerated Urn of bright flowers, two lovely bouquets and a few sequin table covers, which we are told by Steph at The Scottish Wedding Directory (www.scottishweddingdirectory.co.uk), are all the trend right now! SWD also delivered some free copies of their latest edition for any brides to be. Our amazing printers (Push Print www.pushprint.net) produced some fabulous flyers for 15% off accessories at AP which are available throughout the festival to anyone that pops by (make sure you pick one up as this covers all belts, veils, head pieces, jewelry, underskirts and shrugs available at AP). We are eternally grateful the Kate Halfpenny and her team for allowing us to loan a few of her editorial pieces to use during the event. Last week in London, Kate Wowed AP buyers with the launch of her new collection at the Ritz (read our previous blog) and we just simply couldn’t wait to use these. A particular favorite which you will see reoccurring was the giant bow coat! This created a lot of swooning from fellow suppliers and customers a like!
Alongside the enviable coat, we used Stewart Parvin’s ‘Honeysuckle Rose’ silk satin fit and flare gown as a fantastic foundational dress. Beautifully made and understated in design, this allowed us to style several different looks with lace shrugs, from Sassi Holford’s Agatha to Stewart Parvin’s Lotte Jacket as well as a series of belts, straps and overskirts.
Special thanks to the utterly amazing Clare Cameron (www.clarecameronmua.co.uk) who provided the make up for our wonderful model Kerry Browne practically as the sun was still rising as well as the team at Rainbow Room George Square (www.rainbowroominternational.com) for Kerry’s elegant hair-up by their award winning stylists.
It was certainly a change of scenery for the AP team and a little shock for passers-by as our wonderful model Kerry Browne took to the terrace rooftop to showcase some eye catches pieces from a range of our designers (photography by Kirsty Frew for Anne Priscilla)…… on that note I will let the photos do the talking from now on!
#stylemilefest #glasgowstylemile #peoplemakeglasgow #annepriscillabridal
White Gallery- New for 2017
Team AP has literally not stopped since the opening of 2017 White Gallery London. This year the White Gallery has expanded playing host to more designers than ever before, showcasing both homegrown talent that we know and love (Sassi Holford, Alan Hannah, Eliza Jane Howell) as well as a host of international newcomers (Monique Lhuiller and Atelier Emelia) that we simply must see.
Day One sees team AP attend two catwalk shows and four appointments with suppliers old and new. First up Alan Hannah…….
The husband and wife design powerhouse of Alan and Marguerite Hannah never fails to impress and this year was no different. Marguerite continues to lead and influence the modern designer wedding dress with her forward thinking creations. A collection that truly delivered something for everyone from classic ball gowns in wonderful Silk Mikado to beautifully textured embellished gowns with a fashion edge. There was also the introduction of subtle colour with the use of the palest of gold fabrics that we absolutely adore.
Eliza Jane Howell
Gill Harvey is renowned for her ravishing beadwork and dresses that effortlessly ooze glamour. Simply by viewing this collection, team AP is transported back in time to fabulous parties and the invention of the cocktail. Gill’s gowns are no stranger to the red carpet and with this collection its easy to see why, each dress has its own sense of style, showcasing the most delicate of sleeves with the most daring of backs. We simply love them and can we have a martini please?
This brand has become synonymous with a sharp clear focus on design and craftsmanship, each gown being hand made from start to finish by one person. A firm favorite with AP brides for its versatility and easy to achieve bespoke design changes. We were blown away by the most dramatic of fishtail shapes with the innovative use of modern lace made to pop by the clever use of the subtle coloured undelayers. We are huge fans of the use of the new Chalis and Crepe fabrics giving the ultimate in fluid movement and swoosh factor. Watch this space for the arrival of Priscilla, you guessed it a bespoke creation sure to be a hit amongst our AP brides.
Watters and Watters
This hugely successful American design house is becoming increasingly popular with AP brides and its no wonder why. A collection of luxurious designs that deliver a whimsical look with the use of layer upon layer of the softest of tulles creating a gowns perfect for the romantic playful bride. They have expanded on the use of bridal separates introducing new beaded bodices which are simply must haves for the modern bride ready to embrace this increasingly popular trend.
Now it’s off to bed for some well-earned beauty sleep, before heading to the Ritz bright and early tomorrow morning.
You know the day is going to be fantastic when its starts at The Ritz London. A name synonymous with luxury and style the iconic hotel commands a landmark position in the heart of London and oozes glamour and sophistication! What better location for Kate Halfpenny to unveil her quintessentially British 2017 collection. The collection showcased the best on offer for the fashion forward bride, delivering stunning dresses and separates with a sharp stylish edge. Bridal fashion simply does not get better than this.
The three sisters Evelyne Delaroche, Chantal and Monique Joubert, have a wealth of design knowledge having founded of the company Cymbeline. Today they write a new page surrounded by young talent through their new collection ATELIER EMELIA PARIS.
New brand, new approach, they collaborate with artisans such as the lace of Calais and embroiderers of VillersOutréaux but also with the best Italian and Spanish weavers for mikados, tulle or silk organza.
AP buyers were won over when they first viewed the collection a few weeks ago in Barcelona and simply had to add it to the ‘must have’ for AP 2017. We were drawn to the perfectly femine and unstated gowns as well as their use of only the most beautiful embroidered lace. Magnifique
We were delighted when Sassi Holford announced that she would be holding her first ever catwalk show at White Gallery London. Sassi has been a firm favourite with AP brides for over 15 years and it’s easy to see why. Undoubtedly the highlight of White Gallery, we were absolutely captivated by the catwalk show which ended with a standing ovation from buyers across the globe. It’s hard to articulate how we felt when the catwalk show was over so I will defer to owner of another store in the UK who simply said BOOM! We couldn’t agree more. Sassi at her creative best, here’s a sneak peak of what to expect for 2017.
Fittings & Alterations: Everything you need to know!
Know what to expect from the start!
I think it is really important to find out about fittings and alterations when choosing your gown as these services differ widely across shops. When purchasing your gown, you should consider the whole experience in the lead up to your wedding and alterations are an essential aspect of this journey. You need to know if the shop you are buying from offers this service and, if so, how it works to make sure it is right for you.
Familiarize yourself with the process!
At AP we offer an in-house alterations service – AP Alterations & Design Studio. Whether you bought your dress/bridesmaid dress/mother of the bride outwith with us or not, you are welcome to use our experts. Our experienced dressmakers and fitters all work in store at AP- the fittings are conducted in store, the alterations are carried out in store at AP in our alterations studio here on the premises, the dresses are stored here, pressed and finished here in store (they are not outsourced to a separate alteration service). For many of our brides this is really important. It guarantees a continuity of service in luxurious surroundings and it is generally convenient for brides and bridal parties to come to the one location. It also means your dress is in safe hands in the one place leading up to your wedding and you don’t need to worry about taking it to other places or storing it yourself.
Another great benefit to our in house experts is that they are familiar with the products we sell- the designers and fabrics, the cut and detail, the fabrics and how best to alter and style them. It also means that we can liaise directly with suppliers/designers about the fit of the dresses if necessary as well. This line of communication is really helpful for made to measure or bespoke gowns and all helps ensure an accurate fit.
Know your timescales!
We recommend two fittings as standard. For bespoke or more intricate requirements we can schedule a third, intermediate fitting.
The first fitting with an experienced fitted, usually around 6 weeks before your wedding, is when your dress is pinned. It is essential that you bring both the correct underwear which you intend to wear and the exact shoes in order for your dress to be accurately fitted to you. This fitting is the more technical and it is more about ascertaining what alterations are required. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Talk to your fitter. This is the ideal time to clarify any uncertainty. Your fitted will be experienced in what she is doing and if you are uncertain or don’t understand then just ask and this can be explained and discussed. Just like choosing your gown, it can be good to bring someone close to you whose opinion you value, such as mum or chief bridesmaid.
The second fitting, usually two weeks before your wedding, is more of a try on appointment. At this stage the alterations have been carried out so you are re-trying your gown to ensure that you are happy with the fit. This is also a good time for your mum/chief bridesmaid/friend to see how to help you get into your dress and how to do any dance ribbons (to create your bustle for dancing).
