Nicki Flynn is the creative genius behind the gorgeous gowns in the True Bride collection. With a range of glamorous silhouettes to suit all figures, we wanted to know what inspires her to make these dreamy dresses…
When did your interest in bridal start?
Having worked with evening wear for a main high street retailer, I married into bridal in the late 1980s. It was a natural progression from fashion through to the bridal industry.
What inspires you?
The romance of decades past such as the golden era of Art Deco or the chic silhouettes of the Fifties. When designing it’s all about fabrics and textures. Right now, I’m inspired by the idea of layering sheer and delicate laces over vintage tones and adding texture through appliqué and beaded embellishments.
What’s your favourite bridal silhouette?
It would have to be a slim silhouette, but not too figure hugging. Our ‘Anya’ dress is a perfect example.
Which material do you like working with best?
It’s always been lace, even before Kate Middleton’s wedding dress! Although the Duchess certainly kicked off the trend.
Could a bride adapt a True Bride gown?
Very easily. We design our dresses with this is mind. Our dresses have ample seam allowance so that they can easily be taken in and out a dress size. Straps and necklines can be added or amended and shapes can be nipped and tweaked. It’s all about getting that dress right for each individual bride.
Which dress shape do you suggest for pear-shaped figures?
Look for slim A-line shapes that nip in over the rib cage to highlight a waistline. Take the focus off the hips and elongate the body with a fitted bodice and some detail to the waist such as a crystal encrusted belt. Our ‘W110’ is a perfect choice.
Short dresses are growing in popularity. What’s hot for 2014? Calf-length?
Short and sassy bridal and bridesmaids will be hot for 2014! Our ‘M570’ from the True Collection is a stunning choice for something different and eye catching for bridesmaids. For brides seeking something vintage-looking for their big day, I can recommend our 50s-inspired lace T-length gown ‘Gia’ from the Nicki Flynn Collection.
Do you think lace will continue to be a big trend in 2014?
Lace will continue to feature but there’s a definite move towards clean but elegant lines – classic and understated designs reminiscent of the opulent decades.