This lovely 'Bardot inspired shoot' on 'Love My Dress' , styled by Kate at The National Vintage wedding fair,
features one of our new made to order wedding dresses, the NOVA dress. 6th October 2016
We are proud to be featured on 'Love My Dress', with the beautiful 'Sarah Arnett' Delphine wedding dress.
We come highly recommended by the lovely people at MSN. Click on the link HERE to see!
A gorgeous 1920s styled shoot for Sussex Style Magazine, April 2015
A great mention in the NY Times by the fabulous Susie Cave.
Occasionally, you can spot gorgeous H&H gowns on screen. Here are two of our heavenly 1920s numbers,
worn by cast members of Downton Abbey for the show's 2014 Christmas special.
We were delighted to take part in this gorgeous Dutch Masters inspired shoot for
the fantastic Love My Dress blog. Click here to see the article...
The Telegraph Magazine, Anna Murphy. October 2014
"HAVE SOMEONE ELSE TAKE THE HARD WORK OUT OF VINTAGE SHOPPING
Lots of women think vintage isn't for them. They feel either that
it's too old (and, at worst, smelly) or that they're too old. I never
used to be able to pull it off myself, tending to be overwhelmed by the
shopping process (so much stuff!) and to end up looking crumpled, not
cool. Then I discovered that the key, like so much in life, is to get
someone else to do the hard work for you. Find a shop/website that edits
and merchandises a good-quality (and spanking clean) "collection" that
coheres and chimes with your own aesthetic, and you have an original way
to augment your wardrobe.
1960s Kenneth Lane earrings, £200 and 1940s glass flower brooch, £115; both electica.biz
Favourite haunts of mine include Hope & Harlequin in Brighton (hopeandharlequin.com); Vintage to Vogue in Bath, which provides costumes for Downton Abbey (vintagetovoguebath.co.uk); Past Caring in Holt (pastcaring.net); and palette-london.com. A great way to start is with jewellery. I love Eclectica, which sells at 16 branches of John Lewis, and online (at eclectica.biz). Please tweet me @AnnaGMurphy to share - if you dare - your own vintage treasure chest.
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Time Out , travel guide. '20 great things to do in Brighton'. Summer 2014
'2. Be independent on North Laine
Head left out of the
station, down Trafalgar Street, and you’re plunged straight into North
Laine’s narrow streets – populated with a highly browsable array of
independent stores. Three main shopping drags thread through its heart –
Sydney Street, Kensington Gardens and Gardner Street – although forays
into the terrace-lined backstreets can also reap rich rewards. Locals
love a bric-a-brac fix, and tat and treasures abound in the famous
Snooper’s Paradise (7-8 Kensington Gardens, 01273 602558). Squeeze
through the turnstile to browse its myriad stalls, crammed with
everything from bags of buttons and Bakelite telephones to stylish 1960s
For vintage clothes, head for To Be Worn Again (12
Kensington Gardens, 01273 687811) or the super-stylish Hope &
Harlequin (31 Sydney Street, 01273 675222, www.hopeandharlequin.com), whose swing coats and lace ’50s frocks ooze old-school glamour.
you're more of a thoroughly modern Millie, Tribeca (21 Bond Street,
01273 673755) has a beautifully edited selection of womenswear labels,
with an understated, grown-up feel: Isabel Marant is a favourite here,
along with the likes of Vanessa Bruno, American Retro and Paige jeans.
Slip into Brighton’s mod vibe at men’s clothes shop Jump the Gun (36 Gardner Street, 01273 626333, www.jumpthegun.co.uk), the place for Fred Perry wearers and Lambretta lovers – there’s always
one parked outside. Complete the look with a pork pie hat from Mad
Hatters (89 Trafalgar Street, 01273 688488, www.madhattersandfriends.co.uk), which stocks all manner of hand-made headgear.
finally, in a city long associated with dirty weekends, it seems only
right to drop by sex toy boutique Lust (43 Gardner Street, 01273 699344,
Homes & Antiques, June 2014
Wonderful feature in 'Festival Brides' 25th Feb 2014
Absolute magazine, wedding special, February 2014
BN1 magazine, Dec '13/Jan'14
Absolute magazine, September 2013
Absolute Brighton & Hove, May 2013
Lauren Laverne in The Observer, 21st April 2013
Lauren Laverne on fashion: wedding dresses
The big day doesn't need to mean a big budget. Say 'I do' in a dress that is both stunning and affordable
Affordable wedding wear. Enlarge for details and more of Lauren's picks
I love a wedding. What's unadorable about a day that begins with
profound declarations of devotion closely followed by lunchtime booze
and cake, and ends with you dancing to Chic with a handsy usher? I attended my first this year a few weekends ago,
when the snow was still sparkling on the branches of the trees outside.
The happy occasion prompted me to consider wedding style, the best of
which – for me – is on the affordable side.
Mr Laverne and I tied the knot pretty young, which was good for a number of reasons, but mostly because we hadn't been to any weddings.
So we didn't know the Wedding Rules, including the one about the
almonds (I still don't know what they're for), the one about wedding
stationery (as opposed to a computer invite knocked up by your artsy
mate) and the one about spending wads of cash. Yes, putting yourself
into penury for a lavish wedding was quite the thing in the noughties,
along with lashings of Coldplay and obligatory Big Day spray tans. Not
so now. Even those blessed with cash to splash are keeping their
nuptials under the top.
This means a boom in affordable wedding
wear. A relative concept, of course. For the purposes of this piece,
it's gorgeous gowns starting at around £100 and never more than £1,000.
Here's my pick of the season…
Her "eco-luxe" label was already a must for ethical fashionistas, and
she has recently branched out into bridal. Her second wedding
collection, Love Letter, comprises 20 gowns which are handmade in
beautiful fabrics, priced between £360 and £800.
Free Spirits should check out Free People – bohemian wedding wear for rock'n'roll brides. This season's selection
is particularly worth a look if you're planning a beach wedding –
there's lots of cool crochet.
There are some great options on the
high street. This structured Karen Millen number would look incredible
on the woman of the hour at a smaller do, but you don't have to go short
if you're spending less. I love this Coast mermaid dress and Ted
Baker's show-stopping botanical-print maxi.
Secondhand is a great
option. If you're not lucky enough to inherit a dress, there are plenty
of boutiques to help you purchase a piece of history, as well as the
usual auction-site suspects. Vintage can be as expensive (if not more!)
than buying new, so choose wisely.
Online I liked Abigail's Vintage Bridal, which you can search by era, from the 20s to the 80s. I also loved Hope & Harlequin, which offers reconditioned one-offs starting at around £150. And please check out the fully fabulous Fur Coat No Knickers,
a vintage emporium founded by two former West End costume designers.
They offer period dresses but – as so much of the genuine article was on
the small side – decided to create a range of their own that runs to a
Follow Lauren on Twitter @LaurenLaverne
Absolute Brighton & Hove, March 2013
Absolute Brighton & Hove, February 2013
Red magazine, December 2012
Vogue.com, November 2012
Latest 7 magazine, September 2012
Etc. magazine, February 2012
British Vogue, December 2011
Brighton's Arty Magazine, Autumn 2011
Absolute magazine, June 2011