Rita Colson is a London primarily based bridal dressmaker who hit my radar in all probability round about 5 years in the past now.

I do know many gifted, impartial bridal designers, however some actually stand out for his or her visionary tackle bridal style. Rita Colson is totally one such designer, and thru her elegant, trendy, trendy, basic and daring creations, she helps to really rework and evolve the world of bridal style.

I’ve had the pleasure of attending to know Rita and studying extra about her enterprise over the previous few months. I’ve found a beautiful human being, bubbly, smiley and overflowing with ardour for her craft. Immediately, I am completely delighted to introduce you to this new era of designers. Be a part of me in welcoming the designer herself…

Rita, please introduce your self to our readers

My identify is Rita Akosua Colson. I am a bridal dressmaker beneath the label RITA COLSON. I am primarily based in London.

My background is in Trend design and I’ve a BA HONS Diploma in Trend.

I labored alongside a designer/stylist for some time earlier than deciding I needed to launch out alone. I made 4 clothes, created an Instagram account and posted them on-line. Three of the clothes have been gray, black and the fourth was beige. I observed the beige was receiving numerous consideration however all for the ‘flawed’ causes, folks thought it was a marriage costume. I researched the bridal business and realized there was a spot out there for what I had unintentionally created.

Inform us about your stunning newest assortment, Resurgence – what impressed it?

I began creating the Resurgence assortment simply earlier than the lockdown. I got here throughout {a photograph} of a person in a 1970’s three-piece tuxedo in ivory. I liked the waistcoat and the feel of the ruffled shirt. The monochromatic elongated look the size of the trousers and made him seem very lean and chic.

From this picture, I primarily based the entire assortment. I additionally needed to proceed the sunshine and motion theme from the earlier assortment. I’ve a little bit of an obsession with motion, I like to see the movement of cloth in pictures.

If there’s one factor to look out for in a Rita Colson assortment, regardless of the theme it would all the time have a component of motion inside the pictures.

I feel brides like my model as a result of it is type pushed, and my type focuses on originality.

Do you will have a favourite robe on this assortment or perhaps one or two robes you suppose is perhaps actually well-liked along with your brides?

On this assortment, there’s one thing for everybody. I designed the gathering with completely different characters or varieties of brides in thoughts. From the cool bride, to the basic bride, to the boho bride, and the celebration bride.

Nonetheless, the costume I am most enthusiastic about is the Una mini. This little quantity’s acquired all of it, a thigh excessive hemline, a subtly embroidered organza with sequins throughout so you may glimmer in any gentle, and a subtly flared lengthy sleeve. This costume is sort of a glass of bubbly champagne in costume kind! After you will have worn it to your reception celebration you’ll need to put on it time and again. New 12 months’s eve, birthday celebration, Christmas celebration the checklist is countless.

The place do you begin with every new assortment – are you able to discuss to us by your course of?

My collections by no means actually begin or finish; they’re steady with one another. There’s all the time an thought or concepts floating about in my head from the earlier assortment or earlier undertaking then it develops.

An thought might come from anyplace, generally from a bit of cloth, a movie, a motion, an image. I’d then sketch or go straight to the model and begin draping. I’d {photograph} the draping concepts and begin designing from that one thought. From one thought I’d generally sketch 20 -30 design concepts, refining every time.

Finally I select from the design concepts right into a sample, then make a toile then the ultimate execution. Not all toile concepts make it to last execution as generally what works 2D would not all the time translate nicely in 3D.

DARYL DRESS & AURORA TOP

A fragile pairing in organza involving layers of whisper gentle materials which falls simply to your ankles. Ruffles galore.

BELLY

A shift costume that pays homage to 60s type. Organza puff sleeves.

CARLA

A tailor-made trouser go well with with gentle, huge legged trousers which are comfy as pajamas & tuxedo jacket in silk crepe.

LEONIE TOP & AUDREY TROUSERS

An explosion of ruffled element, which strikes fantastically and appears unimaginable in images. Pair with the huge legged silk crepe Audrey trousers.

DAHLIA TOP & AUDREY TROUSERS

Strive pairing the huge legged, tremendous flattering silk crepe Audrey trousers with the dazzling sequins and organza of the Dahlia prime.