What should you avoid:
It is important to remember that you will be trying on your own dress so most brides try to keep make up and tan to a minimum or at least be really careful when handling your dress during this time. Always wash your hands before you start your fittings and your fitter will too.
Staying quiet when you are unsure of something- as above! Speak to your fitter. Ask questions.
Don’t rush and get harassed. My best advice is avoid rushing to your appointment. Often brides are so busy by this stage in the wedding process that they can be trying to do too much and can get a bit overwhelmed leading to the fitting. It should be a really enjoyable experience so try not to rush, stay calm, be organise and arrive with good timing. Some brides like to go for a little hair trial beforehand so they can see the bridal look all together ahead of the big day.
‘Spring showers bring May flowers’
With Easter weekend upon us, it is a great time to talk Spring Wedding inspiration!
Two stand out features of Spring weddings: April Showers & beautiful flowers. Our best advice is embrace the rainy season. Wellies and Brollies make fun and funky wedding accessories and can look great in photographs. For any flower lovers, Spring is your season as the choice is vast. Rosie from Lavender Blue Glasgow (http://www.lavender-blue.net/) tells us that there has been a return to a mother of nature feel of late. Many brides are opting for a natural feel with pale and neutral tones while others, as a total contrast, are being braver and experimenting with bright colours. Floral crowns and floral hair pins are another great way of incorporating flowers into your bridal look.
Marguerite Hannah of Alan Hannah bridalwear has used floral inspiration for the 2016, aptly named, ‘Watercolours’ collection which sees hand painted florals on gowns, such as Peony.
Bridesmaids are not missing out either with Dessy and Hayley Paige introducing both bold and soft floral prints into their new collections.
Check out our Pinterest boards for more Spring Inspiration:
Designer Days & Trunk Shows: Everything you need to know!
Trunk shows or collection previews usually refer to an extended selection of that particular collection but without a designer present. Manufacturers (such as Pronovias, Modeca,) who have a designer team rather than individual and dresses tend to be made to standard size with less room for customisations. Often this launches or previews new seasons gowns before they arrive in store 4-6months later.
A designer day is the ultimate experience for any bride choosing her dress. Usually once a year the designer themselves (such as Stewart Parvin, Sassi Holford, Marguriette or Alan Hannah) will visit the store. Dresses are hand cut per client allowing truly bespoke creations and more proportional fit. There is an extended selection (often the entire season) of their dresses at the event as well as corresponding accessories. Often, dresses have just been designed and made and therefore have not been released or available elsewhere giving them the added incentive of exclusivity. Perfect opportunity to speak directly to the creator of your dream dress.
Don’t get me wrong one of the biggest appeals of trunk shows/designer days is price related. Discount offered. Any respectable store which truly believes in the products its sell will not continually discount and devalue their products. Unlike high street you don’t want to see ‘sale’ signs and % discount in bridal stores. Doesn’t give the luxury feel you should strive for.
Meeting the designer is an opportunity which should not be underestimated. We don’t charge for appointments or for our designer days. We don’t discount our dresses out with a designer day because we believe RRPs are reflective of quality and design. At designer days we offer a maximum 10% discount as an incentive and often other benefits in conjunction with designers, for example free made to measure with Stewart Parvin (normally £350-400) , free piece of AH jewellery to compliment your gown from Alan Hannah. Do the math- 10% off (designer dresses usually from £1800-3,000+) plus free service/gifts around another £300- you are already talking about a saving of £500. Fantastic! And that’s just in monetary terms.
What else is involved in a designer day- a Truly bespoke service, better understanding of the process of creating your dream dress, better still you play a huge part in the process yourself from the beginning. Choosing your dress should be about more than a discount. It should be about the whole experience and you should be right there in the centre of the process. Feel luxury, unique and special. You have the combined expertise of the designer and your bridal consultant who can help direct you, based on your tastes, in the right direction. Your consultant has all the knowledge and expertise of how the process from purchasing your dress will unfold. From deposits, payment plans, delivery times, storage options, fittings, alterations, collections, accessory events, bridesmaid and all store policy and procedures which will be relevant on your journey from purchasing your dress to wearing it on your special day.
Reasons for attending a designer day- you are often drawn to a particular collection, sometimes unintentionally and this is your chance to see more of it. Often there is new design or unreleased styles, chance to get ahead of the trend, different fabric options, different silhouettes, requests can be made in advance, more tailored to your requirements.
How are these different from normal appointments- our passion and love of all things bridal should be evident at every appointment designer day or not. Our service should exceed expectation and enhance your buying experience from start to finish. In this respect there is no difference. If it is your first appointment in store and you need direction through styles or whether you have narrowed down your criteria for the perfect dress, our consultants are here to help you. On a designer day you will find more encouragement to try the event collection for various reasons. As dress lovers, we are excited to have the new dresses for limited time and we truly believe they are a great opportunity and we want that experience for you!
Do more brides purchase at a designer day and if so why? More brides should purchase at a designer day and I hope all of the above explains why. As someone who picked her own dress that way, I would 100% recommend it. Choosing your dress should be an experience to remember where you have felt the best you will ever feel in the hands of people who truly care! Most designers will provide you will a beautiful sketch of your chosen gown as a wonderful keepsake. Every time you look at this you should remember the wonderful process of choosing your dress and the most perfect day wearing it!
Check out our Events coming up and call 0141 222 2504 to book your appointment
AP Alterations & Designer Studio:
AP are delighted to announce the expansion of our in-house alteration & design service. Our team of expert seamstresses have been inundated with requests from brides, bridesmaids, family and friends to alter bridal and occasion wear garments which have been purchased elsewhere. The alteration stage is one of the most important when choosing your gown. Our seamstresses are highly trained with over 30 years’ experience perfecting the fit of bridal and occasion wear gowns. To discuss using or Studio’s services for your alterations, please contact AP on 0141 222 2504.
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It’s official! Anne Priscilla has had the honour of being shortlisted in the Best Wedding Boutique category for The UK Wedding Awards 2016! We are completely delighted in store, as you can imagine, with this news giving us the perfect boost to start the new year with a bang!
We feel that this nomination reflects our beloved boutique’s commitment to all that is beautiful in bridal and our drive to bring our brides the best in both British couture and international design. Under the direction of our fabulous bridal buyers, our highly trained staff in store aim to go beyond the dress, creating a memorable experience for each of our valued brides from start to finish.
The glorious city of Glasgow, with its own unique buzz, forward thinking style and quirky customs has been our home for almost 28 years, and in this time we have played a small yet meaningful role in the marriages of women, not just from the city itself, but who are located all over the world. As a collection of tight knit colleagues who are in love with our particular industry and who have become entirely consumed with giving our clients the best in both service and product, we, the staff at Anne Priscilla would really love to bring this respected award home with us this year, however to achieve this, we really need your votes!
So, if you would like to support us, please go to theukweddingawards.com/vote ! Voting closes on February 11th, and don’t worry, we’ll keep you up to date the event draws closer!
Review of the Year 2015
That time of year is here once again, not that we are complaining of course. It’s no secret that we love all that glitters here at Anne Priscilla and Christmas is the perfect time to indulge; with the tree suitably decked out and huge glitter baubles providing our windows with the perfect amount of twinkle. As well as a time of decadence, Christmas has become known as a time to reflect on the year that has passed and look forward to all the exciting things to come in the one to follow. To this end, we have compiled a list of our four favourites- the four gowns that have stood out to us this year as utterly exceptional and completely incomparable.
To start off our list, we have chosen Octavia by renowned bridal designer Sassi Holford. This gown is a marvel for many reasons, most notably the fit. Perfect for the bride who wants to accentuate her curves in a way that echoes Rita Hayworth, this flawless fishtail gown in the most exquisite fabric is beautiful as a standalone piece, or accessorised with a subtle, sheer jacket for your ceremony or a crystal belt for added opulence.
Next up, we have to name Verona as the offering from Pronovias that makes it into our five most fabulous this year. How could it not with that extraordinary cape?! We were blown away by the innovative styling and thoroughly modern take on bridal trends in this gown, which would make a stunning option for a supremely chic bride who dreams of something both show stopping and completely unique.
