Famed for her fusion inspired occasion-wear collections, London-born designer Raishma Islam is opening her first bridal and occasion-wear boutique in Marylebone this April 2017. Offering bespoke fittings in a luxurious setting, the new store will stock her ready-to-wear collection for bridal, bridesmaids and wedding guests alike.
Founder and Head Designer Raishma Islam said, “We are thrilled to be celebrating the opening of our new bridal and occasional wear boutique. With affordable wedding gowns becoming more
and more sought after and collections popping up all over the high street, we pride ourselves on the excellent craftsmanship and originality that goes into each of our designs, embracing femininity, elegance and grace.
”Having sold out of specific styles in just 4 weeks when the debut bridal collection launched in John Lewis, the new store aims to stock large quantities of Raishma’s designs to keep up with the high customer demand. Spread across two floors, the 900 sq ft shop boasts marble flooring and ivory walls that feature panelling and gold accents that perfectly compliment the blush tones and soft silhouettes of the latest collections. The custom-made lighting and furniture reflect Raishma’s keen eye for detail and completes the shop’s elegant aesthetic.
Available on the lower floor, this season’s bridal wear builds upon Raishma’s signature bohemian style, marrying together folklore inspirations with eastern artistry. Using delicate fabrics of tulle, soft georgette and lace to create romantic gowns, the designer has expanded her scope by incorporating lace into the collection, showing her mastery of intricate hand embroidery.
The ready-to-wear pieces, available on the first floor, are similarly full of delicate fabrics, feminine embroideries, and beautiful muted color palettes. Pastel tones contrast with floral motifs, portraying the vintage inspired theme and key details such as sheer sleeves, frill details and print placement deliver the sophisticated finish Raishma is renowned for.
Starting out as assistant designer to Elizabeth Emanuel, who famously created Princess Diana’s iconic wedding dress, Raishma now has over 20 years expertise and experience and has had the privilege of dressing British Royal Family member, HRH Princess Beatrice and HRH Princess Eugenie amongst various A-list celebrities.
Ready-to-Wear pieces start from £125, Bridal Couture pieces start from £4,000 and the Bridal collection starts from £390.