Debenham’s take on the Royal wedding dress- Be prepared to be surprised.

Last week I bought you the pictures of Debenhams version of the Pippa Middleton bridesmaid dress that is due to go on sale in the Autumn. Well, Debenhams have also produced a version of the dress worn by Kate, Duchess of Cambridge …in BLACK!

The beautiful Sarah Burton dress that Kate wore was a stunning full length Ivory design. It was stunning, and has been much admired. But Debenhams have cleverly taken all the elements that we loved about Kate’s dress and have produced a gorgeous midi length prom style dress that would be fabulous for all manner of special occasions.

The beautiful lace detail, the corset style bodice, and the full skirt design are all instantly recognisable, but with the prom skirt length this has a more wearable edge that should appeal to many fashionista’s and Kate fans. I love this beautiful dress. For some reason it reminds me of the black lace dress worn by the Princess of Wales to  meet Pope John Paul 2 in the 1980s – it has the same gothic glamorous feel.


The Debenhams dress is bound to be another Middleton linked sell out. Russell Fish, Head of Occcassionwear Design at Debenhams commented: “Like everyone we were glued to our tellies for the wedding and have been huge Kate and Pippa fans ever since. We taken the best of the dresses and added our designer twist. Now you can get the Middletons’ look at High Street prices.”


Fashionistas of Birmingham…walk this way…

If you are a Birmingham fashionista, chances are you love nothing more than a fashion show! Next Monday, 29th November, sees an extra special fashion show that is being held in support of the Lord Mayors charity’s, which this year include the Birmingham PHAB camps, and the Birmingham Stroke Association.

The fashion show is a showcase for the designs of Sulaimi Brookman. Sulaimi Brookman is a UK-based, Singapore born designer who specialises in beautiful evening wear and Bridal wear. His designs have been worn on the red carpet by stars such as Carly Stenson from Hollyoaks, and are perfect for the Glitzy, sparkly Christmas season that is almost upon us.

The special evening of high fashion is being described as ‘an evening of couture, jewellery and music’. It is being held in association with The Rogueplay Theatre company, and will take place in the Banqueting suite in the Birmingham Council House on Monday 29th November from 6.30pm. If you fancy a night of High Fashion before the pre-Christmas party frenzy, then this is the night for you. Tickets are available from and cost just £15.

For more information, contact 07746  327284

There’s nothing as stylish as a wedding?

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There’s nothing as stylish as a wedding. Think about it, the hats, the suits, the dresses, the flowers, the cake, but most of all, the bride. A bride is a fairytale come to life. The one day when all women should feel beautiful, no matter what they choose to wear.

My sister is getting married in December. She had a dress fitting last week. Her actual dress had arrived and she was going to try it on for the first time. Before this she had tried the dress, but in a different size or a different colour. This was the actual dress fitting and we were all totally excited.

Jodie’s dress is from the Caroline Jane wedding dress department in the Birmingham Branch of House of Fraser.  Caroline Jane  had a successful Bridal business in Tamworth for many years before being head-hunted by House of Fraser to set up a new Bridal Concession within the store. On visiting the bridal department it is easy to see why. The decor, soft lighting, and, above all, the dresses are completely, heart-stoppingly beautiful. There are dresses to suit every taste, from full-skirted fairytale princess designs, to short Grace Kelly -esque 1950’s styles. Long sleeved, high neckline, strapless, sweetheart necklines, all designs are catered for in exquisite style.

Stunning dresses on display in Caroline Jane, House of Fraser, Birmingham

Rows of stunning dresses in pretty surroundings.

Another major plus point about Caroline Jane is that not only are bridal dresses available in plus sizes, they are actually featured on displays on actual plus sized mannequins. Caroline herself says that having a plus sized mannequin on display on the ground floor had attracted many curvier brides-to-be to the department, as they actually felt they would definitely find a dress that would suit them.  Both Caroline and Victoria are very knowledgable about the dresses, correct underwear, petticoats etc, and so you feel in safe hands. In addition, on our first visit there, we sat in the large dressing room with a glass of wine trying on the most amazing crystal fascinaters, so it was a great girly fashionista day.

Plus sized mannequin on display in the store.

My sister’s wedding dress is absolutely stunning. It is reminiscent of a dress Sarah Jessica Parker wore a few years ago, but my lips are sealed on any other details, for fear of the wrath of Bridezilla.  However, I will say that she looks like a young and beautiful Audrey Hepburn in the dress and I am completely jealous of the amazing Dune shoes she will be wearing on her tootsies.

For more information on Caroline Jane bridal wear, please visit the website