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Loving the Lace! - Dress by Princesse Opal

Designed and made by Nathalie Hesnard for her Princesse Opal brand of bespoke wedding gowns and other couture pieces, this is one of the most unique, exciting and trendsetting wedding dresses we have seen this year and we predict big things for this designer in the near future.

Nathalie is known for ‘combining Parisian styles with California chic’ and has been interested in fashion design since being a child, going on to study at ESMOD in Paris before launching Princesse Opal. As well as designing bespoke bridal gowns, she also works closely with clients to create a range of party wear and theatrical costumes.

The brief for Nathalie’s latest creation was bling with elegance, something showy yet sophisticated for the wedding in California’s stunning Napa Valley. With her trademark close attention to detail, Nathalie looked at every aspect of the bride’s outfit before creating the dress, even selecting bridal lace that matched the engagement ring, which had an “antique and romantic finish”.

In creating this incredible couture wedding gown, Nathalie made extensive use of:

Roberta Wedding Lace

Exceptionally opulent, Roberta is a distinctly vintage bridal lace featuring dark ivory beads. Embellished onto a soft and delicate tulle is a dense embroidery thread which forms a series of closely-connecting floral bouquets, centering on a large, eye-catching flower. The pearls and silver sequins were perfect for adding the touch of elegant bling required for this gown, bringing sparkle and glamour with a refined and classy feel.

Chloe Bridal Lace

Chloe lace is two complementary designs in one. The coordinating floral motifs repeat throughout the body of this fine lace, decorated with beads and sequins to form one of our most attractive and alluring embellished fabrics. Chloe is a particularly feminine wedding dress material and features identical scalloped edges and a soft, delicate fringe. Completing this classic fabric is extremely fine metallic filigree thread, giving a modern twist to an antique lace design.

The overall look was dramatic and flamboyant yet exquisitely-tasteful, a matching train adding the final flourish. This dress is a serious statement piece and further improves the already-impressive reputation of Nathalie Hesnard and Princesse Opal.

Nathalie is a regular customer of Platinum Bridal Fabrics and, asked why she kept coming back, told us: “The service is amazing, as well as the shipping. The choice is incredible and the prices are great”. Thanks Nathalie, you will make us blush!

Check out more of Nathalie’s work created with our wedding dress material at www.princesseopal.com

Vintage Lace Features in 'Mr Selfridge' Series

Sumptuous ITV drama series Mr Selfridge returned to the screen recently and the first episode featured the long-awaited marriage of Rosalie Selfridge to her dreamy fiancé Serge de Bolotoff. Ably played by actress Kara Tointon, Rosalie simply flowed down the aisle in a truly stunning antique wedding gown featuring vintage lace and a long, dramatic veil.

This is the third series of the successful period drama and marked Kara’s debut playing Rosalie Selfridge, daughter of the eponymous Mr Harry Selfridge. The series focuses on the life and times of the famous founder of Selfridge & Co., who established his flagship store on London’s Oxford Road in 1909. A big budget has allowed for the entire recreation of the store’s luxurious interior in the show and, as is expected of any decent period drama, lots of attention has been paid to getting the costumes exactly right.

Kara described her character’s costume as ‘magical’ and got so caught up in the event that she felt like she ‘got married for real’. She also revealed that she had tried on a wedding gown previously worn by Meryl Streep but that, in order to ensure the costume exactly fitted the vintage lace style of the era, the final dress was created by a bespoke designer.

The dress featured gorgeous long-sleeves, vintage lace detailing and an exotically-embellished waistband, giving it a truly antique and sophisticated feel. A vintage headpiece bedecked with flowers, a big and bold bouquet, tasteful pearl earrings and a statement necklace completed the look.

Platinum bridal Fabrics offer instant access to our unrivalled collection of vintage style bridal lace in a dedicated section of our website. From the flamboyant excitement of Chantelle feather lace to the refined geometric lines of Grace, here you can find your own ultimate antique favourite to create gorgeous gowns with the glamour of another, more sophisticated era.

Head to our collection of vintage style laces to start your journey back in time.

Get 20% Off ALL Bridal Lace Trim and Lace Appliqué Now

Marriage Week is finally here and everyone at Platinum Bridal Fabrics is going wedding mad! As we are all wedding mad pretty much every day of the year anyway, you can imagine what a crazy and fun time this is for our staff. We have been celebrating with lots of offers and here is your chance for another this Valentine’s weekend.

Never mind all the superstitions about Friday 13th - it is the day before the most romantic day of the year and we will NOT have you spoiling it! From that very day until midnight on Sunday 15th February, we are going to defy fate and celebrate by offering a tasty twenty percent off our entire collection of bridal lace trims and appliqués. Here are three fabulous fabrics that you could soon be wearing…

Bridal Lace Trim - Sienna

This is an absolutely magical fabric, so ethereal and ephemerous that it feels like to let it out of your sight is to lose it forever. Delicate, diaphanous and bursting with a feminine beauty that is made all the more precious by its near-transparency, Sienna bridal lace trim is a sumptuous delight.

Bridal Lace Appliqué - Illinois

Supplied as a perfectly-symmetrical pair, these exquisite lace appliqués feature heavy embellishment in the form of ivory beads, sequins and pearls. A playful and boisterous swirling design radiates around a central flower to form one of our most exciting wedding dress embellishments.

Bridal Lace Appliqué - Alaska

Elegant, refined and full of charm, Alaska ivory lace appliqué stands alone as an individual piece and comprises two matt satin flowers, one slightly larger than the other and sheltering it protectively. Each flower centres on a glittering diamanté which is surrounded by precious pearls.

To claim your exclusive 20% discount on these and the other hundreds of fabrics that make up our bridal lace trim and appliqué collection, simply order between Friday 13th February and midnight on Sunday 15th February and enter your special promo code - this code can be found in the next Platinum Bridal Fabrics newsletter. Not subscribed to our newsletter yet? Subscribe to our newsletter now.

Sensuous Silk - Exclusive Bridal Fabrics Offer

Silk is one of the most prized fabrics in existence and has been for thousands of years. To help celebrate Marriage Week, we have added three fabulous silk bridal fabrics to our collection and, until the end of February, you can purchase these beautiful wedding dress materials with an introductory price discount of 15% - sink into the sensual softness of Nobility, be pampered with Indulgence and awaken your senses with Tantalise.

Nobility

Lightweight, sheer and soft, Nobility Silk Crepe de Chine is created using raw silk and has a delightfully lustrous appearance. A soft ripple adds excitement to the fabric’s texture and becomes particularly effective when used in sheer layers to create stunning evening wear as well wedding gowns. Nine colour choices are available from traditional White and Ivory to more contemporary Silver, Blush and Navy.

Indulgence

This fabric most definitely lives up to its promising name, delivering the ultimate soft, luxurious and indulgent handle. A divine and exquisitely-tactile combination of silk and viscose has been used to create a smooth and sleek velvet which can be rendered in any of nine colours from the deep majesty of Purple to the bubbly excitement of Cherry.

Tantalise

This double-crepe silk has been given a special sand-washed finish that is uniquely pleasing to both eye and skin. Without sheen, the fabric flows beautifully and is both subtle and striking, qualities that can be enhanced by choosing from a rainbow palette of more than 30 colour choices. Go for the soft, warm tones of Coffee, Taupe and Cream or let your vibrant side loose with Pink, Maroon or Fuchsia - whichever colour you choose, the quality of Tantalise will take your breath away.

Place an order for any of these silk wedding fabrics during February to receive your 15% price discount. Happy Marriage Week from everyone at Platinum Bridal Fabrics!


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