If you are feeling that the traditional wedding dress is now a bit passé and are craving for something alternative, you will absolutely love the unique dress-less creations from new British design powerhouse and WINNER of Best Newcomer at the British Wedding Awards The House Of Ollichon.
Here at The Select Bride we have all been swooning over the stunning collection featuring a range of beautiful jumpsuits and coordinating skirts and tops which offer a welcome alternative to conventional choices.
Every item is hand-made in Britain and the amazing selection of high quality European fabrics have been carefully sourced, including lace from the famous Dentelle region in northern France (ooh yeah!), luxury Italian tissutos and 100% silke crepe de chine.
For the design inspiration, I looked at all the amazing women in my life and designed pieces on whether they are more romantic, love a bit of sparkle or hate any fuss!
– Hannah Ollichon
Founded by designer Hannah Ollichon, the collection aims to bridge gaps in the market on two levels – creating something bridal but not overly fussy or expensive for those ladies who would would simply like something different, and offering something more suited to those having a simple registry office ceremony who then want to party all night long in comfort.
We talk to the lovely Hannah about her collection and what inspires her…
Hi Hannah, tell us a bit more about why you started The House Of Ollichon…
I was one of those incredibly lucky women to have two weddings, I had a big dress for one of them so really wanted to push my bridal boundaries for the registry office element. But, that’s where the plan faltered! I couldn’t find anything that was the perfect balance between bridal and cool, special but not too costly, trendy but not high street. Having always been a huge lover of jumpsuits I created the first (as far as we know!) dress-less bridal collection of luxury jumpsuits, playsuits and separates.
What is your favourite piece in the collection, and why?
This changes all the time! It was the Lockwood as it’s so dreamy and sexy but now I’m loving the fierce Kay. Each piece has their own mood. I’m often asked this question and every time the answer is different!
Why do you think more and more brides are moving away from traditional dresses?
I think more and more brides are moving away from ‘traditional’ full stop. Weddings these days are quite rightly very individual, they are more about the couple, their story and how they want to celebrate rather than the traditional format. There are so many more weddings abroad, registry office celebrations which end up in the pub or weddings designed like a party and there are very few bridal pieces that have evolved along with this wedding trend.
I loved my traditional dress but it also was such a hindrance! I couldn’t dance in it, I couldn’t wee in it, I couldn’t move without someone stepping on it!! All brides need to be able to relax, feel comfortable and more importantly bust out some moves on the dance floor. I believe that women want to embrace these considerations more nowadays.
Tell us about what inspires you…
Gosh so much. Individuality inspires me hugely, I love people who want something different, which is great for House of Ollichon as we’re hardly the ‘norm’ when it comes to bridalwear! I am also inspired by the strong, beautiful women in my life who I have learnt so much from throughout the years. One of my huge passions is travel and being exposed to differing cultures and beliefs is wonderful. I have just returned from Thailand and I really want to inject a touch of south east Asian peace and happiness into one of my new pieces.
What can brides expect to see in future House Of Ollichon collections?
I have just started working on the second collection, which is hugely exciting but feels very overwhelming sometimes! The first collection was very simple and structured which we will most definitely take forward but I am also going to add some more flamboyant pieces and evolve the number of two pieces on offer. Watch this space!
Due to overwhelming demand The House Of Ollichon are holding additional appointments on 29th January 2016 (30th January 2016 is now FULLY BOOKED). Location: The Hoxton Hotel, Shoreditch.
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