Brides do Good boutique returns to Bicester Village
07 Mar 2018
Marrying fashion with a force for change, the Brides do Good pop-up boutique is set to return to Bicester Village in Oxfordshire from 14th April to 15th May
Following last year's Brides do Good's pop-up event which raised more than £18,000 for charity, the boutique is back at Bicester Village this spring with a wider range of pre-loved and sample designer gowns.
Monique Lhuillier, Reem Acra and Pronovias Peter Langner and Sassi Holford are just some of the designer labels that visitors can expect, with a seamstress on site to assist with fittings and alterations. Dresses will start from £500 and proceeds from sales will go towards Brides do Good's partner charity Too Young to Wed which continues its global efforts to eradicate child marriage by 2030.
The boutique's entrance will be decorated by celebrated British florist Nikki Tibbles and the award-winning work of Pulitzer-Prize Award winning photojournalist and Too Young to Wed founder, Stephanie Sinclair, will be on display.
Brides do Good founder, Chantal Khoueiry, says: “I am delighted to return to Bicester Village this spring to celebrate the anniversary of the successful partnership between Brides do Good and The Bicester Village Shopping Collection. This year the boutique is bigger and better, with hundreds of dresses from the world’s most coveted bridal designers. We look forward to welcoming more brides-to-be and building on last year’s results so that together we can make a difference and end child marriage within one generation, one dress at a time."
Last year's event saw bride-to-be Julia Fotiadou, from London, buy TV presenter and model Louise Roe's donated Pronovias wedding dress ahead of her big day in Greece in September 2017. Julia bought Louise's £10,000 gown for just £4,500 with two thirds of the proceeds going to charity. She said: “Every girl deserves to get married when she decides to and is ready to take this step in her life, just like I did. So, if I helped even one girl to do that and saved her from child marriage, it makes me feel great. I am glad there is a charity like Brides do Good and I hope that child marriage ends very soon.”
Julia Fotiadou on her wedding day in Greece
To celebrate the second year of Brides do Good's pop-up boutique, Bicester Village’s personal stylist Fiona Huntingford offers her expert bridal fashion advice.
What advice would you give to brides who are unsure what styles suit them? Do certain styles suit certain shapes?
The most important thing for brides to remember when deciding on a dress is to choose a style that makes them feel confident and comfortable on their big day. As an example, strapless styles are very popular, but many brides spend the whole day pulling up the corset when it doesn’t fit properly, which isn’t ideal. Considering body shape when choosing a gown is key: dresses should complement and work with a bride’s figure. I would recommend trying on as many styles as possible and taking a trusted friend or family member to give you honest advice. Fishtail gowns highlight curves, corsets emphasise the waist and empire lines can be very forgiving but emphasise a larger bust. Allow the sales assistant or stylist to guide you. however, listen to your gut.
Do you have any tips on how brides can translate their personal style via their wedding dress?
Some brides favour simple and elegant styles, whereas others want to add more personality and have their gown reflect their own specific style. A fashion-forward bride might want an on trend cut or colour, whereas a vintage bride might want lace and detailing, giving a more eclectic look. For a glamorous style a bride might favour a plunging or backless dress, with statement jewellery and a (faux) fur stole to add drama. An easy way to add personality is to choose a fun pair of shoes which can also double as your 'something blue'.
What materials and shades complement different skin tones and hair colours?
Ivory is the most popular shade of bridal gown, but with multiple shades from light to dark it can be a little difficult to know which one to pick, from off-white and cream to ‘candlelight’ and rich buttery shades. To find the right shade for you, hold a gown next to your face in natural light to see what adds warmth or makes you look tired. Brides who want to create a vintage look should avoid bright white, which is too stark and can wash out some pale complexions. Natural white is a softer alternative. Pinker tones and greys can be flattering and make a welcome alternative to the usual ‘bridal’ colours, but again, it’s all down to the shade. Once you decide on the perfect shade you must then consider fabric: satin, silk or lace, etc. Your fabric choice often depends on the time of year of your wedding, the style of dress and the look you’re going for. Visiting a boutique that has lots of options means you can try on different options.