AURORA TOP & JEAN DRESS

Playful glamor with excessive necked ruffles & a swing skirt.

UNA TOP & AUDREY TROUSERS

The huge legged silk crepe Audrey trousers paired with the fantastically tailor-made Una prime.

DAHLIA

A tiered costume with a bohemian 70s coronary heart and a 21st century type. Superbly gentle and sumptuously gentle.

Jean-2 – Rita Colson

A timeless, versatile and drop lifeless beautiful ivory midi costume in duchess satin – with pockets!

UNA MINI

A thigh skimming hemline, refined embroidery and glimmering flared sleeve.

SOFIA

A high-necked silk crepe robe has lengthy sequined sleeves. Traditional and chic, with a flash of sparkle.

UNA

Lengthy sleeves and a fluttering sheath of silk crepe retains issues elegant, whereas a deep U panel of sheer organza retains her from straying into the territory of the demure.

I really like being a part of my bride’s tales – the friendships constructed over a brief time period which generally continues after the completion of the costume. I additionally love assembly completely different girls from all walks of life. It’s extremely particular, there is not any different job prefer it. Rita Colson

Inform us about your studio and inventive house and what’s a typical design day for you?

My West London studio is a really small nicely thought of house with pretty repurpose finds from close by Portobello market. The decor is white, cream, charcoal, and pure wooden. I wish to hold the house fairly impartial with accents of mirrors and reflective surfaces. I like to interchange with a pop of colour by commonly including freshly reduce flowers.

There aren’t many common days, on a regular basis is completely different. Nonetheless I’ve a routine that I strive to not break free from. I write what I must do the day earlier than, so when the day begins I instantly have one thing to work from. I test my emails after which take a look at my checklist of issues to do. That usually consists of an Instagram put up on my tales then get the studio prepared for any appointments or fittings.

The primary appointment begins at 10 after which the remainder of the day is for answering emails, going over design concepts. Stitching to fulfill deadlines.

Do you design for girls of all sizes?

Having a various illustration of girls for my assortment has all the time been necessary to me. Nonetheless that is the primary time I’ve included a plus measurement mannequin, it has been a pure development.

My bespoke work has ready me in understanding the feminine kind. In my assortment the sizes go as much as a measurement 16 however within the bespoke service, it is tailor-made to the person measurement no matter that could be.

I am continuously experimenting with shapes, materials to seek out fascinating methods of constructing that Rita Colson bride react to the type and never be bothered by the scale.

I’d like to make one thing for actress Rooney Mara. Her type is easy! To me she’s a modern-day Audrey Hepburn. I additionally love actress Jodie Turner Smith and Zoe Kravitz. Rita Colson

Event Put on & Pink Carpet Line

I am excited to be busy engaged on my event put on and crimson carpet line presently. The arrogance I’ve gained from working with probably the most fantastic girls and classy brides is present and has made this subsequent step really feel a really pure one for my model.

These designs will carry the identical modern and effortlessly cool aesthetic as my bridal collections. They are going to be authentically very Rita Colson; gentle and fluid, unconventional and swish. I will probably be designing for a similar trendy girl as I do after I create for my brides, solely these clothes will probably be destined for particular events, events, romantic candlelit dinners and honeymoon outings. I can not wait to share what I have been engaged on with you quickly.

And eventually, Rita, are you able to reveal somewhat bit extra about what YOU love? What’s your favorite…

film: Something by Issa Rae, Drew Barrymoore and Viola Davies.

TV sequence: A sequence on Netflix known as ‘A Appropriate Boy’. It is set in India within the 1950’s and the cinematography, the hair and make-up, the costumes and colours are all so stunning. It truly is a feast for the eyes.

Music: I really like jazz and something on Tiny Desk Live performance, on YouTube.

Podcasts: The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett.

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Annabel is the founding father of Love My Gown. She has a ardour for pictures, strolling, yoga, nature, and likes to assist gifted artists and inventive companies. In 2013, she turned a printed creator. Annabel lives in rural North Yorkshire along with her husband and enterprise associate Philip, their two daughters Eska and Leanora and menagerie of furry hounds. Annabel helps Philip within the operating of the household flower farm at at Moonwind Flowers. She can be co-founder of What About Weddings.

An Interview With Rita Colson, London Bridal Fashion Designer – Love My Dress®

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