Continuing with our unique dress theme, we have decided that Alan Hannah’s Cherie deserves a place in our top five, for being so different to anything else we have seen this year. Bold and utterly beautiful, Cherie’s gingham silk organza fabric with soft pink underlay, partnered with its bang on trend high-low hem and pretty floral belt addition make this gown stand out from the crowd- the perfect dress for a quirky bride who’s aiming for a creative take on a traditional ball gown.
Last, but by no means least, we have turned to royal appointed couturier Stewart Parvin, and more specifically his I Love Paris gown as the perfect end to our list of the five most fabulous gowns of 2015. Stewart’s effortless tailoring never ceases to seduce us, and this gown, with its relaxed fit silk crepe top, and fishtail skirt in Mantilla lace has been no exception. We feel this gown perfectly captures the spirit of the 2015 bride- stylish, fun yet sophisticated and above all, perfectly unique.
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Christmas Opening Hours at AP
Thursday 17th December: 11-7
Friday 18th December: 10-4
Saturday 19th December: 9.30-5.30
Sunday 20th December: Closed
Monday 21st December: 10-4
Tuesday 22nd December: 10-4
Wednesday 23rd December: 10-4
Thursday 24th December: Closed
Friday 25th December: Closed. Wishing all AP brides a very Merry Christmas!
Saturday 26th December: Closed
Sunday 27th December: Closed
Monday 28th December: 10-4 (Office Closed)
Tuesday 29th December: 10-4 (Office Closed)
Wednesday 30th December: 10-4 (Office Closed)
Thursday 31st December: Closed
Friday 1st January: Closed
Saturday 2nd January: Closed
Sunday 3rd January: Closed
Monday 4th January: Normal Opening Hours Resume! Best Wishes for all AP brides getting married in 2016!
Please note: Inquiries via phone, email and social media (facebook, instagram, pinterest) will be responded to during these hours only
clusive Preview- Anna Kara
Introducing Anna Kara at AP, a fabulous fashion forward collection of simply must have bridal wear.
ANNA KARA has emerged as one of the most exciting and distinctive collection of bridals in Europe with an unyielding reputation for innovative designs. ANNA KARA gowns capture the romantic and charmingly aesthetic features that elegantly merge. The exclusive and unique bridals display an intractably rich European sense of style and mood, which have managed to fast win the industry’s praise and fashion critics rave reviews.
ANNA KARA as a multi-label company is engaged in all aspects of design, creation and distribution of bridesmaid dresses. ANNA KARA’s main gallery and design and manufacturing are based in Poland, with recent launching of the German branch and soon to be inaugurated galleries in Spain, England and the United States.
At AP for a limited time only, to book an appointment to try the collection contact the store on 01412222504.
Picture opulent 1940’s hotel lobbies, scattered with initialled leather luggage and the faint yet unmistakeable smell of candle wax, cigars and peonies. Or better yet, tiny, perfectly formed churches tucked away in quiet rolling fields, with ethereal light cascading through richly stained glass windows.These are the locations, the situations I picture when dreaming, which I often do, about Halfpenny London’s sumptuous designs.
Having studied at perhaps the most prestigious art college in Europe, London’s Central St Martins, (home of alumni such as Alexander McQueen, Stella McCartney and John Galliano to name just a few), Kate Halfpenny’s blend of bygone era luxury, modern techniques and the irresistible splash of Brit cool makes her one of bridal’s most exciting contemporary designers.
I fell in love with her designs in October last year, when attending a London bridal show.
The feel of the fabrics, the way the gowns move and interact with the woman wearing them was completely hypnotising. Whether a buttery silk slip paired with the most delicate lace top you’ve ever imagined, or a simple yet breath-taking crepe gown, finished to perfection with French lace capped sleeves, each gown is entirely unique and yet more perfect than the last.
Kate’s styling experience and total devotion to her particular form of art means that when wearing a Halfpenny London gown, you can feel the love that has gone into its creation. Here at Anne Priscilla, we have been overwhelmed by the response to these beautifully crafted gowns; our own excitement has yet to die down! We love how each piece can be styled in unique ways, so each bride can inject her personality into her big day look, whether wearing a quirky two piece, or a gown encased in perfect vintage lace.
Be beautifully classic and pair your Halfpenny London gown with a traditional lace trim veil or aim for Titania-esque heights and wear a stylised floral headband: whatever your theme, we know these gowns are the perfect way to feel incredible on your big day.
Lyndsey Anderson for Anne Priscilla Bridal
Recruitment at Anne Priscilla
AP are recruiting. We have an exciting vacancy for an enthusiastic Sales Consultant to join our team, primarily on a Saturday from 9am to 5.30pm. Sales/Retail experience is essential.
The successful applicant will have a keen interest in fashion and an enthusiastic drive for exceeding sales targets. Experience of one-to-one customer service is an advantage.
Please send CV and Covering Letter via email (FAO: Helen Walker) to email@example.com
Fresh Perspectives from Pronovias
Stop press! We are incredibly excited to announce the arrival of two extraordinary pieces to our collection here at Anne Priscilla. After taking the Pronovias runways in Barcelona by storm earlier this year, both of these amazing looks were must-haves for our brides. Having provided us with a fresh perspective and a new take on the bridal classic for the 2016 season, these new additions are perfect for our bold, sophisticated and somewhat playful bride.
Firstly, the beautiful “Pleasure” overskirt… A relatively new addition to bridal wear, the overskirt is a trend which has made its mark and is here to stay for 2016 and beyond- and knowing how much we love to accessorise and transform the look of a gown, this gorgeous, frothy tulle skirt has become an instant hit with us! Crafted from soft tulle and featuring what Pronovias have labelled as “fantasy frills”, this overskirt takes the idea of movement and delicacy to another level. We cannot wait to explore the many options with this piece, whether over classic lace paired with a traditional veil, or in opposition to clean satin lines and a minimalistic buckle belt, the possibilities are truly endless!
And now, introducing “Verona”, possibly the most awe-inspiring creation in crepe since the Solange Knowles jumpsuit itself. Yes, it is that good. Showcasing the sleek look of fitted crepe with French lace applique illusion neckline, the dress alone is enough to astound. However, when partnered with what has to be our favourite bridal invention since, well, ever – the bridal cape- it achieves new heights of simplistic chic. I know, I know, a cape? Hardly a conventional idea, but seriously, this look could not be any more elegant, any more sophisticated or any more innovative. As you can tell, we have fallen head over heels for this pairing and cannot wait to see it worn by brides who are searching for that little something… Completely amazing.
An incredible Sassi Holford creation...
It’s a cold and bleak Saturday morning; certainly not what we would like to expect from the Great British Summer. However, we are in high spirits here at Anne Priscilla today, and there is only one thing on our minds- the amazing Sassi Holford design worn by Emily MacDonagh at her wedding to Peter Andre last week.
Emily looked sublime in her bespoke, gentle A line creation, fashioned from the finest Italian silk mikado, which was accessorised with a long sleeved lace jacket with subtle bateau neckline and a cathedral length veil, both appliqued with the same French lace also discretely placed into the soft box pleats on the skirt, for a classically elegant daytime look. For the evening, Emily created a different feel for her dress, choosing to change into a cap sleeved jacket with a simple yet chic organza ribbon sash.
Having spent the best part of a week obsessing over the stunning photos of the happy couple, which we spotted on Sassi’s own Facebook page, we cannot think of a gown, or indeed a designer, more befitting of the traditional, elegant and completely breathtaking country house wedding that Emily and Peter achieved. It is always amazing to see gowns from designers that we know and love here at Anne Priscilla clearly being recognised for the masterpieces they are; and with Sassi’s unique internal structure and flawless workmanship from a team who have worked together at her Taunton base for over 25 years, we have no doubt Emily felt every inch the perfect bride on her big day.
