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Britain’s finest TV stars graced the red carpet of the TV Choice Awards last night in London! GC had the pleasure of dressing two lovely ladies and we were hotly anticipating what other celebs had donned for the occasion! Here are some of our favourites…

 

Charlotte Hawkins wasn’t the only one glowing on the red carpet! Susanna Reid cradled Charlotte’s baby bump whilst looking resplendent in our Liliana Maxi Dress. Shop Susanna’s dress here.

 

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Coronation Street newcomer Sair Khan encapsulated modern cool in our Laila Dress, delicately accessorised with barely there heels and gold accessories. Love Sair’s look? Shop her dress here.

 

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Strictly stars Natalie Lowe and Ola Jordan flaunted their dancer’s physique’s in figure skimming maxi dresses. Natalie opted for a white asymmetric number and Ola Jordan looked radiant in red. Steal their style with the Valentina Maxi Dress here and The Julietta Maxi Dress here.

 

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Jacqueline Jossa’s midnight blue Grecian gown subtly highlighted her mini bump. Get the look with our Melina Maxi Dress: it’s perfect for pregnancy, parties and red carpets! Shop it here.

 

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Cosmopolitan mag fashion columnist, Laura Puddy, had only one brand in mind when it came to dressing the bridesmaids for her fairy tale wedding. With her heart set on Midnight Blue dresses she came to us to create bespoke pieces uniquely tailored to each individual bridesmaid. Here our fave fashion ed tells us the full story of her glamorous big day…

 

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Q. How did you meet?
A. We met in sixth form at St John Fisher’s in Harrogate – we were in the same history class and just hit it off! The rest, as they say, is history …

 

Q. How did your man propose?
A. We were one month from our 10-year anniversary and Nic took me out for dinner to a restaurant just near Primrose Hill called Odette’s for ‘date night’. He said it was a restaurant he’d always wanted to try so I thought nothing of it. His plan was to propose at the top of Primrose Hill (my favourite place in London) before dinner. That day, however, being mid-February, it snowed very heavily so he had to revise the plan last minute. He took me straight to the restaurant (where the staff knew about the proposal) and took me to a secluded spot in the bar area and got down on one knee. It was a complete shock and just perfect!

 

Q. Talk us through the theme…
A. We wanted to combine glamour, vintage elegance with custom-made personalised touches. We went for nude tones with hints of pink, pistachio and blue and throughout the venue we had fresh roses, peonies and hydrangeas. Tables were topped with map-covered books, champagne corks hand-tied with ‘Just Married’ tags and tall candelabras dripping with crystals. We had napkin rings by the Pom Pom Factory that doubled as corsages and buttonholes for the whole wedding party.

 

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Our guests travelled in from the church to the reception in vintage coaches and were greeted at the venue by the amazing eight-piece New York Brass Band – it was just perfect. Guests sipped Pimm’s, champagne, pink lemonade and ginger beer in the sunshine.

 

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“My cousin, Emma, who read at the ceremony, said our wedding was ‘like stepping into Laura and Nic’s world for the day’ which is exactly what we wanted!”

 

Q. And your dress?
A. My dress was a couture gown by Angelina Colarusso. I wanted something dramatic that was a one-off. I took inspiration from various dresses, designers and places and I wanted to combine romance, glamour, and vintage elegance with a little bit of drama, which Angelina certainly brought to life. My dress was a bespoke silk and tulle creation that was nothing short of perfect! I wore handmade silk flowers in my hair and a two-piece veil – one short section across my face, and a long second one that clipped on top and hung asymmetrically along my train.
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Q. And your bridesmaids wore Gorgeous Couture – why did you choose GC?
A. I knew I wanted navy blue for the bridesmaids and I knew GC could make all three girls look and feel fabulous. With all three girls having different body shapes, I wanted them to look their best, feel amazing and be really comfortable. I asked the girls what styles they liked and we had a couple of try-on sessions and decided on three different styles to suit each of them. They all looked perfect.

