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Louise Selby Wedding Dress Richmond

Second the Best Bride

Do you have a Dress to sell?

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Spring is in the air, maybe it’s time to dust down the cobwebs. I was delighted that you chose a Louise Selby dress, but would you consider sharing the experience? If you would like to give some one else the opportunity of wearing one of my designs, read on! As a new venture for 2015, Second the Best have decided to hold their first wedding dress sale. With over 14 years experience with their successful dress agency, Kate and Lulu have invited me, to host the sale in my Kew studio. I will be on hand to offer expert advice on styling and alterations. The sale will include dresses by other designers as well as my own (above are just two of the exquisite gowns we will be selling).

Severin Hubert from the Hepburn Collection will be giving mini bridal hair makeovers at the champagne preview. The sale will also include mother of the bride outfits and wedding hats.

Dresses must be clean and in pristine condition.

Save the date

Thursday 16 April with champagne evening preview from 7.00 to 9.00 pm
Friday 17 April,12.00 to 4.00 pm
Saturday 18 April, 10.00 to 4.00 pm

Pricing

Pricing of the dresses will be mutually agreed and I can store your dress until the sale.

If it’s sold, you will receive 60% of the sale price. We anticipate sale prices to average between £500 and £1500 (if your dress is sold for over £1000 you will receive 70% of the sale price).

How to find out more

Second the Best Bride is an exceptional opportunity to purchase a high-end designer dress for a fraction of the original price in a lovely environment with expert service from Kate, Lulu and me.

To sell your wedding dress and/or a mother of the bride outfit, please contact me on 07726539886 or 02089488725 or email louise@louiseselby.com.
Please feel free to pass the details on to your friends.
below are just some of the dresses we will be selling.

Louise Selby Mimosa Wedding Dress Barnes

Sample Sale Update

Saturday 17 January 2015

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6 Mortlake Road, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3JA
(limited parking available in drive, unrestricted parking in streets off the Mortlake Road)

Marigold Dress, getting ready for Sample Sale

Marigold Dress, getting ready for Sample Sale

10.00 am to 4.00 pm

No appointment necessary and no entrance charge.

One day only sample bridal sample sale to include all 2015 designs. Sizes from 8 to 12/14. Up to 60% off bespoke price. Alteration service available.

Accessories include Louise Selby veils, jewellery by Passionate about Vintage and Kirsten Goss.

Snowdrop Dress, getting ready for sample sale.

Snowdrop Dress, getting ready for sample sale.

More Details Here

Louise Selby Wedding Dress Richmond Real Bride

Sample Sale January 17, 2015

Saturday January 17th, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

You are invited to a very exclusive event: Louise Selby’s sample sale at her private studio in Kew.
No appointment necessary.

6 Mortlake Road, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3JA, nearest tube, Kew Gardens, nearest mainline station, Kew Bridge.

“Louise’s studio was the first (and only) wedding dress boutique that I visited. I had heard about her sample sale a couple of weeks after we got engaged and popped along to have a quick look, having seen her beautiful Iris dress on the website the day before. The second I tried the dress on I knew it was perfect and exactly what I wanted. I couldn’t believe my luck that it was on sale too – having been used in a photoshoot previously. It was slightly too big for me but Louise assured me that she could easily tweak it to fit – and she was absolutely right. It really did look like it had been made for me by the time it was taken in. The whole experience was a pleasure from start to finish – really relaxed, friendly expert advice in a beautiful setting (it is worth going just to see the lovely studio!). I adored the dress and only wish I could wear it again.”

Jane O’Leary

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Jane and Tom photographed by Kristian Leven

Louise Selby Wedding Dress Fulham Real Bride

Sixties Style

 

London Fashion Week may be about to swing in the city of London but over in leafy Kew, the sixties were swinging at Louise Selby’s shoot. The gardens of Kew are at their best in the golden light of early autumn and provided the perfect backdrop for a shoot.

 

The auburn haired Hannah T from First Models looked every inch like Jean Shrimpton in the new Sunflower gown, a light zibeline slash necked sheath dress with a grosgrain bow. She carried a bouquet of yellow and white daisies by Kew based florist, Zita Elze. Her hair, a soft chignon that perfectly balanced her fringe, was by Severin Hubert of Hepburn Collection and the look was finished by makeup by Abigail Alexander. Nobu Yamaguchi made time in his busy schedule, between London and Tokyo, to photograph the new 2015 collection.

 

The six new designs feature three romantic dresses with the signature lace that Louise is known for, with fuller skirts from tulle and chiffon, as well as three sixties’ inspired frocks detailed with guipure lace. The Petunia short dress with a long lace train, was the team’s favourite.

 

Thanks to Lady Wright and Mr and Mrs Pethwick of Kew Green, for the loan of their gardens.

 

 

Sample sale bride in Cape Town

The lovely Sinead Jones took her “Iris” dress purchased in Louise’s sample sale all the way to Cape Town in February.

Return to Syon Park

Louise is returning to Syon Park where her recent shoot for her “Collections” took place in the Conservatory.

She is exhibiting at the Wedding and Celebration Show on Sunday 23 November 2014 at the Syon Park Hilton Hotel.

This will be an opportunity to view some of her new designs for 2015 including the exquisite “Azalia” dress which features a skirt of the softest tulle. The new “Mimosa” dress showcases a carefully sourced, guipure lace in ivory and has a small sleeve. “Sunflower” is a departure from lace; a stunning gown in a crisp ivory faille silk.

