Looking through the April/May edition of Cosmo Bride and look who we spotted!
The gorgeous Lola are pictured here in Purple Suede but they are also available in a delicious Ivory Leather, so that’s brides and bridesmaids covered!
Here at Rachel Simpson Shoes HQ, we love the day the new bridal magazines thump on our doorstep…and thump they do! Have you noticed that they just get heavier and heavier, full the bursting with fabulous ideas to help you find the perfect additions to your wedding day?
You and Your Wedding this month features one of our lovely girls, Lola - we have a bit of a soft spot for her! She looks gorgeously simple in ivory leather with her beautiful soft ribbon bow, but what about kitting out your bridesmaids in Lola too, in contrasting purple suede?
Today’s final look is for the hopeless romantics in all of us. This divine, floaty, ultra feminine, silk chiffon gown is called Saskia from the Jenny Packham 2011 collection.
Sally Harper, milliner extraordinaire never fails to amaze us with her creations, some bold and in your face, some discreet, simple yet absolutely beautiful. For this dress, Sally has picked two headpieces, the first adorned with delicate butterflies and the second, a vintage inspired floral tiara.
Pick any of our girls in Ivory and they’re sure to be the perfect shoe for this outfit, but we have picked a couple to help you decide. We couldn’t help but fall head over feet in love with Fleur and Lola, both simple but classic with their own individual delightful touches.
We all love a wedding and one thing we love most is when an email pings into our inbox at Rachel Simpson Shoes HQ from a very happily just married Bride and Groom.
Every day we receive simply beautiful pictures from your special day and we have just put another load of smiley faces and happy feet (courtesy of our shoes) on our gallery for you to see.
For your chance to be pride of place on our bridal gallery and to win a pair of Rachel Simpson Shoes, namely the lovely Lola in Purple Suede, simply send us an image or two of you and your Rachel Simpson shoe. Don’t forget to tell us why you chose your shoe too.
Competition entries need to be with us by end of September and we’ll announce the winner here. Good luck!
If choosing the most perfect bridal outfit for yourself isn’t hard enough, as a bride-to-be you also have the unenviable task of picking out a colour scheme for the rest of your bridal party.
Every bridesmaid, groomsman, page boy and flower girl needs carefully co-ordinating with your flowers, the church, the reception and of course the whole time without clashing with your new mother in law!
Your choice of colour can say a lot about your personality, so wait just one minute, put down the burgundy satin and check out our light-hearted blog on picking the perfect palette for your big day!
Be Seen in Green
A green lover is a lover of peace and relaxation, a compassionate soul with a passion for all things wild and free. Not the easiest colour to pull off, especially if you have bridesmaids with different skin tones, so stick to gentle shades and muted tones like our beautiful Marilyn in Teal. Plus you can wear Marilyn in Mink or Ivory to bring the whole look together!
True Blue Baby
You are a truly faithful friend if you are drawn to blue. Always up for a bit of fun and never one to take things too seriously. A trustworthy companion and definitely one of the boys!
We love our Roxy in Electric Blue to really give any game-for-a-laugh girl the edge!
Don’t think sugar and spice and all things nice! When we think pink we think of Mimi, one of our classic beauties but taking centre stage in a limited edition Fuchsia Pink (watch this space for more details on this fabulous shoe we are selling for charity) – Pink girls are happy, openly affectionate, the arty type and a girl who has definitely found love at first sight!
Well what can we say about you, the lover of purple? A gorgeous mix of wisdom and strong will all wrapped up tightly around a kind, give-give-give centre!
If you love purple, you can’t help but fall for Lola and when you are wearing her, you will stand out in the crowd and although you are far too courteous to say so, YOU LOVE BEING CENTRE STAGE!
We love to highlight fabulous boutiques and companies that provide simply gorgeous things for brides to be.
HighSocietyBride.co.uk is a website dedicated to designer accessories, from shoes (including yours truly) to jewellery and everything in between!
Read on to find out a little more about these fantastic people, we spoke to Awen Evans, co-owner and truly fabulous person…
Tell us a bit about your company
We opened High Society, a beautiful designer wedding dress shop in South Wales back in 2002, stocking the very best designer wedding dresses, and over the years have built up a stunning range of designer accessories. We soon realised that there are a lot of very busy brides in the UK, and around the world, looking for beautiful shoes, headpieces, tiaras, handbags and jewellery that can be bought online, but no really inspirational websites for top-quality, designer accessories. . So we created highsocietybride.co.uk to give the look and feel of a beautiful bridal boutique with the convenience of shopping from your office or from home!
