There are people in life who are just cool.
You know the type I mean. Those confident, stylish people who move around in packs of other equally hip and trendy coolsters. Always in the right place, at the right time with the right crowd. Always laid back, never flustered, just always ‘in’.
I am not cool. I certainly lack that gene but I have a highly tuned radar for those people who are. I grew up with The Breakfast Club as my backdrop and ‘Don’t You Forget About Me’ as my soundtrack – stylish, memorable and influential.
During my 3 decades(!) since the eighties I have met, worked with, married, rubbed elbows with ‘coolsters’, my cool radar never letting me down. What I have come to realise whilst observing these rare creatures is that being cool isn’t just about your fashion choices, what music you listen to or who you choose to call your friends. It’s about a confidence that comes from knowing who you are and running with it. It radiates from within and it is inclusive of anyone who wants to be part of it.
It is rare in my bridal world for my radar to go off but when I met Kate Halfpenny I think it’s fair to say that it went into overdrive!
How can a bridal designer bring together a stylish, fashion influenced collection that is designed for real women? Brit cool woven through each piece but never at the risk of forgetting that a real bride will wear them.
This is the genius of Kate Halfpenny.
Yes, she has styled Kate Moss and Erin O’Connor who are icons of British coolness and wear clothes for a living but her bridal collection has been designed to be inclusive of all women. Her collection allows brides to grasp their very best version of themselves and flaunt it. The styles create silhouettes that understand women’s bodies, understanding where to shout about our curves but also allowing us to hide those we aren’t confident about.
Every time Team Cicily meet Kate Halfpenny we are taken under her spell. Huge smiles and hugs always greet us and you know that you are in the presence of ‘cool’. She wraps you up in her passion for not just her designs but for each and every bride she envisions wearing them.
You might wonder why I am enthusing about Kate Halfpenny and her infectious aura. Well, it’s because not only will her new 2017 collection be arriving with us imminently, it’s also because we want to shout about our Kate Halfpenny Designer event that we will be hosting on Saturday, 3rd September.
Yes, Cicily Bridal will be home to Halfpenny Cool at this gorgeous event. Dress after glorious dress will be hanging on our rails just waiting to be tried, loved and ordered.
Versatile separates, traditional ballgowns and sexy backless numbers are just part of her 2017 collection. When you see and touch the styles you can appreciate Kate and her team’s attention to detail, the lack of compromise when it comes to fabrics and the theatre that is created from her use of beading, feathers, silks and lace. Never overdone, just perfectly aligned with what modern brides are looking for. Add that they are all British made just makes you realise what a rare bridal designer Kate Halfpenny is.
If you haven’t already seen the pictures of her own wedding on Love My Dress then you NEED to take a look!
So, if you are bride who is inspired by styles that allow you to flaunt your individuality, or a bride who wants a dress made in Britain by a team whose passion is evident in each design, or a bride who just wants to be cool then you should not miss this event.
Of course we will be shouting about the event over the next few weeks but the essentials are below:
Saturday, 3rd September
10am – 6pm
By appointment only
Call: 01530 587336
Image credit – Love My Dress – Puttin’ On The Ritz