After having made our picks at this year’s White Galleries, it is with a high level of anticipation that we wait for Sassi’s 2016 collection to arrive in store- we promise it is worth the wait! We do, however, have a sneaky preview of all that is to come with the gorgeous “Octavia” gown currently gracing our rails. With its beautiful fit, exquisite fabric and incredible shape, “Octavia” is a must try for brides looking for Sassi’s signature understated elegant feel with a touch of the glamour of bygone Hollywood. We are just a tiny bit obsessed with it and we know our brides will be too!
Sophie’s Fashion Show – June 7th 2015
Sunday 7th June saw an incredibly exciting event for Anne Priscilla, one that held high significance for us as it was a big day for our very own Sophie. As some of our brides may know, Sophie is our dressmaking apprentice and has been a member of Team AP for over five years, working alongside our in-house dressmaking team. Sunday was the day all of her work came together in her end of course fashion show to mark her final days in college and she was a bundle of nerves!
Team AP were, of course, sitting proudly in the front row during the show and we were dazzled the incredible skill, amount of work and presentation of the garments that Sophie had created. Having spent time with her throughout the entirety of her college course, we are all too aware of the dedication and care Sophie puts into each and every assignment and so to see her beautiful final pieces walking the catwalk was an incredible and emotional moment for all of the team.
Inspired by couture designers held in Anne Priscilla’s own collection such as Stewart Parvin and Sassi Holford, Sophie created and modeled her own incredible wedding gown. Using elegant lines, beautiful fit and accessorising with a striking black lace belt, she managed to create something entirely classic and beautiful, yet befitting of her personality (which we all know and love so well!) – Fresh, young, fun and with a touch of glamour.
We couldn’t be prouder of all that Sophie has achieved so far in her career with Anne Priscilla, and our celebrations were only boosted when we found out that she had been awarded an A for her final graded unit! Having progressed an enormous amount during her period in college, we are, of course, glowing with pride an cannot wait to see what’s to come for Sophie in the future during her three further years under the guidance of our head dressmaker Tanya.
Bi-Annual AP Brides Accessories Event
Team AP were in high spirits yesterday as we hosted our bi-annual accessories event. Despite the rain pouring down outside, Anne Priscilla was transformed into a veritable Aladdin’s cave, with tables laden with glittering accessories, making it decidedly difficult to concentrate on anything else!
With an extended range of Jenny Packham headpieces, jewellery, shrugs and veils to tempt them, it was sure to be a treat for our AP brides; and the added luxury of wonderful hairdressers providing mini hair trials and glasses of bubby shared between friends allowed each and every bride to leave with a huge smile and of course, something sparkly to accompany them down the aisle on their big day.
The atmosphere was fantastic, with plenty of wedding gossip and laughs had by all and it is safe to say that as the day continued, the buzz remained! Team AP thoroughly enjoyed assisting our brides in finding their perfect accessories and we simply can’t wait to see them in their completed outfits!
Until then, here are a few shots of our accessories, the amazing hair as created by the in-store hairdressers and our very own Emily modelling a few of our favourite pieces, including the sensational Jenny Packham “Santorini” feather wrap, which has had everyone, clients and staff alike swooning!
“Brilliant event! All the girls were so accommodating and it was a lovely surprise that the sample dress had been ordered especially for me to try on again with my accessories!” S. Payne
“Great service from the girls as usual. It was so helpful to be able to talk to the dressmaker for advice on my dress at the same time as well. Thank you so much for all your help.” R. McGowan
“Every experience I have had at Anne Priscilla has been fab. The girls are always great and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them!” L. McGonigal
“Kirsty was just fab and so helpful and the surprise of the hairdressers adding a bit of glamour to us to help realise our dream look was a great addition! Great to see my dress with all the accessories, thank you so much to everyone, I’m so excited for our big day now!” M. Ross
White Galleries 2015
Eliza Jane Howell:
Today saw the first day of Team AP’s annual adventure to White Galleries in London. With so many beautiful gowns and breathtaking shows in store, it is no wonder we were up early and ready to go! First up was Eliza Jane Howell, where we were met with Gill Harvey’s gorgeous signature beadwork. However, in this collection shapes shifted from softer, looser fitting gowns to figure hugging, brighter ivory pieces which truly evoked old school Hollywood glamour and left us longing for cocktails and black and white films.
Next, a potential new designer for AP, Ian Stuart invited us front row. His catwalk shows are known for their boldness, dramatic shapes and breaking boundaries. And the 2016 collection most certainly did not disappoint. Named Runway Rebel and inspired by Ian’s own love of emotion, sensuality, passion and joy, the collection was truly stunning. Dramatic lace fishtails were partnered with bold necklines, simpler gowns were amplified with soft pleating and statement bow detailing. The colourful finale dress, a ballgown shape with printed roses and an incredible black appliqué veil was a piece which will surely go down in bridal history. Team AP had plenty more shows to visit today in order to choose the perfect mix for our brides so watch this space for more news about the latest in our White Galleries news!
The excitement of White Galleries continued when Team AP were present at several further shows, by notable couture designers Alan Hannah and a private salon viewing with Royal Appointed couturier, Stewart Parvin, accompanied of course by his dog, Max. As he was celebrating his 20th anniversary this year, we knew to expect nothing less than spectacular, and he exceeded all expectations. The collection remained true to the brands understated, irresistably chic core, whilst still creating fresh looks with a slightly more relaxed feel and a focus on soft, A-line shapes. Newly discovered laces and beautifully draped silk crepes set the aesthetic of this collection apart from previous styles, whilst retaining the ideals of the brand: perfect fit, sublime tailoring and exquisite fabrics to create the ultimate in bridal couture.
Another firm favourite with Team AP is couture bridal company, Alan Hannah. Alan and his wife Marguerite, who heads up the design team, are known for their wearable, soft structuring and beautiful themed gowns, both in their Alan Hannah and Mia Mia collections. White Galleries saw the launch of their new collection, entitled Watercolours, after an art project carried out by Alan and Marguerite’s daughter; a name which has inspired the use of silk chiffons, fluid fabrics and translucent colour. Light is reflected throughout both the designs and the multiple fabric options in order to evoke romanticism, whimsy and the sensuality of the gowns themselves and the added luxury of Indian beading continues the theme of water; meaning to portray sunlight reflected on the waves. Continuing on from the individuality of last year’s collection, Marguerite has also worked with an artist in Spain on a further three uniquely hand painted gowns; adding an artisanal touch to each gown that is produced by their expert team in the UK. The fabric choices themselves have remained true to the ethos held so dear by Marguerite and Alan; textiles steeped in history and produced on a small and intimate scale in family owned mills in France and Italy.
As somewhat of an afternoon treat, Team AP headed off to what can only really be described as the Cave of Wonders- bridal style. Known for dressing enumerable starlets, including the likes of Vanessa Hudgens, Diana Ross and of course HRH the Duchess of Cambridge, we always know to expect the ultimate in luxury when eagerly awaiting the new collection from this designer. Each year, Jenny Packham hosts her exclusive collection launch in an equally exclusive London hotel and this year, like those which came before, Team AP could barely contain their excitement. It was a true feast for the eyes, with the signature intricate beading and gloriously elegant fabrics that this bridal design heavyweight is known for; coupled with subtle detailing and fresh, minimalistic gowns for us to behold. Classic Jenny Packham design favourites have been reworked and refreshed in order to update the look and add further intrigue for both buyer and bride alike. We can’t wait to have these gorgeous new finds twinkling away in the sunlit windows back at AP HQ!
With Sassi’s signature structure and confident look, we knew we were in for something special. This new collection takes a step on from Sassi’s classic style, replacing tulle with silk chiffon to add the new element of feminine movement to her ever expanding repertoire. Her comfortable yet sculpting structure remains, with the new addition of beautiful detailing such as keyhole backs and breathtaking embellishment, a look which is mirrored across her range of gorgeous accessories too. The fabulous collared beaded jacket was a personal team AP highlight, adding a touch of city chic to the timeless silhouette created by Sassi’s effortless fit.
And now, a big announcement for Anne Priscilla… We have decided, after seeing her flawless show and falling head over heels (Manolos and choos in our case!) to bring a new designer into our HQ… Halfpenny London. Kate has totally blown us away with her unique play on vintage styling and effortlessly feminine silhouettes, enhanced with silks, lace and soft tulle. With so many different ways to wear these gowns, from jackets and shrugs to overskirts and dainty belts, there is a style for every fashion forward bride to be. Remaining true to the traditions of bridal elegance but engaging us with her own glorious take on simplicity and glamour, we simply had to have them!