 

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Inspired by Laura’s bespoke Bridesmaids dresses? Check out our Made to Measure service where your dress dreams can also come true…

 

Q. Highlight of the day?
A. The whole day was just amazing but my favourite part was getting in our wedding car (a vintage Rolls Royce) and travelling up to the wedding venue, just Nic and I (and the driver!). It was a gorgeous day and people in town waved at us and tooted their horns as we passed, it was fab! It was the only time that day that Nic and I got to really chat to each other, we just couldn’t stop laughing and smiling!

 

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The Happy Couple: Laura Puddy & Nicholas Forster
Place of marriage: Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Theme: Vintage glamour with personalised touches
Photographer: Albert Palmer Photography

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We were super excited to bag BBC MUA Jenna Hacking for our latest photoshoot! With her celebrity experience we saw the perfect opportunity to pick her brains about one of our favourite past-times: make-up! In between creating model Rachel’s amazing looks, Jenna answered our all-important make-up questions, revealed her holy grail products and spilled the secret to looking fabulous in just ten minutes…

 

 

1. Who would be your dream client and why?

Ooh there are so many people who’s make-up I would love to do. It would have to be Kate Middleton. She is so classy, a style icon and fab role model for young women.

 

2. What are your make-up bag essentials?

I change my kit quite regularly but at the moment I am loving Illamasqua’s ‘Skin Base Foundation’, they have a full range of colours from the deepest browns up to the whitest white.

 

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3. What are your tips for making a bright lip stay flawless all day?

There are many ways to do this but my advice to people who are on the go would be to buy a product called ‘Lip Tar’ by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. It’s great for topping up throughout the day and the colours are really vivid!

If you want to use your own products, line and fill the lips with a pencil in your chosen colour. Then apply the lip colour, hold a thin piece of tissue over the lips, gently press loose powder onto the lips over the tissue and then reapply the lip colour. This will build up the colour and give it more staying power.

 

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4. What kind of products do you use for a natural make-up look?

I use many different brands but I love the Urban Decay ‘Naked’ palettes.

 

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5. What is your absolute holy grail product?

The Kryolan ‘Shimmering Event Foundations’ are an absolute must for my kit.

 

6. Contouring seems to be a huge beauty trend at the moment, is there an easy way to do it yourself?

A lot of people get contouring wrong, they instantly go for a really pale colour to highlight and the darkest colour for the contours. This is a total drag!! It is much better to use a shade lighter than your natural skin tone and a shade darker for the contours- you don’t want to look false!

 

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7. What are your favourite products to use to conceal blemishes and eye circles?

I love Illamasqua concealers especially ‘White Light’ for the inner corners of the eyes. It’s light reflecting qualities give the eyes that extra pop.

 

8. You’ve overslept and have 10 minutes to get ready- how do you do you make yourself look fabulous?!

If I’m in a rush I just make sure I conceal under my eyes and any blemishes. I may powder or add a little bronzer but the most important things are to define my eyebrows, add a smoky liner to my bottom eye lids and apply mascara to my upper and lower lashes.

 

9. How do you achieve the all-important perfect brow?

I always use a fine angled brush and draw in the bottom line first brushing upwards, then I highlight the top outer edge of the brows.

 

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10. Which make-up artists inspire you?

All make-up and make-up artists inspire me. The list is endless and I recently had the honour of training with Lan Nguyen and Sandra Cooke who are make-up idols of mine!

 

11. How can you improve the staying power of make-up throughout the day?

It is important to find the correct primer for your skin type to help your make-up stay put. There are so many out there; Mac ‘Prep and Prime’, Laura Mercier and Smashbox are all great choices.

 

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12. What are going to be the big beauty trends of AW14?

I think red lips are going to be back with a vengeance this Autumn!

 

 

Check out Jenna’s Twitter and Instagram to see more of her work.

Photography by Sophie Traynor, check out her Facebook.

 

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