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!