Anne Priscilla Photo Shoot 2015
Glasgow: the city where style isn’t so much an option as a way of life. This edgy, diverse and so completely charming city is Anne Priscilla’s home and so, we thought, what better way to pay homage to the city that always inspires us than by showcasing some of our favourite 2015 designs on its cobbled streets, its city balconies and its secret, peaceful corners? This photo shoot really was a collaborative effort, with styling by Anne Priscilla’s own team and photography from the incomparable Emma Lawson, whose shots of one of Anne Priscilla’s brides on her big day we have long admired and whose artistic vision allowed our dresses to shine in a way we had not imagined possible.
Hair and Make Up accreditation must go to Carmen of Sassoon Princess Square and Erin and Claire of Twister Sister who really captured the look we were striving to achieve. Shooting at various locations all over Glasgow – 29 Glasgow, The Corinthian Casino, The Lighthouse and the GOMA to name but a few! – meant that we were able to show off these amazing dresses by designers such as Sassi Holford, Naomi Neoh, Stewart Parvin and Jenny Packham in an entirely original light; with corrugated iron serving as a backdrop for delicate lace and floating tulle veils and silk balanced with imposing Glasgow columns and deep red bricks. We literally cannot wait to share these photos with you.
Keep a look out on Facebook over the next week where we will post these incredible images, and trust me, they are more than worth the wait!
Emma Lawson Photography- http://emmalawsonphotography.com
Sassoon Princess Square- http://www.sassoon.com/salons/uk/glasgow
Twisted Sister- http://www.twistedsisterglasgow.co.uk
Clare Cameron- http://www.clarecameronmua.co.uk
29 Glasgow- http://29glasgow.co.uk/home/weddings
The Corrinthian- http://www.thecorinthianclub.co.uk/
The Lighthouse- http://www.thelighthouse.co.uk/
AP’s Apprentice designs bridal:
P’s apprentice, Sophie Robertson, is currently designing her own bridal gown as part of her training.
She has been tasked with producing a design, constructing a pattern and finally a lined garment. Here is a little look at the process- taking inspiration from AP’s collections including Stewart Parvin, Jenny Packham and Pronovias.
We can’t wait to see the finished result.
Alan Hannah Interview
For anyone who has worked in this industry, has done their research, trawled though acres of Pinterest posts or is simply a bridal obsessive like me – yes, I am indeed open and proud of this fact- Alan Hannah is a name that has been synonymous with the British bridal scene for over two decades.
This husband and wife team have been hugely successful with both their eponymous, classic “Alan Hannah” couture brand and its charming and charismatic little sister, “Mia Mia by Alan Hannah”. And so the chance to meet such an inspirational team was a really exciting opportunity and we were very privileged to be able to accommodate this duo here at Anne Priscilla Bridal. I managed to find a spare couple of minutes in the mad and bustling atmosphere that was the Alan Hannah/Mia Mia designer day to speak to Marguerite and Alan about their brand, inspirations for their latest collections and how they have come to be such a powerhouse in this industry.
The main thing that distinguishes this brand from many others is experience. Both Marguerite and Alan have worked in Bridal wear for many years and have a huge wealth of communal knowledge on all aspects – from design and accessories to finding the perfect silk for a new gown.
This knowledge shows within the cut, consistency and beautiful usage of fabrics throughout both collections. Each garment is a stand-alone and yet the collections themselves flow perfectly, a real skill to create such synchronicity. Fabrics are handpicked from all over the world and used to create their gowns. Intricate French laces and luxurious Italian fabrics are seamlessly fashioned into the classically beautiful looks that this duo are known for.
Marguerite, the chief of design, cannot stress enough to me that cut is all important. She draws upon this as her main source of inspiration. At the beginning of the design process, she works tirelessly with the fabrics to understand the cuts that will work best – yet another area within which her experience differentiates this brand from others.
Marguerite also understands better than most the stress and panic that tends to befall most brides when faced with choosing their wedding dress. When I asked her about her own experiences, she smiled and proceeded to tell me about the design process she went through to achieve her perfect gown, which was medieval in style- although nowadays she assures me that she would wear a trouser suit, much like “Cannes”, one of her own designs naturally!
Marguerite was so determined to make her dress perfect that she closed down the business for two months until it was complete and refused point blank to even book her wedding until she had got the dress absolutely right! Alan stands in the doorway, grinning to himself, obviously used to this endless quest for perfection.
Working together as a husband and wife team must require an immense level of patience and understanding, something that this couple have managed to perfect over the past two decades. When asked their secret, they both agreed that they are equally as stubborn and fiery as the other- traits which seem to generate creativity and allow both partners to be very hands on.
Marguerite focuses most of her attentions on creating the patterns for the dresses, each one individually developed, whilst Alan deals mainly with the stockists and the relationships that they have with the brand. This focus provides stockists with the tools to do more with the products and enables a comprehensive service for each bride.
Much has changed during the time that Alan Hannah has been in business; notably for Marguerite, the choice for brides today. The shape of the bride has also changed, with garments needing to be more tailored and perfectly fitted than ever before. The pressure is most certainly on to find the illusive and revered “One”; the dress becoming more and more an illustration of the bride’s personality. “Today’s bride is also much more well-informed and above all, savvy”, explains Marguerite, “which means designers have to be on their toes!” And so to the final, and perhaps the most pertinent question of all: Who is the perfect Alan Hannah/ Mia Mia bride? “Well, she knows her own mind, she is professional and she wants something a little different whilst remaining classically beautiful”.
All of this makes perfect sense to me; this is exactly what these brands offer our brides. Whether it be the subtle use of colour in floating gowns such as “Venus” or the incredible, exclusive embossed Italian silk duchesse of “Sorrento”; the 1960’s glamour of “Estelle”, or the regal cut of “Clementine”; these gowns are everything you could want for your big day, plus that little something extra special. Allow Alan Hannah to provide you with a confidence boost, a secret spring in your step on your big day, making you feel truly fantastic. What more could a bride want?!
By Lyndsey Anderson for Anne Priscilla Bridal
Alan Hannah Launching at Anne Priscilla Bridal
As you can see from our earlier blog, this year’s White Gallery was full of excitements for Anne Priscilla’s buying team. To add to this, we are delighted to announce that we will soon be stocking Alan Hannah.
Since the mid 1990s Alan Hannah has been at the forefront of Bridal Fashion creating simple, elegant lines, with intricate detailing and hand beading, in luxurious silks. We believe this collection is a perfect addition to AP’s current representation of the very best of British made designs.
Creative director Marguerite Hannah’s states: “my designs are very classic and understated. The cut is everything”. If you are as eager as we are to try an Alan Hannah gown, keep following for details of the official collection launch coming soon. In the meantime the first dress is already available in store now. Call us on 0141 222 2504 to book an appointment
It’s back, that time of year again when team AP head down to London for White Gallery; a whirlwind three days of bridal fashion shows, new collections and mountains of tulle, lace and glittery beads. So when it comes to choosing what to bring back next season for our brides in Glasgow, the team really has their work cut out this year! We will be bringing you updates on all the latest shows and collections team AP loved, giving you a backstage glimpse into the wonderful world of Bridal!
Team AP’s ladies had an early start yesterday morning, with their first show at 9:30 at London Olympia. One of AP’s long-standing favourites showcased first, and did not disappoint. The new Benjamin Roberts/KarenGeorge collection delivered exactly what we have come to expect from this label with over 40 years’ experience in bridal wear.
Designed by Managing Director Karen Taft and Sales Director George Efstratiou, this collaboration showed off the company’s pedigree to a T. Everything was covered, from cute, quirky, short fifties’ styles to classic princess-like gowns. This range incorporates clever uses of construction to give brides a fabulous figure, alongside classic lines and excellent uses of fabrics. And the best part? With prices ranging from just £900 to £1200, Team AP can provide our brides with perfectly fabulous gowns for even the most budget-conscious of ladies!
