This week Newcastle was treated to a very special bridal couture show, unlike anything the region has seen before and I was there to bring you the scoop….
Bridal couture is big business and Israeli designer Inbal Dror has been a leader on the scene for some time, slowly amassing a following of fans who appreciate her unique craftsmanship and attention. A skill that puts Dror one step ahead of the pack when it comes to creating standout bridal couture. A graduate of The Shenkar Fashion Art Academy in Tel Aviv, Dror is a pioneer when it comes to couture, creating gowns that transcend the bridal genre with Beyonce opting to wear one of the standout pieces from the 2016 collection for The Grammy Awards.
With a focus on accentuating the female form by using soft, moveable materials over more traditional and thicker materials, Inbal Dror’s creations have to be seen and experienced to be believed. Known for being a little more risqué than the average bridal designer, Dror offers something for those brides who want to feel a little more desirable.
The perfect bridal brand to collaborate with Kathryn Trueman then; Kathryn lends her name to what is probably the North East’s premier bridal boutique. Nestled in the heart of olde worlde Morpeth with a quaint and understated shop front, an impressive boutique lies beyond with couture and more spread over two floors. Kathryn has an unparalleled knowledge of bridal couture and can size you up in an instant. Within five minutes of arriving she’ll have you upstairs and into a gown you never knew you needed - it’s just what she does. With daughter in law Emily by her side, they are a formidable force on the North East bridal scene and one you need to know about.
Hence being the natural choice for the Inbal Dror Trunk Show; left with full creative control over the show, Kathryn and Emily wanted to give revellers the chance to get up close and personal with these show-stopping gowns and so came up with the idea of the #RUNFREE Trunk Show. (That’s the official hashtag and there are some amazing pictures on social media)
I have to say I was excited about this one, I’ve had my eye on an Inbal Dror gown for a little while now (not for a wedding, just because I can). Invites stated that guests should arrive at 6.30pm prompt at the Millennium Bridge for a “surprise pre-event” so up I rocked in my half wedding dress, baby pink boots & “Surfboard” tee, right on cue with Miss Durham GB, Taylor Hamilton as my guest for the evening.
The opening act was indeed memorable, a bridal “flash mob” arrived by stretch limousine to the Newcastle Quayside at sunset and with the sidewalk as their runway, five brides strutted to perfection while their audience was left gasping in awe. Making their way to the centre of the Millennium Bridge - they strutted and the paparazzi followed. At the Gateshead side, models posed for photographs at The Baltic Mill and literally walked off into the sunset. As far as flashmobs go this was the most romantic, I fell in love with all five of those girls that night.
after moving up the The Sage, guests were treated to a champagne reception and goodie bags from my bridal publishing home, Belle Bridal before taking their place on the Frow for the show.
Exercise caution Voyeurs, you’re about to see couture so beautiful you’re going to want to down told and propose to the person closest to you….
With a live soundtrack provided by Le Sape Nocturne, a collective of eight musicians from the North East and a little further afield, these guys take infamous musical numbers from all genres and re-spin them with a little Le SAPE magic to create music you’ve never heard before, except you have. Perfect for a bridal showcase of this calibre.
Models walked the runway in a range of styles from the Inbal Dror 2016 ‘New York’ collection which oozes glamour and decadence. From the classic full length bridal gown to the shorter, more modern backless gown, the collection drew gasps from the crowd of press and potential brides alike.
Obvs this much concentrated gorgeousness carries a hefty price tag, but not as hefty as you might think. With Beyonce’s (read ‘my’) gown at £8k that’s pretty affordable, and covetable, couture right there. Sure you could pick up a car for that price but let’s face it, you won’t look as good in it as you will in this gown.
With gowns this pretty I’m considering taking on a part time second husband, or maybe two….
The collection can be viewed at Kathryn Trueman Bridal, 42, Bridge Street, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 1NL
For appointments call: (01670) 511917