Chic and unique

The Herald Business - - Mother Of The Bride - Ann Wal­lace

EL­E­GANT and eye­catch­ing – the mother of the bride is sup­posed to turn al­most as many heads as her daugh­ter on the big day. Get­ting the right out­fit can be a daunt­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, but Lor­raine Kerr and her team of help­ful, in­formed staff are on hand to make ev­ery­thing go smoothly. Lor­raine has run The Bridal Com­pany on the south side of the city for six years and the store is now mak­ing way for Tres Chic, a fab­u­lous col­lec­tion of cruisewear, oc­ca­sional wear and mother of the bride out­fits. “We’re mov­ing to big­ger and bet­ter premises, and the fo­cus will no longer be on wornonce bridal gowns, but on stun­ning new de­signer dresses,” ex­plains Lor­raine, who has been in the busi­ness for 25 years. “And we are open­ing on Valen­tine’s Day, Fe­bru­ary 14 – so ro­mance will def­i­nitely be in the air!” Tres Chic aims to de­liver a ‘one-stop-shop’ to moth­ers of the bride look­ing for stun­ning out­fits and ac­ces­sories, at af­ford­able prices. “We found at The Bridal Com­pany that noone was cater­ing for the big­ger lady, so we will be sup­ply­ing sizes 10 to 30, from young mums to grannies,” says Lor­raine.

With the wed­ding sea­son fast ap­proach­ing, Lor­raine says this year’s look is glam­orous, but not so for­mal as in pre­vi­ous years.

“The look for mother of the bride is much less tai­lored than it has been in the re­cent past, and women are look­ing for an out­fit they can wear again, that is ex­tremely im­por­tant,” she says.

“Price is im­por­tant, we don’t do big markups, and while we are not at the cheap end ei­ther, our prices are af­ford­able.”

Lor­raine ex­plains that time­less but el­e­gant colours and fab­rics are pop­u­lar again this year.

“Navy and beige, a clas­sic colour com­bi­na­tion, is very pop­u­lar this sea­son, and golds and sil­vers are in too,” she says. “Pas­tels re­main pop­u­lar, but there has been a slight shift away from them. Silks are ex­tremely fash­ion­able this year – very clas­sic.”

Tres Chic will also stock a fan­tas­tic range of jew­ellery, hats and ac­ces­sories, and of­fer an al­ter­ation ser­vice.

“Hats are mak­ing a come­back, par­tic­u­larly among younger women,” ex­plains Lor­raine. “And older women, who some­times feel a lit­tle self-con­scious about wear­ing a hat, are tend­ing to­wards fas­ci­na­tors, which are beau­ti­ful and give you the best of both worlds.

“We will cus­tomise hats to match par­tic­u­lar out­fits. So, if you have a hat in a par­tic­u­lar colour or shade and want to add feath­ers, for ex­am­ple, in a con­trast­ing colour to pick out some­thing in your dress, we can do that for you.”

Those in­di­vid­ual el­e­ments can be cre­ated in other ways too.

“Of course, we also of­fer a dye­ing ser­vice for shoes and bags, which is the per­fect fin­ish­ing touch.”

Lor­raine and her staff aim to en­sure the ex­pe­ri­ence of shop­ping at Tres Chic is a pleas­ant one.

“It’s a spe­cial time, shop­ping for your out­fit when your daugh­ter or son is get­ting mar­ried,” she smiles. “We want peo­ple to be re­laxed and com­fort­able, and to en­joy it.

“And that goes for moth­ers of the groom too, not just the moth­ers of the bride. They can of­ten feel a lit­tle left out, but we don’t agree that should be the case, so we want to make them feel just as spe­cial.”

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