Which designer from your industry inspires you and why?
We love Jenny Packham – she started her own label immediately after graduating, and has personally built it up to be a world-renowned design house, loved by celebrities, fashionistas and of course brides all over the world. Not content with her award winning dresses and bridal gowns, she launched her accessory range last year, which we have online – an amazing range of unique headpieces and bracelets that are honestly unlike anything else out there. You can spot a Jenny Packham a mile away! With even more designs coming in the autumn, we love Jenny for her glamour and personal style, as well as her commitment to quality and professionalism – a true inspiration.
Tell us about someone you follow on Twitter that we should be following, or an fashion-related blog that our fans should be reading and why
Our favourite bridal blogs and Tweeters are Rock my Wedding and Love my Dress, and of course the unforgettable Kat of RocknRoll Bride. Outside of bridal, Red Carpet Fashion Awards is the ultimate blog for celebrity style – if anyone who’s anyone has worn anything anywhere, it’s all here!
Celebrity shoppers- who buys your product or who would you love to see wearing (or using) your product?
Cheryl Cole wore Acacia II by Jenny Packham on the X-Factor, and Jodi Albert wore it for her wedding, and Denise Van Outen wore Brooke by Jenny Packham for her wedding. We would love to see Kylie Minogue in some fabulous jewellery from Magpie Vintage, or some fabulous shoes – Hettie would look very cute on such dainty feet!
What are you looking forward to for the rest of the year?
We are just receiving our new Leigh-Anne McCague and Magpie Vintage accessories, which are fabulous! We loved the White Gallery in May, and are looking forward to all our new goodies arriving through the autumn. We are also going to the Autumn Fair in September to look for new accessories – it’s our first time at the Fair so it will be very exciting.
In your industry, tell us what you think is going to be hot next season
Vintage just keeps going from strength to strength, and we are seeing more 1920s – 1950s-specific inspiration – art deco styling, silver screen siren hair and make-up or cute Mary-Jane shoes and shorter dresses, alongside the more timeless ‘vintage’. Brides are definitely getting bolder in their accessories, choosing statement headpieces or jewellery for a real wow factor.
What is your favourite pair of Rachel Simpson shoes?
My personal favourite is Lola – in ivory or purple, this is a shoe to die for! The cute ribbon, sexy cut outs and overall vintage glamour make these very special and not something you’ll see duplicated all over the high street. And of course, being Rachel Simpson shoes, the comfort from the leather is first-class and the suede is oh-so tactile – if a shoe can be strokeable, these definitely are!
Pick a pair of Rachel Simpson Shoes and match it to something you sell, why this combination?
We think Mimi looks beautiful for an art-deco look – perfect with Lucy Marshall’s Lilly headpiece, Emma Kate Francis’ Jolie 101 filigree pearl jewellery set, Harriet Wilde’s Pearl handbag and a pretty ivory lace parasol. The soft champagne trim on Mimi works perfectly with a vintage look and the pearls in the jewellery and handbag, and the forehead headpiece is perfect for that 1920s look. Think the Great Gatsby but with lashings of romance.
Describe Rachel Simpson Shoes in three words
Beautiful, unique, vintage
If Rachel Simpson Shoes is known for its vintage inspiration and simply beautiful shoes, what is your company synonymous with?
Highsocietybride.co.uk is synonymous with style, luxury and glamour – the very best bridal accessories in a beautiful virtual boutique for you to look through at your leisure and fall in love with when it arrives at your door!
We get a real tingle down our spines when you take the time to contact us and tell us your bridal stories and we are really touched, here at Rachel Simpson Shoes HQ, when you ring or write to say thank you!
This lovely lady is Rachel Powell, soon to become our namesake, Rachel Simpson, when she marries her fella this year. Rachel got in touch with us to say a big, big thank you for the delivery of her special day shoes – in this case – our girl Lola, in Purple suede.
We adore Lola’s vintage elegance and simplicity and you can see from Rachel’s beaming smile, she is well and truly smitten. Something tells us she will be wearing them a lot in the run up to and after the big day!