Next up, an exciting Anne Priscilla announcement! Team AP attended the Naomi Neoh show at 1 o clock yesterday afternoon and instantly fell so in love that we have decided to welcome her wonderfully romantic collection into our store! At just over a year old, the buzz over this brand is continuing to grow and grow.
Naomi Neoh started out in a tiny London studio as a bridesmaids’ dress designer, but on looking at her astounding collection, it is hard to imagine her doing anything other than designing wedding dresses that are perfect for the girliest of brides who dreams of gliding down the aisle. Her subtle use of colour in the form of the palest, prettiest pinks had us swooning from the offset, and pair that with layer upon layer of the softest silks and most delicate French lace, we are in heaven and know our brides will be too! We can’t wait to get them in store!
Next up at the wonderful world of White Gallery: Augusta Jones. A firm favourite with our brides, this brand, which launched in 1999 under the creative direction of British designer Charlotte Leung, allows brides to elaborate on their own personal style with a flexible range to suit a variety of shapes. As we anticipated, they showcased what they do best: dramatic lace fishtails and awesome statement back detailing. Any bride who is looking for a dress to turn heads need look no further than Augusta Jones. We will keep you guessing with sneak peek photos to follow!
Last, but by no means least, Team AP checked in, with a sense of trepidation, at 18:45 at the exclusive address at Carlos Place for a top secret collection preview, during which no photos are allowed to be taken before the official NY launch next week… Any guesses?
Of course, this lady is in need of no introduction: it’s the utterly flawless Jenny Packham range! Naturally we had nothing to worry about, the collection delivered all that you would expect from the fashion powerhouse and much more. Included in this highly anticipated collection was everything from swooshing chiffons, classic awe-inspiring Jenny Packham beading and full on red carpet glitz and glamour, inspired as always by the golden age of Hollywood. And who wouldn’t want to look like a film star on their big day? We have no doubt these new creations that we have selected will be sported by stars all over the world, nothing less than to be expected from this superstar of bridal couture.
Pictures will be put up for all our brides to see as soon as we have our eager hands on them, and believe me, they are worth the wait! Phew! After a busy day yesterday, today’s shows beckon, with collections from Mia Mia by Alan Hannah, Sassi Holford and royal couturier Stewart Parvin. Keep watch for our news on what we have in store for you all next season, we can hardly contain our excitement!
Good afternoon! Here’s the latest update from the perfect madness that is White Gallery. Yesterday was all about grace, structure and of course luxury; it was couture day for Team AP! The day started off in the most magical way imaginable. Team AP set off at 10 o clock to the very elegant Beauchamp Place, home to royal couturier Stewart Parvin, with butterflies in our stomachs. But those butterflies soon turned into childlike excitement as Stewart sat beside us, front and centre, waiting eagerly for his show to begin. And what a show! As you would expect from a Stewart Parvin gown, construction played the major role. But this year, there were a few new touches that made this show the most spectacular we have seen in a long time.
This year, Stewart introduced layer upon layer of tulle, giving a lighter, softer flow to the fullest of dresses that we have not seen from him thus far. We adore the newest creation: Ascot lace, which is prettier, softer and adds a modern touch to his elegant, classical gowns. These fabulous dresses were only enhanced by a new range of chic accessories which can be added to any of the classical dresses to transform them into personalised visions of classical elegance.
By the end of the show, there were plenty of tears of joy; the sheer beauty astounded even us, the biggest Stewart Parvin fans! We are certain that his simple, perfect, polished look will be sure to reign supreme in the season to come.
Next up? Our Mia Mia by Alan Hannah appointment, back at the White Gallery HQ. This year’s collection has to be our favourite from this husband and wife design duo. It draws its inspiration from the queen of timeless, luxurious style herself: Grace Kelly. This show included swishing organza and razor sharp lines; an interesting mixture of shapes and fabrics.
The Mia Mia collection oozed red carpet glamour and understated sophistication, and with prices starting at a surprising £1100, this couture label is definitely one to keep in mind for your big day!
To follow, we had the wonderful Sassi Holford collection to get excited about! As firm friends of the leading lady herself, we got treated to a sneak peek of some of the dresses from the 2015 collection on her designer day (anyone remember the jaw-dropping “Summer”?!) and this only built our excitement up further!
No one does classic beauty quite like Sassi, and this was another amazing show from the multi-award winning designer. She introduced a new selection of fabrics giving brides a clever alternative to the enduring classic option of lace. We also loved her spectacular reinvention of the “illusion” neckline as she peppered her models’ shoulders delicately with tiny, intricate lace details. We cannot wait to see the new selections from Sassi sitting proudly in the shop!
Wrapping up our flurry of appointments for yesterday was the Eliza Jane Howell show. Continuing on with the vintage look that her brand has become synonymous with, she produced another collection showcasing high quality beading and a captivating range of colours and textures.
Team AP were fascinated by the introduction of a new jersey fabric which hangs beautifully on the body and only accentuated the fabulous shape and cut of these dresses. We were totally blown away by the most exquisite intricate pearl embellishments which were used as a theme carried through the whole collection. We love these dresses for a destination bride; just imagine those beads glittering in the sunlight! And with affordable dresses starting from only £900, this collection is sure to continue to make a name for itself in the 2015 season.
It’s safe to say yesterday was a pretty amazing day in the world of bridal couture and one we are sure will be talked about for years to come! Sadly, it’s time to pack up the underskirts, tidy away the tulle and put the hat boxes back into storage: the end of White Gallery is nigh. But before we get too sad, we have a little summary to share with you.
Today Team AP attended the Watters Bridal show as the finale to our amazing time down in London. Watters showcased a fabulous range of dresses, from the ultra-glam, through to elegant gowns to the effortless bohemian bride. Included in the show was the new DID collection, which is perfect for the non-conventional bride.
This range is inspired by the unique styles of three modern brides: Dani, the all-modern girl with the irresistible allure of sophistication, Izzie, the romantic bohemian goddess and Dylan, the glamorous showstopper with that hint of subtle sexiness. Watters brought a lot into the mix, including exquisite hand detailing, delicate fabrication and effortless, elegant silhouettes. The designers did not shy away from colour, focusing on a beautiful nude palette, which is sure to flatter all skin tones.
We at Team AP loved the enchanting, magical feel of the fluid styles, incorporating soft silk mousseline, metallic lace and flattering stretch satin. Their old world craftsmanship skills were on display in the form of clever illusion necklines and captivating back details. We love the versatility of these dresses; perfect for the destination bride, the rustic bride or a whimsical garden wedding.
A brilliant end to our time here.
With much puffing and panting, we made the 16:30 Glasgow-bound train minutes to spare! Can it really only be three days since we arrived?! Team AP have had a ball; we’ve seen everything from slinky red carpet numbers to massive fairy tale tulle explosions. And that’s without mentioning our front row seats at all the major shows and a hospital disaster involving a pair of Jimmy Choos! Our poor buying heads are fit to burst.
So, to finish, here’s our summary of all of our very favourite things from White Galleries 2014:
First up, our top designer of the show vote goes to the incomparable Stewart Parvin. For the second year in a row, he has captured our imagination and well and truly stole our hearts with his mind-blowingly beautiful gowns. Here’s a sneaky peek from Team AP to you of what to expect from him in our store very soon…
Our dress of the show was too hard to decide on this year! So instead of selecting just one, we bent the rules and decided on three, and these were as follows… For our couture brides, we decided the winner just had to be “Love and Affection” by none other than Stewart Parvin. (I know, I know, but seriously, he is just that fabulous!)
For our more price-conscious brides, we decided Mia Mia’s “Suzette” offered all the wonderful tailoring and beautiful fabrics of a couture gown for an irresistible price.
And finally, for all those lucky brides who are jetting off on an adventure for their wedding overseas, we would definitely recommend Watters’ dress “Penelope”; it is our perfect pick for elegance in the sunshine! Well, it’s all over for another year, and we are feeling rather sad. Although, the excitement of all those amazing new dresses which will be making their way into our shop soon is enough to keep us going!
We can’t wait to show them off!