For more information visit www.celebrationshows.com

Louise Selby Wedding Dress Richmond Press

Fit For a Princess

Princess Florence von Preussen, great-great-granddaughter of Kaiser Wilhelm II, recently married James Tollemache, an old friend of Prince William’s, in Somerset.

She wanted her wedding gown to be based on a stunning navy crepe Miu Miu dress that her fiancé had bought for her in Paris: with a scooped neck and bracelet length sleeve ending in a narrow cuff fastening with one covered button.

Taking these key features as inspiration, I used French Chantilly lace over ivory crepe to create the top, with a raised waistband. The elegant sheer lace sleeve was finished with a tiny cuff and a single covered button. The skirt was layered silk georgette over crepe with a very long train, while the full-length veil was appliquéd with Chantilly lace motifs to match the dress.

The whole effect – of a romantic, almost bohemian look – worked perfectly and was accentuated by the framing of the floral arch at the church entrance.

Great coverage recently from Brides Magazine and The Mail of the marriage of Prince William’s old friend – James Tollemache and Princess Florence von Preussen;

Prince William’s old friend – James Tollemache – married in Somerset last weekend and whilst many were enthralled with his rather glitzy guests (yes, Scarlett Johansson and her French fiance and baby-daddy Romain Dauriac were there), we were rather enamored by something else altogether…

The bride, Princess Florence von Preussen, was wearing the most delightful of gowns – a beautiful Louise Selby dress.

The Richmond-based designer is known for her effortlessly chic designs which effortlessly tread the fine line between timeless style, traditional design and nonchalant grace.

Princess Florence clearly has good taste.

The great-great-granddaughter of Kaiser Wilhem II teamed her her lace and silk georgette dress with an elbow-length veil, an antique tiara and a Lily of the Valley bouquet. Her groom looked very dapper in a classic morning suit.

Read more

The Mail commented;

Fund manager James, 33, wed Princess Florence von Preussen, 30, at the Church of St Michael and All Angels in Somerset, emerging underneath a magnificent floral arch.

Florence, great-great-granddaughter of Kaiser Wilhem II, is a window stylist at OKA, the furniture store co-founded by Samantha Cameron’s mother, Viscountess Astor, pictured left with husband Viscount Astor.

She attended alongside pregnant Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson and her French fiance, journalist Romain Dauriac.

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Louise Selby wedding dress sample sale

Louise Selby Wedding Dress Sample Sale

Sample Sale

Saturday January 18th, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

You are invited to a very exclusive event: Louise Selby’s sample sale at her private studio in Kew.
No appointment necessary.

6 Mortlake Road, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3JA, nearest tube, Kew Gardens, nearest mainline station, Kew Bridge.

Finding and buying my wedding dress was the easiest part of organising my wedding by far. Louise Selby’s sample sale was the 3rd boutique I’d been to. I immediately fell in love with a dress that had been worn in a photo shoot but was a bit too small for me. Louise assured me she could tweak it and make it fit and I was sold. There were 4 other brides at the sale as well and we all ended up giving each other advise. (3 of the other 4 brides bought the dresses they tried on as well). It was a great experience and Louise was fantastic, putting up with all my alterations and not charging a thing for them. With Louise Selby’s dresses you can guarantee a quality-made, beautiful dress at a very reasonable price and a very personalised service in a friendly environment. I cannot recommend her sample sale enough.

Samantha Chitty

Louise Selby 25 Years Book

Louise Selby 25 Years

This season marks my 25th year as a wedding dress designer.

I wanted this book to represent a visual journey through a quarter of a century of designing and making wedding dresses. From the opulent frills and puffed sleeves of the late eighties, epitomised by Diana, Princess of Wales, to a more minimalistic and slender look in the nineties to a return to a demure, traditional look with Kate Middleton. My inspirations come from travel, searching through vintage shops abroad, old films, couture and current trends.

Along this journey, I discovered lace. I love the appearance of bare lace over skin, whether as a fluted lace sleeve or a sheer lace back. Chantilly, Guipure, Calais and Provencal all feature in my collections and have become my signature look.

I make all my dresses at my studio in Kew using lace that I source directly from France with silks from Europe. I oversee everything and attend all the fittings. My designs therefore appeal to discerning brides who recognise quality of workmanship and luxurious fabrics.

With my studio so close to the Royal Botanical Gardens of Kew, the language of flowers is relevant and poignant. My wedding gowns are known by exquisite floral names with romantic meanings, such as Forget-me-not (true love), Daisy (innocence) and Mistletoe (a kiss).

To commemorate my 25 years, I have featured some gorgeous new designs in this book hallmarked by my signature lace look. From the softest tulle-backed dresses with appliquéd lace to gowns with stunning sheer Calais lace backs, I strive to reflect a bride’s personality with elegant and timeless designs that fit beautifully.

Louise Selby 25 Years is available to purchase here.

Tara Dean wears Louise Selby Wedding Dress

Sample Sale Update

Following the success of Louise’s “winter” sample sale held in January 2013, another is planned for January, 2014. The sale was previewed on Brides Magazine and ELLE and despite the snow, many happy brides found their dream dresses at half the bespoke price.

One such lucky bride was Tara Dean ;

“I just wanted to say thank you for the wedding dress. We were really lucky day to have a beautiful sunny day, having cooled slightly from the heatwave and your dress was perfect for our summer wedding. We had the most amazing day and many of the guests commented on how gorgeous the lace was, I felt very lucky to have found it from you, managing to get to your sale at the right time on a snowy day.”

Photography courtesy of Kat Forsyth

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