National Apprenticeship Week- 3-7th March
Here at Anne Priscilla Bridal we believe in investing in future generations, particularly in our dress making department, and in developing skilled careers.
Dress making is highly skilled, particularly with the wedding industry. To have your wedding gown expertly fitted and altered to the upmost standard is never under appreciated by AP brides.
Many of you may know Sophie who has been with AP for over four years now, primarily in our bridesmaid department. Sophie is also ‘AP’s Apprentice’.
We designed a specific development plan for Sophie which involved an HND course in Fashion Technology including modules such as Pattern Cutting, Garment Construction, Fabrics and Textiles and Machine Sewing. On top of this, Sophie undergoes in-house training with our senior dress maker Tanya.
Here are a few pictures of ‘The Apprentice’s’ current projects:
SASSI HOLFORD – blog post
Elegant, timeless, romantic, structured, regal, even. All words that could be used (and have been used, on countless occasions this weekend!) to describe a Sassi Holford bridal gown.
So, strolling to work on the cold, damp Glasgow eve of March 7th, I felt a slight sense of trepidation.
Would meeting the woman who has, for over two decades been making women look and feel flawless, be all I had hoped for? In short, the answer was an undeniable yes!
Hosting a special Sassi Holford designer day and being able to receive group training from Sassi herself here at Anne Priscilla was an amazing opportunity for both brides-to-be and staff to glean a unique insight into how to fit, style and most importantly shine in a beautiful British couture gown.
As a new member of staff and an unashamed wedding dress obsessive, meeting Sassi was a slightly nerve-wracking yet wonderful prospect. Having designed dresses for clients such as Autumn Phillips, Sassi’s beautiful creations are held in the highest regard.
Training with Sassi was so insightful and thoroughly enjoyed by us all; especially the opportunity to model some of her newest and most exceptional creations, taken from her 2015 collection. An exclusive preview, who wouldn’t be excited!? Styling is obviously something that comes so naturally to Sassi and we were taken through how to make each dress work on many different levels.
Seeing her transform the minimalistic and elegant “Jessica” into five completely different looks using a combination of classic jackets and belts, lace overlays and quirky shirts was an eye-opener on how a timeless shape can adopt completely different personalities; each one as individual as the bride herself!
The designer day was a wonderful experience, with brides being able to receive one-to-one advice and fittings from Sassi. And as no one knows the designs better than the leading lady herself, each and every woman who chose one of the amazing designs to try on was given a full talk through the wonderful fabrics that shape her inspiration, how to wear each look and how each design can be customised to suit every venue, colour scheme and wedding expectation!
An amazing day was clearly had by all and we would like to thank Sassi Holford for taking the time out to come and pay us a visit here in Glasgow and preview some of her incredible new designs here at Anne Priscilla. Her expertise helped many a bride this weekend fulfil the dream of finding “the one”. Having spoken to Sassi and watched her work and interact with both bride and dress, here are some of her top tips on how to rock your dress:
The cut and shape are key. Find the shape that works best for your body type.
Structure, structure, and may I repeat, structure ladies! It’s your day, you want to feel secure and comfortable in your dress at all times and with Sassi’s fabulous in-built corsets, there is no need to panic about a single thing.
Do not be afraid to add a little colour. Antique rose, as featured on Sassi’s “Mathilda” design, pale champagne, and classic pastels all featured heavily on the catwalks for this season and the next.
Add a little sparkle. Many of Sassi’s new designs feature sequins and embellished appliques in some form. And why not? Who doesn’t want to shine on their big day?!
Finally, it’s all about the accessories. They can make your look unique, fit your theme or create a dress specifically for you and your venue. A well-positioned belt, a beautifully tailored jacket for the ceremony or even a stunning lace coat can give the illusion of two completely different outfits and take you seamlessly from daytimeformal to evening party.
TRIP TO STEPHANIE ALLIN… 14.02.2014
Monday 27th January 2014 was my first day arriving in the beautiful,but freezing Mumbles. I was joined by a few other UK stockists for training with Stephanie Allin and her team.
Driving up to the StephanieAllin Boutique was exciting as I didn’t know what to expect. As a final year honours fashion business student, who has been working in the bridal industry since I was fifteen, I was eager to know more about this couture brand. The Boutique was warm and cosy and the interior design sets off a fairy tale theme which was like walking into a large dolls house with gorgeous wedding dresses.
I was in love.
After discussing business plans for the upcoming year, we headed down to the sea front for some posh fish and chips which we ate overlooking the Bay at the Langland Brasserie which was then followed by afternoon tea at the Stephanie Allin Boutique.
Our tour of the Boutique started from the top of the building and worked its way down. The ‘patterns room’ is on the top floor of the building and is where the dress making process begins. Here the patterns and fabric are hand cut for each individual client.
These patterns are then passed down stairs to the ‘sewing room’ or ‘production room’ where the cut fabric is then magically transformed into a client’s dress by professional seamstresses. The finished garment is then pressed to perfection and checked by Stephanie herself.
After the tour of the Boutique, we tried on some Stephanie Allin gowns so we could fully appreciate the construction and fit of each silhouette in order to best advice our brides on what shape will work for them.
We spent the rest of the afternoon creating different looks for each of the dresses within her collection. Styling included a variety of belts, shrugs, corsages and overskirts.
One of my personal favourites was ‘Margot’. It is such an understated dress but so versatile. I loved the additional of blush sash and cream corsage. Our afternoon was then finished off with a wonderful afternoon tea before having to say goodbye to the stockists that were up visiting for that day.
Tuesday 28th January 2014 after a good night sleep and a refreshing walk along the sea front I was prepared for another great day and this time it was one-to-one; just me and Stephanie.
When I arrived at the Boutique it was straight into work! Stephanie taught me how to take full body measurements so I can best advice my clients whether they require a standard size or a made to measure garment.
A made to measure garment means your dress is more proportionate and unique to you. You can then have a mock up or ‘toile’ made and fitted to you before your dress is made allowing you much more control over the finished fit.
This was then followed by some lunch in a gorgeous little café where we had a business meeting about up-coming events for 2014.
I was honoured to be able to ask Stephanie any questions I wanted:
1.Who is a Stephanie Allin client?
- ‘Anyone could be one’
- ‘Fashionable but not too much’
- ‘Bubbly, fun, quirky…’
2.Where are the collection and all garments made?
- ‘In house, Mumbles Britain’
3.Where are your fabrics sourced from?
- ‘Romantic and magical cities like Paris and Morocco’
4.What is the key step in personalising a Stephanie Allin dress?
- ‘Personalising and making the dress your own’
- ‘Heritage piece, you will always keep your dress so you must love it’
5.What are the different characters of a Stephanie Allin client?
- ‘Look of Love – Softness’
- ‘Dolce Vita – Happy’
- ‘Night and Day – Colourful’
6. Best features of a Stephanie Allin dress?
7.What do you forecast for next year’s season?
- ‘These days brides are aspiring more than ever to be unique. This is sometimes easier said than done as ultimately, most girls still want the traditional elements of a wedding dress but with a modern twist. This is the reason for me creating various pieces for brides to be able to change their look throughout the day including jewelled shrugs and detachable skirts which I think will continue to be a big trend next year. I also think brides are being more daring and experimenting with subtle use of colours and we will see a lot more of it next year.’
8.What are your ideas for the up-coming collection 2014/2015?
- ‘Simplicity, Soft and Less is more’
- ‘Soft Colours’
- ‘In the Garden Theme’
I have summed up my overall findings onto a few mood-boards below.
Sadly it was the end of my trip and time to fly back home to sunny Scotland!
After meeting with Stephanie Allin and her team it gave me a great insight to what the Stephanie Allin collection is about and the overall perception of the brand as a whole.
My experience over the two days has been one I will never forget and I have learned a lot from my trip to Mumbles. Stephanie Allin will always be my favourite designer and will be the one person I will consist in looking up to as she truly inspires me.
Anne Priscilla Bridal were delighted to be one of seven stores shortlisted for providing a luxury experience for our brides. Although AP did not win the award, we were delighted to be nominated and we were honored to be the only Scottish nominee in the category’.
Anne Priscilla Bridal Finalist You and Your Wedding Bridal Retail Awards 2014
Anne Priscilla Bridal are delighted to announce that AP are finalists in the You and Your wedding Bridal Retail Awards 2014 which recognizes ‘retail royalty’ providing the best possible service.
Team AP are incredibly honored to be representing Scotland in these national awards.
We look forward to the awards ceremony in January:
Anne Priscilla Bridal’s 25th Birthday Winner
To celebrate Anne Priscilla Bridal’s 25 years in business, AP ran a competition in association with The Scottish Wedding Directory, Stewart Parvin and Private Label By G.
We are delighted to crown Jemma Donald as out winner. In October, Jemma had a private appointment with Stewart Parvin in store at AP where she could choose any of his 2013/14 collection and what a choice she made.
Without giving anything away… Jemma’s dress choice is absolutely perfect for her silhouette and style. She also chose some beautiful accessories to finish the look.
In November, Jemma returned with her bridesmaids and bridesman to choose dresses from the Private Label by G ‘Colours’ collection for her two bridesmaids. Once again Jemma made a fantastic choice which will compliment her gown perfectly. We can not wait to see Jemma and the girls again in the New Year for their dresses fittings.
JLM Europe EXCLUSIVE to Anne Priscilla Bridal
Anne Priscilla Bridal are delighted to now be exclusive stockists of the entire JLM Europe collection of bridesmaid gowns.
This means AP is the only store where you can view and order every style from the collections. This include Lazaro, Alvina Valenta, Noir by Lazaro and Occasion. To make an appointment please call AP on 0141 222 2504.
Anne Priscilla Bridal Celebrates 25 years in business
Anne Priscilla Bridal held a private event on Saturday 27th September to celebrates 25 years in business with a catwalk show exhibiting bridal fashion over the decades 80s,90s,00s and today as well as a history of the shops growth from a small store in Kilmarnock to the award winning city centre store it is today.
David Burke kindly photographed the evening so have a look at his blog: www.davidburkephotographyblog.co.uk
Eliza Jane Howell collection
Anne Priscilla Bridal are delighted to now stock the beautiful Eliza Jane Howell collection. These dress epitomise glamour and sophistication at a great price. To make an appointment to try these gowns, pleasecontact us on 0141 222 2504.
New Arrivals for 2014:
The fabulous 2014 collection from Pronovias has now arrived at Anne Priscilla Bridal and there are some real show stoppers. We have also received notification of discontinued styles. Orders for these dresses must be placed before 31st August. To book an appointment call us on 0141 222 2504 before its too late or grab a bargain and buy the sample at a discount.
Anne Priscilla Bridal’s 25th Birthday
Have you picked up the latest copy of The Scottish Wedding Directory? If not, get yourself to your local store for a copy. We have a very exciting competition for our 25th birthday.
You could win a Stewart Parvin gown AND bridesmaid dresses from Private Label:
Extended Opening Hours
Anne Priscilla Bridal have extended their opening hours to accommodate brides affected by the Bridal Studio’s sudden closure. Please contact the store on 0141 222 2504 to arrange an appointment.
The Bridal Studio Closure Thursday 27th June 2013
Due to being inundated with enquries from The Bridal Studio brides, Anne Priscilla Bridal, as members of the Retail Bridalwear Association, are releasing the following statement: As you are aware The Bridal Studio themselves have issued a statement informing clients that they have ceased trading. As members of the RBA we would like to do all that we can to assist those affected. Please contact Karen on 0141 222 2504. We would like to reiterate that Anne Priscilla Bridal is in no way associated with The Bridal Studio. As members of the RBA we are offering to help anyone affected by the closure. Anne Priscilla Bridal can confirm that we are now dealing directly with the following suppliers following the close of The Bridal Studio: Charlotte Balbier, Alan Hannah, Watters and Wtoo (bridal and bridesmaids). If you have ordered any of these dresses please call Karen on 0141 222 2504. We will of course try to assist will all other brides as best we can. We are inundated with enquries so we kindly ask that you call us directly with all the information you have and we will endeavour to help.
Another year, another amazing collection. Old school Hollywood glamour at its best. Jenny’s distinctive use of bead work continues to wow us. It’s no surprise that her iconic designs are favoured by some of the most talented and influential women of our generation. A truly aspirational label.
What can we say fabulously fun, stylish and girly. The use of tulle and sequins set the tone for an incredibly soft, romantic and glamorous look.
Fashion is fabulous but transient, style grows with the women. The award winning bridal designer continues to produce a timeless look with a contemporary edge.
Augusta Jones picks up the romantic look with a beautiful injection of colour and soft layering of fabrics.
This new label from Alan Hannah offers a slice of couture in an accessible ready to wear option. Classic silhouettes with gentle embellishment, its the perfect choice for budget conscious brides.
Introducing Eliza Jane Howell
No Anne Priscilla buying trip would be the same without the launch of a new label. This collection delivers amazing embellishment transporting us back to New York in the 1920′s and 1930′s. Perfect for a glamorous vintage look on a budget. You will not believe the price’s!!
Anne Priscilla designer of the show award goes to … none other than Royal Couturier Stewart Parvin.
Stewart delivers a high fashion but incredibly chic look. The drama as always comes with the perfect silhouette and cut using the most luxurious fabrics. Our favourite this year is the incredibly decadent silk mikado.
Anne Priscilla dress of the show goes to Stewart Parvin’s Imagine. This dress is for all the brides out there that don’t mind how many zero’s are on the price tag!!!
Anne Priscilla Bridal is celebrating its 25th Birthday this year.
As part of its celebrations, we are turning the store into a photographic exhibition of our brides over the past 25 years. Please send any photographs with the name of the dress and the year you got married to Joanne at firstname.lastname@example.org If your picture gets chosen you will receive a canvas print of your picture as well as an invitation to the birthday party itself, one of the many highlights being a fabulous catwalk showcasing all the bridal trends over the past 25 years. We can’t wait to see your pictures….
The Scottish Wedding Awards,
Crown Plaza Glasgow, 22nd April 2013Anne Priscilla Bridal were delighted to be awarded Dress Designer/Supplier of the year for the South West.A Huge thank you to all the brides who nominated us. It is theperfect way to celebrate 25 years in business. We have the privilege of working with all the major names in bridal design and manufacture and we thank you all for your support.
Here are some words of support from our fabulous suppliers:
‘We have been thrilled with the level of expertise and client care that they offer to all brides who chose a Stewart Parvin gown. Their passion for and knowledge of the brand, mean that we have absolute confidence in them as ambassadors for our collection’ Louisa Shipstone, Stewart Parvin
‘I can say that they are one of the most dedicated and professional boutiques in the UK .All the staff are always friendly and charming’ Alan Hannah, Mia Mia
‘It is clear to see the professional qualities and desire to go above and beyond for their brides. The staff have a skill at matching the right dress to their brides and maids which means that something which can be quite daunting is a pleasurable experience’ Victoria Woodley, Kenneth Winston Collection, PLG Group
‘The staff are attentive and professional and they listen to their brides to ensure each client gets her perfect dress’ Grace McCahery, PR and Brand Coordinator, Charlie Briar
‘The knowledge, dedication and attention to detail shown the incredible staff at Anne Priscilla, make this wonderful boutique, not only one of the best in Scotland but the whole of the UK’ Mark Stevens, Enzoani
‘Anne Priscilla Bridal show both professionalism and dedication within their team and this continues to deliver the levels of expertise that we look for in stockists of Sassi Holford’s exclusive designer wedding dress collection’ Becky, Sassi Holford
‘Anne Priscilla sets the bar high for the competition, in terms of the fabulous collections they hold in store and the excellent customer service that is so regularly reported back to us by their customers’ Christine Marchant, Augusta Jones
‘Anne Priscilla have done a fantastic job representing the Stephanie Allin brand. We have always felt that Anne Priscilla is run with high standards that reflect ours’ Amy Hole, Stephanie Allin
‘Anne Priscilla know what’s right for their brides in their area and this is important. They boast a gorgeous bridal store with impeccable customer service’ Karen Taft, Benjamin Roberts